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  • Christmas Trailer

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    Enjoy this festive Christmas trailer edited by a Creative Skillset Media Archive Trainee at the LSA. It showcases the highlights of the specially-curated Christmas programme that recently toured the streets in our KinoVan, bringing a bit of on-screen snow and archival Christmas cheer to Londoners. There are scenes of Cossack Ice Skaters skating on frozen lakes in Ruislip; parties for the young and old alike; children playing in the 1960s heavy snowfall, Christmas trees, Christmas presents, and did someone mention Christmas lights? All the archive films used were sourced from LSA’s partner archives and show the range of film formats in the collection, from home movie shot on standard 8mm and 16mm film, to the 1920s 35mm Topical Budget newsreel footage of the Cossack ice skaters and children in a Sutton hospital receiving a special visit from the Christmas fairy.

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  • Journey through Lost London Play all

    Take a grand tour through London from 1896 to 1967. See the amazing changes over the decades of streets, fashions, modes of transport and means of entertainment.
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  • Films made by London Local Councils Play all

    From improving the conditions of Hackney's Slum in the 1930s to a tribute to the Beatles in an animated 1970s road safety film, each of these records captures a uniquely local story of civic life.
    • Know Your Borough (1951) - Duration: 12 minutes.

      • 2 years ago
      • 6,641 views
      Recently digitised by London's Screen Archives, and largely unseen since it was produced in the early 1950s, this rather beautiful 16mm film was made by Wimbledon Cine Club and commissioned by the ...
    • At Your Service (1962) - Duration: 14 minutes.

      • 2 years ago
      • 2,728 views
      A dramatised information film about the council services provided by Hayes and Harlington Urban District Council.

      A disgruntled resident pays a visit to his local councillor to find out exactly wh...
    • Slum Clearance and Re-Housing By the Council of the Metropolitan Borough of Hackney (1935) - Duration: 28 minutes.

      • 1 year ago
      • 3,220 views
      An official film on the need for public housing in Hackney and its provision.

      The film documents slum clearing and re-housing by the Council of the Metropolitan Borough of Hackney, in 1935. Initi...
    • Other People (c.1950) - Duration: 13 minutes.

      • 3 years ago
      • 317 views
      Challenging the viewer's idea that civil defence work is done by 'other people', this film explains the work of the Borough of Wanstead and Woodford's wardens, signal corps members, observers and a...
    • Work Study in Local Government (1965) - Duration: 26 minutes.

      • 4 years ago
      • 303 views
      Watch as this government film opens with a montage of workers: street lighting engineers, teachers, road workers, police officers, and refuse collectors near Woolwich Town Hall on Wellington Stree...
    • The Wards of Woolwich (1951) - Duration: 28 minutes.

      • 4 years ago
      • 13,521 views
      Experience the Metropolitan Borough of Woolwich through this creative municipal film. Accompany a couple in costume on their journey around Woolwich, highlighting various services provided by the t...
    • These Can Be Yours (1949) - Duration: 17 minutes.

      • 5 years ago
      • 1,456 views
      A public information film unlike any you might see today, 'These Can be Yours' was made by Wembley Road Safety Council in 1949, and has survived as a fascinating piece of local and social history. ...
    • Coronation Celebrations, Wembley, 1953 - Duration: 29 minutes.

      • 5 years ago
      • 963 views
      Made by the Borough of Wembley, one of the two boroughs that joined to make Brent in 1965, this film shows some of the events celebrating the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II - from the mundane to ...
    • The Tale of Elsie Bossing - Duration: 6 minutes, 28 seconds.

      • 5 years ago
      • 1,457 views
      Boxer Henry Cooper introduces this short piece of animation from 1970 showing how an old lady learns to use the pedestrian crossing. She is in the habit of crossing the road wherever she fancies, c...
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    • The Open Road - London (1926) - Duration: 10 minutes.

      • 7 years ago
      • 621,669 views
      London is the last stop in an epic trip across Britain filmed in remarkable early colour and restored by the BFI National Archive.

      London was the final stop in a marathon journey around Britain fi...
    • Old London Street Scenes (1903) - Duration: 4 minutes, 9 seconds.

      • 7 years ago
      • 235,179 views
      Traffic congestion in Edwardian London.

      Made over 100 years ago, this footage shows a number of scenes shot around central London, taking in locations such as Hyde Park Corner, Parliament Square a...
    • Petticoat Lane (1903) - Duration: 2 minutes, 34 seconds.

      • 7 years ago
      • 78,648 views
      Sunday morning in the East End market.

      This fascinating film provides an authentic view of London's East End from over a hundred years ago. Flat-capped men flow in a Sunday morning tide down Middl...
    • The London Blitz (Britain at War) 1941 (1946) - Duration: 8 minutes, 41 seconds.

      • 7 years ago
      • 72,520 views
      Amateur colour film shot and edited by Rosie Newman, of the impact of the Blitz on wealthy parts of West London. In addition to scenes of the devastation wrought on buildings by aerial bombing, the...
    • VE and VJ Day Celebrations in London (1945) - Duration: 5 minutes, 19 seconds.

      • 7 years ago
      • 56,397 views
      Amateur colour film shot by Lieutenant Sidney Sasson of the US Army Signal Corps, Army Pictorial Service, of victory celebrations in central London for VE Day (8 May 1945) and VJ Day (15 August 19...
    • Blackfriars Bridge (1896) - Duration: 38 seconds.

      • 7 years ago
      • 48,230 views
      Top-hatted Victorians and horse-drawn traffic cross Blackfriars Bridge.

      The definition of 'rush hour' in London grows woollier as the years pass: at its worst it seems to stretch demonically from ...
    • The Urban District of Hayes & Harlington (1956) - Duration: 16 minutes.

      • 4 years ago
      • 38,676 views
      This video from Hillingdon Local Studies and Archives presents the boundary areas of Hayes and Harlington district. From the North with the Willow Tree Lane Area to the south with Cranford Park a...
    • Walworth Road (1960) - Duration: 108 seconds.

      • 4 years ago
      • 22,969 views
      Welcome to the hustle and bustle of Walworth Road. An evening news van, double-decker buses, a man riding his bike, and pedestrians hurry down the busy street. Stores that can be seen include Jay's...
    • The Living City (1970) - Duration: 29 minutes.

      • 7 years ago
      • 19,678 views
      The film illustrates the major part taken by local government in the physical and social redevelopment of London.Made by the Corporation of London for publicity purposes.

      This is a film about the ...
    • Trafalgar Square Riot (1913) - Duration: 75 seconds.

      • 6 years ago
      • 17,142 views
      A suffragette procession in Trafalgar Square led by Sylvia Pankhurst results in a riot in Whitehall. Policemen are seen escorting Miss Pankhurst away. The scenes here do not look so very different ...
    • Fugitive Futurist: A Q-riosity by "Q" (1924) - Duration: 11 minutes.

      • 7 years ago
      • 15,712 views
      An oddball inventor startles Londoners with images of the city's future.

      This witty short proffers futuristic visions of London landmarks by way of a 'magic' camera. But while its gleeful inventor...
    • Hayes and Harlington (1956) - Duration: 15 minutes.

      • 4 years ago
      • 14,328 views
      This film from Hillingdon Local Studies, Archive, and Museum covers a variety of scenes and activities in Hayes and Harlington during 1956: spring flowers in the park, rose bushes in bloom, newly c...
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