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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STARK NATURE (1930) enhanced entry

An account of an expedition to the Sudan undertaken by Major Court Treatt, his wife Stella and his brother-in law ...

 

SUEZ, ADEN, DJIBOUTI AND ABYSSINIA (1924)

Scenes of the journey through the Suez Canal, the crossing from Aden to Djibouti, and the train journey from Dijbouti ...

 

the VOYAGE OF THE ASHANTI : a naval incident (1939) enhanced entry

Story of the maiden voyage of HMS Ashanti, a Tribal Class destroyer, to visit the Gold Coast to ...

 

TORRES STRAIT (1898) enhanced entry

INTEREST. Footage shot by A.C. Haddon during the 1898 Cambridge expedition to the Torres Strait, showing a series of native ...

TOURS IN SOUTHERN BENGAL - IN THE SUNDERBANS

TOURS IN SOUTHERN BENGAL - IN THE SUNDERBANS (1935)has video enhanced entry

Everyday life and places of interest around the areas of Midnapore and Chittagong.

A steamer in the background and in the ...

TRIP THROUGH BRITISH NORTH BORNEO

TRIP THROUGH BRITISH NORTH BORNEO (1907)has video enhanced entry

Travelogue showing scenes from British North Borneo.

Opening with a train journey, the film shows views from the train as it ...

 

UP COUNTRY WITH THE SETTLER (1930) enhanced entry

A settler arrives at Mombasa and proceeds by lorry to his future home. The film shows his first herd of ...