Beauty to Last




Ardress House, Bloody Bridge, Carrick-a-Rede, Castle Ward, Castlecoole, Derrymore House, Dunseverick Castle, Fairhead, Florence Court, Giant's Causeway, Moneymore, 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






20min 31sec







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


British Film Institute, National Museums NI, Tourism NI

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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. 


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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