The British Film Institute presents the best global cinema on-demand:
From classic and contemporary films to the best of the BFI National Archive.

Peace Celebrations at Haslingden July 19th 1919
Peace Celebrations at Haslingden July 19th 1919

Peace Celebrations at Haslingden July 19th 1919 1919

Close

This film is certified

Please confirm that you accept our terms of use.

Close

Peace Celebrations at Haslingden July 19th 1919 1919

13 mins United Kingdom

Across Britain the country came together to celebrate Peace Day, but few portraits of the events could be as charming as this one, filmed in the Lancashire town of Haslingden. From the delightful giggle fits during the opening titles to the exhausted infant at the end, there's an unpolished and playful quality to the way these scenes were filmed that lets them reach across the years.

Eight months after the armistice and three weeks after the Treaty of Versailles was signed, the decision to co-ordinate a day to celebrate peace was not without its critics. As the Cenotaph (or a temporary version of it) was unveiled in London, elsewhere there were riots and protests about the lack of opportunities and help for returning soldiers. If that sentiment was felt in Haslingden, it's not apparent here, as the citizens pose and perform for a cameraman with a playful spirit. Look out for the backwards scenes and an appearance, of sorts, of Charlie Chaplin.

Read lessRead more
Part of

1,000s of beautifully preserved films, capturing 120 years of Britain on Film

Explore
The map

Subscription

View All

Welcome to a new subscription service like no other.

>100s of hand-picked classics and critically-acclaimed films

>Critic Mark Kermode picks a must-see film every week

>No contract, cancel anytime

Cookies Policy

This website uses cookies, as explained in our Cookies Policy.

To accept the terms and hide this message please click 'I accept'.

I accept

Passionate about film? So are we…

Don't miss the email made for the in-the-know film fan:

New releases — on the same day as in cinemas Special collections & unheralded classics Exclusive news on discounts


Never ask | Ask me later