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Suffragette Riots at Westminster
Panic on the streets of London: a women's suffrage protest breaks into violence.
Non-Fiction 1910 1 mins Silent
Hundreds of women were injured - and many arrested - in the fierce confrontations with police on 18 November, dubbed 'Black Friday'. This newsreel taken on that day gives a partial account. Women campaigning for the vote assembled outside Parliament in the wake of the failure of the Conciliation Bill (the first of three unsuccessful attempts by the Liberal government to extend the vote to property-owning women). But their protest turned violent as the crowds surge into the police cordon.
Newsreel companies were expert planners, and scheduled, predictable news (such as an advertised protest) was their mainstay. Camera operators would be posted to the best vantage points, and in good time to catch the action. But something's amiss with this report: unusually, it's compiled from awkward shots half peering over the heads of bystanders estranged from the kerfuffle. Maybe everything unfolded too quickly? Or the equipment was too cumbersome to adapt to the event's rapidly escalating violence?
Suffragettes on Film
Miss Davison's Funeral
Non-Fiction 1913 2 mins Silent Location: Bloomsbury
The funeral procession of suffragette Emily Davison - fatally injured at the Epsom Derby - passes through London to her final resting place in Morpeth.
Bolton Election Result
Non-Fiction 1912 1 mins Silent Location: Bolton
Women's Suffrage campaigners make their mark in a key by-election
Comedy 1911 7 mins Silent
Irrepressible sister act Tilly and Sally throw a party - of sorts - in this chaotic comedy caper.
Women's March through London
Non-Fiction 1915 2 mins Silent Location: Buckingham Palace
"Three cheers to our gallant soldiers", proclaim suffragette marchers as they rally to show their willingness to help the war effort.
Scenes from Suffragette Demonstration at Newcastle
Non-Fiction 1909 1 mins Silent Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Supporters of the Women's Social and Political Union campaign in the North East.
Will There Be Women MPs?
Non-Fiction 1917 1 mins Silent Location: London
The leading organisation fighting for women's suffrage changes tack, as Christabel and Emmeline Pankhurst launch the Women's Party.
Leeds Jewish ex-Servicemen's and Women's Association at Rememberance Service 1948
Amateur film 1948 8 mins Silent Location: Westminster
Members of the Leeds Branch of Jewish Ex-servicemen and women Association travel to London for the annual Rememberance Service.
War Looms Over London (September 1938)
Amateur film 1939 3 mins Silent Location: Westminster
Atmospheric film capturing the mood of the capital ahead of the war. From ARP adverts to the building of bombshelters, London prepares for war.
Southport AJEX Parade 1976
Amateur film 1976 6 mins Silent Location: Westminster
Southport branch of the Association of Jewish Ex-Service Men & Women join up with other groups in London for the annual Rememberance Parade.
Scenes on Coronation Day
Amateur film 1937 13 mins Silent Location: Westminster
For a lucky few, the roofs of Whitehall make a perfect perch to watch George VI's Coronation procession making its way along the streets below
A Guild outing to London's Docks and Greenwich
Amateur film 1929 4 mins Silent Location: London
London's long vanished dockside scene is the background to this jolly film which follows an all-male social outing on a cruise down the river to Greenwich
Non-Fiction 1935 7 mins Silent Location: Westminster
In inauspicious times these members of Leeds Jewish community set off for London in a joyful atmosphere, only for the mood to become more sombre as they file past the Cenotaph.
Grounded on the Platters: HMS Conway
Home movie 1953 7 mins Silent Location: Anglesey/Ynysmôn
A sorry end to any ship: timings, tide and wind played their part in pushing HMS Conway onto the Platters rocks in the Menai Strait on 14/4/1953.
Exeter Real Ale Festival
News 1975 3 mins Location: Exeter
The wet and warm ale goes down a treat as aficionados gather to celebrate real ale.
Home movie 1955 8 mins Silent Location: Llanddwyn Island/Ynys Llanddwyn
Sea pinks and samphire, lighthouses and church ruins – Llanddwyn’s charms are many and varied.
News 1979 2 mins Location: Plymouth
Experimentation with a coat for two leaves couples with really no escape.
Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music
News 1970 2 mins Location: Shepton Mallet
Progressive gathering of festival goers hits the blues.
Dawson: Lower Penn Show
Home movie 1954 4 mins Silent Location: Lower Penn
Another blustery summer day in the 1950s and it's Lower Penn's carnival parade.