Ship Shape & Bristol Fashion DVD, Part 1




This is the first volume of two documentaries which celebrate Bristol’s long and distinguished history as a major port.

These three fully narrated colour archive films were originally commissioned by the Port of Bristol Authority from 1950 to the early 1960s, and were subsequently presented to Bristol Record Office as archive material.

They are now available to enjoy on dvd for the first time.

Bristol was once known as ‘the cradle of the British Empire’ and its favourable situation was central to its success.

See how products such as food, timber, petroleum, fruit, wine and tobacco were handled by the skilful and hardy Bristol dockers in the days long before ‘health and safety’ ruled.

This is an evocative record of an era when commodities were still loaded and unloaded at the Avonmouth, City and Portishead Docks by men in flat caps armed with their famous hooks.

Seen before containerisation and mass mechanisation transformed the scene.

Relax and enjoy this window into a bygone age.

Approx. 80 minutes.

This dvd is being sold on behalf of and with full permission of the copyright owner – 1st Take.