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The Opening of Barking Swimming Pool
Much excitement for the opening of Barking's new swimming pool - better known as the East End's Lido.
Non-Fiction 1931 mins Silent
This sweeping pan shot succinctly captures the ceremonies surrounding the opening of Barking open-air swimming pool. Contemporary newspaper articles claim that the pool, which was opened on 2 May 1931, was the largest outdoor swimming pool in the South of England. It came to be known as the East End's Lido. Sadly, the film is incomplete.
The pool, which was located in the northern part of the 29 hectares Barking Park, closed in 1988 after a period of decline.
The London Topographical Society
London Street Scenes - Trafalgar Square
Non-Fiction 1910 1 mins Silent Location: Trafalgar Square
Spot the changes and continuities in this majestic Edwardian panorama of Trafalgar Square.
Grand Union Canal
Documentary 1937 34 mins Silent Location: Houses of Parliament
Follow working narrow boats as they make their 60-hour trip from London to Birmingham along Britain's longest industrial waterway.
Inter-action in Croydon
Documentary 1971 12 mins Location: Croydon
Do you remember when the moon men came to Croydon? You can bet these kids never forgot the day Dogg's Troupe landed
Fourteen Acres of Green
1977 13 mins Location: Hammersmith
Environmentalists wage war on the Greater London Council in this eye-opening account of a battle to save Hammersmith's open spaces.
London from the Air 2 (Fun Palace outtakes)
Amateur film 1963 3 mins Silent Location: Westminster
Excellent if somewhat jerky aerial shots of London taken from a helicopter and featuring close-ups of Waterloo, the docks and Tower Bridge.
London from the Air 1 (Fun Palace outtakes)
1963 3 mins Silent
London in 1963 was a city in flux, as this spectacular aerial footage shows.
Last day of the RT-type Bus, 1979
Industry sponsored film 1979 6 mins Silent Location: Barking
It's standing room only on board the RT-Type bus as it makes its way through Barking for the last time, in this bittersweet short film from 1979.
Inspection of Special Constables
Non-Fiction 1916 1 mins Silent Location: Barking
Crowds applaud 900 Special Constables as they drill before a packed pavilion in Barking.
Non-Fiction 1926 1 mins Silent Location: Barking
Terrific scenes of comedy walking as hundreds policemen line-up for the annual British Police Walking Championship from Barking to Southend.
Way down East
Non-Fiction 1925 1 mins Silent Location: Barking
Splendid shots of the king’s visit to the opening of a new power station in Barking, with terrific views of gleaming turbines and control panels.
Boulter Family Films: Town Show, Barking & Dagenham (1960s)
Amateur film 1960 mins Silent Location: Barking
Very brief shots from what appears to be the Barking & Dagenham Town Show in the mid-60s, showing some of the local beauty queens on floats.
Comedy 1919 35 mins Silent
A protective father masquerades as an automatic doll in this bonkers interwar comedy.
Spirit of Mayday
1937 11 mins Silent
May Day – a significant day for the labour movement – is covered by the cameras of the Film and Photograph League.
Cornelius Cardew 1936-1981
Performance 1986 55 mins
An exploration of the life and work of the controversial British composer.
1935 9 mins
Let it bleed? This exemplary education film gets to the heart of the matter.
U.A.B. (Workers Newsreel No.3)
Non-Fiction 1935 12 mins Silent
Punchy political film capturing mass protests against unemployment.
The Merry Month of May
1937 15 mins Silent
A spirited satire on the coronation of George VI made by members of the Film and Photograph League.