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PORT OF LONDON AUTHORITY FILM COLLECTION, MUSEUM IN DOCKLANDS

Description
The Port of London Authority was set up in 1909. Since that date, it has been responsible for the management and administration of the River Thames from Teddington to the Nore, and for the operation of the enclosed dock systems. The first PLA film was made around 1921. Films were made at regular intervals. Probably the best known films relating to the Port of London, City of Ships and Waters of Time, are in the collection. However, all the early nitrate stock, as well as the masters for the later films, are held by the National Film and Television Archive. The collection spans roughly sixty years (1920-1980). A number of recent films about modern cargo handling facilities at Tilbury Docks are held. It is likely that further films will be added as they are made by the PLA. In 1986, responsibility for the collection was passed to the Museum of London and now forms part of the Docklands Project.
Website
http://www.museumindocklands.org.uk/
Keywords
Ships; Docks & dockyards; Ports; Thames River; Barges, river transport; Cargo handling, port installations; Sailing barges; Tilbury Docks
Access
Access available. By arrangement only. Access for disabled.
Facilities
Viewing on premises. Viewing off premises. The best of the early films have been transferred to Betacam-SP and video format to facilitate easy viewing by researchers. Videos can be viewed on premises. 16mm films have to be viewed off premises.
Charges
Charges for other services. Charge for hire, copyright and reproduction.
Copyright
Copyright held.

Moving Image, Audio and Related Documentation Holdings

Video/Film
Video: 1.25 hours. The Archive holds a handful of films on video.Documentary.
Video components: VHS Video, Beta/Beta-SP.
Film: 300 cans. There are about 90 different films in the archive. Principal subjects covered include docks and all the various activities associated with docks, cargoes, the River Thames and pollution. 5% colour film, 95% black and white film. Documentary, engineering work in progress, construction, pollution.
Film components: Positive Film.

Additional Information

Notes
None at present. The collection is in the process of being catalogued on a computer, along with the rest of the PLA archive. For the early films a detailed shot-by-shot catalogue is proposed.
Other information
An important photographic collection is also conserved.

Main Contact

Name
Mr. R. R. Aspinall
Job title
Museum in Docklands Librarian and Archivist
Telephone
020 7515 1162
Fax
020 7538 0209
Email
raspinall@museumofdocklands.org.uk
Address
Unit C14
Poplar Business Park
10 Prestons Road
London
E14 9RL

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