Bristol past and present in film

During COVID lockdown, the Bristol Civic Society events team kept members entertained and informed by emailing links to a selection of fascinating videos.


Bristol Docks and Waterways

A Big Bang
6:31
The 1988 demolition of used tobacco warehouses on Canons Marsh.
Bringing in the ships
12:48
Listen to a river helmsman and City Docks pilot recount their memories of bringing the big ships into Bristol Docks
Bristol Harbour Railway and the Western Fuel Co
13:25
A silent look at the Harbour Railway when used by the Western Fuel Company in 1981.
Cranes, trains and heritage
8:13
Bristol Film and Video Society on Bristol Dock's heritage.
Dockside Dreaming
3:57
Bristol Docks music by Guy Hawthorne, arranged by Barbara Rusbridge and performed by Thornbridge.
Foot Ferry to Hotwells
2:58
A poem by David C. Johnson about the ferry between the SS Great Britain and Hotwells.
Sand Dredging
5:02
A look at the 'Harry Brown' as she leaves Bristol docks for sand dredging operations in the Bristol Channel.
Un-shut Bristol’s New Cut
5:45
A proposal about the New Cut from Bristol Film and Video Society.
Unlocking the SS Great Britain
3:08
Bringing the boat to life and making it accessible to young and old alike.

Vintage Bristol

Leigh Woods 1964
7:24
Life in primitive shacks in Leigh Woods.
Scrapbook 1963
9:54
Bristol Cine Society film of Bristol in 1963 when a road cut through Queen Square.
The Loss of Charlie Alpha
8:02
The story of the 1957 crash of a Bristol Britannia airliner in Downend.
The Road from Bristol to Avonmouth
1:38
A British Pathe 1933 film about the road between Bristol and Avonmouth
Western Waterway
10:16
British Council 1941 film about the Avon, Bath and Bristol.

Bristol Transport

Bristol Buses in the 1950s
4:25
Problems with the bus service and how to deal with them - 1950's style.
Clearing the Air
4:30
Changes to the use of some of central Bristol's roads in 2020 following the covid-19 lockdown.
Clifton to Easton
3:36
A poem by David C. Johnson about a train journey from Clifton to Easton.
Never more than three made a week
25:44
The story of the Bristol car from Available Light Productions
The Bristol Flyover
0:52
Filmed in July 1990 from inside a lorry travelling on the famous temporary flyover on the inner circuit road in Bristol.

Quirky Bristol

A Giant Idea
4:52
Painting a figure of Goram on one of the lock walls in Cumberland Basin.
Albert’s Treasure Box
12:34
Recognize familiar Bristol settings in this 1949 film by Bristol Amateur Cinematographers.
Medusa at the Cathedral
9:40
On location at Bristol Cathedral for the 1978 film 'The Medusa Touch'
Nipper, an advertising icon
4:48
The story of Nipper, the HMV dog and his association with Bristol.
The Big Picture
4:30
A proposal to decorate the quay by Castle Park with a giant mural.
The Little Stoke Museum
15:59
A place in Little Stoke to raise a smile and lift spirits.
Tide and Time
5:16
A proposal to build a public clock at Cumberland Basin.
Why is it called America?
7: 56
Why is it called America? An investigation into the naming of a Continent.

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Taking on Brunel
4:28
The design of the Clifton Suspension bridge and facts about the Clifton Camera Obscura in Bristol.
Views and Vistas Part I
2:15
The North West Abutment: travelling from the Visitor Centre in Leigh Woods.
Views and Vistas Part II
2:44
We cross the Suspension Bridge to enjoy the views from the North East abutment (Clifton)
Views and Vistas Part III
3:17
From the south-east abutment, close to the Avon Gorge Hotel: Sion Hill and Windsor Terrace
Views and Vistas Part IV
9:31
Exploring the Clifton and Hotwells and looking down toward the Portway and Cumberland Basin.
Views and Vistas Part V
7:55
The relationship between the Clifton Observatory and the Suspension Bridge. What's inside this unusual building, and how did it come to be?