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Road to Restoration
How the magnificent Mitchell & Kenyon collection was resurrected, thanks to the dedication and skill of the BFI National Archive.
Documentary 2005 21 mins
In 1994, hundreds of rolls of film, shot in the earliest years of the 20th century by filmmaking partnership Mitchell and Kenyon, were discovered in a Blackburn basement. This revealing documentary takes you inside the BFI National Archive, throwing light on the epic endeavour to restore this magical footage and return to us an astonishing record of our late-Victorian and Edwardian ancestors.
Edwardian Britain on Film
Non-Fiction 1904 3 mins Silent Location: Sunderland
The thrill of a ride through central Sunderland to the sea at Roker.
Non-Fiction 1902 2 mins Silent Location: Burnley
First-ever footage of Manchester United in a tense Edwardian football fixture.
Bootle May Day Demonstration and Crowning of the May Queen (1903) Bootle May Day Demonstration and Crowning of the May Queen (1903)
Non-Fiction 1903 18 mins Silent Location: Bootle
May Day revellers brave a wet and windy day in Edwardian Merseyside.
Drama 1899 2 mins Silent Location: Blackburn
Out-takes of the world's earliest ever 'Western' film.
Non-Fiction 1902 10 mins Silent Location: Halifax
Many views of busy, bustling Halifax, including a handsome, horse-drawn steam fire engine.
Drama 2020 21 mins
A young Palestinian woman crosses the Israeli border illegally to find her long-lost brother, who she hopes will be her ticket to a new life.
Charity appeal 2020 2 mins
Beautiful NHS fundraiser, setting Michael Rosen’s poem to powerful archive images.
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.
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.