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"There's been no active encouragement for black people to participate within the political structure of this country". A bleak picture of the lack of equality in Britain.
Current affairs 1980 13 mins
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It is 1980, shortly after riots broke out in Bristol, and the political programme Left, Right and Centre asks why there are no black or Asian MPs in Britain. Gus William,s who stood for the Liberals at Nuneaton in 1979 (against the wishes of some of the local party), speaks powerfully about the uphill struggle for equality as does Bert Carless, Birmingham's first black councillor, who quotes from an illiterate and abusive letter he received when he started off in politics.
Sixty-four Day Hero: A Boxer's Tale
Biopic 1985 94 mins
The turbulent life and death of championship boxer Randolph Turpin.
African Sculpture Exhibition in Weymouth
News 1979 1 mins Silent Location: Weymouth
An African sculpture exhibition in a Weymouth school
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.
Black Sheriff of Nottingham
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.
Unemployment Crisis for Birmingham West Indian School Leavers
Non-Fiction 1976 9 mins Location: Handsworth
Birmingham's lost black generation: undermined by the racism that's stifling the dynamism of a young workforce.
News 1978 6 mins Location: Smethwick
Hindu and Muslim creations in gold inject bright new styles into Birmingham's jewellery making industry.
Visit of Their Majesties the King and Queen to the Works of Chance Brothers and Co Limited
Amateur film 1940 8 mins Silent Location: Smethwick
19 April 1940 finds the King and Queen on a morale boosting visit to the glassworks of Chance Brothers in Smethwick - another vital cog in the wheel of British war production.
Corbett Street Flats
Non-Fiction 1970 3 mins Location: Smethwick
The Boulton Place flats in Smethwick are 14 years old but some residents who used to be proud to live there want them pulled down. What's gone wrong?
Smethwick Foundry Industry
Magazine and Review show 1983 8 mins Location: Smethwick
The dirt, grime and molten metal of the foundry has long reflected the strength of West Midlands industry; but for how much longer?
Noise in Council Flats
Non-Fiction 1965 4 mins Location: Smethwick
Blissful long summer days with children playing outside late into the evening. In Smethwick not everyone is enjoying the fun.
Non-Fiction 1979 4 mins Location: Smethwick
Strength, speed and agility on show at the Sikh Games held at Hadley Stadium in Smethwick with a special welcome for local weightlifting hero Gian Singh Cheema.
Comedy 1919 35 mins Silent
A protective father masquerades as an automatic doll in this bonkers interwar comedy.
Spirit of Mayday
1937 11 mins Silent
May Day – a significant day for the labour movement – is covered by the cameras of the Film and Photograph League.
Cornelius Cardew 1936-1981
Performance 1986 55 mins
An exploration of the life and work of the controversial British composer.
1935 9 mins
Let it bleed? This exemplary education film gets to the heart of the matter.
U.A.B. (Workers Newsreel No.3)
Non-Fiction 1935 12 mins Silent
Punchy political film capturing mass protests against unemployment.
The Merry Month of May
1937 15 mins Silent
A spirited satire on the coronation of George VI made by members of the Film and Photograph League.
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