Birch Collection: 9: Sierra Leone 1954

This film is held by the British Empire & Commonwealth Museum (ID: 2005/046/009).


This film occurs totally on or near the waterside, river delta or harbour. The latter part appears most likely to be at Freetown, Sierra Leone. In the early stages some bird life is featured but by the end of the reel we are witnessing boating life around visiting shipping. In between we see a one man lion dance and communal feeding of the spectators. Signs of the United Africa Company (UAC) are scattered through this film.

Production / Donor Details: Films taken by John Birch. In the 1950s the John and Daphne Birch were mainly in Sierra Leone, where he was head of Unilever, and also held a position on the Legislative Council; the majority of the films cover time there and on holidays abroad and in Sussex. John Birch was a member of Royal African Society, Bristol branch.



  • Birch Collection: 9: Sierra Leone 1954 (Archive)
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