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Wedding of the 4th Marquis of Bute in 1905
A film record of the 4th Marquis of Bute, John Crichton-Stuart (1881-1947) to Augusta Mary Monica Bellingham - the daugher of Sir Alan Bellingham, 4th Baronet at Castle Bellingham, County Louth, Ireland. This remarkable film is believed to the the UK's earliest wedding film. It was made in the days before cinema when travelling showmen screened films at the fairground. The personal nature of the film may mean that the film was specially commissioned by the family to record the wedding - it was made for showing to family and friends, but not general public viewing. The wedding was the society event of the year with no expense spared. The groom chartered the steamer Princess Maud to take his guests, the Isle of Bute pipe band across to Castle Bellingham in Ireland for the wedding.
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History: Research the history of Marquises of Bute and Mount Stuart using the Mount Stuart website.
Art and Design / Textiles: How many different types of costumes can you see? Can you work who the people are likely to be. Can you work out which class they come from?
Social History: Compare and contrast this film with weddings you have attended today. How does this compare with celebrity weddings.
Social History / Art and Design / English / History: Design your own four page spread in Hello or other celebrity magazeine describing the wedding and using stills from the film.
Art and Design: Develop and design your wedding outfit.
History: Find out what else was happening during 1905.
Textiles / Gender: Look at the women’s dresses. Research the history of the corset. How did they work and how did they affect women’s health?
English / History: View the film slowly and see if you can work out some of the events that are going on and what people might be saying. Write a voiceover/commentary to add the film.
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