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Gordon Highlanders in Ladysmith
The Scottish regiment joins the relief column following the devastating siege of Ladysmith in the Boer War
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Silent
Filmmaker WKL Dickson was alive to the historical significance of this Boer War film: its creation marks the end of the 118-day siege of Ladysmith, in which more than 3,000 British soldiers died. Dickson assiduously recorded its making (“by 10 a.m. we have secured a Biograph... of the beleaguered Gordon Highlanders”) and used it on the cover of his book The Biograph in Battle. With nothing striking to differentiate it from other troop films, we must assume that contemporary audiences were as appreciative of its context as its creator.
1st Volunteer Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment - Blackburn Rifle Volunteers (1900) 1st Volunteer Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment - Blackburn Rifle Volunteers (1900)
Non-Fiction 1900 2 mins Silent Location: Blackburn
An impressive display of numbers from the local volunteer force as part of the Blackburn Easter Fair.
Non-Fiction 1901 1 mins Silent Location: Carlisle
Liberal politician and former Prime Minister Lord Rosebery addresses appreciative crowds.
Non-Fiction 1904 3 mins Silent Location: Bolton
The Bolton Artillery Volunteers put on an impressive parade despite the snow.
Non-Fiction 1902 3 mins Silent Location: Lancaster
Some nifty product placement creeps in to this formal portrait of the Lancaster Volunteers.
Non-Fiction 1901 3 mins Silent Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Destroyers from the Edwardian Royal Navy filmed from a ship in the Tyne.
Non-Fiction 1900 3 mins Silent
First-hand footage of troops on parade in Boer War era Pretoria.
Ladysmith - Naval Brigade Dragging 4.7 Guns into Ladysmith Ladysmith - Naval Brigade Dragging 4.7 Guns into Ladysmith
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Silent Location: Ladysmith
Naval men struggle to move the guns to the front
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.