Empire and Administration

At its largest extent in the aftermath of the First World War, the British Empire covered around 13 million square miles and governed some 458 million people. The task of administering this vast, diverse and geographical scattered polity was undertaken in a variety of different ways. From District Officers and local police on the ground in India and Africa, to the workings of Colonial Governments at home and overseas, these films provide a glimpse of the various administrative techniques, systems and devices that were employed by the British in governing and controlling their subject peoples.

 
 
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INDIAN NEWS PARADE NO 136 (19/10/1945) (1945) enhanced entry

I. "THE NEWS IN BRIEF. Karachi Contact Club, Pola Festival, Nagpur - Police Investiture". Sir Hugh Dow, Governor of Sind, ...

 

INDIAN NEWS PARADE NO 39 (1944) (1944) enhanced entry

I. INDIAN AIR FORCE SQUADRON COMMANDERS FOREGATHER AT DELHI

I. INDIAN AIR FORCE SQUADRON COMMANDERS FOREGATHER AT DELHI - ...

INDIAN NEWS PARADE NO 62 (19/5/1944)

INDIAN NEWS PARADE NO 62 (19/5/1944) (1944)has video enhanced entry

I. "MR. GANDHI RELEASED" Gandhi is released from the Aga Khan's palace after a year and a half. Initial scenes ...

KAR SIGNALS : a film of routine in remote places

KAR SIGNALS : a film of routine in remote places (1936)has video enhanced entry

The King's African Rifles' duties in the northern provinces of Kenya and Uganda are portrayed in a compilation ...

 

LORD WILLINGDON IN INDIA (1930) enhanced entry

Personal film of Lord Willingdon, Viceroy of India from the early to mid-1930s.

Brief shot of moving steam train. Indian Maharajah ...

 

MALAYA. NO.12: ITS RELATION TO THE EMPIRE (1927) enhanced entry

Government-sponsored film showing the history, buildings and industries of Malaya.

Extensive titles outline the history of the region, under Portuguese, Dutch ...

MR. MENSAH BUILDS A HOUSE

MR. MENSAH BUILDS A HOUSE (1955)has video enhanced entry

Comedy. Mr. Mensah entrusts the building of his house to his irresponsible nephew, who wastes all the money and materials. ...

NIGERIA'S FIRST WOMEN POLICE

NIGERIA'S FIRST WOMEN POLICE (1956)has video enhanced entry

The passing out parade of the first Nigerian women's police. Also shows the policewomen on duty.

The commentator introduces 'this historic ...

 

NORTHERN TERRITORIES GOLD COAST (1928) enhanced entry

Film on local life in the Northern Territories of the Gold Coast, in particular the Konkomba country.

After briefly outlining the ...

PALESTINE POLICE

PALESTINE POLICE (1946)has video enhanced entry

Recruiting film for British volunteers for the Palestine Police illustrates the special nature of police duties in the ...

PROGRESS IN KOJOKROM

PROGRESS IN KOJOKROM (1953)has video enhanced entry

Semi-fictionalised film showing the rle of the local council in Kojokrom, a town in the Western Region of ...

SPOTLIGHT ON THE COLONIES

SPOTLIGHT ON THE COLONIES (1950)has video enhanced entry

"This is a brief survey of progress made by the British Government in helping forty separate colonial territories to raise ...