Audio and video

A selection from the Seized! the Border and Customs uncovered gallery.

Seized! audio description

Listen to this six minute long guide to the highlights from the galleries

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Beatles gold disc

Find out how gold discs presented to The Beatles came to be in our collection, in this two minute film.

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Churchill's cigars

This 51 second film reveals an original letter from Churchill to London Custom House, checking how much duty would be required to import 1,000 cigars from New York.

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Lady Chatterley's Lover

A film about the outcry caused by the book when it was first published in the1920s. Length 1 minute 15 seconds.

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Historical rummage

Officers describe their early days of searching, or rummaging, ships and vehicles. They were looking for concealed goods, such as tobacco and illegal drugs. Length 5 minutes.

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A deep rummager's tale

An officer describes modern specialist search of large scale commercial vessels to find illegal and prohibited goods. Length 4 minutes.

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Tools of the gauger

A modern animation using historical film footage of the specialist tools that Customs and Excise officers used to measure casks and weigh tobacco, in order to calculate how much tax was owed. 

Length 6 minutes. This is a silent film.