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Tony Buys a Bike
A lucky schoolboy gets a brand new bike for Christmas in this charming wartime promotional film.
Promotional 1942 17 mins
A lucky schoolboy gets a brand new bike for Christmas in this charming, playful film from the Cyclists' Touring Club, promoting the joys of club cycling and good road sense - especially on a Claud Butler bike! In one delightful sequence, toy cars and model streets come to life; in another, simple animated diagrams demonstrate the importance of a correct riding position and a personalised fitting.
The shop shown in the film was almost certainly located at 71 Grand Parade, Harringay, one of the original bicycle retail shops established in London by dealer and frame-builder Claud Butler during the late 1920s and early 30s. Claud Butler remains one of the UK's leading cycle brands.
Toys Will Be Toys
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1988 5 mins Location: South Shields
Barbie dolls in pink battle khaki killing machines in a Christmas animation that cocks a snook at the “Disney Doctrine”.
Closure of Snibston Colliery
Current affairs 1983 5 mins Location: Snibston
A bleak Christmas for the men of Snibston Colliery as mining in Coalville comes to an end in the last days of 1983.
Drama 1914 33 mins
Moving theatre-set Christmas tale of a former dancer and her child
The Traditions of a Surgeon at Christmas
Amateur film 1962 17 mins Location: Cambridge
The filmic memoirs in Cambridgeshire of heart surgeon Christopher Parish and his family, beginning with Christmas traditions, and including a royal visit. The year is 1962.
Christmas Church Parade
Non-Fiction 1914 1 mins
Recruits of Lord Kitchener's 'New Army' parade on Christmas morning.
The Iles - in the garden, at the seaside, at Christmas
Amateur film 1940 10 mins Location: Heath
Life with the Iles family: Summer is for cycling, the seaside, tending to tortoises and meeting delightful collie pups. Christmas is for crackers and the gift of a perfect doll.
Current affairs 1986 7 mins Location: Coventry
Two councils with two different approaches to LGBT rights.
Davis Family Films: Second Film Of Stanhope Gardens; Lord Mayor’s Show, Haringey and City (1966)
Amateur film 1966 6 mins Location: Harringay
James Bond, Graham Hill, Winston Churchill and St Paul’s Cathedral all feature in this brilliant home movie from the Davis Family Film collection.
Davis Family Films: Dympna & Richard, First Film of Stanhope Gardens, Haringey (1965)
Amateur film 1965 4 mins Location: Harringay
Cracking costumes, including a Chinese dragon, a mermaid and a giant milk bottle that looks like a space rocket, feature in this home movie of a 1965 Tottenham street parade.
Davis Family Films: Maisie's Funeral, Beckenham, Haringey, London (1965)
Amateur film 1965 5 mins Location: Harringay
Following film of a funeral at Beckenham crematorium, this home movie shows Christmas in London.
Davis Family Films: Clacton-On-Sea, Trafalgar Square and Manor House (1963)
Amateur film 1963 4 mins Location: Harringay
Ice cream on a London estate, Westminster landmarks and a seaside holiday feature in this great home movie from the 1963.
Davis Family Films: Mum's Funeral, Haringey and Porthcawl (1964)
Amateur film 1964 5 mins Location: Harringay
Despite the sad subject matter, this is a sweet film with great shots of south Wales scenery and opening with a family sun-worshipping session in London.
Morecambe and Wise - Be Wise Don't Drink and Drive
Public Information Filler 1963 1 mins
Ernie tells Eric to ‘be wise’ and not drive home after their Christmas party
Shiraz: A Romance of India
Historical drama 1928 106 mins
This epic silent film, telling the ravishing, romantic story behind the Taj Mahal, has been newly restored with a sumptuous new score from Anoushka Shankar.
Building the 3rd Orpington Boy Scout Group Headquarters
Amateur film 1965 9 mins Location: Orpington
Follow construction of the new Scout Hall, from breaking ground to the finishing touch - the mounting of a moose head!
National Scoutcar Racing in Brighton
Amateur film 1967 3 mins Location: Brighton
Homemade go-karts of all colours, shapes and sizes can be seen haring along Madeira Drive in Brighton, as Scouts compete for first place.
Cyril Visits Lesney Farm Allotment and Pubs in Erith
Amateur film 1982 2 mins Location: Erith
Two classic masculine pastimes from the 1970s - allotments and pubs.
Fete at Erith
Amateur film 1979 3 mins Location: Erith
Looking down on Erith fete and across the river to East London.