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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
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 Location: Trafalgar Square
Spot the changes and continuities in this majestic Edwardian panorama of Trafalgar Square.
Amateur film 1934 4 mins 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 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
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 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 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.
Grounded on the Platters: HMS Conway
Home movie 1953 7 mins Location: Anglesey/Ynysmôn
A sorry end to any ship: timings, tide and wind played their part in pushing HMS Conway onto the Platters rocks in the Menai Strait on 14/4/1953.
Exeter Real Ale Festival
News 1975 3 mins Location: Exeter
The wet and warm ale goes down a treat as aficionados gather to celebrate real ale.
Home movie 1955 8 mins Location: Llanddwyn Island/Ynys Llanddwyn
Sea pinks and samphire, lighthouses and church ruins – Llanddwyn’s charms are many and varied.
News 1979 2 mins Location: Plymouth
Experimentation with a coat for two leaves couples with really no escape.
Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music
News 1970 2 mins Location: Shepton Mallet
Progressive gathering of festival goers hits the blues.
Dawson: Lower Penn Show
Home movie 1954 4 mins Location: Lower Penn
Another blustery summer day in the 1950s and it's Lower Penn's carnival parade.