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Feeding Time at the Zoo
Here's a good way to work up an appetite - a boy goes out and about at the zoo.
Amateur film 1957 12 mins
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A trip to the zoo for mother and son doesn't go quite to plan, when our young hero wanders off to explore on his own. This entertaining colour film is a beautifully shot record of the animals, birds, and buildings at Belle Vue Zoological Gardens in Manchester, as well as a humorous tale of a boy and his zoo experiences. For boy and animals alike, lunch is a very important part of the day!
Animals on Film
Wisdom of the Wild
Documentary 1940 12 mins
Fun mixture of natural history and wartime public information.
To the Rescue
Children's 1952 21 mins Silent Location: Biddenden
An eccentric dog-loving grocer leads the chase to reclaim a stolen pedigree poodle in this madcap canine comedy
Billy Smart’s Circus
Amateur film 1950 2 mins Silent Location: Brighton
Brighton's crowds thrill to the sight of Billy Smart's Circus parading through their town in this film from the 1950s
Home for Ned
Amateur film 1970 8 mins Location: Newchapel
Enjoy this heartwarming film about neglected horses, ponies and donkeys being re-habilitated at 'Cherry Tree Farm' in leafy Surrey
Three Dogs in a Boat
Non-Fiction 1930 2 mins Location: Sennen
Sink or swim as Rub and his chums are set adrift
A Journal of the Outdoors No. 11
1953 16 mins
Wildfowl and wallabies in the wild, exotic animals in the office
Chester Zoo 1952
Amateur film 1952 8 mins Silent Location: Upton Heath
An old-fashioned family day out at the zoo, but is it fun for all?
Pupils at Chester Zoo 1969
Amateur film 1969 4 mins Silent Location: Upton Heath
Don't climb into the bear pit, children! All the fun of the zoo, as Liverpool pupils visit the wildlife of Chester.
Grounded on the Platters: HMS Conway
Home movie 1953 7 mins Silent Location: Anglesey/Ynysmôn
A sorry end to any ship: timings, tide and wind played their part in pushing HMS Conway onto the Platters rocks in the Menai Strait on 14/4/1953.
Exeter Real Ale Festival
News 1975 3 mins Location: Exeter
The wet and warm ale goes down a treat as aficionados gather to celebrate real ale.
Home movie 1955 8 mins Silent Location: Llanddwyn Island/Ynys Llanddwyn
Sea pinks and samphire, lighthouses and church ruins – Llanddwyn’s charms are many and varied.
News 1979 2 mins Location: Plymouth
Experimentation with a coat for two leaves couples with really no escape.
Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music
News 1970 2 mins Location: Shepton Mallet
Progressive gathering of festival goers hits the blues.
Dawson: Lower Penn Show
Home movie 1954 4 mins Silent Location: Lower Penn
Another blustery summer day in the 1950s and it's Lower Penn's carnival parade.