Empire and Education

Education was central to British imperial policy throughout the 20th century, as the British sought to create imperial citizens schooled in British ways. At home this was often cast as a philanthropic exercise, but it also had a utilitarian function as British colonial regimes sought to train an indigenous administrative class. From agricultural training films intended for colonial audiences, to records of further education in post-War Africa, these films chart the progress of British educational programmes within the colonies.

 
 
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THREE ROADS TO TOMORROW

THREE ROADS TO TOMORROW (1958)has video enhanced entry

'Three Nigerian students from different corners of Nigeria come to Ibadan University. While they sit talking in a dance club, ...

I WILL SPEAK ENGLISH

I WILL SPEAK ENGLISH (1954)has video enhanced entry

An instructional film made on behalf of the Department of Social Welfare, demonstrating a new technique to teach English to ...

EAST AFRICAN COLLEGE

EAST AFRICAN COLLEGE (1950)has video enhanced entry

Shot in Uganda, this film deals with the activities of Makerere College, which provides higher education for Africans from all ...

 

INTRODUCING EAST AFRICA NO 2 (1950) enhanced entry

Government information film on East Africa.

A brief historical survey introduces the foreign racial elements - Arab, European and ...

 

WHY NOT YOU? (1950) enhanced entry

A Ugandan family re-organizes itself to increase its output of murram (hard gravel) blocks.

The film opens with a shot of ...

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 ...

WIVES OF NENDI

WIVES OF NENDI (1949)has video enhanced entry

Described by the voiceover as 'the true story of Mai Mangwende, the wife of Chief Mangwende of Southern Rhodesia and ...

STORY OF OMOLO

STORY OF OMOLO (1946)has video enhanced entry

A Kenyan villager applies the new methods of agriculture he has learned at Bukura College.

A British voiceover introduces the Bantu ...

SPRINGTIME IN AN ENGLISH VILLAGE

SPRINGTIME IN AN ENGLISH VILLAGE (1944)has video enhanced entry

A young African girl is crowned the May Queen in the village of Stanion, Northamptonshire.

The film opens with shots of ...

BELMONT SCHOOL GOES TO NASSAU BAHAMAS

BELMONT SCHOOL GOES TO NASSAU BAHAMAS (1941)has video enhanced entry

Amateur film shot by a local Bahamian cameraman records the life in the Bahamas of the twenty English evacuee schoolboys ...

MEN OF AFRICA

MEN OF AFRICA (1940)has video enhanced entry

Development programmes in Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika illustrate that "even in the midst of war, Great Britain does ...

 

AT SCHOOL IN TANGANYIKA (1937) enhanced entry

A typical day at a Government Primary School in Tanganyika.

The film opens with a shot of a notice board stating ...