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Land of Invention
Scotland is celebrated as a crucible of the modern age in this profile of a "strange, restless, enquiring country"
Documentary 1941 11 mins
Use the telephone, take a train or travel by road, and you are indebted to some of the Scottish greats profiled in this film. Alexander Graham Bell, James Watt and John Macadam are just some of the figures birthed by this "strange, restless, enquiring country". Mixing highlands, lowlands and the bustling cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow, the film doesn't manage to put its finger on the reasons behind this extraordinary ingenuity, but is happy to celebrate it nonetheless.
Building a British Railway
Mining Review 19th Year No. 11
1966 11 mins Location: Castleford
Coal touched all our lives, as this issue of the cinemagazine demonstrates with items on a miner's wife turned mayor, a Coal Board chess team and more.
Brunel's Railway Today : Intercity Paddington-bristol
1985 10 mins
150th anniversary of the Great Western Railway: the official film
Unloading Girders at Skelton Bridge
Industry sponsored film 1930 6 mins Location: Skelton
A workman balances on the edge of a swing bridge, some 80 foot above the Ouse, instructing the placement of a 680 ton girder. Is this an extension or just running repairs?
Mining Review 6th Year No. 3
Cinemagazine 1952 8 mins Location: Calverton
New colliery opens at Calverton in Nottinghamshire and a visit to Rugby Locomotive Testing Station
Hartlepool Sleeper Depot
Industry sponsored film 1957 13 mins Location: Hartlepool
The life of a railway sleeper is not an easy one, and here they get prepared for the rain, the snow and ice, and the thousands of tons of steel hurtling over them, day in day out.
Documentary 1974 13 mins Location: Goathland
Desolate stations, abandoned locos and derelict tracks under grey skies become transformed by dedicated volunteers, unmotivated by money, into a marvellous steam railway.
Scotland Trip 1939 - Part 2
Amateur film 1939 18 mins Location: Edinburgh
This Scottish home movie takes in the delights of Edinburgh Zoo and picturesque Helensburgh on the Firth of Clyde.
County of Northumberland
Amateur film 1963 19 mins Location: Holy Island
The toe-dipping delights and tranquillity of the Northumbrian Riviera and beyond.
Heart of a People - Scottish Festival
Amateur film 1947 17 mins Location: Edinburgh
Take in the length and breadth of majestic Scotland in this vibrant amateur travelogue
Dollarbeg (Part 2)
Amateur film 1936 13 mins Location: Dollarbeg
Continuation of an amateur film capturing a family holiday in Dollarbeg Castle, including trips to Stirling and Edinburgh.
Documentary 1936 24 mins Location: Euston Sta
The flagship of the GPO Film Unit's output and a cornerstone of British documentary, featuring music by Benjamin Britten and the verse of W.H. Auden.
Non-Fiction 1925 1 mins Location: Edinburgh
A short report on the winners of the marathon and sprint in Edinburgh - now known as the New Year Sprint
Morecambe and Wise - Be Wise Don't Drink and Drive
Public Information Filler 1963 1 mins
Ernie tells Eric to ‘be wise’ and not drive home after their Christmas party
Shiraz: A Romance of India
Historical drama 1928 106 mins
This epic silent film, telling the ravishing, romantic story behind the Taj Mahal, has been newly restored with a sumptuous new score from Anoushka Shankar.
Building the 3rd Orpington Boy Scout Group Headquarters
Amateur film 1965 9 mins Location: Orpington
Follow construction of the new Scout Hall, from breaking ground to the finishing touch - the mounting of a moose head!
National Scoutcar Racing in Brighton
Amateur film 1967 3 mins Location: Brighton
Homemade go-karts of all colours, shapes and sizes can be seen haring along Madeira Drive in Brighton, as Scouts compete for first place.
Cyril Visits Lesney Farm Allotment and Pubs in Erith
Amateur film 1982 2 mins Location: Erith
Two classic masculine pastimes from the 1970s - allotments and pubs.
Fete at Erith
Amateur film 1979 3 mins Location: Erith
Looking down on Erith fete and across the river to East London.