A Future for the Past
16mm film Colour Sound 1971 0:00
Summary: Alternative names: FUTURE FOR THE PAST - ACTION NOW IN CONSERVATION. Made by World Wide Pictures for The Civic Trust in association with the Department of the Environment and The Pilgrim Trust.
Title number: 17796
LSA ID: LSA/20948
Description: The film states that: 'This is not an entertainment, it is a call to action, it is about places.' While describing the area conservation schemes currently organised by the Civic Trust, this film indicates the importance of the public's role in preserving the human environment. There are shots of many towns outside London as well as London streets and buildings. There are interviews with town planners and members of conservation groups and examples are given of good and bad practice in the planning of town conservation areas. Made by World Wide Pictures. Director/Producer: Peter Bradford; Photography: Charles Smith; Animator: Ray Moore; Commentator: Phil Harland
Further information: London Metropolitan Archives' holdings of this title may not be available to view; those available are accessed by appointment only. Please contact LMA for details. Awarded Best Film of the Year by the Association of Film Societies, 1971 (renamed the Grierson Award).
Mary Means wrote on March 23, 2018:Hello, This film, A Future for the Past, was widely shown in the US in the 1970s and influenced towns to…Hello,
This film, A Future for the Past, was widely shown in the US in the 1970s and influenced towns to look beyond single historic buildings and take action. It influenced the US National Trust for Historic Preservation to produce "A Place in Time," about the value of historic buildings, and later (1979) to produce "Main Street," which was immensely successful in sparking many towns in the US, Canada and Australia to bring life back to their town centers.