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Mapping all Red Air Route to India
Sir Sefton Brancker starts on an ambitious 14,000 mile trip to Bombay (now Mumbai)
Non-Fiction 1924 1 mins Silent
Air Vice Marshall Sir Sefton Brancker prepares to take to the skies for a 14,000 mile trip to Bombay (now Mumbai) in this Topical Budget newsreel item. The Imperial Airways de Havilland DH.50 transport biplane was piloted by Alan Cobham. Brancker was killed in 1930 when the R101 airship crashed in France on its maiden voyage to India.
West and Central India
Temples of India
Travelogue 1938 10 mins
Technicolor temple tour shot by the great Jack Cardiff
1929 10 mins Silent
This travelogue follows hunters in the Gir forest, capturing the titular fight and the gruesome aftermath.
In Rural Maharashtra
Documentary 1945 11 mins
Happy farmers, a wedding and some giant cauliflowers...
Commissioner Higgins Visits Ahmedabad Girls' School
Non-Fiction 1904 4 mins Silent
Salvation Army officials are given a welcoming salute on a visit to a girls' school in Gujurat, western India
Simla - Maharajah Kumar
Amateur film 1928 16 mins Silent
From Sir Conrad Corfield's collection, this film shows scenery around Simla, wrestling and a visit by the Maharajah Kumar.
Travelogue 1935 17 mins
Cotton, rice and tea, mountain railways, elephants and buffalo: India’s life, landscape and people through Western eyes.
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent
The Victorian great and good mark the passing of a political titan
Parade of Troops with Band and Crowds Following
Non-Fiction 1900 2 mins Silent
For Britons during the Boer War, a welcome opportunity to support the troops - and march alongside them
Workers Leaving Work at Vickers
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Location: Barrow-In-Furness
Factory gate glimpses at - we think - Barrow-in-Furness
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent Location: Worthing
Worthing waves at us in this mesmerising early film
The Biter Bit
Comedy 1898 1 mins Silent
Film's first joke? A fresh take on an old prank.
Opening of the Kiel Canal
Non-Fiction 1895 0 mins Silent
This was one of a series of actuality films made by the Victorian pioneer Birt Acres during 1895. The film is thought to have been shot on June 20, on the occasion of the opening of the Kiel Canal by the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. Acres shot other films at the same time, but they have not survived.