Empire and Industry

From the earliest days of the British Empire, the wheels of trade and industry were kept in perpetual motion. Raw materials were extracted, cash crops were harvested and exported, and modern factories processed and packaged the myriad products of the colonies. Whether cotton, rubber, tobacco or beer, the Empire was always open for business, and the films chosen here document some of these colonial industries.

 
 
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COTTON GROWING IN THE SUDAN c. 1925-1930

COTTON GROWING IN THE SUDAN c. 1925-1930 (1925)has video enhanced entry

Filmed on behalf of the British Cotton Growing Association and the Empire Cotton Association, the film shows cotton growing and ...

 

DUNLOP IN MALAYA (1955) enhanced entry

Film about the Dunlop Rubber Co's worldwide activities, particularly in its 13 rubber estates in Malacca. The film looks at ...

 

EASTERN ROSE (1942) enhanced entry

A commercial for Co-op tea in the guise of a documentary about tea production.

The film shows how tea ...

EMPIRE TRADE

EMPIRE TRADE (1934)has video enhanced entry

PROPAGANDA. A film on the National Government's aims to boost Britain's trade with the Empire: Though nerve-centre of the Empire, ...

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 ...

FOOD FROM THE EMPIRE

FOOD FROM THE EMPIRE (1940)has video enhanced entry

Film showing the food contributions supplied to Britain by various colonies and dominions.

Although more land has been given ...

FROM CANE TO CUBE

FROM CANE TO CUBE (1950)has video enhanced entry

An industrial process film for Tate and Lyle, showing the growth and processing of sugar cane, from the fields of ...

GARDENS OF THE ORIENT

GARDENS OF THE ORIENT (1936)has video enhanced entry

The tea-gardens of India and Ceylon.

Aerial view of countryside around the tea-gardens (54). The Kangchenjunga mountain railway is followed on ...

GIANT IN THE SUN

GIANT IN THE SUN (1959)has video enhanced entry

A study of Northern Nigeria as it prepares for self-government.

The commentator introduces Africa as the 'continent of the future' before ...

INDIAN BACKGROUND

INDIAN BACKGROUND (1946)has video enhanced entry

Political and social life in India.

Credits. Crowd of Indians. Commentary states that among the contradictions of India a new ...

JAMAICAN HARVEST

JAMAICAN HARVEST (1938)has video enhanced entry

The cultivation and export of bananas in Jamaica.

Opening in January as local ploughmen plough a large field in readiness for ...

JUTE

JUTE (1923)has video enhanced entry

The film show the day to day running of the Titaghur Jute company, which is in Bengal on the banks ...