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 - ...

FALKLANDS: THE STORY

FALKLANDS: THE STORY (1948)has video enhanced entry

The development of the Falkland Islands dependencies under British administration; the lives of the men stationed there.

FARMER BROWN LEARNS GOOD DAIRYING

FARMER BROWN LEARNS GOOD DAIRYING (1951)has video enhanced entry

The care and management of dairy herds in Jamaica in order to maximise milk yields.

Over agricultural shots, a Jamaican voiceover ...

 

FOCUS ON THE NILE (1952) enhanced entry

The importance of the life-giving waters of the Nile to Sudan and Egypt with property depending on the success of ...

GOD'S CHILLUN

GOD'S CHILLUN (1938)has video enhanced entry

An account of the slave trade in the West Indies, and the islands' development since emancipation.

Copeland Grant, seated in a ...

 

GOLD COAST REVIEW NO. 2 (1949) enhanced entry

Cinemagazine chronicling the change and progress taking place in the Gold Coast.

"Consists of the following items:- 'Number, Please!' The Story ...

HERE IS THE GOLD COAST

HERE IS THE GOLD COAST (1947)has video enhanced entry

A Central Office of Information film outlining the planned development of the Gold Coast over the next ten years.

Over footage ...

 

MAN OF AFRICA (1953) enhanced entry

Dramatisation of the Bakiga people's attempt to cultivate the Kigezi district of Uganda, and their encounter with the Pygmies.

The camera ...

MEN OF AFRICA

MEN OF AFRICA (1940)has video enhanced entry

Development programmes in Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika illustrate that "even in the midst of war, Great Britain does ...

Morrison Collection: 1: Jekko Falls Hydro Electric Scheme : Pts 1 & 2 1937-1938

Morrison Collection: 1: Jekko Falls Hydro Electric... (1938)has video enhanced entry

Reels 1 and 2 of the Morrison Collection show the whole of the construction of the Jekko Falls Hydro Electric ...

MR. MENSAH BUILDS A HOUSE

MR. MENSAH BUILDS A HOUSE (1955)has video enhanced entry

Comedy. Mr. Mensah entrusts the building of his house to his irresponsible nephew, who wastes all the money and materials. ...

NAIROBI

NAIROBI (1950)has video enhanced entry

Travelogue of everyday life in Nairobi, Kenya, concluding with the ceremony granting the town the status of a city.

A British ...

 

NORTHERN TERRITORIES GOLD COAST (1928) enhanced entry

Film on local life in the Northern Territories of the Gold Coast, in particular the Konkomba country.

After briefly outlining the ...

 

OIL HARBOUR: ADEN (1955) enhanced entry

Construction of a harbour capable of berthing 32.000 tons tankers to serve the B .P. oil refinery at Little Aden. ...

 

OLD BONES OF THE RIVER (1938) enhanced entry

Farce about a professor who is forced to collect taxes and administer while the commissioner is on leave and his ...

 

SHOWING NATIVES OF EAST AFRICA BEING TAUGHT AND TRAINED... (1942) enhanced entry

Two new African recruits look up in wonder at the signal flags of the W.D. Fleet. A squad of African ...

SPOTLIGHT ON THE COLONIES

SPOTLIGHT ON THE COLONIES (1950)has video enhanced entry

"This is a brief survey of progress made by the British Government in helping forty separate colonial territories to raise ...

STORY OF OMOLO

STORY OF OMOLO (1946)has video enhanced entry

A Kenyan villager applies the new methods of agriculture he has learned at Bukura College.

A British voiceover introduces the Bantu ...

 

the GEN NO 14 (1945)has video enhanced entry

I. [Recent developments in aviation.] a. Sikorsky two-seater training Helicopter, Hoverfly I; commentary explains advantages over the autogiro. b. A ...

 

the LAND OF CYPRUS (1950) enhanced entry

"One of the greatest tasks facing many countries today is to give back to the land its lost ...

THEY PLANTED A STONE

THEY PLANTED A STONE (1953)has video enhanced entry

This film describes how new life was brought to the immense desert of the Sudan by harnessing the waters of ...

VOICES OF MALAYA

VOICES OF MALAYA (1948)has video enhanced entry

Film showing Malaya before, during and after the war.

The film shows: how people from many races have settled ...

WIVES OF NENDI

WIVES OF NENDI (1949)has video enhanced entry

Described by the voiceover as 'the true story of Mai Mangwende, the wife of Chief Mangwende of Southern Rhodesia and ...