January 07, 2007

Belfast 1901

Watch this clip at least the first half and realise as you do that this is possibly the only memory that we have of these people at all- this is probably the one way many of them are now remembered at all. They are going to for a second walk anonymously into your life and then vanish into a past that noone remembers. Every historian faces this point in what they do, they glimpse another life for a second and realise how much of the essense of that person who was as alive as they are now is lost and gone forever. That loss is one of the major emotional reasons for studying the past and is one of the reasons that the Mitchell and Kenyon archive is so valuable.

5 comments:

Political Umpire said...

Certainly is a great clip. I'm sure more of the Mitchell/Kenyon archive is online as well - perhaps on the BBC? If anyone knows perhaps they could provide the link.

Gracchi said...

There must be more on Youtube- I got this off the website which is linked to in my blogroll- more than mind games- its a historical football blog and he has some other sports clips from the 19th Century on there.

James Hamilton said...

Further M&K clips are online at the BFI's website - who also produce an excellent DVD compilation of same.

dreadnought said...

Fantastic pictures and your comments are absolutely correct. Probably without knowing it, Mitchell and Kenyon left an incredible and important legacy.
By the way, the BBC series of Mitchell and Kenyon films is available on DVD and can be bought in the high street.

Gracchi said...

Well done lads. Thanks for those tips- I'm off to scour the internet.