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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 the National Film and Television Archive by the Scottish Film Council 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)