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Lady Godiva Procession in Coventry (1902)
Crowds pay homage to the legendary naked rider during Coventry’s Edwardian coronation celebrations.
Non-Fiction 1902 9 mins
Godgifu, an 11th century noblewoman, famously rode naked through the streets of Coventry to save her people from what historian Daniel Donoghue described as "an oppressive and shameful servitude". This film comprises four extracts from a two to three-hour procession, held in Coventry on the afternoon of 9 September 1902 to commemorate her legend and to mark the coronation of Edward VII.
The procession starred the fabulously voluptuous and successful London Hippodrome actress Vera Guedes as Godiva/Godgifu. The film opens with a lingering shot of Godiva on horseback (in a flesh-coloured dress), highlighting her significance in the event. The remaining sequences shift the focus as the procession is used to exhibit local trade.
Edwardians at Leisure
Trip to Sunny Vale Gardens at Hipperholme (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 7 mins Location: Hipperholme
Summertime laughs and larks at a West Yorkshire pleasure gardens.
Panoramic View of Southport Promenade (1902)
Non-Fiction 1902 4 mins Location: Southport
All aboard the charabanc for a trip along an Edwardian promenade.
Waves at Southport (1902)
Non-Fiction 1902 3 mins Location: Southport
Beautiful shots of gentle waves on a shingle beach.
Armley and Wortley Carnival (1904)
Non-Fiction 1904 3 mins Location: Armley
The carnival comes to Leeds and a new Rose Queen is crowned.
Scenes in Abington Park, Northampton (1902)
Non-Fiction 1902 1 mins Location: Northampton
A camera pan through the park reveals teaming crowds and changing fashions in Edwardian hatwear.
Sunday Promenade of Spectators in West Park, Hull (1902)
Non-Fiction 1902 5 mins Location: West Park
Kingston-upon-Hull residents take the air and feed the birds in their Sunday finery.
About Britain - Second Edition
Amateur film 1965 12 mins Location: London
Join the Clague family as they zoom up an empty M1 to Stratford upon Avon, Long Itchington and Coventry - a city reborn after its 1940 destruction
Current affairs 1986 7 mins Location: Coventry
Two councils with two different approaches to LGBT rights.
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...
Warp and Woof
Documentary 1975 26 mins Location: Ruddington
The industrial Midlands pioneered textile production; from the framework knitters of Nottinghamshire to the birth of the modern factory in the Derwent valley in Derbyshire.
Football Match on Large Screens
News 1965 3 mins Location: Coventry
As normal the fans are packed into Coventry City's Highfield Road ground for a match. The difference is that the game is being played 130 miles away in Cardiff.
Eric Russell Personal Film - Coventry
Amateur film 1936 11 mins Location: Coventry
The surreal presence of barrage balloons on the Coventry skyline gives this home movie an end-of-an-era feel.
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.