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Archive footage showcased by Britain on Film
Films from the National Library of Scotland are now part of a major project by the British Film Institute.
Britain on Film showcases footage from around the UK, including films from the Library's Scottish Screen Archive. Material capturing England, Wales and Northern Ireland is also included, offering a unique picture of Britain through the 20th century.
Visitors to Britain on Film can explore an interactive map to search through film history by area. Scottish highlights include home videos, information films, travelogues and documentary footage.
By 2017, more than 10,000 non-fiction and feature films will be digitised for the project, dating from the 1890s onwards.
View more films of Scotland
Over 100 more films are available to watch via the National Library of Scotland's Scottish Screen Archive catalogue.
Launched with the films is a new video player which suits a wider range of devices, such as iPad and iPhone.
The newly digitised footage spans around seven decades, dating from as early as 1918, and includes amateur and professional productions. It includes:
- Educational films, dating from roughly 1930s to 1970s – for example:
- News films made for local cinema audiences, spanning 1918-1932 – for example:
- Amateur films with a diverse range of subjects – for example:
Explore the catalogue to view more than 1,700 film clips and full-length films online.
Page updated: 14 July 2015