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Phillips Bicycles - Publicity Films for West Africa
From the West Midlands to West Africa: tour the Phillips bicycle plant in Smethwick and see the products in action overseas.
Industry sponsored film 1954 5 mins Silent
This intriguing pair of promos for Phillips Bicycles of Smethwick have sadly lost their soundtracks, but their key message - that Phillips is "Renowned the World Over" - is clear enough. The films demonstrate the bike's appeal in Africa and offer a wonderful colour study of cycle manufacture and assembly. At the time Phillips was Britain's second-largest bicycle producer, after Raleigh.
Government sponsored film 1945 4 mins
Cycling stunts and sight gags in a music hall curio.
Cinema Adverts for Humber, Raleigh and Rudge Bicycles
Advert 1938 2 mins Silent
A fun selection of vintage animated adverts promoting some of Britain's leading bicycle brands.
Raleigh: Alan Oakley
Documentary 1980 26 mins
Alan Oakley is the man that gave Britain the iconic Raleigh Chopper bike. This 1980 profile finds him moving from drawing board to boardroom.
Raleigh: Fred Mitchell
Documentary 1980 26 mins Location: Nottingham
Industrial relations and management's 'pound of flesh', on the shop floor of a large engineering firm in Nottingham.
Rudge-Whitworth - Britain's Best Bicycle
Advert 1902 1 mins Silent
A gentleman cyclist learns the error of his ways in one of the earliest surviving British film advertisements.
Riding on Air
Documentary 1959 16 mins Location: London
A beautiful and evocative survey of cycling's golden years.
The Royal Show
Documentary 1951 28 mins Location: Trumpington
Parades of the finest farm animals and machinery: 10 miles of displays on a 150 acre site at the Royal Show in 1951, enjoyed by thousands of visitors including The Queen.
Amateur film 1930 2 mins Silent Location: Cambridge
Cambridge college and boating scenes captured by a 1930s visitor.
A View of Cambridge
Documentary 1974 25 mins Location: Cambridge
Accompanied by specially composed songs, take a tour around Cambridge and hear the views of local residents, students and their teachers.
East End Bids Farewell to the Fuhrer
Amateur film 1945 2 mins Location: Stratford
Crowds carry a mock coffin of Adolf Hitler through the streets of Stratford while the Union Flag and bunting hang defiant above the WW2 rubble.
Coronation Route 1953
Amateur film 1953 2 mins Location: Green Park
Bunting-clad streets and regal decorations highlight the intricate artistry that went into decorating the iconic Coronation route.
Town and Gown
Documentary 1937 17 mins Location: Oxford
Focusing on each town’s university colleges, main streets, gardens, statues and memorials with a narration of the history of the buildings, notable scholars, and traditions.