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Tour of the North
Crowds flood Belfast to catch a glimpse of the Tour of the North cyclists
Sport 1957 5 mins Silent
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The 1957 Tour was won by Stan Brittain, a cyclist of repute, who had won silver at the previous year's Olympic games as part of the British Men's Team Road Race. The film shows various sections of the race, from the start outside a bustling Belfast City Hall, through numerous streets and towns, all the way to the finish line.
The North West 200 course is a closed street circuit, made up of public roads running between the towns of Portstewart, Coleraine and Portrush. In 1957, Sammy Millar won the 250cc race, Bob Anderson the 350cc and Jack Brett the 500cc.
Cycling Stunt Man
Non-Fiction 1974 3 mins Location: Gloucester
Gloucester's answer to Evel Knievel may not be able to afford a motorbike but he won't let that deter him...
Ladies Training for Cycle Races
Non-Fiction 1902 1 mins Silent Location: Leeds
Edwardian ladies work their pedals, eagerly watched by workers and an attention-seeking dog.
British Cycling Federation National Road Race Championship
Amateur film 1960 11 mins Silent Location: Blaydon
Blazing saddles on the 140-mile Blaydon route of the 1960 British National Road Race with one of the greatest amateur road cyclists of all time.
Non-Fiction 1947 14 mins Silent Location: Sheffield
Rare film of an exciting sprint and cycle racing event just after the war, capturing most of the large expectant crowd and many competitors.
Hugh Porter Interview
Non-Fiction 1970 6 mins Location: Wolverhampton
A tough training regime for a cycling world champion. Although it helps that he goes home to a fellow Olympian.
Race for a Bride
Drama 1922 15 mins Silent Location: Sunningdale
Dastardly deeds are afoot when rivals for the hand of a young woman vie against each other in a bicycle race.
Launch of the "Celtic"
Non-Fiction 1901 1 mins Location: Belfast
Seawards heads a great ship, the biggest of its day
Belfast Street Scenes 1890's
Non-Fiction 1898 2 mins Silent Location: Belfast
A view down the High Street featuring the Albert Clock, a shot of Queen's Bridge and the docks
Disabled Access in Belfast City Centre
News 1981 20 mins Location: Belfast
Join Belfast’s first female Lord Mayor and reconsider how disabled people navigate the streets of Belfast.
Talking Telephone for the Deaf
News 1976 7 mins Location: Belfast
Witness Northern Ireland’s first telecommunications device for Deaf people
See You Monday
News 1977 16 mins Location: Belfast
Members of the Deaf community share their experiences of working in Belfast factories.
Year of the Disabled
Documentary 1981 20 mins Location: Belfast
Counterpoint explores how government policy measures up to the reality of the country’s mobility needs.
Afternoon Tea in the Garden of Clarence House
Non-Fiction 1897 0 mins Silent
Members of Queen Victoria's extended family being natural for the cameras
Pall Mall and Hyde Park Corner
Non-Fiction 1901 1 mins Silent Location: London
Capital scenes thanks to Victorian filmmakers
Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee (Prince Edward)
1897 0 mins
Jubilee Procession: Leeds
Non-Fiction 1897 3 mins
Dogs in the Surf
Non-Fiction 1901 1 mins Silent
Victorian pooches at play
Royal Leinster Regiment Halifax
1900 1 mins Silent
A brisk drill on a cold winter's day
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