Paisley // 20 February

NEW TOUR ADDITION!  “Everybody in the world has heard of Paisley…”

Event Info


Saturday 20 February // 3.15pm

University of the West of Scotland, Paisley Campus, High Street entrance, Paisley PA1 2BE // No tickets required – Come along on the day! // How to get here

The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) is celebrating the launch of Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 with an afternoon of Paisley on Film. Made in My Toun: Paisley is a unique programme of archive films and special guests reflecting on the past back to look forward into the future of a town whose name is known around the world. Drop-in just before the screening between 1.30pm and 3pm for Bring Your Own Archive where the wonderful Screen Banditas will be showing lost and found films and photos of Paisley. Bring your own along to have them shared and projected on the big screen.

From death-defying acrobatic stunts performed by the Paisley Fire Brigade in 1933 to the opening of the town’s first multi-storey building, George Court in the late 1950s, the films being screened from the Moving Image Archive show Paisley has always had a reputation for innovation and pushing boundaries. Join in the post-screening blether about the possibilities for creating archives for the future. On the panel will be Dr John Scally, National Librarian and Chief Executive of the National Library of Scotland, Paisley artist and filmmaker Falconer Houston, Richard Weeks of Renfrewshire Leisure and Paisley Camcorder Club, and Screen Bandita Lydia Beilby.

Made in My Toun is a screening of rare films from the archives telling the story of urban growth across Scotland, followed by a panel discussion – or ‘blether’ – about re-presenting our towns and cities on the big screen. On tour from Ayr to Aberdeen, Made in My Toun is part of the BFI Britain on Film project: making thousands of newly digitised film and TV titles from archives across the UK available to view online. Join curator Shona Thomson in celebrating the ‘touns’ that have changed the face of Scotland.

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