Port and River Archives, Museum of London Docklands
The Port and River collection includes films commissioned by the Port of London Authority on all aspects of London's cargo and passenger trade, from 1920s silent to 1970s colour; celebrations of national events such as the Queen's Coronation (1953) and her tour of the docks (1959); a film made for the Festival of Britain celebrating the commercial heritage of the Thames; and the problems of river pollution (1968). We have over 70 videos documenting Docklands regeneration made during the 1980s. We have recently acquired a home movie made in 1959 which shows unique footage of Docklands as a working port. London Screen Archives have digitised a range of previously unviewable 16mm film, covering all aspects of the Port of London, from the rare 'Port of Empire' (1926), to promotions of the new container service at Tilbury in the 1960s.
Museum of London Docklands is part of the Museum of London group. Museum of London tells the story of one of the world's greatest cities and Museum of London Docklands explores London's long history as a port through stories of trade, migration and commerce.
Museum of London Docklands
West India Quay
Phone: 020 7001 9850
Access: We are open to researchers who wish to view films each Thursday. Access is by advance booking only. Please email email@example.com to enquire about the collections and make an appointment. We aim to reply to enquiries within 20 working days but this can increase at busy times.
We collect moving images related to the Port of London and Docklands area. Due to the large quantity of film already held by the Port & River Archives, we can only consider acquiring material for subjects not already covered in our current collections.
Watching films about the Port of London brings the subject alive in a unique way that cannot be captured by reading alone! The sheer size and quantity of the ships in the port, and the manual labour involved in discharging and loading ships is captured in these unique records of a lost London way of life.
Claire Frankland, former Archivist, Port & River collections