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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
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
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
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.
Grounded on the Platters: HMS Conway
Home movie 1953 7 mins Location: Anglesey/Ynysmôn
A sorry end to any ship: timings, tide and wind played their part in pushing HMS Conway onto the Platters rocks in the Menai Strait on 14/4/1953.
Exeter Real Ale Festival
News 1975 3 mins Location: Exeter
The wet and warm ale goes down a treat as aficionados gather to celebrate real ale.
Home movie 1955 8 mins Location: Llanddwyn Island/Ynys Llanddwyn
Sea pinks and samphire, lighthouses and church ruins – Llanddwyn’s charms are many and varied.
News 1979 2 mins Location: Plymouth
Experimentation with a coat for two leaves couples with really no escape.
Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music
News 1970 2 mins Location: Shepton Mallet
Progressive gathering of festival goers hits the blues.
Dawson: Lower Penn Show
Home movie 1954 4 mins Location: Lower Penn
Another blustery summer day in the 1950s and it's Lower Penn's carnival parade.