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The Story of a Great Day: 3rd June 1944
As the world changes, Harry and Eithne celebrate their wedding at Knighton in Leicester.
Home movie 1944 15 mins Silent
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Three days before D-Day, Harry and Eithne tie the knot at St. John the Baptist Church at Knighton; the event being captured by Louis Browning who features in his Home Guard uniform. After a reception at the local squash club, the happy couple set off on a secret honeymoon. Not for long though, as the camera soon finds them at the Randolph Hotel in Oxford. We then see Eithne sightseeing with only glimpses of uniformed men a reminder of the momentous events taking place in Europe.
Life Under Fire
Activities Pictured at Littleover First Aid Post
Amateur film 1939 16 mins Silent Location: Littleover
An air raid could come at any moment and Derby had to be ready to deal with the casualties. The people of Littleover were so well prepapred they filmed one of their exercises.
Ibberson Family and VE Day
Home movie 1945 17 mins Silent Location: Sheffield
Whether it’s the height of the war or its aftermath makes no difference to these children enjoying themselves: at the seaside, on V E Day and around the bomb sites of Sheffield.
Welwyn Garden City - The War Years
Amateur film 1939 15 mins Silent Location: Welwyn Garden City
A great example of ‘despite war, life continues’, Welwyn Garden City residents continue with annual traditions, festive occasions and celebrations, during wartime.
U.S. And Us
Advert 1943 2 mins
An American G.I. learns how to brew a proper English cuppa in this jolly wartime ad for Maypole tea.
What Is One among So Many?
Documentary 1943 17 mins Silent
"A bomb's cut the gas off. Where can we get a meal?" Look no further than the Friends Relief Service.
Family Album to Entertain
Amateur film 1940 14 mins Silent Location: Broadwater
Life in Broadwater seems unaffected by the war in this film - especially when friends and relations drop by - though a closer look reveals that all is not quite what it seems.
Leicester Guild of the Crippled: Some Events of 1930
Amateur film 1930 14 mins Silent Location: Welby Grange
Caring for disabled people 1930s style: The Leicester Guild of the Crippled take to the road with spinal carriages and bath chairs.
Closure of Knighton Village Post Office
News 1972 3 mins Location: Knighton
A very modern problem experienced in 1972 by the people of Knighton: what happens when the Post Office closes down?
News 1980 2 mins Location: Knighton
A Royal decree granted the villagers of Knighton in Staffordshire tax free living for life - all for a £1,000 loan to the Crown.
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent
The Victorian great and good mark the passing of a political titan
Parade of Troops with Band and Crowds Following
Non-Fiction 1900 2 mins Silent
For Britons during the Boer War, a welcome opportunity to support the troops - and march alongside them
Workers Leaving Work at Vickers
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Location: Barrow-In-Furness
Factory gate glimpses at - we think - Barrow-in-Furness
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent Location: Worthing
Worthing waves at us in this mesmerising early film
The Biter Bit
Comedy 1898 1 mins Silent
Film's first joke? A fresh take on an old prank.
Opening of the Kiel Canal
Non-Fiction 1895 0 mins Silent
This was one of a series of actuality films made by the Victorian pioneer Birt Acres during 1895. The film is thought to have been shot on June 20, on the occasion of the opening of the Kiel Canal by the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. Acres shot other films at the same time, but they have not survived.
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