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British Film Council Archive Released

15 December 2010

British Film Council Archive Released

A unique collection of films providing fascinating snapshots of the UK’s cultural, industrial and political heritage from the British Council’s film archive has been released online to the public for the first time.

One of the films released dates back to 1948 and offers a glimpse of the England v Australia at Lords (cricket grounds). Narrated by John Arlott and Ralph Richardson, the video introduces the viewer 'to a very revered patch of English turf, plumb in line with the Pavilion' and guides us through the game. Click here to view the full length video.

This film is part of a collection of films from the British Council’s archive, now online for the first time.

Thirteen films are now available at and many more will be uploaded over the coming months.

Some of the highlights from the release include:

· History of the English Language (c1943)

· London (c1942)

· World Garden (c1942)

· General Election (c1945)

· Steel goes to Sea (c1941)

News provided by the British Film Council