Empire and Development

In order for the British Empire to fulfil its economic and strategic goals in the colonies, areas under British control had to be “developed” so that British interests could operate successfully. This meant the creation of an entire modernised infrastructure based on the European model. New transportation links moved goods and people around, modern factories and industrial zones were developed, and advanced communication and military networks were set up. Imposed civic codes governed all of these developments, and urban centres sprang up throughout the Empire, dispensing healthcare and education and administering locally-devised versions of British law and order. 

 
 
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a MAMPRUSI VILLAGE

a MAMPRUSI VILLAGE (1944)has video enhanced entry

Opening with a map of the area, the film depicts aspects of village life as local women carry baskets and ...

 

ACHIEVEMENT IN AFRICA (1960) enhanced entry

An account of the contribution made by the Imperial Tobacco Company towards raising the living standards of many thousands of ...

 

APOLLO IN ASCENSION (1967) enhanced entry

Documentary on the choice of the Atlantic island of Ascension as a tracking station for satellites and rockets and its ...

 

BASUTOLAND AND ITS PEOPLE (1925) enhanced entry

Scenes from Basutoland.

The intertitles outline a history of Basutoland, interspersed with shots of a Bushman and a tribal leader, before ...

 

BETTER HOMES (1948) enhanced entry

Near Nairobi, Kenya. Africans build a good permanent house using mainly materials which are available on the spot.

In a local ...

 

BLAZING THE TRAIL (1927) enhanced entry

Documentary on the Gold Coast, showing the building of a new harbour at Takoradi, and the construction of roads and ...

BOY KUMASENU

BOY KUMASENU (1952)has video enhanced entry

A story of transition within the Gold Coast, as the boy Kumasenu moves from a small fishing village to the ...

CARIBBEAN

CARIBBEAN (1951)has video enhanced entry

A film depicting the Caribbean islands - West Indies, British Guiana and British Honduras - and highlighting the traditional customs ...

CASTLES AND FISHER FOLK

CASTLES AND FISHER FOLK (1933)has video enhanced entry

Against the backdrop of the castles of the Gold Coast, the film shows the life of the local inhabitants.

The commentator ...

 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT IN AWGU DIVISION, NIGERIA (1949) enhanced entry

A survey of various community development projects, connected with housing, health, irrigation and transport organised by individual villages with the ...

 

DAY IN NAIROBI (1955) enhanced entry

Travelogue, showing the buildings, people and wildlife of Nairobi.

Over shots of modern Nairobi, the commentator outlines the transformation of the ...

 

DAY IN THE LIFE OF A MSUKUMA CALLED KINGA MKONO BARA (1937) enhanced entry

A typical day of a Msukuma (Sukuma) man and his family in Tanganyika (now Tanzania).

The film introduces Kinga's home - ...