The Great and the Good
Royals, military heroes and sportsmen compete in the Edwardian fame game.
Mitchell and Kenyon's films suggest a company that was most at ease filming ordinary people at work and play. But the Edwardian era, just as today, had its public figures who could draw an audience - and audiences were M&K's business. Edwardian celebrity culture was narrower than today's. The royal family, naturally, were top of the tree. M&K was among the many companies to film Victoria's 1901 funeral, and royals, led by King Edward VII himself, feature often in their films - usually glimpsed briefly in a passing carriage. Behind follow military heroes of the Boer War, politicians and a host of mayors and other local dignitaries. But there are also early signs of the transformation of stardom that would be one of the hallmarks of the 20th century. An increasingly professionalised world of sport was already building a celebrity class of its own. Film and pop stars would follow, and from there the whole panoply of the modern fame game. Digitisation of this collection was funded by The National Lottery.
Non-Fiction19015 minsSilent Location: Hyde Park
The crowds stand silent as the nation says goodbye to Queen Victoria in February 1901.
Non-Fiction19061 minsSilent Location: Liverpool
A bagpipe band marches in honour of Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, on her visit to Liverpool.
Non-Fiction19021 minsSilent Location: Isle of Man
Crowds clamour for a view of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra (on tour) in the Isle of Man.
Lord Mayor of Cork Arriving For Official Opening of Cork Exhibition (1902)Lord Mayor of Cork Arriving For Official Opening of Cork Exhibition (1902)
Irish dignitaries turn up as Cork hosts the World's Fair.
Non-Fiction19019 minsSilent Location: Old Trafford Cricket Ground
Did he bowl or did he throw? A fascinating record of an early cricketing controversy.
Wigan Coronation Celebrations and Street Scenes (1902)Wigan Coronation Celebrations and Street Scenes (1902)
Non-Fiction19025 minsSilent Location: Wigan
Men and boys (and a few girls) mark Edward VII's coronation on the picturesque cobbled streets of central Wigan.
Non-Fiction19024 minsSilent Location: Wigan
The sun shines on the mayor's procession in Wigan to mark the coronation of Edward VII.
Non-Fiction19112 minsSilent Location: Chorley
The Lancashire cotton town brings out the bunting for George V's big day.
Documentary19028 minsSilent Location: Accrington
The Lancashire town greets Edward VII's big day with a cheery spectacle.
Visit of H.R.H. Princess Louise to Blackburn (1905)Visit of H.R.H. Princess Louise to Blackburn (1905)
Non-Fiction190513 minsSilent Location: Blackburn
A majestic Blackpool monument to Queen Victoria is unveiled by Princess Louise.
Royal Proclamation of Death of Queen Victoria, Blackburn (1901)Royal Proclamation of Death of Queen Victoria, Blackburn (1901)
Non-Fiction19012 minsSilent Location: Blackburn
Crowds gather outside the Town Hall to hear the town crier's royal announcement.
Non-Fiction19018 minsSilent Location: Liverpool
Remarkable scenes of St George's Day celebrations in early 20th century Merseyside.
Non-Fiction190213 minsSilent Location: Clitheroe
Lancashire bands and Beefeaters celebrate the crowning of King George V.
Police Annual Inspection at Birchfields Park (1901)Police Annual Inspection at Birchfields Park (1901)
Non-Fiction19019 minsSilent Location: Manchester
Edwardian Manchester bobbies are put through their paces.
Non-Fiction19023 minsSilent Location: Manchester
King Edward VII pays tribute to Manchester scholars during a visit to the city.
Non-Fiction19117 minsSilent Location: Great Harwood
Crowds celebrate the crowning of George V and his consort Mary on a windy June day in the Lancashire mill town.
His Worship the Mayor Leaving Lancaster Town Hall (1902)His Worship the Mayor Leaving Lancaster Town Hall (1902)
Non-Fiction19020 minsSilent Location: Lancaster
Mitchell & Kenyon capture the 'lighter' side of Lancastrian officialdom.
Arrival of VIPs for Official Opening of Cork Exhibition (1902)Arrival of VIPs for Official Opening of Cork Exhibition (1902)
Horse-drawn carriages deliver dignitaries to the Cork Exhibition.
Visit of the Duke of Connaught CIC Forces in Ireland and Prince Henry of Prussia to Cork Exhibition (1902)Visit of the Duke of Connaught CIC Forces in Ireland and Prince Henry of Prussia to Cork Exhibition (1902)
Representatives of two royal families visit one of early 20th century Ireland's most ambitious exhibitions.
Funeral of the Late Captain of the Mexborough Fire Brigade (1902)Funeral of the Late Captain of the Mexborough Fire Brigade (1902)
Non-Fiction19024 minsSilent Location: Doncaster
A well-respected community figure is laid to rest in Edwardian South Yorkshire.
Leeds Mayoral Procession For the Coronation Celebrations (1902)Leeds Mayoral Procession For the Coronation Celebrations (1902)
Non-Fiction19022 minsSilent Location: Leeds
Edward VII's rescheduled coronation was held on 8th August, not a nice day in Leeds...
Trade Procession at Opening of Cork Exhibition (1902)Trade Procession at Opening of Cork Exhibition (1902)
Businesses, unions, religious representatives and civic dignitaries march through Cork.
Non-Fiction19013 minsSilent Location: St Helens
Members of this Friendly Society stream past the camera.
Mounted police lead smartly uniformed firefighters past William Widdup's furniture store in Edwardian Nelson.
Non-Fiction19029 minsSilent Location: Old Elvet, Durham
Thousands march up Old Elvet in Durham to mark the Coronation of Edward VII.
Non-Fiction19021 minsSilent Location: Accrington
A small crowd greets a local Conservative parliamentary candidate at Accrington station.
Non-Fiction19062 minsSilent Location: Blackpool
A lively crowd greets Blackpool's Conservative MP - possibly on election day.
Non-Fiction19035 minsSilent Location: Burnley
Unusual and sombre footage of much-loved Lancashire priest's funeral.
Non-Fiction19042 minsSilent Location: Manchester
Crowds line the streets of Edwardian Manchester to send off an unidentified military hero.
Birmingham University Procession on Degree Day (1901)Birmingham University Procession on Degree Day (1901)
Non-Fiction19019 minsSilent Location: Birmingham
Female graduates and gents sporting spectacular Edwardian whiskers take part in Birmingham’s first Degree Day ceremony.
Lord Roberts Presenting Medals to Boer War Volunteers in Liverpool (1901)Lord Roberts Presenting Medals to Boer War Volunteers in Liverpool (1901)
Non-Fiction19019 minsSilent Location: Liverpool
The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces recognises war heroes old and new in front of crowds on a wet day in Edwardian Liverpool.