A vintage mobile cinema first used by the then Ministry of Technology to educate workers about manufacturing will be at an event in Greenwich this weekend.

The Bedford lorry, modified by Coventry Steel Caravans in the Sixties for use as a cinema by PERA (Production Engineering Research Association), was driven around Britain’s factories and production lines as part of a programme to train workers. It changed hands several times after being sold by the government in 1974 and was restored around a decade ago; it now resides at Bicester Heritage and appears at Goodwood Revival on a regular basis.

This weekend it will be showing short British Pathe festive films at the SAMPLE Christmas event near North Greenwich station. Held from 11am until 7pm, the event will also feature a classic Airstream caravan being used as barber and hairdresser, and over 100 more stalls run by ’emerging’ traders. 

It’s one of the first pop-up markets to take place on the newly redeveloped Greenwich Peninsula. Vendors will cater to varied tastes, offering food, fashion and homeware, while the Vintage Mobile Cinema will be screening 10-minute long films on a free “hop-on-hop-off” basis.

SAMPLE Christmas, Peninsula Square, Greenwich, 1st and 2nd of December from 11am until 7pm. For more information, visit the SAMPLE Christmas website here.

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