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A fascinating film from 1931 showing the National Government candidate, William Craven Craven-Ellis, on the hustings in Southampton.
Amateur film 1931 13 mins Silent
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We're on the campaign trail in Southampton during the 1931 General Election. Mr Craven-Ellis is standing for election as the National Government candidate. We see him on the hustings, addressing open-air meetings and chatting with smiling supporters. Many political posters are seen, endorsing him as candidate as well as the National Government. We also see a variety of lucky mascots; a 'stuffed' black cat, a horseshoe and the candidate's dog.
William Craven-Ellis remained Southampton's MP until the General Election of 1945 when he was ousted by the former Labour incumbent, Ralph Morley.
Never Mind The Ballots
Vote for Froglet
Children's 1974 7 mins
As the general election is held in the UK, it's polling day for the Clangers on a small blue planet far away.
Coventry North West By-election
News 1976 5 mins Location: Coventry
Who's who in the 1976 Coventry North West by-election. A vital campaign for a former industrial centre now in economic crisis.
Campaigning film 1938 17 mins Location: London
A housewife galvanises her docker husband to take an interest in more important matters than the football pools.
Bolton Election Result
Non-Fiction 1912 1 mins Silent Location: Bolton
Women's Suffrage campaigners make their mark in a key by-election
Pike's Cine-Sound Pictorial Composite Reel No. 5
Non-Fiction 1986 19 mins Location: Pickering
Another example of a by-election protest vote as David Steel arrives to address the Pickering populace as the Liberals gain a famous victory in the middle of Thatcher’s rule.
Thinking about People
Party political broadcast 1965 10 mins
A Liberal dose of electioneering in this unmissable party political broadcast - an example of 1960s live TV saved on film.
W J Yarwood & Sons Ltd of Northwich
Amateur film 1934 6 mins Silent Location: Northwich
Shipbuilding on the River Weaver in Cheshire.
The Inaugural Ball at Southampton's Civic Centre
Amateur film 1937 3 mins Silent Location: Southampton
Men in tails and ladies in tulle elegantly glide around the dance floor in this 1934 film about an inaugural ball at Southampton's new Guildhall
A Tour of Conservative Wards in Southampton
Amateur film 1935 14 mins Silent Location: Southampton
A Tory MP and his wife meet their female battalions in a tour of Southampton's wards - while Stanley Baldwin lends his own support at an outdoor fete
Tram Journey through Southampton
Non-Fiction 1900 2 mins Silent Location: Southampton
A moving tour through lively turn-of-the-century Southampton.
Cunarders at Southampton
Documentary 1951 9 mins Location: Southampton
Graceful Cunard liners Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary arrive in Southampton and are greeted by excited crowds.
Trial by Weather
Documentary 1948 21 mins Location: Fenlands, The
Farmers face off against elemental forces in a peace-time campaign
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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