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Spring Comes to England
Farming techniques and modern methods bring new crops to market.
Government sponsored film 1934 16 mins
The farmer is bringing modern crops to town. See flower farming on the Scilly Isles, where the hedges grow high to protect the crop from harsh winds; Cornwall's cauliflower crop, where seaweed makes excellent manure, and the Lea Valley, where 10,000 acres of crop are nurtured under glass at a research station. There are new crops in the offing too, such as the Chestnut Early Giant Lettuce, mushrooms from Chislehurst and new techniques being developed in Walton-on-Thames. Welcome to England in the spring!
This government film is a public record, preserved and presented by the BFI National Archive on behalf of The National Archives, home to more than 1,000 years of British history.
Non-Fiction 1974 4 mins Location: Upper Gornal
Sam Jeavons is a Black Country horse man through and through and May Day is a time to decorate his wagon and bring some colour to Upper Gornal's streets.
Documentary 1944 7 mins Location: Stanion
An extraordinary and unexpected snapshot of rural life in wartime in which a young black girl is crowned Queen of the May.
Puppet (live-action) 1956 24 mins
Fabergé animals in a Russian influenced Easter tale narrated by Peter Ustinov
Amateur film 1952 9 mins Silent
Spring comes to Scotland in the 1950s: feed playful lambs, pick a host of glorious daffodils, and harness your faithful horse to the plough in this lovely amateur colour film.
Non-Fiction 1923 1 mins Silent
A fluffy white blizzard - of hundreds of newborn lambs - hits a Reading farm, keeping the shepherd's hands full.
1958 4 mins Silent Location: Hyde Park
Easter Parade in Hyde Park, April 1958.
Isles of Scilly
Amateur film 1954 12 mins Silent Location: Isles of Scilly
Enjoy all the tranqility and magnificent scenery of the Isles of Scilly in this colourful film from 1954
Travelogue 1912 3 mins Silent Location: Isles of Scilly
A picturesque look at the islands' cut flower industry
School programme and Educational film 1960 17 mins Silent Location: Isles of Scilly
This should be a ‘scatch-and-sniff' film, so viewers can enjoy the scent of the daffodils whilst seeing them harvested and packed for export.
1925 3 mins Silent Location: Isles of Scilly
Scillonian daffodils are a feast for the eyes – and watch out for the curious cows eyeing up the camera.
Exiles v Nomads in the Smallest League in the World Exiles v Nomads in the Smallest League in the World
Sport 1980 5 mins Location: Isles of Scilly
Exiles v Nomads in the Smallest League in the World
Travelogue 1907 9 mins Silent
A grand tour of Japan’s major cities, offering scenic views of the streets and daily life.
Interest film 1913 3 mins Silent
This ethnographic film offers a brief overview of the traditional culture of the Ainu, an ethnic minority in Japan.
Documentary 1905 4 mins
The performance of a masked dancer is followed by a scene from a kendo match, contrasting grace and ferocity.
Non-Fiction 1904 2 mins Silent
In a school gymnastic festival, boys and girls demonstrate their physical rigour through exercise and dance.
Interest film 1909 5 mins Silent
A vibrant festival with parades of fishermen and geisha celebrates the 50th anniversary of the opening of Yokohama Port.
1912 5 mins Silent
Pathécolor’s mechanical stencil colouring is put to good use illustrating a festival at an ancient shrine.