Bring the restaurant to you: gastronomic inspiration for novice cooks and greedy gourmands
From fine dining to comfort food, we’ve got you covered with this mouthwatering selection spanning decades of making, cooking - and eating. Nostalgic childhood favourites, regional delicacies and recipe tips for the thrifty are all on hand, whether you’re after artisan cheese, homemade samosas or a full turkey dinner. This collection also reflects the challenge of feeding the nation during two world wars and how an increasingly multicultural society saw postwar Britain’s culinary landscape burst into colour.
News19725 mins Location: Wednesbury
Tasting the plain, good 'fittle' of the Black Country - just remember to pull the hairs out of those pork scratchings.
Non-Fiction19657 mins Location: Birmingham
From the House of Liang Nam to the Kam Ling Bamboo Rooms: the pioneers who made the long journey from Hong Kong to bring Chinese food to Birmingham.
Guests to impress? Celebrity chef Marcel Boulestin out a quick veal escalope with the aid of a shiny new gas cooker.
Cookery show197327 mins
Dorothy Sleightholme, Yorkshire's answer to Fanny Cradock, makes a meal of turkey leftovers in this seasonal offering from the Farmhouse Kitchen.
Amateur film19498 minsSilent
There are culinary catastrophes galore when Mrs Newlywed attempts to cook the couple's first meal in their austerity kitchen.
Documentary198624 mins Location: Scarborough
A real appetiser of a film, as Yorkshire and beyond reveals some of its gastronomic concoctions, such as the Pontefract cake, Bakewell pudding, and fare not for the queasy.
Non-Fiction19672 mins Location: Birmingham
Will a dispute between China and Britain over Hong Kong harm sales in Birmingham's busy Chinese restaurants?
Ever wondered how your Christmas Stilton is made? All is revealed in this delectable short produced by pioneer Charles Urban.
Magazine and Review show19828 mins Location: Leicester
By 1982 the Indian restaurant was a familiar sight but vegetarian options were still a rarity. Hilary Minster goes in search of the perfect veggie chaat in Leicester.
Amateur film19498 minsSilent
There's magical mayhem in the kitchen when the magician's wife makes use of a most unusual cooking utensil - her husband's magic wand.
The iconic Findus frozen food, a crispy pancake wrapped around a choice of four different fillings.
From British Restaurants to American victory gardens, this survey of food rationing in 1943 shows the effect of the war on the eating habits of civilians and soldiers alike.
Government sponsored film19418 mins
Welcome to an obscure but delightful corner of film history where Masterchef, rationing and surrealism meet public information films.
Cheese Mites; Or, Lilliputians in a London RestaurantCheese Mites; Or, Lilliputians in a London Restaurant
Trick film19011 minsSilent
Discovering an infestation in a restaurant has never been as much fun as in this early trick film
Seventies nostalgia abounds in this advert for Shippam's Country Pot - for sandwiches with a bit of Ooooh-Aaar
Boring sandwiches get a tasty Shippam's make-over in this classic comedy commercial from the 70s starring the legendary Roy Kinnear
Public Information Filler192820 minsSilent Location: Bermondsey
The original foodie city: from bustling Bermondsey Wharves through Smithfield and Billingsgate to London's street markets and general stores.
Helping the Food Controller in 1000 Home Gardens at BournvilleHelping the Food Controller in 1000 Home Gardens at Bournville
Self-sufficiency in a Midlands garden suburb supports national resilience during WWI