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Southport Pier 1899
When you're on a pier this long, you can be forgiven for taking public transport
Non-Fiction 1905 1 mins
At over a kilometre long, Southport Pier will always be a brisk stroll. A tramway was introduced shortly after it was opened in 1860 to help make the journey a little easier, and here a film camera hops on board. The original negative has survived in remarkable condition, offering beautifully crisp images of the Merseyside promenaders.
Though the film was originally catalogued as 1899, the electric trams seen in the final scene suggest a slightly later date. The first electrified tramways opened in 1900, replacing some of the horse-drawn routes that had run since the 1870s.
Sport 1896 0 mins Silent
A pioneering example of filmed news: from Epsom to the screen in record time
Interest film 1899 1 mins Silent
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Non-Fiction 1900 0 mins Silent Location: Portsmouth
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A view down the High Street featuring the Albert Clock, a shot of Queen's Bridge and the docks
Non-Fiction 1897 1 mins Silent
A charming image of children paddling on a pebbly beach on a hot summer's day
Amateur film 1898 2 mins Silent
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Charity appeal 1934 8 mins Location: Southport
Windows of opportunity: how a charity aimed to improve the lives of blind and partially sighted people.
Non-Fiction 1920 3 mins Silent Location: Southport
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Amateur film 1933 18 mins Silent Location: Winsford
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Non-Fiction 1928 1 mins Silent Location: Southport
Lord Derby opens Southport's fancy new bathing lake and pavilion in this newsreel item
Home movie 1964 5 mins Silent Location: Southport
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Amateur film 1930 1 mins Silent Location: Southport
On the beach with the racing cars, capturing the speed and excitement.
Charity appeal 2020 2 mins
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
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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.