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The Victorian great and good mark the passing of a political titan
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent
The film cameras were out in force for the state funeral of William Ewart Gladstone - four-time prime minister and undisputed giant of Victorian politics. This remarkably well-preserved footage is thought to have been shot by the Fuerst Brothers company using the Lumiere cinematograph.
Pomp and Circumstance
Non-Fiction 1901 5 mins Silent Location: Hyde Park
The crowds stand silent as the nation says goodbye to Queen Victoria in February 1901.
Royal Proclamation of Death of Queen Victoria, Blackburn (1901) Royal Proclamation of Death of Queen Victoria, Blackburn (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Blackburn
Crowds gather outside the Town Hall to hear the town crier's royal announcement.
Proclamation of King Edward VII, Market Place, Accrington (1901) Proclamation of King Edward VII, Market Place, Accrington (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Accrington
The Edwardian era kicks off with the proclamation of the new King.
The Late Queen's Visit to Dublin: Royal Procession Entering the City Gates The Late Queen's Visit to Dublin: Royal Procession Entering the City Gates
Non-Fiction 1900 2 mins
In Dublin, the crowds go wild for a rare glimpse of Queen Victoria as she enters the city in spectacular style
Funeral of Queen Victoria: The Procession passing into Windsor Park Funeral of Queen Victoria: The Procession passing into Windsor Park
Non-Fiction 1901 3 mins Silent Location: Windsor Great Park
The birth of a new royal tradition
Documentary 1922 56 mins Silent
A look back at history as recorded by the cinematograph
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.