London’s Screen Archives enables Londoners see their past come alive on film. Managed by Film London, we are a unique network of historic film collections that cares for, collects and screens heritage film across the city. Together we preserve London’s rich film heritage from feature films to home movies, public information films, newsreels, and records of the capital’s many different industries.
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Sit back, relax and enjoy the views as we barge along the Shropshire Union Canal under clear blue skies.
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This home movie shows a quintessentially British and typical family barge holiday in the rural setting of the Shropshire Union Canal, near Bunbury, Cheshire, and allows us an insight into the holidaying of Londoners in the late 1970s. The images have benefitted from the bright blue skies, and there are some lovely shots of barges, as well as a number of the waterway’s iconic sights and bridges.
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Inside Film 2024 16 mins
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Drama 2023 2 mins
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Romance 2023 2 mins
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Charity appeal 1939 10 mins
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