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Horses at Ascot, Winter Quarters, Ascot
Colour footage from the Bertram Mills Circus’ winter base in Ascot showing training for the Christmas show at Olympia.
Amateur film 1939 12 mins Silent
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Fascinating colour film of training sessions at Ascot for the Bertram Mills Circus’ annual Christmas show – the circus quartered in Ascot every winter. It includes extended exterior and interior footage of various training sessions involving horses, with the human participants wearing non-stage clothes as they work through routines. There are also a small number of spectators.
Animals on Film
Documentary 1940 12 mins
Fun mixture of natural history and wartime public information.
Comedy 2004 4 mins
Sweet and funny short about a potty-mouthed dog who loves his owner
Non-Fiction 1959 3 mins
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News 1971 5 mins Location: St Keverne
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Should you look hard enough, you’ll be amazed at the antics that creatures get up to, says Dorothy Maxey, amateur filmmaker and naturalist.
Documentary 1934 12 mins Silent Location: London
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Amateur film 1986 23 mins Silent Location: Ascot
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Sport 1912 2 mins Silent Location: Ascot
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Loading Trains, Tenting Circus at Nottingham, Animals Coming from Station, Ascot Loading Trains, Tenting Circus at Nottingham, Animals Coming from Station, Ascot
Amateur film 1934 3 mins Silent Location: Ascot
The circus hits town with fine shots of animals and performers parading through town, as well as scenes from the winter quarters at Ascot.
1926 40 mins Silent
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