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Nessie appears from film archive

Loch Ness Monster film
Unesco wants to raise awareness of the importance of AV documents

A 1936 film that claimed to show the first evidence of the Loch Ness monster is among rarely-seen archive footage set to be shown in Scotland.

The material can be seen at Glasgow Film Theatre and the National Library of Scotland (NLS) as part of Unesco's World Day for Audiovisual Heritage.

It includes the UK's earliest-known personal wedding film and US actress Vera Reynolds visiting Glasgow in 1926.

A number of films will also be available on the NLS website.

The library currently has about 67 films available to see online, with plans to increase this to 100 in the next few weeks.

These include the last tram in Edinburgh in 1956, sausage making in the 1930s through to the story of Jean Cameron of Clova - a wartime postal worker who pioneered trousers for female "posties".

Unesco declared the heritage day to raise awareness of the importance of audiovisual documents to national identity and promote their preservation.

Vera Reynolds in Glasgow
A film of Vera Reynolds in Glasgow in 1926 will also be shown

Janet McBain, curator of the Scottish Screen Archive at the National Library of Scotland, said: "Our conservation work ensures old and often damaged film can be made available for future generations to enjoy when otherwise they may have been lost forever.

"For example, our footage of the earliest known wedding film of the 4th Marquess of Bute to Miss Augusta Bellingham, took our dedicated team over three years to restore and produce for public view.

"This day is a fantastic opportunity to not only reveal some hidden audiovisual gems but also highlight the great care that goes into preserving material for public display."

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