A journey across north India from the mountains of Jammu and Kashmir to the iconic architecture of Rajasthan.
From the far north of India there’s breathtaking colour home movie of an expedition to Ladakh and its capital Leh. Heading south we travel via the former colonial summer capital of Shimla, through remarkable colour footage of Amritsar in 1947 to vibrant footage from across Rajasthan’s towns and cities, before heading east to Delhi with films capturing the old city as well as the emergence of the new. The collection includes films from Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi.
King George the Fifth's Durbar Held to Proclaim Him Emperor of IndiaKing George the Fifth's Durbar Held to Proclaim Him Emperor of India
Patriotic dispatch from the grand celebrations to mark the start of George V's reign
Amateur film194011 minsSilent
A trip to the spectacular city of Bundi and a Kathakali dance performance, filmed in vivid colour by 'envoy of the Raj' Clarmont Skrine.
Amateur film193512 minsSilent
Amateur footage of Delhi and Jaipur, from a military review to an atmospheric torchlit procession - and some armour-plated elephants
School programme and Educational film19379 mins
Life in Udaipur in Rajasthan, with shots of temples, markets and busy streets.
Amateur film194212 minsSilent
A caravan ascends the heights by the Neelum river or Kishanganga river; with views of the Rupal Glacier (or Tashain Glacier).
Delhi Durbar The State Entry into Delhi of Lord Curzon, The Viceroy, Accompanied by the Duke and Duchess of ConnaughtDelhi Durbar The State Entry into Delhi of Lord Curzon, The Viceroy, Accompanied by the Duke and Duchess of Connaught
Bring on the elephants! The spectacular opening of the 1902-03 Durbar
Amateur film193511 minsSilent
Stunning colour footage showing colonial life in the hills of Assam and bustling activity on the lakes below
One of the earliest films to be screened throughout India upon the accession of Edward VII as Emperor of India
Scenes on the River Jhelum, The Chief Waterway of Srinager, The Capital of CashmereScenes on the River Jhelum, The Chief Waterway of Srinager, The Capital of Cashmere
Impressive early tableaux at the riverbank in Srinagar
Amateur film192811 minsSilent
A tour of Kashmir and Kabul (Afghanistan) in 1928, showing camel racing, hunting with elephants, and yogic fire swinging
Amateur film19289 minsSilent
Romantic, atmospheric travelogue capturing some of northern India’s most iconic places – not least the Taj Mahal.
Amateur film192816 minsSilent
From Sir Conrad Corfield's collection, this film shows scenery around Simla, wrestling and a visit by the Maharajah Kumar.
Procession of Elephants at Jaipur; Galta; Raj MahalProcession of Elephants at Jaipur; Galta; Raj Mahal
Amateur film193312 minsSilent
Armoured elephants, sacred monkeys and a camel carriage feature in Col. George Craster’s home movie despatch from Rajasthan
Amateur film193215 minsSilent
Join the Gorrie family and students from the Forest Research Institute on an expedition into India's Seraj hills
Amateur film193113 minsSilent
An intimate insight into the servant culture and lifestyle of the Viceroy of India and family, as they visit Simla (Shimla) and Lahore
India - Hardwar C.1931: Gorrie Personal Film No. 29India - Hardwar C.1931: Gorrie Personal Film No. 29
Amateur film193118 minsSilent
Amateur shots of pilgrims and temples at Haridwar, followed by rural scenes and the Gorrie family at home.
Dignitaries including the Nizam of Hyderabad gather to celebrate the Durbar in honour of George V, who arrives by boat in Bombay (now Mumbai).
Sixty years after the event, this travelogue indicates the continued potency of the Indian Mutiny to the British in India.
Amateur film194718 minsSilent
Grand buildings and missionary work come together in the 1947 Indian tour of construction magnate John W. Laing.
The "rich and vivid spectacle" of the Durbar held for the Maharaja of Alwar is captured in gorgeous Technicolor by Jack Cardiff in this travelogue.
Amateur film19402 minsSilent
Family life in colonial India – amateur footage of a little girl with her British mother and Chinese amah
Our King Emperor and Queen Empress Hold a Durbar in DelhiOur King Emperor and Queen Empress Hold a Durbar in Delhi
"Their Imperial Majesties" King George V and Queen Mary hold ceremonial court in Delhi.
Filmed in the days when Lake Pichola still contained water (the famous Lake Palace is now frequently beached), this 1930s portrait of one of Rajasthan's most beautiful and visited cities includes many of the famous sights.
Amateur film192816 minsSilent
Join a trek through mountainous northern India and the Tibetan border region, and glimpse a ritual Buddhist ‘devil dance’
Awards Presented to Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in IndiaAwards Presented to Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in India
Colour footage shot in Delhi on the 1953 Everest expedition's return. Includes group receiving gold medals from Nehru and an official welcoming reception by the Indian Government.
Amateur film195016 minsSilent
Amateur silent colour film by a British diplomat showing buildings and gardens in Lahore, New Delhi and Kashmir, ending with views of distant Mount Everest.
Amateur film194313 minsSilent
1943 film of Peshawar, Kabul, Bamiyan, Herat and Mashhad; documenting a journey through the North West Frontier territories by British diplomat Clarmont Skrine during WWII.