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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AFRICA SHRIEKS (1931) enhanced entry

In this comedy, introduced by 'The Professor', Hugh Cameron appears as an African explorer and filmmaker, who lectures to an ...

 

ARRIVÉE D'UN TRAIN À MELBOURNE (1896) enhanced entry

ACTUALITY. A train arrives in a station.

A train arrives at Flemington station, Melbourne, coming from the distance left to right, ...

 

BRITAIN'S BIRTHRIGHT (1924) enhanced entry

The goodwill tour of the Royal Navy's special service squadron around the world, November 1923 to September 1924.

The ...

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 ...

 

CEYLAN, VÉCU ET PITTORESQUE (1905) enhanced entry

Early footage from Ceylon.

Title card: 'Views and People in Ceylon'. Shots taken from the front of a train as ...

COOLIE BOYS DIVING FOR COINS

COOLIE BOYS DIVING FOR COINS (1900)has video enhanced entry

ACTUALITY. A view from above of native boys diving for coins from their boats in Singapore harbour and climbing back ...

 

CROSSING THE GREAT SAGRADA (1924) enhanced entry

First of Brunel's burlesques. All parts played by Adrian Brunel.

 

CROSSING THE GREAT SAHARA (1924) enhanced entry

Angus Buchanan's expedition to the Sahel region of the Sahara in 1922-23. Includes Sir Hugh Clifford and the Executive Council ...

 

FAIREST AFRICA (1959) enhanced entry

A travelogue taking the form of a car journey through the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland.

A car with luggage on ...

GIBRALTAR

GIBRALTAR (1911)has video enhanced entry

INTEREST. Travelogue. Scenes in Gibraltar.

Main title and credit (1). Pan right from sea of the town of Gibraltar (33). Street ...

 

GLIMPSES OF INDIA (1935) enhanced entry

Amateur footage, in black and white and colour, shot and edited by Rosie Newman, of her travels in ...

GLIMPSES OF INDIA

GLIMPSES OF INDIA (1929)has video enhanced entry

INTEREST - Travelogue. Scenes of Indian life and architecture.

RL.1 Seas breaking on the rocks at Cape Comorin (58-89); the Afghan ...

GREAT VICTORIA FALLS, ZAMBESI RIVER

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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 ...

 

SOUTHERN RHODESIA IS THIS YOUR COUNTRY? (1947) enhanced entry

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

 

SOUTHERN RHODESIA `LAND OF SUNSHINE' (1946) enhanced entry

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 ...

 

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 ...