West and Central India
A journey through central and west India from Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh to Gujarat and Maharashtra.
From Dehradun’s bustling bazaar and pilgrims at the holy city of Haridwar, we travel to Varanasi and the world’s earliest surviving film of India from 1899. A royal visit in 1922 takes us to Gwalior, Bhopal and Indore before heading off to Ahmedabad in 1904. We arrive in Mumbai through the Gateway of India before joining a wedding in rural Maharashtra. The collection includes films from Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Maharashtra.
Sarnath, Benares & Santal Tribes
Film of the Santhal tribe of North East India featuring Sarnath and Benares (Varanasi) in Uttar Pradesh.
Taj Mahal, Local Indian Scenes and a cruise to Port Said: Colonel Alexander Personal Film 5
Luscious colour photography of the Taj Mahal and a Mediterranean cruise to Port Said
Street Scenes in India: Colonel Alexander Personal Film 1
From the arrival of a new viceroy to street markets, this amateur film captures the diversity of life in colonial India
Rajputana, Jhalawar, Bundi & Katakali Dancers
Amateur film194011 minsSilent
A trip to the spectacular city of Bundi and a Kathakali dance performance, filmed in vivid colour by 'envoy of the Raj' Clarmont Skrine.
Boys' Home in Ahmednagar
What’s the hidden message inside this intriguing film, shot at a Salvation Army establishment in western India?
Local Scenes in India and the Taj Mahal: Colonel Alexander Personal Film 2
This collection of amateur shots features some of the most important landmarks of Islamic power in India
Edward Prince of Wales' Tour of India: Bombay, Poona, Baroda, Jodhpur and Bikaner
The future Edward VIII visits his Empire, with Indian royalty, elephants, palaces and temples.
Edward Prince of Wales' Tour of India: Malakand, Kapurthala and Dehra Dun
The future Edward VIII visits Malakand, Kapurthala and opens the Royal Military College at Dehra Dun
Edward Prince of Wales' Tour of India: Indore, Bhopal, Gwalior and Delhi
The future Edward VIII enjoys a stately procession and visits the Taj Mahal before meeting senior Indian royalty
Edward Prince of Wales' Tour of India: Bikaner, Lucknow, Benares, Nepal and Great Tiger Shoot
The future Edward VIII enjoys receptions, playing polo and hunting tigers on his royal tour
India - Hardwar C.1931: Gorrie Personal Film No. 29
Amateur film193118 minsSilent
Amateur shots of pilgrims and temples at Haridwar, followed by rural scenes and the Gorrie family at home.
Picturesque India or, In and About Calcutta
Botanical gardens in Bombay (now Mumbai) plus the highly decorative Jain Temple in Calcutta (now Kolkata) as they were in 1913.
Historic Mutiny Sites
Sixty years after the event, this travelogue indicates the continued potency of the Indian Mutiny to the British in India.
Commissioner Higgins Visits Ahmedabad Girls' School
Salvation Army officials are given a welcoming salute on a visit to a girls' school in Gujurat, western India
Simla - Maharajah Kumar
Amateur film192816 minsSilent
From Sir Conrad Corfield's collection, this film shows scenery around Simla, wrestling and a visit by the Maharajah Kumar.
In India Today: Gandhi : Stormy Petrel of Indian Politics Pathé Gazette No. 1705
Newsreel capturing the final leg of Mahatma Gandhi’s epic 24-day march through Gujarat to break the colonial salt laws.
Sir John Laing Missionary Films Delhi & The North
Amateur film194718 minsSilent
Grand buildings and missionary work come together in the 1947 Indian tour of construction magnate John W. Laing.
Wedding of Maharaj Kumar Shri Meghrajji Shaeb of Kutch and Maharaj Shri of Kishangarh, 1933
Amateur film193342 minsSilent
Fireworks, illuminations and traditional dance all feature in a stunningly opulent royal wedding at Kundla, Gujarat
Visit of Mr. and Mrs. J. Royle and Miss H. Dowell to Kutch State...
Amateur film193634 minsSilent
Amateur footage of a tour of Kutch, Gujarat, as guests of the Maharajah
Montreal and India Newsreel Compilation - C. 1922
The Taj Mahal and shots of Jalandhar nestle between footage from Canada and Africa in this intriguing film compilation
Eastern Architecture 1630 A.D.
Wonder at the beauty, splendour and grace of the Taj Mahal, erected in 1630 by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan
Nine Countries in Ninety Minutes
Amateur film travelogue of a journey around various parts of the world in 1937, by Frances Hotham F.R.G.S, A.R.P.S.
Garhwal Himalayas Expedition 1939
Amateur film193952 minsSilent
Film directed by Peter Oliver of his expedition to Garhwal, or the ‘Valley of the Flowers’ with Frank Smythe, in 1937.