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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.
Non-Fiction 1900 2 mins Silent
A veritable Victorian Towering Inferno.
Arrival of Train-load of Visitors at Henley Station Arrival of Train-load of Visitors at Henley Station
Non-Fiction 1899 1 mins Silent Location: Henley-on-Thames
Jolly boating weather as the hordes descend on Henley for the Regatta.
Non-Fiction 1900 0 mins Silent Location: Cambridge
University teams navigate a bend on the river Cam in no ordinary rowing race.
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent Location: Ewood Park, Blackburn
A little piece of football history from the people's game: possibly the earliest surviving game on film
Non-Fiction 1898 2 mins Silent Location: Blackwall
The launch of H.M.S Albion, which was marred by the collapse of a gangway which resulted in many spectators drowning.
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins
The magic of a real solar eclipse filmed by a famous magician
Queen and Duke of Edinburgh Visit to Dewsbury 28/10/1954 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.
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.
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) 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.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1936 8 mins
Spoiler alert! The fox is always going to outsmart the hounds in this delightful, balletic cartoon that heads from the countryside into 1930s suburbia.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1936 9 mins
Carmen get your cartoon opera fix in this (very!) loose version of Bizet’s classic tale of romance and treachery.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1909 4 mins
Toy Story meets Fatal Attraction in this tale of an Edwardian childhood romance scuppered by poor finances and a stalking dolly
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1940 8 mins
Who does he think he’s kidding? This parodic day-in-the-life portrait of Mr Hitler is one of the very few British examples of comic cartoon propaganda from WW2.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1919 10 mins Silent
Remember when Charlie Chaplin went into space? Reality is no obstacle in this endlessly inventive silent cinema cartoon of the 'Little Tramp'
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1925 6 mins
1920s canine icon Bonzo the Dog tests the Entente Cordiale to the limit in this silent British cartoon