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Gladstone's Funeral - Entering Westminster Abbey
Almost all of the long life of William Ewart Gladstone - among the most eminent of all Victorians - preceded the invention of film. But the former Prime Minister's death and State Funeral prompted a media event that saw at least five film companies present. Most of their footage of the day does not survive, making these images of the procession all the more precious.
1898 1 mins Silent
Few statesman held such sway over the politics of Victorian Britain as William Gladstone. Four times Prime Minister, he is still the oldest person to hold the position, earning himself the nickname of the 'Grand Old Man'. But it was his leadership of the Liberal Party, and his association with a new democratic politics that earned him the respect of working-class Britain.
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.
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent
The Victorian great and good mark the passing of a political titan
1897 1 mins Silent
Unusually detailed shots of the Jubilee procession
Documentary 1897 1 mins Silent Location: Sheffield
Sheffield gives the capital a run for its money with an impressive parade celebrating the monarch, a month before the Diamond Jubilee.
Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee - Paul - York Road - Front of Procession Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee - Paul - York Road - Front of Procession
1897 1 mins Silent
Carriages full of well-heeled guests continue in Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee procession, filmed for RW Paul.
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Industry sponsored film 1960 24 mins
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Industry sponsored film 1957 20 mins
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Documentary 1952 30 mins
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Documentary 1973 15 mins
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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.