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London Fire Brigade Drill
London Fire Brigade's engines bring the streets of London to a standstill as they perform a demonstration for wounded soldiers.
Non-Fiction 1916 1 mins Silent
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This demonstration during WW1 sees fire-fighters scaling the not so insignificant London Fire Brigade's headquarters in Southwark and displaying core apparatus such as detachable ladders and hoses. The Topical Budget cameras, which would distribute these newsreels across the country, only just manage to catch a glimpse of the wounded soldiers that were in attendance.
Non-Fiction 1915 1 mins Location: Southwark
Celebrate the brave men of the London Fire Brigade during WW1 with this newsreel featuring drills and presentation of medals.
Training London's Fire Brigade - Display at Headquarters Training London's Fire Brigade - Display at Headquarters
Amateur film 1928 4 mins Location: Southwark
Marvel at the London Fire Brigade's head for heights as they put on a public display at their headquarters in Southwark.
Industry sponsored film 1972 20 mins Location: Southwark
Sponsored film that uses fictional set ups to demonstrate how advances in computing benefit the construction industry.
Training film/TV programme 1942 36 mins Location: Tower Hamlets
Fascinating, technical military film made during the Blitz showing how to deal with unexploded bombs in London.
Amateur film 1945 9 mins Silent Location: Southwark
Step into the aftermath of a WWII bombing raid in south London in this startling amateur film.
Amateur film 1963 3 mins Silent Location: Westminster
Excellent if somewhat jerky aerial shots of London taken from a helicopter and featuring close-ups of Waterloo, the docks and Tower Bridge.
Advert 1985 2 mins
Take a fighter jet, a Top Gun pilot with sunglasses and a brand new SAAB 900 and you have a sure-fire vehicle to launch a Hollywood career.
Promotional 2019 10 mins
A wandering warrior dreams of a new form of expression, in this promo for UNKLE’s album The Road: Part II / Lost Highway Pt. II directed by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones.
1935 16 mins
A rare glimpse of 1930s London in colour: the Thames has never looked lovelier.
Advert 1946 1 mins Silent
Life is looking up! The war is over and the “Corona” Man can visit his “Corona” families once more, door-to-door.
Advert 1962 0 mins Location: Rhyl
Cinema advertisement for Marine Lake & Ocean Beach, Rhyl, a popular destination for crowds set on a day's fun on free rides.
Local Cinema Advertisements - Blaenau Ffestiniog and Merthyr Local Cinema Advertisements - Blaenau Ffestiniog and Merthyr
Advert 1942 7 mins Silent Location: Blaenau Ffestiniog
Who could deny these advertising claims: "Attractive hair is the ambition of every woman", and "Your family will enjoy Lincoln potatoes"?
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