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Walton St. Xing - New
A time when milk floats were commonly seen on our roads, along with Ariel motorcycles, helmets with leather ear coverings and the local corner shop was advertised on a hoarding.
Industry sponsored film 1963 5 mins Silent
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At first glance this appears as a rather mundane film of a level crossing having its old style gates being replaced by more modern ones. But in reality it is a wonderful look at the kinds of traffic that occupied our roads in the early 1960s. As autumn gives way to winter, motorcycles and motorcycle riding gear typical of the time, and with advertising hoardings in the background, the film marvellously evokes the atmosphere of the time.
The 1960s were a high point in the modernisation of the railways, when even the Tories, with 13 continuous years in power, kept it in public ownership. As part of this swinging gates on level crossings were replaced with electronically operated boom gates, and soon after by automated half barriers. Here the wheel operated gates are replaced by hydraulic gates, which were quite rare, and, apparently, this was also the first UK installation of road traffic lights at a railway level crossing. Level crossings were often situated next to a signal box, and most of these have gone, including the one at Walton Street. But as level crossings account for 25% of all railroad fatalities, they too are being phased out.
Hull - UK City Of Culture 2017
Hull F.C. v Hull Kingston Rovers (1902)
Non-Fiction 1902 4 mins Silent Location: Kingston upon Hull
Rugby arch rivals lock horns in Hull.
Sunday Promenade of Spectators in West Park, Hull (1902)
Non-Fiction 1902 5 mins Silent Location: West Park
Kingston-upon-Hull residents take the air and feed the birds in their Sunday finery.
Hull City Football (c.1905)
Non-Fiction 1905 3 mins Silent Location: Kingston upon Hull
Hull City football club plays a friendly match in their inaugural season.
Sunday Parade in East Park in Hull (1904)
Non-Fiction 1904 7 mins Silent Location: East Park
A grand day out in Edwardian Hull.
School programme and Educational film 1955 25 mins Location: Kingston upon Hull
The Wild West arrives in Hull in 1955 in the figure of the legendary Davy Crockett , on horse-back and clad in coonskin cap and buckskins, to learn some twentieth century road sense.
Assembling track at Chalk Lane Sidings, Hull
Non-Fiction 1957 22 mins Silent Location: Hessle
This is a fascinating, and somewhat puzzling, film of railway workers assembling a large section of crossover track, apparently not in situ.
Kingston upon Hull
Trip to Wembley
Amateur film 1982 3 mins Silent Location: Kingston upon Hull
Fans celebrate as Hull FC take home the Rugby Challenge Cup trophy after the rematch declares their victory.
Preston Ladies Football and T.A. Volunteers
Amateur film 1945 11 mins Silent Location: Preston
Playing the beautiful game - the ladies from Lancashire demonstrate their skills.
Amateur film 1972 6 mins Location: Kingston upon Hull
A whole posse of jovial amateur filmmakers descend upon Hull to film many of the features now gone, such as the ferry and St Andrew’s fish docks.
To Hull and Back
Documentary 1983 26 mins Location: Kingston upon Hull
So much to see of Hull, with its great port, fishing history, historic showdown with Charles I, and two highly impressive public loos.
The Port of Hull
Documentary 1963 29 mins Silent Location: Kingston upon Hull
Dry facts meet aesthetic beauty in this industrial film showcasing Hull’s status as a thriving international port.
Promotional 1980 13 mins Location: Kingston upon Hull
Everything from Marmite jars to vinegar bottles, they all need to be cleaned, and here is how it’s done, without a rubber glove in sight.
ABC in Sound
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1933 2 mins
Hand-drawn sound experiment by Bauhaus professor László Moholy-Nagy.
Hovis: Boy on the Bike
Advert 1974 1 mins Location: Shaftesbury
A classic slice of British advertising history, though that hill's not as Northern as it looks...
Workforce of Parkgate Iron and Steel Co., Rotherham (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 3 mins Silent Location: Rotherham
Edwardian workers react to the camera at one of Rotherham's major employers.
Workforce of Ormerod's Mill, Great Moor Street, Bolton (1900)
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Silent Location: Great Moor St, Bolton
Eager youngsters burst out of the gates of a Victorian cotton mill.
The Henley Regatta
Sport 1901 1 mins Silent Location: Henley-on-Thames
It's the first weekend of July 1901, and high society are on the Thames
Advert 1898 1 mins Silent Location: St Pancras
An unusual farewell in this charming early film
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