On the Move
Britain in the early 20th century was a society in a hurry - and transport was changing fast.
The era of mass transportation launched by the Victorians gathered pace in the Edwardian age, with horse and steam power increasingly giving way to electricity and petrol. Countless horse-drawn coaches, buses and carts, not to mention bicycles and trams (and the very occasional car) find their way into Mitchell and Kenyon's films. But there are also a number in which transport is the star of the show. Among them is footage of seaports, boats and ocean liners. But the most frequent images, and among the most magical, take us on a journey into the heart of Britain's towns and cities. 'Phantom ride' films like these - shot from the front of a train or tram - were a very popular early film form. Mitchell and Kenyon made a handful of films from trains, but their particular speciality was the urban tram. These films glide us through a living Edwardian city, almost as if we were there. Digitisation of this collection was funded by The National Lottery.
Non-Fiction19029 minsSilent Location: Portishead
A fine variety of views of the Avon gorge taken from various positions downstream from the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
Non-Fiction19001 minsSilent Location: Furness Abbey
A driver's view of the Furness Railway through Furness Abbey Tunnel and Station.
Non-Fiction19043 minsSilent Location: Sunderland
The thrill of a ride through central Sunderland to the sea at Roker.
Liverpool As Seen from the Front of an Electric Car from the Pierhead to the Circus (1901)Liverpool As Seen from the Front of an Electric Car from the Pierhead to the Circus (1901)
Non-Fiction19012 minsSilent Location: Liverpool
A fascinating film tour into the heart of Edwardian Liverpool.
Non-Fiction19012 minsSilent Location: Egremont
Edwardian tourists and businessmen hurry off the ferry and down the long pier at Egremont on the River Mersey.
Beautiful Panorama of Railway Ride from St. German to Millbay (1901)Beautiful Panorama of Railway Ride from St. German to Millbay (1901)
Non-Fiction19013 minsSilent Location: Plymouth
Views from an Edwardian railway trip, filmed just east of the Devon-Cornwall border and over the Tamar.
Cunard Mail Steamer Lucania Leaving For America (1901)Cunard Mail Steamer Lucania Leaving For America (1901)
Non-Fiction190116 minsSilent Location: Liverpool
The luxurious RMS Lucania is bound for New York in one of Mitchell & Kenyon's most elaborate and striking films.
Non-Fiction19024 minsSilent Location: Halifax
A breathtaking winter journey in the Pennines, from country to town and back again via electric tram.
Non-Fiction19017 minsSilent Location: Morecambe
Crystal-clear views of town, sands, sea, tourists and locals at the Lancashire resort.
Non-Fiction19014 minsSilent Location: Belfast
Downtown Belfast is easily recognisable in these scenes from a tramcar ride in 1901.
Non-Fiction19011 minsSilent Location: Tay Bridge
A journey across the well-known Scottish railway bridge, filmed from the engine front.
Non-Fiction19025 minsSilent Location: Sheffield
An excellent 'phantom ride' through the heart of Edwardian Yorkshire's 'Steel City'.
Non-Fiction190311 minsSilent Location: Lytham
The inauguration of the Blackpool to Lytham tram route on 28 May 1903.
Ride from Blarney to Cork on Cork & Muskerry Light Railway (1902)Ride from Blarney to Cork on Cork & Muskerry Light Railway (1902)
Tranquil scenes of rural Edwardian Ireland, on a rail journey with views of Blarney Castle.
Non-Fiction19055 minsSilent Location: Rochdale
Splendid views of Edwardian Rochdale from the front of a tram after a recent dusting of snow.
Non-Fiction190710 minsSilent Location: Accrington
Cheering crowds and much jubilation greet the launch of the Accrington to Oswaldtwistle electric tram service.
Tram Ride from Port Soderick to Douglas Head (1902)Tram Ride from Port Soderick to Douglas Head (1902)
Non-Fiction19022 minsSilent Location: Port Soderick Glen
A panoramic voyage along the breathtaking Isle of Man coast.
Non-Fiction19015 minsSilent Location: Seacombe
Ferries across the Mersey show Edwardian workers on their daily commute to and from Liverpool.
Tram Ride from King Street to Patrick's Bridge, Cork (1902)Tram Ride from King Street to Patrick's Bridge, Cork (1902)
A swift ride through the centre of Cork on an early electric tram.
Electric Tram Rides from Forster Square, Bradford (1902)Electric Tram Rides from Forster Square, Bradford (1902)
Non-Fiction19029 minsSilent Location: Bradford
An epic tour of the places and people of Edwardian Bradford.
Non-Fiction19022 minsSilent Location: Derry / Londonderry
Bustling scenes show Edwardian Derry-Londonderry before industrialisation took hold.
Non-Fiction19012 minsSilent Location: North Shields
Girls gut herring on the quay at North Shields while a Showman tries to stir up trouble.