Beauty to Last

Details

Location

Ardress House, Armagh, Bloody Bridge, Carrick-a-Rede, Castlecoole, Castleward, Derrymore House, Dunseverick Castle, Fairhead, Florence Court, Giant's Causeway, Mount Stewart, Murlough, Mussenden Temple, North Coast, Rowallane Garden, Springhill House, Strangford Lough, Temple of the Winds, Wellbrook Beetling Mill, White Park Bay, White Rocks

Year

1969

Source

Digitised as part of the BFI's Unlocking Film Heritage project

Format

16mm

colour

Length

20min 31sec

Silent

sound

Courtesy

British Film Institute, National Museums Northern Ireland, Tourism NI

Rights Holder

Rights are managed by National Museums Northern Ireland on behalf of Tourism NI

It is illegal to download, copy, print or otherwise utilise in any other form this material, without written consent from the copyright holder.

Description

Let curiosity tempt you and come take a nosy around some of the National Trust's Northern Irish treasures. A beautiful and turbulent past is written in the rocks and stately homes. This charming travelogue weaves ancient myth with anthropology, architecture and geology. Meet the National Trust caretakers, skilled in crafts that stretch back to prehistoric times. Watch brave men assemble and cross the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Admire the dramatic hedges of Mount Stewart created for pleasure and posterity. But this film warns us that if it is to last for future generations then we too need to be the caretakers of this beauty we have inherited. 

Notes

Originally produced by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board this film comes from the collection of National Museums Northern Ireland. This government department had their own staff that documented the region through stills and moving images and the films they created capture various facets of life in Northern Ireland. The Northern Irish Tourist Board was particularly busy in the mid-1950s to late 1960s, creating films that aimed to sell the region as a holiday destination. This material captures an alternate vision of Northern Ireland at an intriguing time, it emphasises continuity, care and beauty in a year when sporadic violence and rioting plagued the region.

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