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Sporting Colliers and the Bobby (c.1901)
A policeman breaks up a gambling den, but is caught pocketing the proceeds.
Comedy 1901 2 mins Silent
Comedy may not be the truest reflection of public attitudes to the police in the early 20th century, but the 'bobby' is often the butt of the joke. Here, a policemen is tipped off by an irate citizen that men from the colliery are gambling on his land. When he scares off the gamblers he is seen picking up the coins by the 'picker-up' - the boy who pays out the bets in the game of Pitch and Toss.
Comedy 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Glasgow
Young scamps launch a snowball attack on a hapless bobby.
Frogs legs on film: trailblazing Victorian medical research
Drama 1899 1 mins Silent
The first ever Shakespearean film - once thought to be lost - with Herbert Beerbohm Tree in the title role.
Pornography 1896 1 mins Silent
A treat for Victorian voyeurs - and Britain's oldest erotic film?
Drama 1900 1 mins Silent
A faithless wife, with a penchant for men in uniform, entertains a sailor before her policeman husband comes home.
Comedy 1901 3 mins Silent
Rare production footage of an early 'trick' film with a famous music hall performer.
Industry sponsored film 1960 24 mins
A new luxury express is put through its paces. This film looks over the shoulders of the select band of craftsmen, engineers and operators, whose combined skills try to ensure that a train journey is a delightful experience.
Documentary 1973 15 mins
British Transport Films record the varied daily lives of their neighbours as seen from the high roof of their building in London’s Marylebone.
Industry sponsored film 1957 20 mins
Illustrating the efficiency of express freight trains, and how they link manufacturers with their customers at the other end of Britain.
Documentary 1952 30 mins
Examining a day in the life of what was then the busiest railway system in the world – British Railways.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
Industry sponsored film 1957 9 mins
A 1957 film examining the future for British Railways, and some of the opportunities provided by a new modernisation plan.