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Comic Pictures in High Street, West Bromwich (1902)
Boisterous Edwardian lads jostle for a place in front of the camera in the West Midlands town.
Non-Fiction 1902 2 mins Silent
The chaos and charm of Edwardian street life is captured to great effect here as young lads throng this West Midlands street. 'The pictures we are taking will be shown Monday Jan 13th', proclaims the showman's advert. The medley of flat caps, bowlers, boaters and top hats offers engaging vivid social insight, showing the classes mingling together yet clearly defined.
Look out for the steam-powered tram with its advert for Nestlé's chocolate. The ornate building passed by the tram was the headquarters of printing company Kenrick and Jefferson Ltd., completed in 1883. Also note the relative absence of young men in the film, made in the closing months of the Boer War; many locals would have signed up to serve in South Africa.
Non-Fiction 1901 5 mins Silent Location: Manchester
A rare glimpse of early Edwardian Manchester when the horse-drawn tram still reigned supreme.
Non-Fiction 1902 2 mins Silent Location: Sheffield
The aftermath of an accident on the streets of Edwardian Sheffield.
Non-Fiction 1902 3 mins Silent Location: Whitehaven
Lively scenes in Edwardian Cumbria.
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Buxton
A striking panorama of the Peak District town and its magnificent Georgian Crescent.
Non-Fiction 1900 2 mins Silent Location: Kingston upon Hull
A melee of traffic, carts, trams, bicycles and people of all ages squeeze past the camera in Victorian Hull.
Non-Fiction 1901 1 mins Silent Location: Kingston upon Hull
A street scene in Edwardian Hull is dominated by advertising for an event to celebrate returning soldiers from the Boer War.
Magazine and Review show 1985 8 mins Location: Kinver
From the temple to the hospital Kartar Singh is a leading practitioner of Sikhism.
Current affairs 1978 9 mins Location: West Bromwich
The UK's immigration laws have prevented Dara Singh from seeing his family for a decade. His is one of many sad stories...
News 1979 4 mins Location: West Bromwich
An attempt to close a loophole in the immigration system raises questions about the sustainability of arranged marriages in Western culture.
Magazine and Review show 1986 7 mins Location: West Bromwich
Bringing the tastes of Montego Bay to a wintry West Bromwich.
Amateur film 1937 10 mins Silent Location: West Bromwich
Street parties, parades and those all important Union flags are in abundance as the people of West Bromwich come together to mark the Coronation of a new King in 1937.
Magazine and Review show 1985 8 mins Location: Sparkbrook
Labour, Tory or Alliance - where does the political allegiance of the West Midlands Chinese community lie?
Inside Film 2021 47 mins
Writer and activist So Mayer joins filmmaker and critic Alexandra Hidalgo to discuss the work of acclaimed French director and artist Agnès Varda.
Detective drama 1944 19 mins
You too can solve the case of the stolen boy, courtesy of this film from 1944.
Public Information Filler 1946 3 mins Location: Woodford
Sorry kids – your parents might never let you out of the house again after watching this bleak 1940s road safety film
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.
Travelogue 1907 9 mins Silent
A grand tour of Japan’s major cities, offering scenic views of the streets and daily life.