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We’re all too familiar with the challenges of today’s welfare system; austerity measures, cuts to the NHS and the increase of taxes are all permanent fixtures of our social fabric. Rewinding the Welfare State: A Social History of the North East on Film offers us a walk through history, one which will pose questions on the modern day as much as it does the past.

The timely, imperative and investigative collection of films is brought to screens across the North East by the North East Film Archive in partnership with Teesside University academic researcher Dr Ben Lamb, and is expected to be a pressing illustration into the impact of the welfare state on communities and social development in the North East from the 1920’s until present day.

Incorporating archival local news reports, television documentaries, trade union campaigns and community-made films, screenings will offer something a little different than a traditional one-to-one viewing of archives; audiences will be invited to share their own journeys and interact with the content on screen, with each event offering a unique viewing experience tailored to moments most prevalent within the local area.

Rewinding The Welfare State is screened in October at Stockton Library (Thursday 3rd), Curve Lecture Theatre, Teesside University (Saturday 12th), Jarrow Focus (Wednesday 16th), in November at MIMA, Middlesbrough (Thursday 7th), Star & Shadow Cinema, Newcastle (Sunday 17th), and in December at The Tansy Centre, Sunderland (Monday 16th) and Discovery Museum, Newcastle (Sunday 22nd)

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