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Thames Scenes Procession in East End Tower Bridge
Whistle stop tour of the Thames' iconic locations, followed by crowds, eels and strongmen in the East End.
Amateur film 1933 8 mins Silent
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Tower Bridge and the Tower of London strike an interest, but the East End is the real star of this film. Crowds initially gather for the camera in Bethnal Green, before a pro trade union procession, in aid of the Hackney Nurses Home, bustles past. Snippets of an eel seller and a strongman performing in the street complete what is a memorable journey.
London's Bridges on Film
Travelogue 1924 25 mins Silent Location: London
From the pilots of the Pool of London to the headquarters of the Port of London Authority, let’s take a look.
Documentary 1959 49 mins Location: Kennington
Karel Reisz’s honest depiction of South London teens aimed to challenge the media perception of ‘Teddy Boys’.
Government sponsored film 1956 12 mins Location: Soho
Traffic chaos and parking pandemonium in London is nothing new - as we see from this colourful 1950s research film shot around the capital.
Public Information Filler 1928 20 mins Silent Location: Bermondsey
The original foodie city: from bustling Bermondsey Wharves through Smithfield and Billingsgate to London's street markets and general stores.
1931 5 mins Silent Location: Bermondsey
Scenes of thronging street life and market trading along Tower Bridge Road, Bermondsey Street and Southwark Park Road.
Trick film 1930 4 mins Silent Location: Southwark Br
Do our eyes deceive us? Trick shots galore in this magical tour of London.
Documentary 1955 16 mins Location: Westminster
Discover the history of the Thames River Police with a rather different tour of London's iconic river.
Amateur film 1969 3 mins Silent Location: Westminster
Take to the streets for a trade union march on the Victoria Embankment and joyous carnival scenes in Bethnal Green.
Amateur film 1947 8 mins Silent Location: Tower Hamlets
Set sail with the Cambridge Camera Club as they take to the Thames for a post-war day out at Margate.
Amateur film 1934 14 mins Silent Location: London
From the Tower of London to Hyde Park Corner, this is a wonderful short sharp tour of several London landmarks.
Training film/TV programme 1942 36 mins Location: Tower Hamlets
Fascinating, technical military film made during the Blitz showing how to deal with unexploded bombs in London.
News 1945 1 mins Location: London
A newsreel announcer is unimpressed with London’s striking dockers in this short film from 1945.
Industry sponsored film 1960 24 mins
A new luxury express is put through its paces. This film looks over the shoulders of the select band of craftsmen, engineers and operators, whose combined skills try to ensure that a train journey is a delightful experience.
Documentary 1973 15 mins
British Transport Films record the varied daily lives of their neighbours as seen from the high roof of their building in London’s Marylebone.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
Industry sponsored film 1957 20 mins
Illustrating the efficiency of express freight trains, and how they link manufacturers with their customers at the other end of Britain.
Documentary 1952 30 mins
Examining a day in the life of what was then the busiest railway system in the world – British Railways.
Industry sponsored film 1957 9 mins
A 1957 film examining the future for British Railways, and some of the opportunities provided by a new modernisation plan.
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