A New (Old) Little Cinema For York

18th October 2016

National Trust York, Treasurer's House Little Cinema

National Trust York, Treasurer's House Little Cinema

Take a seat and relax to a new short film created by the Yorkshire Film Archive showing footage of York’s historic past.

The film is a brand new addition to the popular ‘Demolition and Restoration’ display that you can see around the National Trust house, next door to York Minster. Throughout the mansion, uncover the true story behind the house and see which parts were knocked down and which rooms were repurposed.

In a small first floor space the new ‘Little Cinema’ has been created. Part of the film shows the Lord Mayor of York from 1959 taking two children to several key places in York: the evocative black and white footage shows the chauffer opening the car door as they arrive at Treasurer’s House. In amongst this footage are images of Treasurer’s House, archive photos of Frank Green, shots of St William’s College and footage of other iconic parts of York. It’s a snapshot of a time gone by.

A further part of the ‘Demolition and Restoration’ display goes on to look at several other houses whose fate wasn’t as fortunate of that of Treasurer’s House: the lost houses of Yorkshire.

Clare Alton-Fletcher, Exhibition Manager: “When you appreciate the vast numbers of houses that have been lost over the years, it makes the significance of the resource of the film archive all that more important. Working with the film archive team, we’ve been able to find relevant footage of this central position in York that Treasurer’s House has. They’re skilled at taking you back in time, for some a reminder of a past time and for others, a glimpse into a barely recognisable world.”

See ‘Little Cinema’ as part of ‘Demolition and Restoration’ and find out more about Frank Green, the man who wanted to create a home not a museum. You’re invited to judge if you think he succeeded.

Little Cinema opens on Saturday 22 October. Treasurer’s House is open daily until 31 October, then Thursday – Sunday 10 November – 18 December, 11am – 4.30pm.

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