Birmingham History In Old Photos & Film

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Pageant of Birmingham (1938)

Idowish12: Published on 20 Oct 2011.

In 1938 Birmingham celebrated the 100th anniversary of the city’s Borough Charter.

A pageant was the main feature of the celebrations, held at Aston Park from July 11th to the 16th (because of its success, the pageant was extended to the following week, from July 18th until the 23rd).

Eight episodes told the story of Birmingham from its prehistoric origins to its position as the ‘hub of industrial England’ and its final status as a city in its own right. It was produced by Gwen Lally (1882-1963), the first female pageant master, and thousands of residents from across the city took part.

Each page highlights a video showing an aspect of the city’s local history. It plays directly from YouTube, so the the person who uploaded the film benefits from the additional views.

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  • Page 1   One Hour of Vintage Film Showing Old Birmingham
  • Page 2   Nostalgic Pictures of Birmingham
  • Page 3   Old Pictures of Birmingham 
  • Page 4   Birmingham Images: 1960s to 2000s
  • Page 5   Award Winning Photography of Birmingham & Black Country
  • Page 6   Birmingham – History Of Midlands TV News
  • Page 7   Old Photos of Nechells and Erdington in Birmingham
  • Page 8   Birmingham (1920s)
  • Page 9   Silver Jubilee Home Movie (1935)
  • Page 10 Pageant of Birmingham (1938)
  • Page 11 Birmingham (1930s)
  • Page 12 Birmingham, UK (1935)
  • Page 13 Birmingham Tram Tour (1940s)
  • Page 14 WWII, Industry, Munitions, & Home Front (1940s)
  • Page 15 Car Rally: Coventry to Birmingham (1940s)
  • Page 16 The Midlands (1946)
  • Page 17 Birmingham Tram Tour (1940s)
  • Page 18 Queen Elizabeth Hospital Unit (1940s)

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