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WATCH: New film inspired by nostalgic pictures of Birmingham

NicklinUnseen pictures, showing well-known parts of the city in the 1950s and 60s, have already become a social media hit

Nostalgic photographs of Birmingham which at one stage looked set for the dustbin are the inspiration behind a new film.

Images taken by archives of photographer Phyllis Nicklin were set to be consigned to history but have enjoyed a renaissance with the backing of Twitter account Brumpic – leading to an exhibition outside Snow Hill Station.

The pictures , showing well-known parts of the city in the 1950s and 60s, have become a social media hit .

Now, her work is being examined in a 13-minute film, made using Heritage Lottery funding, featuring city businesspeople and academics.

The images have been brought into the public consciousness by Brumpic founder David Oram, who discovered more than 1,000 colour 35mm slides taken by the former lecturer.

The University of Birmingham, Phyllis Nicklin Furnace Lane from Clifford Street looking towards Gerrard Street. All images taken by Phyllis Nicklin.
Furnace Lane from Clifford Street looking towards Gerrard Street by Phyllis Nicklin.

He worked with the Colmore Business Improvement District on the film, which features never-before-seen nostalgic pictures.

David said: “The film was designed to fit in with the exhibition, to try to give another slant on Phyllis.

“I thought so far everything has been quite impersonal about her but this was a chance to get her story across.

“The film will appeal to Brummies because of all the images that people won’t have seen yet.

“It will appeal to academics to see the change and academics looking into how cities change and photographers, as she was very good at framing a picture.”

The University of Birmingham, Phyllis Nicklin Lichfield Road at Salford Bridge looking north to Salford Park on March 14, 1968. All images taken by Phyllis Nicklin.
Lichfield Road at Salford Bridge looking north to Salford Park on March 14, 1968 by Phyllis Nicklin.

The Birmingham Post and Mail have published dozens of the Nicklin images in a series of galleries.

They also went on show on a special Brumpic display table at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

All of the images are owned by the University of Birmingham.

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