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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PITCAIRN PEOPLE

PITCAIRN PEOPLE (1962)has video enhanced entry

Survey of the life of the islanders and their reaction to modern life.

 

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 ...

 

SPRING CRUISE (1956) enhanced entry

Ships of the British Home Fleet pay goodwill visits to islands in the West Indies and then join ...

 

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 ...

 

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 ...

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 ...

 

GLIMPSES OF INDIA (1935) enhanced entry

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

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 ...

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 ...

 

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 ...

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 ...