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Rotherham Services Procession
This is an absorbing film of a Remembrance Day service and procession in Rotherham, unusual in being held in wartime, and made more poignant for being so.
Non-Fiction 1942 9 mins Silent
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Here we have all the ceremony of a Remembrance Day service and procession being held in Clifton Park in Rotherham in 1942. It being at the height of the war meant that as well as the usual military personnel, all the home front services are also in evidence, including a women's brass band. It also meant that many of those attending would surely have lost loved ones in the conflict, which must have given the day an added quality of pathos.
This film was made by Rotherham bank manager Charles Chislett, who was an exceptional, almost semi-professional filmmaker. As an active member of the Church Pastoral Aid Society Chislett’s chief interest was in taking films to raise money for charity, giving very many film shows, each accompanied with a lecture. He later made excellent films of his many travels in retirement. Remembrance Day was founded to remember those who lost their lives in the First World War, to coincide with the formal end of hostilities "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month." Now it also serves to remember those who have lost their lives in all subsequent wars.
Funeral at the Front
Non-Fiction 1915 1 mins Silent
Sombre and moving World War I newsreel story.
Poppies of Flanders
Non-Fiction 1928 1 mins Silent Location: Richmond
A one-armed soldier is among those shown diligently manufacturing poppies on the 10th anniversary of Armistice Day at a factory in Richmond.
Non-Fiction 1918 1 mins Silent Location: Hillingdon
A war shrine is unveiled in Hillingdon by one of Britain’s leading wartime politicians
War 1927 109 mins Silent Location: Hounslow
Dramatic reconstruction of the Somme
Unveiling of the Birmingham City Battalions Memorial
Non-Fiction 1933 13 mins Silent Location: Birmingham
Remembering the fallen comrades of the Warwickshire Regiment in a solemn ceremony fifteen years after the Armistice.
Unveiling of 1914-1918 War Roll of Honour at Holywell, c. 1919
Non-Fiction 1919 5 mins Silent Location: Holywell/Treffynnon
Flintshire lost hundreds of men on the WW1 battlefields, Holywell contributing 32 who are commemorated on the Roll of Honour plaques on the Town Hall, seen here being unveiled.
Workforce of Parkgate Iron and Steel Co., Rotherham (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 3 mins Silent Location: Rotherham
Edwardian workers react to the camera at one of Rotherham's major employers.
Lifestyle show 1986 25 mins Location: River Don
Naturalist Michael Clegg retraces the paths of merchants who travelled from Cheshire to Rotherham with their goods.
The Modest Millionaire
Documentary 1985 25 mins Location: Swinton
A genuinely fascinating businessman, with workman’s hands, an old battered Austin, still labouring at 77, and keeping many a church going.
Rationalising City Transportation
Promotional 1930 13 mins Silent Location: Wolverhampton
Quieter than a diesel bus, more manoeuvrable than a tram. The Guy trolley bus is the answer to all your transport problems and they're 'perfectly safe up to 40mph'.
Rotherham up to Date
Promotional 1961 39 mins Location: Rotherham
An absorbing picture of council services at the beginning of the 1960s, with babies getting polio jabs and girls having braces fitted, while Roots is playing at the Civic Theatre.
People from the Rotherham Photographic Society Exhibition at the Drill Hall
Amateur film 1914 2 mins Silent Location: Rotherham
An intriguing and enigmatic early short film of photographers taking themselves as subjects having discovered the joys of moving image.
The Lost Highway
Promotional 2019 10 mins
A wandering warrior dreams of a new form of expression, in this promo for UNKLE’s album The Road: Part II / Lost Highway Pt. II directed by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones.
Colour on the Thames
1935 16 mins
A rare glimpse of 1930s London in colour: the Thames has never looked lovelier.
What's Missing from this Picture?
Advert 1946 1 mins Silent
Life is looking up! The war is over and the “Corona” Man can visit his “Corona” families once more, door-to-door.
Fun at Rhyl
Advert 1962 0 mins Location: Rhyl
Cinema advertisement for Marine Lake & Ocean Beach, Rhyl, a popular destination for crowds set on a day's fun on free rides.
Local Cinema Advertisements - Blaenau Ffestiniog and Merthyr
Advert 1942 7 mins Silent Location: Blaenau Ffestiniog
Who could deny these advertising claims: "Attractive hair is the ambition of every woman", and "Your family will enjoy Lincoln potatoes"?
Shippam's Three Beans
Advert 1955 1 mins
Operatic chickens, shrimps and salmon sing-a-long with a paste pot chorus in this vibrantly animated advert for Shippam's
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