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Clown and Police
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Clown and Police

Trick film19002 minsSilent

A Victorian vaudeville routine is given the big screen treatment with camera tricks galore.

Bank Holiday Crowds at Resorts
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Bank Holiday Crowds at Resorts

News19612 minsSilent Location: Southend-on-Sea

Sailors and their sweethearts, jive dancing teens, grandpa in a pac-a-mac - a carefree day for many on August Bank Holiday Monday in Sheringham, Cromer, Southend and Felixstowe.

Weymouth
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Weymouth

Amateur film19564 minsSilent Location: Weymouth

A family holiday to the popular summer retreat on the coast of Dorset.

Train Station
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Train Station

Non-Fiction18991 minsSilent Location: Cockermouth

Driver and Station Master exchange a staff as this LNWR 'local' stops for passengers

Bognor 1954
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Bognor 1954

Amateur film19547 minsSilent Location: Bognor Regis

Amateur film of a family trip to Bognor, including shots of the beach and the pier.

Grandma's Reading Glass
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Grandma's Reading Glass

Trick film19001 minsSilent

A boy examines things through his Grandmother’s magnifying glass, and early film takes a huge step forward.

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Victorian Film
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Victorian Film

Queen Victoria's long reign famously saw extraordinary advances: in industry, transport, science, culture... But one vital innovation is too often missed: the moving image, the last great invention of the age. Yet film forever changed the way we see the world. And even before the French Lumière brothers presented their first demonstrations in London in 1895, British filmmakers were beginning to make their mark. Now, for the first time, we are making publically available all of the BFI's collections of British films made in the first six years of the medium - from 1895 to 1901.

LGBT Britain
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LGBT Britain

This colourful and challenging collection explores screen representations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lives over the past century.

The Victorian Street
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The Victorian Street

Some of the most fascinating of early films are those which are content to watch the Victorian world go by. Numerous filmmakers parked their cameras on street corners, outside workplaces or churches, or into sports venues to capture moments of everyday life.