Church is the place to meet, see and be seen for these faithful Edwardians.
Of a weekday, Mitchell and Kenyon's cameramen might be occupied filming workers leaving factories or schoolchildren parading. On occasional Sundays, they found themselves with a more sombre subject: the faithful leaving places of worship. Mitchell and Kenyon's 'church gate' films mirror their 'factory gate' films, filling the frame with faces - though typically shot from a more respectful distance. Elsewhere, they shot footage of parades or processions with a religious flavour, with several featuring the Christian youth movement the Boys Brigade. The Anglican church was England's most prominent, but Catholicism has a strong presence here, reflecting its strength in M&K's Lancashire backyard and in southern Ireland. Several non-conformist denominations get a look-in too. These films show us another side of the Edwardian age, revealing how integral Christianity still was to public life. Unlike most factories or schools, churches brought the classes together, so these films offer us a vivid cross-section of society at prayer. Digitisation of this collection was funded by The National Lottery.
Non-Fiction19011 mins Location: Birmingham
Church school pupils set off for a trip to the famous Birmingham entertainment hall.
Non-Fiction190411 mins Location: Manchester
A damp and murky day greets the annual Whitsuntide Catholic procession in Edwardian Manchester.
Non-Fiction190213 mins Location: Birkenhead
May Queens and drag queens, cadets and clowns: thousands turn out for an Edwardian fundraiser in the Merseyside town.
Non-Fiction19023 mins Location: Accrington
An Edwardian congregation emerges after Sunday service in Accrington, Lancashire.
Non-Fiction19023 mins Location: Manchester
Residents of Manchester's own 'Little Italy' put on a display of religious pomp during the city's annual Whit Walk.
Non-Fiction19021 mins Location: St Hilda's
A small crowd bustles outside the now-demolished Centenary Methodist Wesleyan Chapel.
Non-Fiction19017 mins Location: Manchester
Exponents of Britain's newest religion don their Sunday best for a parade through Edwardian Manchester.
Non-Fiction19049 mins Location: Manchester
Crowds throng the city streets to see a parade of beautifully turned out children in a festive parade.
Non-Fiction19022 mins Location: Kingston upon Hull
The faithful surge out of St James' Church onto a wind-swept street in Edwardian Hull.
Non-Fiction190115 mins Location: Bradford
Great fashions, hefty livestock, horse jumping and a few spectacular falls on display at an agricultural show.
Non-Fiction19022 mins Location: St Hilda's
Edwardian worshippers at a since-demolished church in Middlesbrough's former centre.
Non-Fiction19032 mins Location: Blackburn
Dressed to the nines, a Lancashire congregation leaves church in Nova Scotia, Blackburn.