Across what is now Pakistan from Karachi through Balochistan to Lahore and onwards to the North West Frontier
As part of the collection we have included films shot in the west of what was then British India – and what is now Pakistan. From tantalising glimpses of Karachi in the 1940s we head north through Balochistan to Quetta and witness home movie footage of the terrible devastation wrought by the 1935 earthquake. Our journey through Punjab takes in epic footage of prayers at Lahore’s Badshahi mosque and a documentary about life in Rawalpindi in 1928. Our journey ends in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with stops in Peshawar and the Hunza Valley.
Lahore - Refugees from India
Amateur film19474 minsSilent
Millions of Muslims flee to Lahore in the newly created state of Pakistan, prompted by the partition of British India
Edward Prince of Wales' Tour of India: Peshawar, The Khyber Pass and Rawl Pindi
The future Edward VIII enjoys stunning mountain scenery on a visit to the Khyber Pass during his royal tour
Delhi to the North West Frontier
Amateur film193514 minsSilent
Amateur film featuring government buildings in Delhi, a shooting party in Malakand and winter in Abbottabad
Durbar at Lahore, 1937: Gorrie Personal Film No. 34
Amateur film193717 minsSilent
The pomp and ceremony of Empire, including the Viceroy’s Durbar at the Lahore Fort
Simla Scenes: Indian Viceroy at Lahore
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
Randolph Bezzant Holmes India Films
Amateur film191929 minsSilent
Military occasions around India and Pakistan, featuring the Khyber Pass, Srinagar, Rawalpindi and Peshawar
Lahore, 1936: Gorrie Personal Film No. 37
Amateur film193613 minsSilent
Amateur film showing events including a Muharram procession and a military parade for the accession of King George VI
Khyber Pass; Kashmir; Agra
Amateur film19289 minsSilent
Romantic, atmospheric travelogue capturing some of northern India’s most iconic places – not least the Taj Mahal.
Quetta Earthquake (Universal Talking News No. 515)
Footage revealing the devastating aftermath of one of Asia’s most destructive earthquakes that took place in Quetta, Pakistan in 1935.
Quetta - Damghan
Amateur film194317 minsSilent
Amateur colour footage by Sir Clarmont Skrine from 1943, showing the people, landscapes and landmarks of numerous places in Iran.