Empire and Religion

With territory stretching around the globe, the British Empire counted millions of believers, from all of the world’s major religions, as colonial subjects. While official Imperial policy rarely sought to impinge directly on religious beliefs, the redrawing of political boundaries was often undertaken with scant regard for religious sensitivities, and in some cases laid the groundwork for future sectarian conflicts. The Empire also provided an umbrella under which Christian missionaries could spread their faith. As a result, Christianity underwent an unprecedented expansion during the Imperial period. At home in Britain, Christian proselytising was commonly seen as an integral part of Empire’s ‘civilising mission’. Many of the films selected here are missionary society productions, illustrating the way in which the missions extended their activities within the Empire.

 
 
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CORAL ISLANDS MINISTER

CORAL ISLANDS MINISTER (1966)has video enhanced entry

An introduction to the Gilbert and Ellice Islands, including footage of fauna, flora and the local way of life, and ...

 

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 ...

PAPUA PATCHWORK

PAPUA PATCHWORK (1951)has video enhanced entry

Outlines the history of the London Missionary Society Papua mission, with reference to the missionary James Chalmers, and the work ...

 

PITANIKO (1947) enhanced entry

The story of a young disabled boy who escapes from his tribe as he is about to be sacrificed because ...

PORTRAIT OF PALESTINE

PORTRAIT OF PALESTINE (1947)has video enhanced entry

The historic past, cultural and economic present and potential future of Palestine are all portrayed as (mainly implicit) ...

FROM FEAR TO FAITH

FROM FEAR TO FAITH (1946)has video enhanced entry

The film describes how a mission-trained Africanboy returns to his home village, having been at the mission school since a ...

 

TEMPLES OF INDIA (1938) enhanced entry

Hindu temples at Benares and Belur and the mythology associated with them.

Three holy men sitting on a raised stone platform ...

 

WITH THE LMS IN THE SOUTH SEAS. HERE AND THERE IN SAMOA.... (1936) enhanced entry

Introduction to Samoa featuring footage of Tutuila, Pagopago and Apia, including the work of the Apia Samoan Church. Lava fields ...

COMMON ROUND

COMMON ROUND (1935)has video enhanced entry

A Missionary in a remote African district fights plague and prejudice.

Dr Pyke, the headmaster of Portland House Preparatory School, delivers ...

 

TRISTAN DA CUNHA (1927) enhanced entry

PROPAGANDA. Appeal by the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel for funds to continue its work on Tristan da ...

 

LIVINGSTONE (1925) enhanced entry

Dramatisation of the life of the African missionary David Livingstone.

Opening with shots from Livingstone's childhood ('youth's most precious heritage - ...

St Joseph's Missionary Society Collection: 10: 'Mill Hill Sheds Light on the Dark Places of the Earth: Uganda'

St Joseph's Missionary Society Collection: 10: 'Mill... (1920)has video enhanced entry

Uganda: Reel 1 of 4

Mill Hill Fathers' Uganda Missionary Film - Mill Hill Sheds Light on the Dark Places of ...