London’s Screen Archives enables Londoners see their past come alive on film. Managed by Film London, we are a unique network of historic film collections that cares for, collects and screens heritage film across the city. Together we preserve London’s rich film heritage from feature films to home movies, public information films, newsreels, and records of the capital’s many different industries.
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Skating on Wimbledon Common
Crowds descend on this temporary skating rink and prove there's plenty of icy fun to be had even if you don't own a pair of fancy skates
Amateur film 1950 2 mins Silent
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It's a foggy, frosty day in Wimbledon, but that doesn't stop huge swathes of people - as well as some brave dogs - keen to test the ice on the local pond. Those with more experience whizz past at high speeds while others suffer spectacular falls, and though the skill and the equipment of the revellers varies, they all seem to be wearing Sunday best. Alongside the crowds in the distance, this rare amateur footage captures some lovely intimate shots of the filmmaker's family.
This film is from the collection of Merton Heritage and Local Studies Centre
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Trick film 1898 1 mins Silent
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Amateur film 1949 2 mins Silent Location: Wimbledon Common
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Non-Fiction 1951 12 mins Location: Wimbledon
Civic pride in Merton, as this film celebrates the borough’s parks, playgrounds and, er, sewage works, while also showing the “ancient ceremony of mayor-making”.
Travelogue 1907 9 mins Silent
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Interest film 1913 3 mins Silent
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Documentary 1905 4 mins
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Non-Fiction 1904 2 mins Silent
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Interest film 1909 5 mins Silent
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1912 5 mins Silent
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