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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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 ...

AN EAST AFRICAN ARMY FIELD BAKERY

AN EAST AFRICAN ARMY FIELD BAKERY (1944)has video enhanced entry

START 10:16:29 A morning parade for seven African NCOs and 27 Other Ranks wearing white cook's uniform serving with 10th ...

 

ARMS FROM INDIA (1941) enhanced entry

A survey of the involvement of India's Home Front in the war effort.

An opening sequence of blackout, ARP ...

 

BATANAGAR COMPANY TOWN, INDIA (1939) enhanced entry

The film celebrates the operations of the Bata shoe company highlighting, in particular, the welfare provided for its ...

BEER AT ITS BEST

BEER AT ITS BEST (1955)has video enhanced entry

The making of Star lager from Nigeria.

The film opens with the Star lager trademark as local music plays. As three ...

Birch Collection: 6: Freetown and Yengema, Sierra Leone

Birch Collection: 6: Freetown and Yengema, Sierra Leone (1949)has video enhanced entry

Various scenes in Sierra Leone. Aerial sequence along a jungle river with waterfalls shows us increasing western development nearing the ...

BLACK COTTON

BLACK COTTON (1927)has video enhanced entry

INDUSTRIAL/ETHNOLOGY. Film on the Nigerian cotton industry and how the natives use cotton themselves in the manufacture of clothing.

""BLACK COTTON" ...

BRITISH GUIANA

BRITISH GUIANA (1933)has video enhanced entry

A film addressing the geographical conditions, agriculture, and industries within British Guiana.

A title explains that 'the low marshy coast of ...

 

CHISOKO THE AFRICAN (1949) enhanced entry

The story of an African boy born in a village in Northern Rhodesia that is revolutionised by the growth of ...

 

CHRISTIANITY AND COPPER (1956) enhanced entry

Film on the Copper Belt region of Northern Rhodesia (Zambia), specifically the interaction of Christianity and commerce in this region ...

 

COCOA FROM THE GOLD COAST (1936) enhanced entry

The production of cocoa beans in the Gold Coast and their shipment to England.

After an opening title explaining that 'most ...

CONSOLING WEED

CONSOLING WEED (1937)has video enhanced entry

Promotional film for Rhodesian tobacco.

The film opens with shots over tobacco fields, before showing African labourers working on the fields ...

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 ...

 

MONSOON ISLAND (1934) enhanced entry

The tea plantations of Ceylon.

17th century map of Ceylon. Commentary states that the island has been known to traders ...

NIGERIAN COCOA FARMER

NIGERIAN COCOA FARMER (1948)has video enhanced entry

The story of Lawani, a Nigerian cocoa farmer and member of a Co-operative Primary Society, who with his son and ...

 

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. ...

 

OIL PALM OF NIGERIA (1928) enhanced entry

How oil palm is produced in Nigeria.

The film opens with a map and a shot of a local plantation, as ...

 

ONCE UPON A SUNDAY (1965) enhanced entry

Lime juice production. Made to mark the centenary of the sponsoring firm, L. Rose & Co. Ltd., The sponsor's estates ...

 

RÉCOLTE ET PRÉPARATION DES ANANAS (1910) enhanced entry

Harvesting and canning of pineapples in Singapore.

Chinese locals work in the pineapple fields. A man, shot from below, cuts the ...

 

SCENES SHOWING THE MANUFACTURE OF SOAP FROM COCOA BEANS... (1942) enhanced entry

Reel 1 (AYY 294-1) Africans in shirts and shorts carry sacks of cocoa beans on their heads. The sacks are ...

Smart Collection: 5: Banana cultivation and trade, British Honduras 1930s

Smart Collection: 5: Banana cultivation and trade,... (1930)has video enhanced entry

Clearing forest for banana plantation. Cultivation (including air spraying of crops) and harvesting and transportation of the crop to the ...

SONG OF CEYLON

SONG OF CEYLON (1934)has video enhanced entry

DOCUMENTARY.

r.1 Part 1 - the Buddha. Scenes of dark jungle with glimpses of animals, ruined temples and tropical vegetation (180), ...

 

THÉ: CULTURE, RÉCOLTE, PRÉPARATION INDUSTRIELLE (1909) enhanced entry

INTEREST. The growing, collection and processing of tea in Ceylon.

No main title. Tea bushes planted out by natives under European ...

 

TINS FOR INDIA (1941) enhanced entry

The manufacture of kerosene tins in an Indian factory.

Opening shot of palm trees and bullock cart carrying kerosene tins (62). ...

 

TROPICAL HARVEST (1949) enhanced entry

Lime production on the Gold Coast and the manufacture of lime juice.

The film opens with shots of locals collecting fruit ...

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 ...