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London: Air Raid, 1917
Twisted metal, jagged wood and piles of rubble: the devastating aftermath of an air raid in London.
Non-Fiction 1917 4 mins Silent
Scenes of devastation in Paternoster Buildings in the City of London after an air raid, probably courtesy of a military airship. The scene is uncannily similar to footage of the aftermath of WWII Blitz attacks, apart from the occasional horses and carts glimpsed in the background.
The First World War
Non-Fiction 1914 2 mins Silent
A muted newsreel tribute to Austria's Archduke Franz Ferdinand - victim of an assassin's bullet in an event that would soon take Europe to war.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1914 6 mins Silent
Lightning sketch propaganda stirs outrage about Reims bombing, and features a British bulldog eating the German sausage
War 1920 52 mins Silent
Young Lord Billy sniffs out sneaky German marauders in this flag-waving war drama - thrills for British boys, 1919-style.
Non-Fiction 1915 1 mins Silent
Sombre and moving World War I newsreel story.
Non-Fiction 1914 1 mins Silent
Poignant scenes of Allied troops enjoying their Yuletide rations at the first Christmas of WWI.
Documentary 1918 24 mins Silent
Growing potatoes in Green Park plus some handy uses for your old tin cans – it’s all part of the war effort on the home front.
City of London
Travelogue 1920 16 mins Silent Location: Westminster
Take a gentle tour of central London landmarks in this travelogue made shortly after WWI.
Cinemagazine 1971 14 mins Location: City of London
First things first - profile of an inspirational figure in primary education
Lord Kitchener at the Guildhall The Great War Minister Received by the Lord Mayor at the Ancient City Hall for the Opening of a Three Weeks' Recruiting Cam Aign Warwick Bioscope Chronicle No. 261-2 Lord Kitchener at the Guildhall The Great War Minister Received by the Lord Mayor at the Ancient City Hall for the Opening of a Three Weeks' Recruiting Cam Aign Warwick Bioscope Chronicle No. 261-2
Non-Fiction 1915 1 mins Silent Location: City of London
Horatio Herbert Kitchener, the face of WWI, takes a break from pointing his finger to inspect recruits at London’s Guildhall
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1999 22 mins Location: Beragh
A young artist's journey of self-discovery; an odyssey through rural Northern Ireland to the cities on London and Milan
Amateur film 1941 21 mins Silent Location: City of London
Barclays Bank's London HQ adapts to wartime banking, as a keen amateur filmmaker records staff at work, rest and play.
Documentary 1963 17 mins Location: City of London
Fascinating look at the Barbican – before it became the brutalist icon we know today.
Inside Film 2021 47 mins
Writer and activist So Mayer joins filmmaker and critic Alexandra Hidalgo to discuss the work of acclaimed French director and artist Agnès Varda.
Detective drama 1944 19 mins
You too can solve the case of the stolen boy, courtesy of this film from 1944.
Public Information Filler 1946 3 mins Location: Woodford
Sorry kids – your parents might never let you out of the house again after watching this bleak 1940s road safety film
Interest film 1913 3 mins Silent
This ethnographic film offers a brief overview of the traditional culture of the Ainu, an ethnic minority in Japan.
Documentary 1905 4 mins
The performance of a masked dancer is followed by a scene from a kendo match, contrasting grace and ferocity.
Travelogue 1907 9 mins Silent
A grand tour of Japan’s major cities, offering scenic views of the streets and daily life.