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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: 5.00 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: No credits. General views of arched entrance to Scottish National Exhibition grounds, Edinburgh. Wide shot of people walking round exhibition (.11); Panning shot of flower exhibition by David W Thomson, Seed Merchant, Edinburgh, with shot of ladies walking through garden (.25); General views of crowds (man with tripod over his shoulder passes by) (.33); General views civic dignitaries and exhibition officials (.45); General views of fairground amusements at the exhibition (1.09); General views of crowds, including group of Africans in tribal dress (1.37); Scottish National Pageant, Edinburgh 1908. Credits (1.39); General views of parade of people in fancy dress (2.15); [Badly decomposed section of pageant removed from this part of the original] - Blank - (2.19); [May 1911] Edinburgh Music Hall Fire. The terrible disaster at Edinburgh (2.21); - Blank - (2.25); General views of small group of people in front of billboard for Empire Palace Theatre (2.31); General views as people work through remains of the burnt out theatre, shots of men clearing the wreckage (2.51); - Blank - (2.52); General views of pipe band leading the Royal Company of Archers in march past, possibly in Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh (3.12); - Blank - (3.13); Officers on horseback watch company of soldiers running past (3.22); - Blank - (3.24); General views of mounted officers, possibly in King's Park, Edinburgh (3.50).