Empire on Display

From imperial exhibitions to Empire Day celebrations, these films illustrate some of the ways in which Britain imagined its Empire, organised its colonies and celebrated its position at the ‘heart of the Empire’. With the monarchy to the fore, the films show pageantry and celebrations designed to reaffirm and endorse the continuing productivity, strength and unity of the British Empire.

 
 
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COLONIAL MONTH

COLONIAL MONTH (1949)has video enhanced entry

Coverage of the Colonial Exhibition in Oxford Street held during Colonial Month in the summer of 1949 to 'spread the ...

CORONATION DURBAR AT DELHI

CORONATION DURBAR AT DELHI (1903)has video enhanced entry

Coverage of the Delhi Durbar of 1902-1903.

No titles. View over heads of spectators of review of troops including Indian ...

 

CORONATION OF MAHARAJAH OF MANIPUR (1944) enhanced entry

Bodh Chandra Singh, Maharaja of Manipur, is crowned in a traditional ceremony at Imphal.

Outside a large, stately building ...

 

EAST AFRICAN ARMY EXHIBITION (1944) enhanced entry

Scenes from the Army Exhibition in Nairobi in September 1944. The film depicts African and European schoolboys inspecting ...

KING OPENS EMPIRE EXHIBITION

KING OPENS EMPIRE EXHIBITION (1925)has video enhanced entry

ACTUALITY. An amalgamation of two events featuring the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley. The opening of the exhibition by King ...

 

MALAYA CELEBRATES (1953) enhanced entry

The people of Malaya celebrate the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2 June 1953.

The film opens ...

OFFICIAL RECORD OF THE TOUR OF H.R.H. THE PRINCE OF WALES  PART 3

OFFICIAL RECORD OF THE TOUR OF H.R.H. THE PRINCE OF... (1925)has video enhanced entry

Scenes from the visit of Edward Prince of Wales (later Edward, Duke of Windsor) to Africa in 1925. The film ...

 

PAGEANT OF EMPIRE (1933) enhanced entry

Empire Day Pageant at the Southern Railway Servants' Orphanage at Woking. Children dressed in scout and guide uniforms parade with ...

 

VISIT OF THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CORNWALL AND YORK... (1901) enhanced entry

Reception at Rotorua, June 1901. Prime Minister Seddon welcomes the Duke and Duchess of York.

Opening with a crowd scene at ...