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African Sculpture Exhibition in Weymouth
An African sculpture exhibition in a Weymouth school
News 1979 1 mins Silent
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An African sculpture exhibition in Weymouth helps school children learn about African culture and village life. Arts and Crafts has a long history in African culture with many carvings, paintings, sculptures and pottery. Traditional African art represents religion and tradition with certain themes such as the couple, a woman with her child or a huntsman portrayed with a weapon or an animal.
African Art refers to art from Sub-Saharan Africa and reflects the historical, religious and social environment of the artist. It is often labelled as Primitive Art but its influence over artists such as Picasso, Modigliani, Van Gogh, Gauguin and Matisse elevated its status to one of being celebrated for its imagination and emotional expression. African sculpture historically is made out of wood although pottery and bronzes may also be found. Wooden masks are typical and more common in West Africa with many used in ceremonies to depict human, animal or mythical forms.
Biopic 1985 94 mins
The turbulent life and death of championship boxer Randolph Turpin.
News 1978 4 mins Location: Cambridge
Welcome to the Multicultural Fortnight in Cambridge where children learn to banish cultural stereotypes learned from TV.
Non-Fiction 1924 0 mins Silent
Abyssinian state ministers visit London during Prince Regent Haile Selassie's diplomatic tour of Europe.
Martin Luther King Honorary Degree Ceremony at Newcastle University Martin Luther King Honorary Degree Ceremony at Newcastle University
Non-Fiction 1967 10 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
A remarkable event the great American civil rights leader, Martin Luther King makes a powerful speech on a unique visit to Newcastle University.
Non-Fiction 1962 5 mins Location: Nottingham
Nottingham welcomes Britain's first black magistrate.
Magazine and Review show 1989 8 mins Location: Nottingham
He jokes that he's joined the 'chain gang' but there is more than ceremonial robes for Tony Robinson as Nottingham's first black Sheriff.
Amateur film 1956 4 mins Silent Location: Weymouth
A family holiday to the popular summer retreat on the coast of Dorset.
News 1966 1 mins Silent Location: Weymouth
Sophie, Dumbo, Sue and Francis dip their toes in the sea.
News 1966 1 mins Location: Weymouth
A proud owner shows his spritely tortoise playing football in Weymouth, but what are the odds?
Documentary 1912 3 mins Silent Location: Weymouth
A memorable day for Weymouth as King George V and the young Prince Albert attend the 1912 Fleet Review
Promotional 1958 23 mins Location: Weymouth
Enjoy this nostalgic look at the Dorset resort of Weymouth - complete with beachtime fun, Punch & Judy, fishing and a Beauty Queen tug-of-war
Amateur film 1961 7 mins Silent Location: Weymouth
Join the Erskine family on a fishing trip in Weymouth Bay - where mackerel and thornback rays are caught against a backdrop of yachts and ferries
Industry sponsored film 1960 24 mins
A new luxury express is put through its paces. This film looks over the shoulders of the select band of craftsmen, engineers and operators, whose combined skills try to ensure that a train journey is a delightful experience.
Documentary 1973 15 mins
British Transport Films record the varied daily lives of their neighbours as seen from the high roof of their building in London’s Marylebone.
Industry sponsored film 1957 20 mins
Illustrating the efficiency of express freight trains, and how they link manufacturers with their customers at the other end of Britain.
Documentary 1952 30 mins
Examining a day in the life of what was then the busiest railway system in the world – British Railways.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
Industry sponsored film 1957 9 mins
A 1957 film examining the future for British Railways, and some of the opportunities provided by a new modernisation plan.
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