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Polish Costume Dancing
Scenes from a Polish Catholic community in North London of a Sunday service and dancing in the street.
Amateur film 1966 5 mins Silent
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Opening scenes capture the busy atmosphere as priests and their congregation arrive for Sunday service at the Our Lady of Czestochowa Parochial Church in Devonia Road, Islington. A snippet of home movie footage shows the filmmaker's daughter, a Sunday school student, before a costumed dance is performed in the street to the delight of on-looking parents.
Drama 1947 92 mins Location: Islington
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Amateur film 1971 15 mins Location: Islington
A gently meandering home movie tour of London, with rare shots of an early Gay Pride march.
Documentary 1966 17 mins Location: Islington
A group of Islington slum tenants unite to protest against harassment and demand decent living conditions.
Amateur film 1966 7 mins Silent Location: Islington
Students of a Catholic Sunday School in Islington celebrate a Polish holiday in traditional costume.
Amateur film 1971 1 mins Silent Location: Islington
Islington welcomes home the 1971 double-winning Arsenal F.C. side including the team's first ever black player.
Documentary 1922 13 mins Silent Location: Westminster
Short film celebrating several London libraries, from the grand British Museum reading room to children’s reading hours at smaller local libraries.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
Industry sponsored film 1960 24 mins
A new luxury express is put through its paces. This film looks over the shoulders of the select band of craftsmen, engineers and operators, whose combined skills try to ensure that a train journey is a delightful experience.
Industry sponsored film 1957 20 mins
Illustrating the efficiency of express freight trains, and how they link manufacturers with their customers at the other end of Britain.
Documentary 1952 30 mins
Examining a day in the life of what was then the busiest railway system in the world – British Railways.
Documentary 1973 15 mins
British Transport Films record the varied daily lives of their neighbours as seen from the high roof of their building in London’s Marylebone.
Industry sponsored film 1957 9 mins
A 1957 film examining the future for British Railways, and some of the opportunities provided by a new modernisation plan.
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