Welcome to the Pleasures Past website – home of the premier archive of local footage for the Merseyside area of England.


Our videos and DVDs provide an insight into the past century of the lives of the people of our area. The sights, sounds and events have been captured from 16mm, Standard 8mm, Super 8mm and 9.5mm film.




Angus Tilston - Producer

Have you ever wondered what people did for fun over the last hundred years or so, just after the dawn of the cinématic age?

People living in the North West of England were out and about recording everyday life with cin̩ cameras, using 16mm, Super 8mm and 9.5mm film Рmore recently, of course, with digital video.

From 1897 to the present, cinéasts have been filming many of the events that have enriched the lives of local people in both large and small ways.

'Pleasures Past' Series Producer Angus Tilston has collected choice examples of this footage and presents it on video, most of it for the first time. The soundtracks to the tapes feature some of the most well known people from the area, including Monty Lister of BBC Radio Merseyside, Ray Dunbobbin and Ken Dodd.

Click on the Products Page to view information about the VHS and DVD formats available, the events that each portrays and details of how to buy them.

LetÂ’s journey back in time to the dawn of the 20th Century.