Explore archive films
See shorts and features, showing the best from the BFI, national and regional archives - including 120 years of Britain on film
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From biting nuns to twitching schoolgirls, a professor (Maxine Peake) takes us on a musical journey through mass hysteria.
Amateur film19636 minsSilent Location: London
Scenes from streets and betting shops, including slot machines, shoe-shining and extended shots from inside a London bookie.
Animation & Artists Moving Image196111 mins
Married to your television? This cartoon gives you an opportunity to re-evaluate your relationship with the gogglebox
Animation & Artists Moving Image19151 minsSilent
Was the root of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s power his 'Imperial Moustache'?
Animation & Artists Moving Image19835 mins Location: South Shields
Budgies for beginners: home comforts for birds explained to young pet owners.
Animation & Artists Moving Image195713 mins
An animated tale with a Lutheran message that's equal parts Christmas spirit and good old-fashioned guilt
Amateur film19405 minsSilent Location: Burnley
Come for a drive around the streets of a busy Lancashire town.
Pete and Dud prove to be stout football fans in this Guinness commercial recalling a great sporting moment - however fleeting.
In 1972 Britain entered the European common market full of beans. What could go wrong?
News19719 mins Location: Devon
Country House offers naturists a way to air all.
Promotional196910 mins Location: Folkestone
There's something for everyone in Folkestone as this promotional film claims - including lidos, fine dining, cliff railways and the weirdest fitness machines ever seen
Employees of Marshall's Engineering Works, Gainsborough (1908)Employees of Marshall's Engineering Works, Gainsborough (1908)
Non-Fiction19085 minsSilent Location: Gainsborough
Edwardian engineers and their marvellous machines at Britannia Ironworks, Lincolnshire.