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Swan Upping on the Thames
The tricky task of tracking London's swans.
Non-Fiction 1918 1 mins
The third week in July calls for London's annual swan census - an appealing spectacle for the newsreel cameras. The six flag-adorned skiffs carry members of two City livery companies, the Vitners and the Dyers, who share ownership of Britain's swan population with the Crown. Every year they 'mark' newly-born cygnets in a ceremony dating back to the 12th century.
A regular calendar custom, the swan upping ceremony was filmed often by early newsreels, which were always on the lookout for pre-planned or predictable events - the quirkier the better. This Gaumont Graphic edition is a bit more matter-of-fact than Topical Budget's 'Swan Upping Starts' (1930), which appeals to a nostalgic sense of 'ancient custom' and British tradition.
1918 on Film
Topical Budget 378-1
Non-Fiction 1918 5 mins Location: Royal Albert Hall
Topical Budget salutes Britain's top brass in this gleefully patriotic newsreel edition, released just weeks after the First World War was won.
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Non-Fiction 1918 5 mins Location: Barnstaple
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Sport 1918 0 mins Location: Southend-on-Sea
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Floods at Rhyl, October 1918
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The Premier at Neath
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The sun shines down when PM Lloyd George is in town.
Non-Fiction 1918 1 mins Location: Hillingdon
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Amateur film 1951 8 mins Location: River Thames
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Amateur film 1950 3 mins Location: Southend-on-Sea
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Amateur film 1967 12 mins Location: Ramsgate
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Cherrie and Jonty’s Eighteenth Birthday Cake
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Inside Film 2016 31 mins
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Amateur film 1977 11 mins Location: Brighton
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This is Bournemouth
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The Building of the Eastern Road flyover on the M27
Amateur film 1970 7 mins Location: Hilsea
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A Tour of Conservative Wards in Southampton
Amateur film 1935 14 mins Location: Southampton
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