ULITA – an Archive of International Textiles


Professor Barker Peruvian research film, 1926

A digital copy of a 1926 research film created in support of the research of Professor Aldred F. Barker (1868-1964), the third Head of the Department of Textile Industries in the University of Leeds.

The film is associated with the published report ‘The prospective development of Peru: sheep-breeding and wool-growing country’, 1927 (The University of Leeds).

At a meeting in 1920 with Professor Cossar Ewart (Edinburgh University) the idea was formed of the possibility of developing Peru as a wool-growing country They also wanted to prove that Peruvian sheep could thrive in the UK.
The government of Peru already had a model farm at Chuquibambilla, Southern Peru.  In early 1926 Barker accepted an invitation from President Leguia to visit, inspect and report on the 5 year experiment.  He toured other textile production areas of Peru, as well as Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina, and brought back several woven textiles, now housed in ULITA.

The majority of the film shows alpaca, llama and sheep at the model farm, but also Professor Barker inspecting the herd and talking with men.

This film was discovered in ULITA – an Archive of International Textiles in 2016, and was digitised in 2017.

There are photographs related to the film in the Archive of the Department of Textile Industries in ULITA, and the Barker Archive in Leeds University Library’s Special Collections MS1565.

Catalogue ref: ULITA2017.280
16mm film, 5 minutes 15 seconds, silent, 1926.
Digital transfer from nitrate. Original copy deposited at British Film Institute (BFI) National Archive (N-654297).
Digitisation supported by Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society

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