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Sporting Colliers and the Bobby (c.1901)
A policeman breaks up a gambling den, but is caught pocketing the proceeds.
Comedy 1901 2 mins Silent
Comedy may not be the truest reflection of public attitudes to the police in the early 20th century, but the 'bobby' is often the butt of the joke. Here, a policemen is tipped off by an irate citizen that men from the colliery are gambling on his land. When he scares off the gamblers he is seen picking up the coins by the 'picker-up' - the boy who pays out the bets in the game of Pitch and Toss.
Comedy 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Glasgow
Young scamps launch a snowball attack on a hapless bobby.
First X-ray Cinematograph Film Ever Taken
Frogs legs on film: trailblazing Victorian medical research
Drama 1899 1 mins Silent
The first ever Shakespearean film - once thought to be lost - with Herbert Beerbohm Tree in the title role.
A Woman Undressing
Pornography 1896 1 mins Silent
A treat for Victorian voyeurs - and Britain's oldest erotic film?
Unfaithful Wife (c.1900)
Drama 1900 1 mins Silent
A faithless wife, with a penchant for men in uniform, entertains a sailor before her policeman husband comes home.
Mr Moon (1901)
Comedy 1901 3 mins Silent
Rare production footage of an early 'trick' film with a famous music hall performer.
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