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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.
- Andrew Buchanan
- United Kingdom
Building a British Railway
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.
1985 10 mins
150th anniversary of the Great Western Railway: the official film
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?
Cinemagazine 1952 8 mins Location: Calverton
New colliery opens at Calverton in Nottinghamshire and a visit to Rugby Locomotive Testing Station
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.
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.
Amateur film 1963 19 mins Location: Holy Island
The toe-dipping delights and tranquillity of the Northumbrian Riviera and beyond.
Amateur film 1947 17 mins Location: Edinburgh
Take in the length and breadth of majestic Scotland in this vibrant amateur travelogue
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
Non-Fiction 1900 mins
An Edwardian Bolton Wanderers football team file onto a threadbare pitch
Advert 1972 1 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Workmen clean an oversized bottle perched on a factory chimney. At lunch, two beers are delivered to them by helicopter.
Non-Fiction 1930 1 mins Location: Liverpool
Liverpool students run riot for the annual rag race
Non-Fiction 1922 1 mins Location: Criccieth
PM David Lloyd George gets outdoors, hoeing potatoes in Criccieth, Wales
Travelogue 1951 9 mins
Travelogue following the historical route taken by Pilgrims from Winchester to Canterbury.
Factual TV 1969 55 mins
A terrible beauty: impressive early TV history programme looks at Ireland 1913-23.