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 City – Docks and Waterways

A Big Bang
The 1988 demolition of used tobacco warehouses on Canons Marsh.
Bringing in the ships
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
A silent look at the Harbour Railway when used by the Western Fuel Company in 1981.
Bristol’s tall buildings
Produced by Bob Bennett, this film ranks the top 10 buildings in the central area of the city according to their height.
Cranes, trains and heritage
Bristol Film and Video Society on Bristol Dock's heritage.
Dockside Dreaming
Bristol Docks music by Guy Hawthorne, arranged by Barbara Rusbridge and performed by Thornbridge.
Drone above Bristol
A very quick view of our city from unusual and interesting angles, with fantastic images from a drone
Foot Ferry to Hotwells
A poem by David C. Johnson about the ferry between the SS Great Britain and Hotwells.
Sand Dredging
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
A proposal about the New Cut from Bristol Film and Video Society.
Unlocking the SS Great Britain
Bringing the boat to life and making it accessible to young and old alike.

Vintage Bristol

A city through time
Look and marvel how the cityscape and views have changed across the decades, brought to life by some very clever computer-generated imagery. Spot and track the differences.
Dead Centre
Challenges of re-designing post-war Bristol city centre: an early presentation by Bristol Architects Forum.
Leigh Woods 1964
Life in primitive shacks in Leigh Woods.
River Avon to Portishead (silent)
1902 Film of Bristol and Portishead.
Scrapbook 1963
Bristol Cine Society film of Bristol in 1963 when a road cut through Queen Square.
The Loss of Charlie Alpha
The story of the 1957 crash of a Bristol Britannia airliner in Downend.
The Road from Bristol to Avonmouth
A British Pathe 1933 film about the road between Bristol and Avonmouth
Western Waterway
British Council 1941 film about the Avon, Bath and Bristol.

Bristol Transport

Bristol Buses in the 1950s
Problems with the bus service and how to deal with them - 1950's style.
Clearing the Air
Changes to the use of some of central Bristol's roads in 2020 following the covid-19 lockdown.
Clifton to Easton
A poem by David C. Johnson about a train journey from Clifton to Easton.
Never more than three made a week
The story of the Bristol car from Available Light Productions
The Bristol Flyover
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
Painting a figure of Goram on one of the lock walls in Cumberland Basin.
Albert’s Treasure Box
Recognize familiar Bristol settings in this 1949 film by Bristol Amateur Cinematographers.
Medusa at the Cathedral
On location at Bristol Cathedral for the 1978 film 'The Medusa Touch'
Nipper, an advertising icon
The story of Nipper, the HMV dog and his association with Bristol.
The Big Picture
A proposal to decorate the quay by Castle Park with a giant mural.
The Little Stoke Museum
A place in Little Stoke to raise a smile and lift spirits.
Tide and Time
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

Brunel’s Suspended Traveller
An ingenious mechanism used to cross the gorge whilst the bridge was under construction.
Taking on Brunel
The design of the Clifton Suspension bridge and facts about the Clifton Camera Obscura in Bristol.
Views and Vistas Part I
The North West Abutment: travelling from the Visitor Centre in Leigh Woods.
Views and Vistas Part II
We cross the Suspension Bridge to enjoy the views from the North East abutment (Clifton)
Views and Vistas Part III
From the south-east abutment, close to the Avon Gorge Hotel: Sion Hill and Windsor Terrace
Views and Vistas Part IV
Exploring the Clifton and Hotwells and looking down toward the Portway and Cumberland Basin.
Views and Vistas Part V
The relationship between the Clifton Observatory and the Suspension Bridge. What's inside this unusual building, and how did it come to be?