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Science joins the force.

Cuthbert, C. R. M.

About this work


'Science joins the force'; scenes from the opening ceremony of the Metropolitan Police Laboratory, Hendon, 10th April 1935 - described as "a new "lab" to catch old "lags". Scenes of scientists at work (including Dr. James Davidson, first Director of the Laboratory) and of opening speech by Sir John Gilmour, then Home Secretary. The final frames afford a brief glimpse of Sir Henry Wellcome, a few months before his death, seated among the V.I.P. guests on the platform to the left of Sir John Gilmour. Of great interest to historians of forensic science and medicine.


[S.i.] : [publisher not identified], [1935]

Physical description

1 encoded moving image (01:24 min.) : sound, black and white



Copyright note

British Paramount News 1935

Terms of use


Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 2.0 UK: England & Wales

Creator/production credits

There are no production credits on the film.


The original newsreel was presented to Sir Henry Wellcome by Sir John Gilmour, Home Secretary (please see WAHMM/CO/Sub/110).

Originally a 35mm nitrate film which was transferred to 35mm safety film in the 1980s. The film was transferred onto the same reel as 'Flies'.


Segment 1 . Time start: 00:00:00:00 Time end: 00:01:24:19 Length: 00:01:24:19


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