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A two-wheeled convoy of Victorian gentlewomen in a charming early film enigma.
Interest film 1899 1 mins Silent
There's more than a little mystery to this charming film. It's been attributed to pioneer filmmaker James Williamson, on the basis that he lists a 'Military Ride' by lady cyclists in one of his early catalogues. It's hard to account for the word 'military', but it is an unusually good film for the year, taken from a vantage point in a large park and capturing the riders in all their elegance.
Even the date is uncertain - Lady Cyclists has been dated to 1899, but 'Military Ride' actually appeared in Williamson's 1898 catalogue. Is the date wrong, or the title, or both? For now, at least, the truth is elusive.
Government sponsored film 1945 4 mins
Cycling stunts and sight gags in a music hall curio.
Phillips Bicycles - Publicity Films for West Africa
Industry sponsored film 1954 5 mins Silent
From the West Midlands to West Africa: tour the Phillips bicycle plant in Smethwick and see the products in action overseas.
Raleigh: Alan Oakley
Documentary 1980 26 mins
Alan Oakley is the man that gave Britain the iconic Raleigh Chopper bike. This 1980 profile finds him moving from drawing board to boardroom.
Raleigh: Fred Mitchell
Documentary 1980 26 mins Location: Nottingham
Industrial relations and management's 'pound of flesh', on the shop floor of a large engineering firm in Nottingham.
Rudge-Whitworth - Britain's Best Bicycle
Advert 1902 1 mins Silent
A gentleman cyclist learns the error of his ways in one of the earliest surviving British film advertisements.
Riding on Air
Documentary 1959 16 mins Location: London
A beautiful and evocative survey of cycling's golden years.
Torture and Pleasure
Current affairs 1980 5 mins Location: Thurlestone
Gerald Haycock embarks on a torture and pleasure weekend and goes from reward-based hard exercise to eating and drinking.
Current affairs 1968 4 mins Location: Nettlecombe
Estate once owned by the father of King Harold, Godwin has never been bought or sold.
Charm Hostess and Mannequin School
Current affairs 1965 6 mins Location: Exeter
Women are put through their deportment paces and all in the name of etiquette.
Current affairs 1969 3 mins Location: Perranporth
Andy Price checks out how to make your own surfboard.
Hafod-y-Ddôl Grammar School, Nantyglo: sports, science and snow
Home movie 1960 8 mins Silent Location: Nantyglo
The sun shines on the school sports, ensuring good trade for the ice-cream vendor; in winter it makes the snow that halts train and car sparkle.
Whirlwinds at RAF St Mawgan
Current affairs 1962 3 mins Location: St Mawgan
RAF 22 Squadron provides air-sea rescue for the South West with new HAR 10 Whirlwind helicopters.