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  • Edinburgh


  • Celebrations, traditions and customs
  • Leisure and recreation
  • Music


  • Newsreel


  • 1910s

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Reference number: 1699

Date: 1908 - 1911

Production company: Gaumont Company and Pathe Freres

Sound: silent

Original format: 35mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 6.14 mins

Description: Footage includes the Scottish National Pageant of Allegory, Myth and History 1908 Edinburgh and coverage of Edinburgh's Empire Music Hall Fire.

Original nitrate film donated to NFTVA by SFC pre-1976.

Credits: Cinematograph by the Gaumont Company, 142 Trongate, Glasgow, by exclusive permission of Valentine & Sons, Dundee [Pathe Freres (2.19) to (2.51)]

Shotlist: gvs entrance gateway to Scottish National Exhibition at Saughton, Edinburgh, crowds entering and milling around - pan across seed merchants' displays, including David W. Thomson of Edinburgh, to crowds passing Senegalese Village (including man carrying film tripod) - dignitaries from opening ceremony exit building, including Prince Arthur of Connaught - gvs funfair, including House of Laughter, figure-of-eight railway, helter-skelter, Grand Stand, water chute (1.48) crowd gathered at Senegalese Village - Senegalese people parade past camera and visitors (2.34) Scottish National Pageant, Edinburgh, 1908. - credits -
shots of characters in historical pageant passing camera at Scottish National Exhibition, including St. George's dragon, Father Christmas, dancing polar bear, Father Time - brief shot of Inquiry Office - parade of historical characters past camera (3.35) Edinburgh Music- Hall Fire. The terrible disaster at Edinburgh. - gvs of group of people in front of billboard for Empire Palace Theatre - groups of people standing in and looking at burnt-out remains of theatre, many smoking, workmen remove large wooden beam (4.33) gvs stadium [possibly Inverleith], pipe band leads Royal Company of Archers across field and past grandstand (5.11) officer on horseback watches company of soldiers marching past - group of high-ranking officers on horseback pass, saluting [central figure possibly King Edward VII] (6.14)