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Old Maid's Valentine
Early comedy in which a cruel joke is played on an old maid
Comedy 1900 1 mins Silent
The eponymous old maid in this early comic film, seated in the parlour with her cat, receives an envelope addressed to Miss Pimple. A calendar on the wall tells us it's February 14th. Could it be a valentine? Love at last? Her expression indicates that she thinks it is, until the note is opened to reveal a picture of a baby and the legend "just like Mama". Oh dear.
Sporting Colliers and the Bobby (c.1901)
Comedy 1901 2 mins Silent
A policeman breaks up a gambling den, but is caught pocketing the proceeds.
First X-ray Cinematograph Film Ever Taken
Frogs legs on film: trailblazing Victorian medical research
Drama 1899 1 mins Silent
The first ever Shakespearean film - once thought to be lost - with Herbert Beerbohm Tree in the title role.
A Woman Undressing
Pornography 1896 1 mins Silent
A treat for Victorian voyeurs - and Britain's oldest erotic film?
Unfaithful Wife (c.1900)
Drama 1900 1 mins Silent
A faithless wife, with a penchant for men in uniform, entertains a sailor before her policeman husband comes home.
Mr Moon (1901)
Comedy 1901 3 mins Silent
Rare production footage of an early 'trick' film with a famous music hall performer.
Hovis: Boy on the Bike
Advert 1974 1 mins Location: Shaftesbury
A classic slice of British advertising history, though that hill's not as Northern as it looks...
Workforce of Parkgate Iron and Steel Co., Rotherham (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 3 mins Silent Location: Rotherham
Edwardian workers react to the camera at one of Rotherham's major employers.
Workforce of Ormerod's Mill, Great Moor Street, Bolton (1900)
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Silent Location: Great Moor St, Bolton
Eager youngsters burst out of the gates of a Victorian cotton mill.
The Henley Regatta
Sport 1901 1 mins Silent Location: Henley-on-Thames
It's the first weekend of July 1901, and high society are on the Thames
Advert 1898 1 mins Silent Location: St Pancras
An unusual farewell in this charming early film
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins
The magic of a real solar eclipse filmed by a famous magician