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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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 ...

 

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 ...

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 ...

 

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 ...

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 ...

 

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 ...

 

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

 

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 ...

 

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 ...