This film, made by G. Trafford Drayton of the Tower Cinema, York, features film covering the events surrounding the First World War as well as the unveiling of York’s three memorials dedicated to those who fought and died in the war. The film taken during the war is expected to have come from a variety of newsreels which were most likely screened at the cinema.
This is a film showing a hand drawing an animation of Kaiser Wilhelm II. It’s thought to be a political cartoon produced during the First World War.
This is a compilation consisting of various Topical Budget and Gaumont Graphic newsreals from the First World War. The first item includes footage of the bomb damage in Scarborough following the 1914 attack, and other news items feature events during the war in Europe.
Made exclusively for the Central Picture House in Elland, this film features some events and local faces of Elland, a small market town in West Yorkshire. The film documents First World War Peace Celebrations which took place in July, 1919.
This is a film of the Scott trials competition taking place in Swainby in the Cleveland Hills. The film is in two halves, the first showing the motorcycle trials, and the second showing a fun bicycle race over the same course as the result of petrol rationing during the Second World War. Taking place in winter and often humorous, the film vividly shows the difficulty of the terrain and the determination of the riders.
This is a film of women selling flowers to raise money for the Alexandra Rose Day charitable fund which had recently been set up in 1912. The flowers are sold in various places in Sheffield, including to convalescing soldiers, possibly of the 3rd West Riding Company.
Made by Ernest Symmons of Debehnam & Co., this film features Beverley's fundraising efforts to buy a Spitfire in 1941.
This is the first part of a film that shows some of the activities of the Salute the Soldier Week in Beverley during July 1st to the 8th. This part shows the parade through the town centre.
This is the second part of a film that shows some of the activities of the Salute the Soldier Week in Beverley during July 1st to the 8th. This part shows an army gymnastics display and a demonstration of anti-aircraft guns.
This film shows some of the activities of the Warship Week for Beverley and District during 1942. It shows a model of HMS Azlalea, and a march through the town centre.
This is a film that shows a dinner to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Charter of Hull, with speeches from the Archbishop of York and Winston Churchill.
This film shows some of the activities of the Wings for Victory Week for Beverley and District during June, 1943. It shows people buying government savings certificates and a march through the town centre.
Made by Ernest Symmons of Debenham & Co, this film features the children of Beverley collecting books for members of the armed forces in March, 1944.
This is a Yorkshire Television documentary presented by Austin Mitchell, giving a full account of the events leading up, including, and after the shelling of Scarborough, Whitby and Hartlepool by German battleships on the 16th December, 1914. With the use of photographs, archive film and interviews from eye witnesses, Austin Mitchell presents the facts and the stories of the day.
This is a film of the commemoration of the 3rd anniversary of the Battle of Britain in Beverley. It includes a procession of service personnel through the town and a service at St Mary’s Church.
This is a film made by Vaughan and Co. of Hull of a carnival procession and parade though Preston, in East Riding.
This is film showing the procession and aircraft display that takes place in Beverley during War Weapons Week 1941.
This is a training film by the London Midland and Scottish Railway, with a realistic demonstration of how to deal with a mustard bomb attack on the railway.
This travelogue explores the Bavarian cities of Heidelberg, Augsberg and Munich in summertime, followed by a sobering visit to the former Nazi concentration camp at Dachau.
With having to revert to making Ryvita crackers during the period of sweet rationing, Rowntree’s had little to promote in 1945. But they make the most of what they can with this whimsical cinema advert demonstrating how to make chocolate jumbles with their cocoa powder.
This is one of two reels of film taken by Peter Thornton of Farsley, Leeds, most likely while stationed in Egypt towards the end of the Second World War. This film features the Giza Necropolis and Cairo.
This is the second of two reels of film taken by Peter Thornton of Farsley, Leeds, most likely while stationed in Egypt towards the end of the Second World War. It features scenes of locals in a more rural area going about their everyday life.
This reel of film contains a combination of commercial and amateur footage taken during World War II. The reel begins with a German propaganda film, Degeto Weltspiegel Nr 10. Attached to this is footage shot by Peter Thornton of Farsley, Leeds following the bombing of Duisburg, Germany in 1945.
This film, taken by Peter Thornton of Farsley, Leeds, was made during the Allied invasion of France following the battle at Normandy or D-Day. Thornton was likely a member of the Royal Army Ordnance Corp. The film includes footage of the journey from Normandy, passing through Falaise, Bernieres-Sur-Mer, and into Germany to Xanten and the Minden Gap. There is no footage of any fighting, but the film does include footage of the soldiers blowing up German ammunition dumps and the devastation caused by bombing.
This reel of film contains a combination of commercial and amateur footage taken just after World War II. It includes Movietone Victory Parade, Juex Aquatiques, and amateur film taken by Peter Thornton of Farsley, Leeds while he was stationed in France.