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Fire Brigade Heroes
Celebrate the brave men of the London Fire Brigade during WW1 with this newsreel featuring drills and presentation of medals.
Non-Fiction 1915 1 mins
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At the London Fire Brigade headquarters, based in Southwark, the film opens with a demonstration of fire fighting using relatively new apparatus, including smoke helmets, to combat a blaze. Firemen then line up to receive their medals of bravery from Sir Cyril Jackson, an educationalist and Chairman of the London County Council in 1915.
Non-Fiction 1916 1 mins Silent Location: Southwark
London Fire Brigade's engines bring the streets of London to a standstill as they perform a demonstration for wounded soldiers.
Training London's Fire Brigade - Display at Headquarters Training London's Fire Brigade - Display at Headquarters
Amateur film 1928 4 mins Location: Southwark
Marvel at the London Fire Brigade's head for heights as they put on a public display at their headquarters in Southwark.
Industry sponsored film 1972 20 mins Location: Southwark
Sponsored film that uses fictional set ups to demonstrate how advances in computing benefit the construction industry.
Training film/TV programme 1942 36 mins Location: Tower Hamlets
Fascinating, technical military film made during the Blitz showing how to deal with unexploded bombs in London.
Amateur film 1945 9 mins Silent Location: Southwark
Step into the aftermath of a WWII bombing raid in south London in this startling amateur film.
Amateur film 1963 3 mins Silent Location: Westminster
Excellent if somewhat jerky aerial shots of London taken from a helicopter and featuring close-ups of Waterloo, the docks and Tower Bridge.
Industry sponsored film 1960 24 mins
A new luxury express is put through its paces. This film looks over the shoulders of the select band of craftsmen, engineers and operators, whose combined skills try to ensure that a train journey is a delightful experience.
Documentary 1973 15 mins
British Transport Films record the varied daily lives of their neighbours as seen from the high roof of their building in London’s Marylebone.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
Industry sponsored film 1957 20 mins
Illustrating the efficiency of express freight trains, and how they link manufacturers with their customers at the other end of Britain.
Documentary 1952 30 mins
Examining a day in the life of what was then the busiest railway system in the world – British Railways.
Industry sponsored film 1957 9 mins
A 1957 film examining the future for British Railways, and some of the opportunities provided by a new modernisation plan.
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