Let’s get physical! With over a century of exercise on film, this collection offers some high intensity viewing.
Victorians might not have known how to Zumba, but few generations have been without a fitness craze. Since its earliest days film has been used to champion a variety of physical pursuits, from calisthenics and cycling to haggis hurling.
Whether it's the spectacle of the form in motion, the pursuit of healthy body and mind, or an excuse to let it all hang out, this collection is testament to the fact that when it comes to exercise it’s not about winning, it’s the taking part that counts.
Amateur film196719 minsSilent Location: Stoke Mandeville
Rare home movie capturing sporting action in 1967 at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, birthplace of the Paralympics.
News19744 mins Location: Woodsetton
They breed them hard in Dudley - running non-stop for 24 hours is nothing to Ron Bentley: his next challenge is to race over 800 miles.
School programme and Educational film195214 mins Location: Leigh-on-Sea
Want to learn to dance the Swedish Masquerade, Dutch Hakke Toone, or maybe the Italian Tarantella? Essex schoolchildren show us how it’s done.
News19755 mins Location: Leicester
Their training regime includes lifting a lump of concrete into a tree - meet the Leicester tug-of-war team preparing to take on the world.
Magazine and Review show192612 minsSilent
Who needs an iron when you have a jam jar to hand? The Hints and Hobbies team return for the last surviving edition of the weekly cinemagazine.
Current affairs198811 mins Location: Leeds
This film sees Sheffield Council reform and modernise their approach to female leisure activities for their diverse and busy community.
Amateur film193311 minsSilent Location: Swansea/Abertawe
The Vetch Field stadium in Swansea is occupied by Urdd Gobaith Cymru – The Welsh League of Hope – for 2 days of mass gymnastics in June 1933.
Day School Sports at Park Avenue in Bradford (1902)Day School Sports at Park Avenue in Bradford (1902)
Non-Fiction190213 minsSilent Location: Bradford
Barrels of laughs and sackfuls of fun at a school sports event in Edwardian West Yorkshire.
Amateur film196311 minsSilent Location: Great Yarmouth
Pedal power wins, whatever the weather, as cycle-mad teenagers put the miles in for a pre-Christmas weekend of festive fun by the sea.
Amateur film193012 minsSilent Location: Tangmere
Join the crowds dazzled by keep-fit frolics, a record breaking air race, a speed boat celebrity and joy-riding at an air circus in this 1931 film from the Bognor Regis Film Society.
Promotional195111 minsSilent Location: Little Chalfont
Joining the Countrywide Holiday Association after the war to keep fit brought Jo Peters another reward - a wife!
Amateur film19462 minsSilent Location: Clacton-On-Sea
With war over, Butlin's was back in business. Happy campers were keen for a taste of fresh air and exercise - with all ages, shapes and sizes limbering up and letting their hair down!
Home movie19020 minsSilent Location: Sandown
Seaside larks aplenty in this very early home movie by pioneer amateur filmmaker Alfred Passmore
Secondary School Gymnastics: Leyton County High School for BoysSecondary School Gymnastics: Leyton County High School for Boys
Sport193611 minsSilent Location: Leyton
London schoolboys demonstrate impressive range of gymnastic moves for the cameras.
Non-Fiction19051 minsSilent Location: Blackburn
Lancashire children perform physical education exercises in (almost) perfect unison.
In Welsh Hills - a record of pleasant hours among the mountains of SnowdoniaIn Welsh Hills - a record of pleasant hours among the mountains of Snowdonia
Amateur film195015 minsSilent Location: Nant Ffrancon
A film highly commended in 1950 by the National Eisteddfod in Caerffili, the Scottish Amateur Film Festival, and Amateur Cine World magazine.
Non-Fiction19246 minsSilent Location: Aberystwyth
Exercises to stimulate the healthy development of the growing child: vaulting, somersaulting, hurdling, jumping, leap-frogging, dancing – and violin playing.
A companion to Highlanders Drilling, the two films attest to the sheer athleticism of the regiment.