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Dewsbury Fire Brigade C. 1900
A particularly fine filmed demonstration of cutting-edge fire-fighting kit by the Dewsbury brigade
Non-Fiction 1900 2 mins Silent
This is a strikingly well-filmed example of a popular public entertainment which became a staple early film genre: the fire brigade call-out demonstrations. The horse-drawn fire engine, with its steam pump following behind, is driven towards and past camera, watched by a substantial crowd held back by policemen. After it passes the crowd mill about in front of the camera.
A demonstration of the hoses is staged in the town square with the firemen directing water from two hoses at an unseen 'fire', watched by spectators. One jet is directed more horizontally to extinguish some burning material and the fire officers demonstrate the removing of the pipe attached to the water mains. Filmmakers Mitchell and Kenyon shot many similar films, but this is perhaps the best.
Lord Durham at Sunderland (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 3 mins Silent Location: Sunderland
Durham Light Infantry veterans collect their medals for valour in the Boer War.
Oddfellows Procession in St Helens (c.1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 3 mins Silent Location: St Helens
Members of this Friendly Society stream past the camera.
AAA Championships at Fartown, Huddersfield (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 4 mins Silent Location: Fartown Ground, Huddersfield
The annual championship meeting of England's premier athletics association.
Accrington Parade (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 5 mins Silent Location: Accrington
Marching bands and local volunteers fill the streets of the Lancashire town.
Algie's Circus in Carlisle (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Carlisle
The circus comes to town in wintery Carlisle.
Bailey's Royal Buxton Punch and Judy Show in Halifax (1901)
Documentary 1901 3 mins Silent Location: Halifax
Classic Victorian Punch and Judy show against a magnificent view of Halifax town.
Queen and Duke of Edinburgh Visit to Dewsbury 28/10/1954
Amateur film 1954 14 mins Silent Location: Dewsbury
Just another visit from the Queen? Well yes, only here it happens in front of a Waddington’s factory, a man views from atop a lamppost and women with 1950s hairdos sit on shop ledges.
Asian Alliance/National Front Demos
Non-Fiction 1980 12 mins Silent Location: Halifax
A rare behind the scenes film of the police, and both sides of the conflict, in action at anti-fascist demos in Dewsbury and Halifax, notable for Asian self-organisation.
Dewsbury v Manningham (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 5 mins Silent Location: Dewsbury
Rare film of Manningham FC's days as a rugby club, in a hard-fought contest at Dewsbury's Crown Flatt ground.
Mill Workers Leaving Oldroyd & Sons Mill, Dewsbury (1900)
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Silent Location: Dewsbury
Workers of all ages depart Oldroyd's wool mill – and the filmmakers' camera is a subject of curiosity.
The Lost Highway
Promotional 2019 10 mins
A wandering warrior dreams of a new form of expression, in this promo for UNKLE’s album The Road: Part II / Lost Highway Pt. II directed by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones.
Colour on the Thames
1935 16 mins
A rare glimpse of 1930s London in colour: the Thames has never looked lovelier.
What's Missing from this Picture?
Advert 1946 1 mins Silent
Life is looking up! The war is over and the “Corona” Man can visit his “Corona” families once more, door-to-door.
Fun at Rhyl
Advert 1962 0 mins Location: Rhyl
Cinema advertisement for Marine Lake & Ocean Beach, Rhyl, a popular destination for crowds set on a day's fun on free rides.
Local Cinema Advertisements - Blaenau Ffestiniog and Merthyr
Advert 1942 7 mins Silent Location: Blaenau Ffestiniog
Who could deny these advertising claims: "Attractive hair is the ambition of every woman", and "Your family will enjoy Lincoln potatoes"?
Shippam's Three Beans
Advert 1955 1 mins
Operatic chickens, shrimps and salmon sing-a-long with a paste pot chorus in this vibrantly animated advert for Shippam's