London’s Screen Archives enables Londoners see their past come alive on film. Managed by Film London, we are a unique network of historic film collections that cares for, collects and screens heritage film across the city. Together we preserve London’s rich film heritage from feature films to home movies, public information films, newsreels, and records of the capital’s many different industries.
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Telephone Cables: Machine Operation, Dagenham (1950s)
Fascinating glimpse of working life showing women operating machinery at the huge Telephone Cables factory in Dagenham in the late 1950s.
Sponsored film 1954 4 mins Silent
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There’s some great scenes here of life inside a Dagenham factory in 1950s Britain, showing the factory floor of the Telephone Cables factory. This was one of Europe’s biggest manufacturers of electrical cables, and huge machines are shown spooling cables, many operated by women, with the odd suited foreman in the background. From the Telephone Cables collection.
Barking & Dagenham Heritage and Archives Service
Spotlight on Key Workers
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Sponsored film 1961 5 mins Silent Location: Dagenham
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Sponsored film 1956 4 mins Silent Location: Dagenham
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Sponsored film 1953 3 mins Silent Location: Dagenham
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Interest film 1913 3 mins Silent
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Interest film 1909 5 mins Silent
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