Screen Archive South East is a public sector moving image archive serving the South East of England. The archive's collections of magic lantern slides, films, videos and associated materials capture the many varied aspects of life, work and creativity from the early days of screen history to the present day and serve as a rich and invaluable historical resource.
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1949 Home Events - London
An amazing film from 1949 that shows the colour returning to London's cheeks after six years of war - with Grenadier Guards, London Buses and the inevitable bombsites
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This remarkable colour film starts on the Embankment - with an uninterrupted view of St Paul's in the distance. After a glimpse at the Houses of Parliament we see the South Bank -before any Festival of Britain development has even begun. Next, at Buckingham Palace, we see a band of Grenadier Guards begin their march down the Mall, holding up the traffic as they go. The film ends with a high-level view of St Paul's ringed by bombsites – a poignant reminder of the recent Blitz.