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A 'White' Christmas
Heavy snowfall makes Christmas dreams come true for residents across Britain.
Non-Fiction 1927 2 mins Silent
Were they dreaming of a White Christmas when a massive snowfall swept Britain on the evening of 25 December 1927? As the snow fell, newsreel cameras scoured the country for idyllic scenes of sledging and snowball fights like thesethe ones seen here. Meanwhile, oOne stuck-fast motorist isn't quite so charmed by the arctic conditions, but it's party time for the polar bears and penguins at Regent's Park Zoo!
Toys Will Be Toys
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1988 5 mins Location: South Shields
Barbie dolls in pink battle khaki killing machines in a Christmas animation that cocks a snook at the “Disney Doctrine”.
Closure of Snibston Colliery
Current affairs 1983 5 mins Location: Snibston
A bleak Christmas for the men of Snibston Colliery as mining in Coalville comes to an end in the last days of 1983.
Drama 1914 33 mins
Moving theatre-set Christmas tale of a former dancer and her child
The Traditions of a Surgeon at Christmas
Amateur film 1962 17 mins Silent Location: Cambridge
The filmic memoirs in Cambridgeshire of heart surgeon Christopher Parish and his family, beginning with Christmas traditions, and including a royal visit. The year is 1962.
Christmas Church Parade
Non-Fiction 1914 1 mins Silent
Recruits of Lord Kitchener's 'New Army' parade on Christmas morning.
The Iles - in the garden, at the seaside, at Christmas
Amateur film 1940 10 mins Silent Location: Heath
Life with the Iles family: Summer is for cycling, the seaside, tending to tortoises and meeting delightful collie pups. Christmas is for crackers and the gift of a perfect doll.
The Torrens family visits Windsor, Kew and London
Amateur film 1955 8 mins Silent Location: Richmond
Join the Torrens family as they cram in as many sights as possible in their short trip to London - taking in Windsor Castle, Kew Gardens, the Tower of London and polar bears
Documentary 1955 18 mins Location: Regent's Park
Impressionistic glimpses of London life from early morning to rush hour
Tragedy of Sam
Non-Fiction 1925 1 mins Silent Location: Regent's Park
A eulogy to Sam, the London Zoo polar bear, who is due to be put down due to ill health
Sally the Sparrow
Documentary 1945 9 mins Location: Camden Town
Explore London Zoo with one of its greediest residents, Sally the sparrow.
"Stars" At Play
Non-Fiction 1914 1 mins Silent Location: Regent's Park
Stars of the London stage are out in force for a glamorous fundraising do at Regent's Park.
Spring Comes to the Zoo
Non-Fiction 1923 1 mins Silent Location: Regent's Park
Animal antics at Regent's Park Zoo as the doors are opened to a spring-time crowd.
Grounded on the Platters: HMS Conway
Home movie 1953 7 mins Silent Location: Anglesey/Ynysmôn
A sorry end to any ship: timings, tide and wind played their part in pushing HMS Conway onto the Platters rocks in the Menai Strait on 14/4/1953.
Exeter Real Ale Festival
News 1975 3 mins Location: Exeter
The wet and warm ale goes down a treat as aficionados gather to celebrate real ale.
Home movie 1955 8 mins Silent Location: Llanddwyn Island/Ynys Llanddwyn
Sea pinks and samphire, lighthouses and church ruins – Llanddwyn’s charms are many and varied.
News 1979 2 mins Location: Plymouth
Experimentation with a coat for two leaves couples with really no escape.
Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music
News 1970 2 mins Location: Shepton Mallet
Progressive gathering of festival goers hits the blues.
Dawson: Lower Penn Show
Home movie 1954 4 mins Silent Location: Lower Penn
Another blustery summer day in the 1950s and it's Lower Penn's carnival parade.