News and InformationImportant anniversaries and more in depth info about Skyworks, our Aerial Footage and Archive
Enjoy a relaxing experience seeing the world as a bird drifting through the clouds, and let the beautiful music of Pachelbel’s Canon in D give you relaxation and peace. Our special edit gives you 30 minutes of unbroken beauty. Enjoy!
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Picture: Meditation by rdevries on OpenClipart – https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/
This year marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. Today she is one of the most highly celebrated English novelists – but she published anonymously and so was relatively unknown in her own lifetime.
We had a look through our HD aerial collection and found a few interesting locations that relate to her life and work….
Chatsworth Estate and House – The Pemberley Estate in the 2005 film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice starring Kiera Knightly. Chatsworth is also explicitly mentioned in Austen’s novel…
The Cobb at Lyme Regis – a key setting in her final novel, Persuasion. Austen visited here in real life on at least two occasions…
Winchester Cathedral – Jane Austen’s final resting place, and where you can visit her memorial plaque and window…
Picture: Horse and Rider by Firkin on OpenClipart – https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/
In 1997 Scotland voted in favour of the creation of a devolved Scottish Parliament with its own powers within the United Kingdom. This year is the 20th anniversary of that decision.
Then began the planning and building of the Scottish Parliament Building in Holyrood, Edinburgh. Catalan architect Enric Miralles designed the striking postmodern building, which was completed in 2004.
Scottish Parliament had previously ended with the Treaty of Union between Scotland and England in 1707, creating the Parliament of Great Britain located at Westminster Palace in London.
The Scottish Parliament Building could be viewed practically and symbolically as Scottish political affairs being relocated back to Scotland. Here is a clip for our HD aerial collection of building –
Image: Thumbs Up Scotland with Stroke by GDJ (w/o endorsement) on OpenClipart – https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/
In Victorian England 150 years ago, Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone for a new building that is now an iconic cultural centre for music and performance. She named it the Royal Albert Hall of Arts and Sciences in honour of her husband, Prince Albert, who conceived the idea but died before it was realised.
The circular Grade I listed building with it’s iron and glass dome, situated in South Kensington in London will be familiar to many – as will the famous events it hosts, such as the BBC Proms, Cirque du Soleil, and live classical and film music orchestral performances.
The Hall wasn’t completed until 1871, so it’s official 150th celebration will be in 2021.
Picture of Queen Victoria by Firkin (w/o endorsement) from OpenClipart – https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/
This year marks JFK’s 100th birthday, had he lived. John F. Kennedy was the 35th President of the United States of America.
The Kennedy family are a fascinating part of a American history and politics, and their story has most recently been portrayed on the big screen in ‘Jackie’, a feature film focusing on the First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9pW3B8Ycc4
The film is structured around an interview that Jackie held with a Life magazine reporter at the Kennedy family compound at Hyannis Port after JFK was assassinated. Below is an HD aerial of the Kennedy Compound from our collection.
It was a home of JFK, his parents and his siblings, as he was growing up. After JFK was elected, it became his presidential retreat. The compound is now a National Historic Landmark.
Picture of JFK’s Face by j4p4n (w/o endorsement) from OpenClipart – https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/
The FOCAL International Awards 2017 are underway and the final round nominees have been announced. FOCAL International will hold the awards ceremony on 25th May.
Hardeep Singh Kohli will host the event.
Each year, this event celebrates the crucial role of library footage in the production of audio-visual projects. And this year, Skyworks’s Visual Archive Manager Kevin Mannion has volunteered to be a juror in the category for the ‘Best Use of Footage in a History Feature’. FOCAL extended this offer to participate to its members.
The final round films are:
- Letters From Baghdad – Between the Rivers Productions LLC
- School Revolution 1918-1939 – Les Films Du Poisson
- The Tragedy Of The International Brigades – Kuiv Productions
In short, we’re looking forward to viewing these films, and to the announcement of the winners!
And here’s more information about the event and the people involved – http://www.focalint.org/focal-international-awards
Image: Film Tape Reel by studio_hades on OpenClipart – https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/