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Indian 11th Republic Day Celebrations at Leicester
Samosas sit alongside sandwiches as India's Republic Day is celebrated in fine style in Leicester.
News 1959 1 mins Silent
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In January 1959 Indian independence day is celebrated with a dance display and cold buffet in the city of Leicester. Lord Mayor Sidney Brown welcomes members of the city's small but thriving Asian communities well before Leicester was known as one of the most multi-cultural cities in the UK.
This early effort by Leicester's council to celebrate the culture of its Asian communities has since developed into the hosting of one of the largest Diwali celebrations in the world as well as the ever popular Belgrave Mela.
South Asian Britain on Film
The Bradford Godfather
1976 49 mins Location: Bradford
Meet Mohamed Fazal Hussain, elder statesman and all-round Mr Fixit of Bradford's Muslim community, and a film mogul in the making...
Sri Lankan Kandyan Dance Troop at Sidmouth
News 1980 2 mins Location: Sidmouth
A Sri Lankan dance troop enthrals folk festival goers.
Lord Mayor at Asian "Do" at St. George's Hall
Non-Fiction 1972 0 mins Silent Location: Bradford
Quite possibly the first Indian concert to be put on in a theatre in Bradford, with striking classical Indian dancing and musical instruments.
News 1976 4 mins Location: Peterborough
Peterborough's Playbus offers a fun and welcoming space for ethnic minority families to improve their English language skills.
Asian Cultural Centre opens in Peterborough
News 1980 2 mins Location: Peterborough
Isolation can be a problem for South Asians, especially for women. A new cultural centre in Peterborough is hoping to change that.
Asian Community Centre
News 1979 5 mins Location: Wolverhampton
Will the 'House of Cards' be the sanctuary that the elderly Asian men of Wolverhampton need?
Pex: No-Run Nylons
Advert 1965 0 mins Location: Leicester
Pex 'No-Run' nylons, the new innovation for 'smart girls'.
Pex: Pin Pin Nylons
Advert 1965 1 mins Location: Leicester
Sheerness in never ladder nylons: the proud boast of Pex's Pin Pin nylons.
Ugandan Asians in Leicester
News 1972 8 mins Location: Leicester
Bringing "sweet memories of Uganda" to the East Midlands.
News 1975 4 mins Location: Leicester
He arrived in Britain with £3 and went on to become one of the richest business men in the Midlands. How did Amrat Parmar do it?
Current affairs 1978 9 mins Location: West Bromwich
The UK's immigration laws have prevented Dara Singh from seeing his family for a decade. His is one of many sad stories...
News 1976 4 mins Location: Leicester
The sari has been worn by Asian women for millennia and in 1976 it was about to become a staple of wardobes across the UK.
The Lost Highway
Promotional 2019 10 mins
A wandering warrior dreams of a new form of expression, in this promo for UNKLE’s album The Road: Part II / Lost Highway Pt. II directed by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones.
Colour on the Thames
1935 16 mins
A rare glimpse of 1930s London in colour: the Thames has never looked lovelier.
What's Missing from this Picture?
Advert 1946 1 mins Silent
Life is looking up! The war is over and the “Corona” Man can visit his “Corona” families once more, door-to-door.
Fun at Rhyl
Advert 1962 0 mins Location: Rhyl
Cinema advertisement for Marine Lake & Ocean Beach, Rhyl, a popular destination for crowds set on a day's fun on free rides.
Local Cinema Advertisements - Blaenau Ffestiniog and Merthyr
Advert 1942 7 mins Silent Location: Blaenau Ffestiniog
Who could deny these advertising claims: "Attractive hair is the ambition of every woman", and "Your family will enjoy Lincoln potatoes"?
Shippam's Three Beans
Advert 1955 1 mins
Operatic chickens, shrimps and salmon sing-a-long with a paste pot chorus in this vibrantly animated advert for Shippam's
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