Empire and Travel

Expeditions and exploration were at the root of Imperial expansion, and travel remained a necessary part of Imperial life and administration. The institutions of the British Empire afforded many Britons a unique opportunity to travel the globe. Film and photography gave private individuals and professionals alike the chance to bring images of their travels and experiences home to the metropole. Audiences for these films became passengers travelling by rail, car, boat and aeroplane through the territories of the Empire, not only seeing the sights but also re-tracing the steps of Imperial conquerors and pioneers.

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GREAT VICTORIA FALLS, ZAMBESI RIVER (1907)has video enhanced entry

Travelogue showing scenes from Victoria Falls.

An African woman stands beside a sign which reads 'David Livingstone cut his initials on ...


MOANA - A ROMANCE OF THE GOLDEN AGE (1926) enhanced entry

Set in Samoa, the film records the daily life of the protagonist as a ceremonial feast is prepared.

Fa'angase, a ...


MONTEGO BAY TO WILLIAMSFIELD, JAMAICA (1913)has video enhanced entry

Scenes in Jamaica, featuring shots from a train.

A title introduces 'Montego Bay. The Market Square and Main Street'. The camera ...


PANORAMA OF CALCUTTA, INDIA, FROM THE RIVER GANGES. (1899)has video enhanced entry

The Calcutta waterfront viewed from a vessel moving up the Ganges, showing pilgrims descending into the water, dhows and rafts. ...


PITCAIRN PEOPLE (1962)has video enhanced entry

Survey of the life of the islanders and their reaction to modern life.


PORT-OF-SPAIN, TRINIDAD (1920) enhanced entry

Travelogue showing the people and buildings of Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.

The initial title explains that 'this capital city of the most southern ...


ROAD IN INDIA (1938)has video enhanced entry

Life on a road in India, showing the traffic, people and animals.

Main title and credits (48). Bullock and camel carts ...


SCENES IN CEYLON (1909)has video enhanced entry

Kandy, Colombo and the Kelani river.

Market scene in Kandy. Merchants display their wares, while people, children and animals jostle each ...


SCENES IN INDIA AND BURMA (1930)has video enhanced entry

Travelogue films showing indigenous life in the interwar period, filmed by the British traveller, linguist, spy and author ...



A story of Rhodesia intended for potential European immigrants. The film highlights the contemporary conditions of life there, outlining the ...



A travelogue of Southern Rhodesia intended for prospective British tourists and immigrants.

Opening with a consideration of ancient Rhodesia, the film ...


SPRING CRUISE (1956) enhanced entry

Ships of the British Home Fleet pay goodwill visits to islands in the West Indies and then join ...