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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WEST AFRICA CALLING

WEST AFRICA CALLING (1927)has video enhanced entry

The industrial development of West Africa (probably Gold Coast and Nigeria) under British rule.

West Africa before it was developed; forests ...

WINDMILL IN BARBADOS

WINDMILL IN BARBADOS (1933)has video enhanced entry

The production of sugar cane in the West Indies, contrasting old and new methods.

Over a map of Barbados, a West ...

ZANZIBAR AND THE CLOVE INDUSTRY

ZANZIBAR AND THE CLOVE INDUSTRY (1925)has video enhanced entry

The film opens with a globe, on which Zanzibar is highlighted. The titles outline the role of the island as ...