Tessa Dunlop: 1916 on Film

Tessa Dunlop, historian, journalist, presenter of BBC2’s Coast and Radio 4’s Crossing Continents, and writer of the recently published The Bletchley Girls, guides us through her selection of films from 1916.

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Empire DayEmpire Day

Non-Fiction19162 minsSilent Location: London

London schoolchildren wave their flags for the first official Empire Day, as soldiers parade in the playground.

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From Trinidad to Serve the EmpireFrom Trinidad to Serve the Empire

Non-Fiction19161 minsSilent Location: London

Colonial recruits from Trinidad meet the Lord Mayor of London during WWI

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London's May QueenLondon's May Queen

Non-Fiction19161 minsSilent Location: Hayes Common

Excitable children in their Sunday finery gawp at cameras during the parade for London’s May Queen.

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Army EconomyArmy Economy

Non-Fiction19161 minsSilent Location: Osterley

Soldiers show off a fine crop of sprouts, grown at the Army Service Corps depot at Osterley Park in Hounslow.

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Shortage of MunitionsShortage of Munitions

Non-Fiction19162 mins

Was this a lesson in how to shell out on frontline firepower?

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Hands Off Baby's MilkHands Off Baby's Milk

Non-Fiction19161 minsSilent

High milk prices during WWI drive mother and child onto the street in protest