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Grand Union Canal
Follow working narrow boats as they make their 60-hour trip from London to Birmingham along Britain's longest industrial waterway.
Documentary 1937 34 mins Silent
Travel the longest industrial waterway in England! Once a major transport thoroughfare for British industry, the Grand Union stretches nearly 290 miles, connecting Birmingham, Nottingham, Northampton, Leicester, Loughborough, Warwick and Derby with London and the continent. By the time this film was being made, modernity was creeping in, with mechanical horses and the North Circular Road. But there were still uses for a more sedate transport service.
The London Topographical Society
London Street Scenes - Trafalgar Square
Non-Fiction 1910 1 mins Silent Location: Trafalgar Square
Spot the changes and continuities in this majestic Edwardian panorama of Trafalgar Square.
Amateur film 1934 4 mins Silent Location: Spitalfields
A rare glimpse inside the Soup Kitchen for the Jewish Poor in the East End during the early 1930s.
Inter-action in Croydon
Documentary 1971 12 mins Location: Croydon
Do you remember when the moon men came to Croydon? You can bet these kids never forgot the day Dogg's Troupe landed
Fourteen Acres of Green
1977 13 mins Location: Hammersmith
Environmentalists wage war on the Greater London Council in this eye-opening account of a battle to save Hammersmith's open spaces.
London from the Air 2 (Fun Palace outtakes)
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.
London from the Air 1 (Fun Palace outtakes)
1963 3 mins Silent
London in 1963 was a city in flux, as this spectacular aerial footage shows.
Houses of Parliament
Right to Work March
Campaigning film 1972 42 mins Location: Glasgow
They're young, unemployed and on the march - from Glasgow, Liverpool and Swansea to London.
Davis Family Films: Second Clacton Film, Clacton (1963)
Amateur film 1963 4 mins Silent Location: Strand
From sunbathing on the East London estate balcony to swimming in the sea at Clacton, this home movie records family life in London in 1963.
Davis Family Films: Michael's Mothers Funeral; Water Pageant, City & Westminster (c1966?)
Amateur film 1966 5 mins Silent Location: Soho
Westminster sightseeing and scenes from the Lord Mayor’s Show, Bonfire Night, Christmas and a family funeral in this short home movie from the 1960s.
Comedy 1919 35 mins Silent
A protective father masquerades as an automatic doll in this bonkers interwar comedy.
Spirit of Mayday
1937 11 mins Silent
May Day – a significant day for the labour movement – is covered by the cameras of the Film and Photograph League.
Cornelius Cardew 1936-1981
Performance 1986 55 mins
An exploration of the life and work of the controversial British composer.
1935 9 mins
Let it bleed? This exemplary education film gets to the heart of the matter.
U.A.B. (Workers Newsreel No.3)
Non-Fiction 1935 12 mins Silent
Punchy political film capturing mass protests against unemployment.
The Merry Month of May
1937 15 mins Silent
A spirited satire on the coronation of George VI made by members of the Film and Photograph League.