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A war shrine is unveiled in Hillingdon by one of Britain’s leading wartime politicians
Non-Fiction 1918 1 mins Silent
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With the First World War still raging, Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour, a former Prime Minister, leads a sombre throng at Hillingdon Parish Church, where he opens the doors for a shrine to the war dead in the churchyard.
1918 on Film
Topical Budget 378-1
Non-Fiction 1918 5 mins Silent Location: Royal Albert Hall
Topical Budget salutes Britain's top brass in this gleefully patriotic newsreel edition, released just weeks after the First World War was won.
Building and Launch of the "Crepath" at Barnstaple
Non-Fiction 1918 5 mins Silent Location: Barnstaple
Barnstaple's experimental concrete-hulled ship gets a visit from a jolly Italian admiral.
Sport 1918 0 mins Silent Location: Southend-on-Sea
Women munitions workers from the Kynoch and Vickers Maxim factories take to the pitch in Southend during WWI.
Floods at Rhyl, October 1918
Non-Fiction 1918 2 mins Silent Location: Rhyl
Having survived the menace of the First World War, Rhyl is assaulted by the watery forces of nature
The Premier at Neath
Non-Fiction 1918 4 mins Silent Location: Neath/Castell-Nedd
The sun shines down when PM Lloyd George is in town.
Swan Upping on the Thames
Non-Fiction 1918 1 mins Silent Location: River Thames
The tricky task of tracking London's swans.
The Hillingdon Show
Amateur film 1973 19 mins Silent Location: Hillingdon
Were you there? Women motorcycle acrobats and crime-fighting female police officers show how it's done at Hillingdon Show.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1999 22 mins Location: Beragh
A young artist's journey of self-discovery; an odyssey through rural Northern Ireland to the cities on London and Milan
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent
The Victorian great and good mark the passing of a political titan
Parade of Troops with Band and Crowds Following
Non-Fiction 1900 2 mins Silent
For Britons during the Boer War, a welcome opportunity to support the troops - and march alongside them
Workers Leaving Work at Vickers
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Location: Barrow-In-Furness
Factory gate glimpses at - we think - Barrow-in-Furness
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent Location: Worthing
Worthing waves at us in this mesmerising early film
The Biter Bit
Comedy 1898 1 mins Silent
Film's first joke? A fresh take on an old prank.
Opening of the Kiel Canal
Non-Fiction 1895 0 mins Silent
This was one of a series of actuality films made by the Victorian pioneer Birt Acres during 1895. The film is thought to have been shot on June 20, on the occasion of the opening of the Kiel Canal by the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. Acres shot other films at the same time, but they have not survived.
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