BFI National Archive Curator, Ros Cranston, and the Curator of Ship History at the National Maritime Museum, John Graves, introduce archive footage with accompaniment by pianist Stephen Horne for the launch of the Tales from the Shipyard Season at BFI Southbank. This season forms the second part of the three year This Working Life project, which explores the industrial heritage of Britain.
Cranston and Graves provide context for several clips which celebrate the heft and grace of Britain's ships, sharing comical anecdotes from their history. Several of the films shown, such as Robert W. Paul's The Launch of HMS Albion (1898), focused on the launching of the ships, while others, such as Workforce of Scott & Co Shipyard (1091), Greenock (Mitchell and Kenyon No 90), documented the workforce itself. Notably they also explore the S.S Olympic (1910), the impressively constructed sister ship of RMS Titanic.