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Oldest colour footage of London

A unique glimpse of London at the beginning of the 20th Century has been revealed for the first time, after the National Media Museum unearthed the oldest colour moving pictures ever made.

Earliest colour footage of London ever seen

A unique glimpse of London at the beginning of the 20th Century has been revealed for the first time.

The capital features in film clips, unveiled today by the National Media Museum, which date back to 1901 or 1902 - making them the earliest examples of colour moving pictures ever made.

The films were created by photographer and inventor Edward Turner using a complex three-colour process he patented in 1899.

Until now, his invention had been regarded as a practical failure - but digital technology has now "unlocked" the film strips, revealing the images he produced for the first time in over a hundred years.

The clips include a street scene, with horse-drawn carriages making their way through Knightsbridge, and children playing in a garden in Hounslow.

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