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Armistice Day - Llandrindod Wells
This is thought to be footage of an Armistice Day parade in Llandrindod which includes armed forces veterans, police, Girl Guides, nurses and Air Raid Patrol [ARP] wardens.
News 1939 3 mins Silent
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This is believed to be footage of an Armistice Day parade in Llandrindod, those taking part including armed forces veterans, police, Girl Guides, nurses and Air Raid Patrol [ARP] wardens. It was shot by Charles Thacker (manager of the Pola cinema, Welshpool) and Guy Baker (owner of a chain of cinemas including the Pola) for screening locally. Armistice Day became Remembrance Sunday after the Second World War.
Funeral at the Front
Non-Fiction 1915 1 mins Silent
Sombre and moving World War I newsreel story.
Poppies of Flanders
Non-Fiction 1928 1 mins Silent Location: Richmond
A one-armed soldier is among those shown diligently manufacturing poppies on the 10th anniversary of Armistice Day at a factory in Richmond.
Non-Fiction 1918 1 mins Silent Location: Hillingdon
A war shrine is unveiled in Hillingdon by one of Britain’s leading wartime politicians
War 1927 109 mins Silent Location: Hounslow
Dramatic reconstruction of the Somme
Unveiling of the Birmingham City Battalions Memorial
Non-Fiction 1933 13 mins Silent Location: Birmingham
Remembering the fallen comrades of the Warwickshire Regiment in a solemn ceremony fifteen years after the Armistice.
Unveiling of 1914-1918 War Roll of Honour at Holywell, c. 1919
Non-Fiction 1919 5 mins Silent Location: Holywell/Treffynnon
Flintshire lost hundreds of men on the WW1 battlefields, Holywell contributing 32 who are commemorated on the Roll of Honour plaques on the Town Hall, seen here being unveiled.
Snowdrop Season on the Farm
School programme and Educational film 1958 8 mins Silent Location: Maesmawr Hall
Spring on the farm: there's never a dull moment with thirsty lambs, braying baby donkey, hedge-laying, gate-hanging and wood-chopping.
April on the Farm: soil, seeds and offspring
School programme and Educational film 1959 10 mins Silent Location: Maesmawr Hall
On a farm the children work too: whilst the men are in the field with the tractors, the youngsters fetch hay for the ponies and mend a puncture.
Royal Welsh Agricultural Society's Show - Llandrindod Wells (Llanelwedd, nr. Builth Wells, Breconshire) - part I
Amateur film 1951 14 mins Silent Location: Llandrindod Wells/Llandrindod
The show is inaugurated in Llandrindod by various VIPs and a group of Africans are welcomed to this 3-day celebration of rural life in Wales.
Heart of Wales Line: Swansea - Shrewsbury
Amateur film 1978 12 mins Silent Location: Bynea
A journey from Bynea to Knucklas, the sights to be seen including a sheep on the line, two viaducts (Cynghordy and Knucklas) and the Sugar Loaf Mountain.
Llandrindod Wells Carnival
Non-Fiction 1940 6 mins Silent Location: Llandrindod Wells/Llandrindod
The inhabitants of Llandrindod go all out to make carnival day special, despite war-time privation. They muster floats, majorettes, a sparkling dragon and a walking blackout.
In Search of Tudor England
Amateur film 1935 10 mins Silent Location: Llandrindod Wells/Llandrindod
The film-maker, in search of the peace and charm he believes belonged to life in Tudor times, seeks out places “untouched by modern times” in Radnorshire and Herefordshire.
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent
The Victorian great and good mark the passing of a political titan
Parade of Troops with Band and Crowds Following
Non-Fiction 1900 2 mins Silent
For Britons during the Boer War, a welcome opportunity to support the troops - and march alongside them
Workers Leaving Work at Vickers
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Location: Barrow-In-Furness
Factory gate glimpses at - we think - Barrow-in-Furness
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent Location: Worthing
Worthing waves at us in this mesmerising early film
The Biter Bit
Comedy 1898 1 mins Silent
Film's first joke? A fresh take on an old prank.
Opening of the Kiel Canal
Non-Fiction 1895 0 mins Silent
This was one of a series of actuality films made by the Victorian pioneer Birt Acres during 1895. The film is thought to have been shot on June 20, on the occasion of the opening of the Kiel Canal by the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. Acres shot other films at the same time, but they have not survived.
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