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Colonial Troops and Cavalry on the March
A dispatch from South Africa? Or an elaborate deception?
1899 2 mins Silent
This parade of mounted Boer warriors feels plausibly South African, but is probably part of the touring 'Savage South Africa' stadium show The Warwick Trading Company made a number of films claiming to be Boer War subjects. But is this really South Africa? And are these really a bunch of professional soldiers? While the film does not necessarily invite close inspection, it is of good enough quality that the true nature of the 'soldiers' is visible.
A companion film to other Warwick Trading Company 'recreations' such as 'Savage Attack and Repulse on a Square of Infantry,' this film is disingenuously listed in the catalogues among more straightforward Boer 'actualities.' Clearly the distinction between true and false has always been open for negotiation.
Manchester's Welcome to the Imperial Yeomanry (1901) Manchester's Welcome to the Imperial Yeomanry (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 4 mins Silent Location: Manchester
A volunteer cavalry regiment is enthusiastically welcomed home after active service in South Africa.
Non-Fiction 1901 19 mins Silent Location: Manchester
The might of the British Navy struts its stuff down the Manchester Ship Canal.
Non-Fiction 1900 3 mins Silent
First-hand footage of troops on parade in Boer War era Pretoria.
Lord Roberts Presenting Medals to Boer War Volunteers in Liverpool (1901) Lord Roberts Presenting Medals to Boer War Volunteers in Liverpool (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 9 mins Silent Location: Liverpool
The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces recognises war heroes old and new in front of crowds on a wet day in Edwardian Liverpool.
Non-Fiction 1904 3 mins Silent Location: Bolton
The Bolton Artillery Volunteers put on an impressive parade despite the snow.
Non-Fiction 1901 5 mins Silent Location: Edinburgh Castle
Troops play up for the camera in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle.
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.