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Conway Castle - panoramic view of Conway on the L.& N.W. Railway
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Conway Castle - panoramic view of Conway on the L.& N.W. Railway

Non-Fiction18982 minsSilent Location: Conwy Castle

Conwy's bridge, castle and station glide past, as if in a dream, in this beautiful phantom train ride film (no ghosts but apparently no train either) from 1898.

Scenes at Monument Bridge in Hull (1900)
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Scenes at Monument Bridge in Hull (1900)

Non-Fiction19002 minsSilent Location: Kingston upon Hull

A melee of traffic, carts, trams, bicycles and people of all ages squeeze past the camera in Victorian Hull.

Coal on the Doorstep
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Coal on the Doorstep

Documentary19748 mins Location: Cowdenbeath

Locals have strong feelings about the pros and cons of the new open cast mine in Cowdenbeath, Fife.

Battle of Spion Kop: Ambulance Corps Crossing the Tugela River (1)
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Battle of Spion Kop: Ambulance Corps Crossing the Tugela River (1)

Non-Fiction19001 minsSilent

Stunning cinematic record of a key British defeat in the Boer War

Sunday Best and Seaplanes - Monkton and Pembroke Dock
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Sunday Best and Seaplanes - Monkton and Pembroke Dock

Home movie19521 minsSilent Location: Monkton

From Sunday streets to the sea – the merry kids of Monkton, and Pembroke Dock’s famous flying boats

Phantom Ride - Chamonix
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Phantom Ride - Chamonix

Non-Fiction19002 minsSilent

Admire the view but don't look down, as this short film takes you on a breathtaking trip through the Alps

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Queen Victoria's long reign famously saw extraordinary advances: in industry, transport, science, culture... But one vital innovation is too often missed: the moving image, the last great invention of the age. Yet film forever changed the way we see the world. And even before the French Lumière brothers presented their first demonstrations in London in 1895, British filmmakers were beginning to make their mark. Now, for the first time, we are making publically available all of the BFI's collections of British films made in the first six years of the medium - from 1895 to 1901.

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This colourful and challenging collection explores screen representations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lives over the past century.

The Victorian Street
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