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Wildlife in London
The beginning of a ground-breaking, award-winning documentary series that would lead the way in wildlife photography.
Nature and Science programme 1961 25 mins
Naturalist Aubrey Buxton presents the first part of a new natural history series looking at the constant struggle for nature to survive in the urban environment; wild flowers flourish on bomb sites and waterfowl in the parks, but the same can't be said for fish in the polluted river Thames. Though not on the scale of some of the series' African adventures, the film provides several dramatic and sometimes brutal sequences.
Survival was broadcast from 1961 to 2001. In 1996, the filmmakers were awarded a BAFTA Special Craft Award.
Around the Village Green
Travelogue 1937 12 mins Location: Finchingfield
Rural life in the Essex villages of Finchingfield and Great Bardfield - and the mixed reactions of older residents to changing times.
Contrasts in Kensington
Amateur film 1937 11 mins Location: Kensington
Shocking scenes of Kensington slums and 1930s housing developments offer a sharp contrast with today's reinvented area.
Road to Yesterday
Travelogue 1944 32 mins
Widgey Raphael Newman, the short-lived, extraordinarily-named director of this period piece, has assembled attractive images of Wales but beware the commentary!
The Airy Tomb
Drama 1963 13 mins Location: Pontrhydfendigaid
An isolated life can mean that home is nothing more than an “airy tomb”, as imagined by poet and rural parish priest R S Thomas.
Documentary 1977 1 mins
Not-so-special special effects add the magic touch to this kitsch British Rail commercial.
1917 3 mins
The might of the British Empire is mobilised for war during 1914 and 1915.
Grounded on the Platters: HMS Conway
Home movie 1953 7 mins Location: Anglesey/Ynysmôn
A sorry end to any ship: timings, tide and wind played their part in pushing HMS Conway onto the Platters rocks in the Menai Strait on 14/4/1953.
Exeter Real Ale Festival
News 1975 3 mins Location: Exeter
The wet and warm ale goes down a treat as aficionados gather to celebrate real ale.
Home movie 1955 8 mins Location: Llanddwyn Island/Ynys Llanddwyn
Sea pinks and samphire, lighthouses and church ruins – Llanddwyn’s charms are many and varied.
News 1979 2 mins Location: Plymouth
Experimentation with a coat for two leaves couples with really no escape.
Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music
News 1970 2 mins Location: Shepton Mallet
Progressive gathering of festival goers hits the blues.
Dawson: Lower Penn Show
Home movie 1954 4 mins Location: Lower Penn
Another blustery summer day in the 1950s and it's Lower Penn's carnival parade.