Lockdown Moments

While our research facility is closed, each week I will be sharing one of my favourite EMI stories from our bank of published and unpublished short films, told by some new and some familiar faces.

I hope you enjoy watching them as much as I had in selecting them.

Stay safe

Best

Joanna Hughes – Curator & Manager of the EMI Archive Trust 

Wherever you are in the world, you can still enjoy exploring our collection here on our website, and follow us on social media or contact me at joanna@emiarchivetrust.org

Part 9

It’s a dog’s life! BBC Bargain Hunts Eric Knowles learns about the life of one of the most famous pets in the world with EMI Archive Trust very own curator.

Here for the full clip https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07m1p8z

Pictured: Presenter Eric Knowles and Joanna Hughes – curator for EMI Archive Trust. July 2019

Part 8

These three early experimental films from 1935, were produced by prolific engineer and innovator Alan Dower Blumlein, the inventor of stereo. While working at EMI Blumlein would develop many ground-breaking and hugely influential technologies including electrical television and airborne radar as well as stereo.

Alan Dower Blumlein – The Inventor of Stereo (1903-1942)
EMI experimental stereo films part of EMI Archive Trust Collection

Part 7

This week Tony Locantro talks to us about his collaboration with the EMI Archive Trust & EMI for the compilation ‘Scott’s Music Box’. Here he describes his method to curate a playlist of recordings played, and recording likely to have been played on Captains Scott’s fateful expedition to the South Pole, 1910-1913.

All original record discs part of the EMI Archive Trust collection, transferred by Abbey Road Studios for EMI.

Scott’s Music Box is available to stream on Amazon

Pictured: Tony Locantro interview for ‘Memories of EMI’ history project.
Recorded on location by EMI Archive Trust – 2014

Part 6

This week Nigel Bewley, a specialist sound engineer, regales us with his hilarious anecdote on a field recording made at the EMI record pressing factory in 1993.

Pictured: Nigel Bewley interview for ‘Memories of EMI’ history project.
Recorded by EMI Archive Trust, filmed on location at The Britsih Library – 2014

Part 5

In 2015 the EMI Archive Trust was privileged to host Isambard Brunel’s descendant, Isambard Thomas and Simon Blumlein, son of Alan Dower Blumlein the inventor of stereo. In this short film, Isambard talks to Simon about their respective ancestors’ historical link to Great Western Railways, EMI and Hayes Middlesex.


With thanks to Isambard Thomas and Simon Blumlein (pictured)
Film courtesy of Great Western Railways.
Film on location at the EMI Group Archive Trust, Hayes, Middlesex – November 2015

Part 4

Roy started as an apprentice for EMI during the swinging 60s, working his way up to Director of Manufacturing and Studios, including Abbey Road which he describes as the best job in the world!!

If you’re interested in the history of pop, then this is the one to watch!!

Roy Matthews interview for BBC’s People’s History of Pop,
Filmed on location at The Old Vinyl Factory, Hayes, 3rd February 2016.
Copyright: EMI Archive Trust, BBC and production company 7.

Part 3

Harry & Stan met while working as Pressmen for the EMI Pressing Plant in Hayes Middlesex – 1950s to 1990s. Here they talk about the changes they witnessed, from the early days of back-breaking hand-pressed records to full machine automation.

Harry Fox & Stan Paul interview for BBC’s People’s History of Pop,
Filmed on location at The Old Vinyl Factory, Hayes, 3rd February 2016.
Copyright: EMI Archive Trust, BBC and production company 7.

Part 2

Best friends Eileen & Kim met while working for EMI in the mid-1970s. Here they talk about work, DJaying, and meeting their idols Cockney Rebel Steve Harley and Hot Chocolate’s Errol Brown….plus much, much more!!

Eileen Dentin née McCadam & Kim Banker née William
interview for BBC’s People’s History of Pop,
Filmed on location at The Old Vinyl Factory, Hayes, 3rd February 2016.
Copyright: EMI Archive Trust, BBC and production company 7.

Part 1

Patrick shares his memories on working for EMI in 1959, his love of Connie Francis, and a chance encounter in a lift that would change his life forever.

Patrick Devoy interview for BBC’s People’s History of Pop,
filmed on location at The Old Vinyl Factory, Hayes, 3rd February 2016.
Copyright: EMI Archive Trust, BBC and production company 7.

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