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A Corner of Barnet Fair
Two for the price of one! This reel of film was among a small haul of early films and fragments, by then around one hundred years old, discovered and then donated to the BFI in the 1990s. In this case, two items were joined together on the reel. The first is believed to be A Corner of Barnet Fair, one of the films made by pioneer Birt Acres.
Non-Fiction 1896 2 mins Silent
The other item is a street scene whose location and filmmaker remains unidentified to this day. Any thoughts, on a digital postcard, as to where it was filmed will be gratefully received. The image on both items was already severely deterioriated prior to their rediscovery and urgent duplication, but even in this compromised form these are precious artefacts of the early days of film in Britain.
Lord Durham at Sunderland (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 3 mins Silent Location: Sunderland
Durham Light Infantry veterans collect their medals for valour in the Boer War.
Oddfellows Procession in St Helens (c.1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 3 mins Silent Location: St Helens
Members of this Friendly Society stream past the camera.
AAA Championships at Fartown, Huddersfield (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 4 mins Silent Location: Fartown Ground, Huddersfield
The annual championship meeting of England's premier athletics association.
Accrington Parade (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 5 mins Silent Location: Accrington
Marching bands and local volunteers fill the streets of the Lancashire town.
Algie's Circus in Carlisle (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Carlisle
The circus comes to town in wintery Carlisle.
Bailey's Royal Buxton Punch and Judy Show in Halifax (1901)
Documentary 1901 3 mins Silent Location: Halifax
Classic Victorian Punch and Judy show against a magnificent view of Halifax town.
Band Marching down a Street
Non-Fiction 1897 0 mins Silent Location: Barnet
A uniformed marching band takes to the street in this early film by pioneer cinematographer Birt Acres
London cinemas and an Open Day at Ealing Studios
Amateur film 1989 6 mins Location: Barnet
Relive over 70 years of film making as the BBC throws open its doors at Ealing Studios for a nostalgic exhibition which features cameras, actors, jazzy wigs and a Dalek
St. John's School
Amateur film 1983 4 mins Silent Location: Barnet
Celebrate founder's day with the students of Friern Barnet Grammar School
Amateur film 1984 9 mins Silent Location: Barnet
An amateur recording of social housing developments, local streets and businesses in Friern, Barnet.
Amateur film 1970 11 mins Silent Location: Barnet
Bridge building on the busy streets of London as the construction of Brunswick Bridge in Barnet is captured for posterity
Change in Friern Barnet
Amateur film 1970 20 mins Silent Location: Barnet
Tour Friern Barnet and explore the streets, local happenings and developments in an area undergoing rapid change
The Lost Highway
Promotional 2019 10 mins
A wandering warrior dreams of a new form of expression, in this promo for UNKLE’s album The Road: Part II / Lost Highway Pt. II directed by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones.
Colour on the Thames
1935 16 mins
A rare glimpse of 1930s London in colour: the Thames has never looked lovelier.
What's Missing from this Picture?
Advert 1946 1 mins Silent
Life is looking up! The war is over and the “Corona” Man can visit his “Corona” families once more, door-to-door.
Fun at Rhyl
Advert 1962 0 mins Location: Rhyl
Cinema advertisement for Marine Lake & Ocean Beach, Rhyl, a popular destination for crowds set on a day's fun on free rides.
Local Cinema Advertisements - Blaenau Ffestiniog and Merthyr
Advert 1942 7 mins Silent Location: Blaenau Ffestiniog
Who could deny these advertising claims: "Attractive hair is the ambition of every woman", and "Your family will enjoy Lincoln potatoes"?
Shippam's Three Beans
Advert 1955 1 mins
Operatic chickens, shrimps and salmon sing-a-long with a paste pot chorus in this vibrantly animated advert for Shippam's