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Cycling Stunt Man
Gloucester's answer to Evel Knievel may not be able to afford a motorbike but he won't let that deter him...
Non-Fiction 1974 3 mins
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We'll probably never know what brought Mike Wilson, Gloucester's budget answer to Evel Knievel, to the attention of ATV Today, but reporter David Eggleton has made the long journey from Birmingham to see him and was presumably expecting something spectacular. It's not just jumping on a bike and going over a plank, you know.
Race for the Muratti Cup at Manchester Wheelers' Annual Meet (1901) Race for the Muratti Cup at Manchester Wheelers' Annual Meet (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 15 mins Silent Location: Manchester
Exciting scenes of amateur cycling's 'Race of Champions' at Manchester's Fallowfield track.
Sport 1906 2 mins Silent Location: Brighton
Innovative early 'trick' film showing the popular 'flying the foam' stunt performed on - or rather off - Brighton's West Pier.
Non-Fiction 1927 1 mins Silent Location: Herne Hill
The adrenaline rush of a race at South London's famous velodrome at the height of a cycling boom.
Comedy 1939 mins
The sedate peace of Victorian England is disrupted by bumbling comedian Claude Dampier and that miracle of modern transport - the penny farthing...
Non-Fiction 1929 1 mins Silent Location: Herne Hill
Women cyclists go for gold! Singer Gracie Fields presents the grand prize at South London's premier women's cycling event.
Sport 1983 31 mins
Six days of punishing wheel-to-wheel action as the TI Raleigh racing team competes against the best European squads.
News 1974 5 mins Location: Gloucester
Gloucester's only tricycle ice cream seller runs rings around Chris Tarrant.
News 1959 2 mins Location: Gloucester
Southern League football team Gloucester City call in famed hypnotist Henry Blythe to take them to a higher plane.
Amateur film 1937 18 mins Silent Location: Gloucester
Mysterious home movie scrapbook of industry and agriculture around Gloucestershire.
News 1957 3 mins Location: Gloucester
The three candidates in the 1957 Gloucester by-election out and about on the campaign trail.
Charity appeal 2020 2 mins
Beautiful NHS fundraiser, setting Michael Rosen’s poem to powerful archive images.
Manchester's Welcome to the Imperial Yeomanry (1901) Manchester's Welcome to the Imperial Yeomanry (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 4 mins Silent Location: Manchester
A volunteer cavalry regiment is enthusiastically welcomed home after active service in South Africa.
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Liverpool
All ashore! Passengers disembark and crew offload after a long Atlantic crossing.
Spectators Promenading in Weston Park, Sheffield (1902) Spectators Promenading in Weston Park, Sheffield (1902)
Non-Fiction 1902 3 mins Silent Location: Weston Park
A stroll in the park for civilised city-dwellers in Edwardian South Yorkshire.
Non-Fiction 1924 1 mins Silent Location: Woking
The UK's first purpose-built mosque welcomes a huge crowd of worshippers - and newsreel cameras!
Comedy 1914 9 mins Silent
A vicar is caught flirting with an improperly-dressed chorus girl in this saucy silent comedy.
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