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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.
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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.
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Short film celebrating several London libraries, from the grand British Museum reading room to children’s reading hours at smaller local libraries.
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Beautiful NHS fundraiser, setting Michael Rosen’s poem to powerful archive images.
Manchester's Welcome to the Imperial Yeomanry (1901) Manchester's Welcome to the Imperial Yeomanry (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 4 mins Silent Location: Manchester
A volunteer cavalry regiment is enthusiastically welcomed home after active service in South Africa.
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Liverpool
All ashore! Passengers disembark and crew offload after a long Atlantic crossing.
Spectators Promenading in Weston Park, Sheffield (1902) Spectators Promenading in Weston Park, Sheffield (1902)
Non-Fiction 1902 3 mins Silent Location: Weston Park
A stroll in the park for civilised city-dwellers in Edwardian South Yorkshire.
Non-Fiction 1924 1 mins Silent Location: Woking
The UK's first purpose-built mosque welcomes a huge crowd of worshippers - and newsreel cameras!
Comedy 1914 9 mins Silent
A vicar is caught flirting with an improperly-dressed chorus girl in this saucy silent comedy.
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