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Soldiers show off a fine crop of sprouts, grown at the Army Service Corps depot at Osterley Park in Hounslow.
Non-Fiction 1916 1 mins Silent
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Hounslow’s Osterley Park stately home was used to train drivers for the Army Service Corps during the First World War, but here we see another use – growing vegetables on waste ground for soldiers’ meals. Men are shown hoeing land, before a rich crop of what appear to be sprouts is held up for the admiration of viewers.
Tessa Dunlop: 1916 on Film
Non-Fiction 1916 2 mins Silent Location: London
London schoolchildren wave their flags for the first official Empire Day, as soldiers parade in the playground.
Non-Fiction 1916 1 mins Silent Location: London
Colonial recruits from Trinidad meet the Lord Mayor of London during WWI
Non-Fiction 1916 1 mins Silent Location: Hayes Common
Excitable children in their Sunday finery gawp at cameras during the parade for London’s May Queen.
Non-Fiction 1916 2 mins Silent
Was this a lesson in how to shell out on frontline firepower?
Non-Fiction 1916 1 mins Silent
High milk prices during WWI drive mother and child onto the street in protest
Amateur film 1929 23 mins Silent Location: Osterley
There’s footage of the doomed R101 airship and of soldiers marching through Hounslow in this hotchpotch selection of amateur film from Osterley.
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.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
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.
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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