London’s Screen Archives enables Londoners see their past come alive on film. Managed by Film London, we are a unique network of historic film collections that cares for, collects and screens heritage film across the city. Together we preserve London’s rich film heritage from feature films to home movies, public information films, newsreels, and records of the capital’s many different industries.
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Willesden Borough Council Refuse Collection
Short film showing mounds of rubbish arriving in Willesden’s municipal tip, which workers attempt to filter and disperse.
Amateur film 1947 2 mins Silent
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Gulls wheel in the distance as the workers of Willesden attempt to deal with the mounds of rubbish arriving by trucks across the borough. There’s no sound or commentary to this short clear film from Willesden’s municipal tip, but fortunately there’s no smell either.
Spotlight on Key Workers
School programme and Educational film 1973 43 mins Location: Northcourt
London’s school kids get to grips with teaching methods, technology and cows in this film from the 1970s explaining educational theories at different London schools.
Government sponsored film 1952 27 mins Location: Wadhurst
Never a dull moment for a rural district nurse in the early days of the NHS.
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.
Documentary 1928 3 mins Silent Location: Sheffield
Refuse collection you cannot refuse with some state-of-the-art bin business in 1920s Sheffield
News 1975 4 mins Location: Ullesthorpe
It's an Aladdin's Cave of household goods: Donald Sansome's travelling store is a lifeline for the people of rural Leicestershire
Charity appeal 2020 2 mins
Beautiful NHS fundraiser, setting Michael Rosen’s poem to powerful archive images.
Advert 1925 1 mins Silent Location: Willesden
Animated advert showcasing the remarkable effects of Anzora Viola Cream, produced in London and the market leader until Brylcreem appeared.
Film and Photo League: International Cooperators Day Film and Photo League: International Cooperators Day
Campaigning film 1936 26 mins Silent Location: Willesden
It's all fun and games in Willesden, Chingford and Tottenham on International Co-operators' Day.
Non-Fiction 1921 1 mins Silent Location: Willesden
Crying, sleeping, ignoring the camera – the entrants in Willesden’s ‘healthy baby’ contest are amusingly uncooperative, despite presence of actress Violet Hopson.
Industry sponsored film 1951 21 mins Location: Willesden
A fictional film promoting the new town of Hemel Hempstead and the way to a new life and new home for a London bricklayer and his family.
Travelogue 1907 9 mins Silent
A grand tour of Japan’s major cities, offering scenic views of the streets and daily life.
Interest film 1913 3 mins Silent
This ethnographic film offers a brief overview of the traditional culture of the Ainu, an ethnic minority in Japan.
Documentary 1905 4 mins
The performance of a masked dancer is followed by a scene from a kendo match, contrasting grace and ferocity.
Non-Fiction 1904 2 mins Silent
In a school gymnastic festival, boys and girls demonstrate their physical rigour through exercise and dance.
Interest film 1909 5 mins Silent
A vibrant festival with parades of fishermen and geisha celebrates the 50th anniversary of the opening of Yokohama Port.
1912 5 mins Silent
Pathécolor’s mechanical stencil colouring is put to good use illustrating a festival at an ancient shrine.