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Blue Coat Children Marching to Curzon Hall, Birmingham (1901)
Church school pupils set off for a trip to the famous Birmingham entertainment hall.
Non-Fiction 1901 1 mins Silent
Birmingham's Blue Coat School (established 1722) was one of many charity schools founded by the Church of England to educate children from poor families. Garbed in Tudor-period frocks - dyed blue, the traditional colour of almsgiving - the boys would have made a quaint sight as they were marched briskly to what was presumably supposed to be a fun outing.
Manchester Catholics Whitsuntide Procession (1904)
Non-Fiction 1904 11 mins Silent Location: Manchester
A damp and murky day greets the annual Whitsuntide Catholic procession in Edwardian Manchester.
Congregation Leaving St Patrick's Church in Cork (1902)
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Silent
Well-to-do of Cork worshippers leaving St Patrick's Church.
Hunslet Carnival and Gala (1904)
Non-Fiction 1904 5 mins Silent Location: Hunslet
A spectacular street procession in the heart of industrial West Yorkshire.
Congregation Leaving St James' Church, Hessle Road, Hull (1902)
Non-Fiction 1902 2 mins Silent Location: Kingston upon Hull
The faithful surge out of St James' Church onto a wind-swept street in Edwardian Hull.
Congregation Leaving Wesleyan Chapel in Mansfield (c.1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Mansfield
A view of Mansfield's Bridge Street, as worshippers emerge from chapel.
Halifax Catholic Procession (c.1905)
Non-Fiction 1905 4 mins Silent Location: Halifax
A proud expression of Catholic identity, this Edwardian parade fills the streets of the Yorkshire town.
Magazine and Review show 1981 7 mins Location: Selly Oak
From Selly Oak to Birmingham's Head Post Office in a wheelchair - how hard could it be?
New Fifty Pence Piece
News 1969 2 mins Location: Birmingham
Don't become a victim of the new fifty penny piece!
News 1971 8 mins Location: Birmingham
A middle class designed city with no style - Arthur Dooley pulls no punches in Birmingham.
Decent Place with Hot and Cold
Documentary 1970 27 mins Location: Birmingham
An impressively stark documentary study of Birmingham slums - past and present.
News 1975 4 mins Location: Leicester
He arrived in Britain with £3 and went on to become one of the richest business men in the Midlands. How did Amrat Parmar do it?
Pakistani Bus Driver
News 1974 2 mins Location: Birmingham
Bus timetables are sacrosanct to some but to others there are more important things in life - and faith is one of them.
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.