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Unveiling of the Birmingham City Battalions Memorial
Remembering the fallen comrades of the Warwickshire Regiment in a solemn ceremony fifteen years after the Armistice.
Non-Fiction 1933 13 mins Silent
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It's November 1933 in Birmingham city centre and the men of the local battalions of the Warwickshire regiment gather to remember those who did not return from France and Belgium. Fifteen years have elapsed since the guns fell silent and, at the height of the depression, it is a moment to remember a time that is rapidly becoming a part of history. The marching will continue for many more years, with their numbers gradually dwindling, but the sacrifice will never be forgotten.
Preston and District Roll of Honour, 6th, 7th, 5th Series
Roll of Honour film 1915 14 mins Silent
A rare surviving WWI memorial film, featuring poignant images of men killed or injured serving in the armed forces.
Funeral at the Front
Non-Fiction 1915 1 mins Silent
Sombre and moving World War I newsreel story.
Peace Celebrations at Haslingden July 19th 1919
Non-Fiction 1919 13 mins Silent Location: Haslingden
Charming, fun and heartwarming portrait of a Lancashire town coming together to celebrate Peace Day.
Nurse and Martyr
Biopic 1915 11 mins Silent
The moving true story of wartime heroine Nurse Edith Cavell, recreated in the aftermath of her execution.
Documentary 1935 10 mins Silent Location: Stepney
While Britain celebrates... A caustic reminder of conditions for London's East End underclass in George V's jubilee year.
Unveiling of the War Memorial to the Men of Alfreton
Non-Fiction 1927 7 mins Silent Location: Alfreton
Thousands gather in Alfreton to remember the dead of the Great War.
Magazine and Review show 1981 7 mins Location: Selly Oak
From Selly Oak to Birmingham's Head Post Office in a wheelchair - how hard could it be?
New Fifty Pence Piece
News 1969 2 mins Location: Birmingham
Don't become a victim of the new fifty penny piece!
News 1971 8 mins Location: Birmingham
A middle class designed city with no style - Arthur Dooley pulls no punches in Birmingham.
Decent Place with Hot and Cold
Documentary 1970 27 mins Location: Birmingham
An impressively stark documentary study of Birmingham slums - past and present.
News 1975 4 mins Location: Leicester
He arrived in Britain with £3 and went on to become one of the richest business men in the Midlands. How did Amrat Parmar do it?
Pakistani Bus Driver
News 1974 2 mins Location: Birmingham
Bus timetables are sacrosanct to some but to others there are more important things in life - and faith is one of them.
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.
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