New film footage brings Lincoln’s history to life

Unseen amateur footage of Lincoln from the 1930s and 1970s will be released as part of a brand new live musical experience.

Past Lives, a project compiled by visual artist Anthony Hatton, offers a window on life in Lincolnshire during the 1930s and 1970s.

He said: “It’s been an interesting journey because a lot of this stuff is much like anyone’s collection of photos or home movies. It’s been quite a challenge.

“On estimate there’s probably 14-15 hours worth of footage and a lot of these clips are 30 seconds long so you have to try to create a story within each collection of people’s home videos.

“The two Lincoln collections are by far the strongest ones that we’ve looked at,” he added.

This new film features a collection of 20th century home film footage found at The Media Archive for Central England, based in Lincoln.

The project includes a variety of home video from across the East Midlands.

A significant section focuses on Lincolnshire and two of the main families included in the film are from the county.

The nostalgic footage includes a live soundtrack composed especially for the new film by renowned Cipher musicians, Theo Travis and Dave Sturt.

“When I saw they were collecting home movies, it made me think; wouldn’t it be great to put a film together using that footage, write a score, and tour it around,” said Dave Sturt.

A final screening of the vintage film will take place at Stamford Arts Centre on July 19 with tickets available at £5.