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British Transport Films Collection

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 27 February 2008

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The library has just acquired all six¬†volumes in the BFI’s British Transport Films Collection.

Following the nationalisation of transport in 1948, the British Transport Commission set up its own in-house film production unit. Launched on 1st May 1949, and led for 25 years by Edgar Anstey – a founding father of the British documentary movement – it became one of the largest industrial film units in Britain.

These films are now prime examples of innovation in post-war British non-fiction filmmmaking. The set includes classics such as ‘Let’s go to Birmingham’, the Free Cinema-inspired ‘Holiday’, and the award winning ‘Terminus’, directed by John Schlesinger.

The collection is shelved with the DVDs at the Main Library Issue Desk.