London’s Screen Archives enables Londoners see their past come alive on film. Managed by Film London, we are a unique network of historic film collections that cares for, collects and screens heritage film across the city. Together we preserve London’s rich film heritage from feature films to home movies, public information films, newsreels, and records of the capital’s many different industries.
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Library at Work
Short film celebrating several London libraries, from the grand British Museum reading room to children’s reading hours at smaller local libraries.
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Featured libraries include the British Museum, the Central Library for Students on Galen Place, Islington Central Library and Croydon Library in this film singing the praises of the library system, “the open door for everybody”. Has some great interior and exterior shots of all – plus a nice view of the Thames when discussing the Seafarers Library – as well as scenes of provincial libraries and captions giving informative commentary on the history and value of libraries.