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Public Information Films

Stop! Look! Listen! For decades public information films have been educating, persuading and above all warning us of hidden dangers.

Local authorities had long been using film to spread their public health messages. But the 'official' information film came of age in WWII, when it was used by government to guide the public through austerity and a life under fire.

The 1960s and 70s saw a public information 'golden age', with hundreds of short films launched on to the small screen to cajole the British public into binning their litter, giving up smoking or driving carefully.

Children of the 70s will remember a world of dangers - from roads and railway tracks to farmyards, ponds, electricity pylons and especially strangers - and a legion of characters including the Green Cross Code Man, Charley the cat and the chilling Spirit of Dark and Lonely Water.

Sometimes witty, sometimes alarming, always memorable, these films are a priceless and entertaining record of 20th century British life. But please, be careful...

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Public Information Films

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View Green Cross Code - He's Great
Green Cross Code - He's Great
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Green Cross Code - He's Great 1976

David Prowse (the frame of Darth Vader) appears as the iconic Green Cross Code Man, heaping praise on a young GXC expert.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Mother and Child 1940

While Jack Crawford is serving at sea his pregnant wife Alice has access to all the care she needs at the local North London welfare centre.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Frank Sainsbury

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Coughs and Sneezes
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Coughs and Sneezes 1945

Learn basic hygiene in this mini-masterpiece by Richard Massingham, eccentric genius of the public information film

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Massingham

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Lonely Water
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Lonely Water 1973

Terrifying public information film presenting the horrific consequences of playing in or near rivers, ponds and other water hazards.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Jeff Grant

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I Am a Litter Basket
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I Am a Litter Basket 1959

A heartfelt cry on behalf of the world's litter-baskets.

9 mins United Kingdom Director. James Ritchie

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Charley's Black Magic
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Charley's Black Magic 1949

Cartoon propaganda short sweetens the pill of post-war coal prices by promising jam tomorrow

9 mins United Kingdom Director. John Halas, Joy Batchelor

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Cyclist Turning Right
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Cyclist Turning Right 1983

Two young BMX-ers nearly come a cropper in this short and shocking cycling safety film.

2 mins United Kingdom

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Rickets
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Rickets 1944

A hard-hitting WWII Food Flash warning about the dangers of rickets - and how to avoid them

1 mins United Kingdom

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Playing with Fire
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Playing with Fire 1947

You're asking for trouble when you play with fire - and this public information film is the stuff of nightmares

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Law

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Searching 1974 PG

John Krish’s haunting fire prevention film prowls through a carefully designed burned-out shell of a set.

1 mins United Kingdom

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What's in a Number
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What's in a Number 1948

National insurance made amusing by the eccentric Richard Massingham.

1 mins United Kingdom Director. John Krish

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Apaches
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Apaches 1977

One of the most disturbing public safety films depicts six children being picked off one-by-one by deadly farming machinery.

28 mins United Kingdom Director. John Mackenzie

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The Sewing Machine
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The Sewing Machine 1973

The seconds count down to danger in this chilling road safety film

1 mins United Kingdom

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Be a Good Cyclist
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Be a Good Cyclist 1950

Invaluable advice for the careful cyclist in a quintessentially British safety film.

4 mins United Kingdom

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Traffic Island
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Traffic Island 1963

The tyranny of traffic is given suitably rough treatment in this powerful film sponsored by town planner Colin Buchanan.

16 mins United Kingdom

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The Losers
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The Losers 1975

Having your car nicked is one thing, but then you're branded a loser – by this unsympathetic crime prevention film about car theft

16 mins United Kingdom Director. David Cammell

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Simply Metric
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Simply Metric 1973

Wouldn't budge an inch for a centimetre? This guide to the new-fangled system of metrication may change your mind.

15 mins United Kingdom Director. Anthony Searle

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Copy Book Please 1949

Return to sender? A posh postie – in the shape of Terry-Thomas - appeals to the public to "address your letters clearly and correctly"

United Kingdom

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Fair Rent
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Fair Rent 1947

Power cuts, housing shortages and exorbitant rents – Aberdeen man Norrie Williamson goes head to head with his greedy landlady

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Mary Beales

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Get Cracking
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Get Cracking 1944

Bad eggs and cracking jokes put a frown on Hitler's face in this advert for National Savings

1 mins United Kingdom

View Burns and Scalds
Burns and Scalds
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Burns and Scalds 1947

Hard-hitting depiction of the danger to children of burns and scalds

1 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Law

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How to Fit a Gas Mask
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How to Fit a Gas Mask 1939

Matter-of-fact wartime instruction in how to fit your gas mask efficiently - leaving no margin for error.

2 mins United Kingdom

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Strangers
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Strangers 1973

Who needs to talk to strangers when you're the only one who can understand the garbled mewling of your best buddy cat, Charley?

1 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Taylor

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Mummy Should Know
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Mummy Should Know 1973

Killjoy, or conscience of a generation? Charley cat scuppers a playdate, but earns a fishy picnic through doing the right thing

1 mins United Kingdom

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Falling in the Water
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Falling in the Water 1973

Kids don't always listen to their parents. But in the 70s they certainly listened to a giant ginger tabby cat...

1 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Taylor

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Matches
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Matches 1973

Home safety is child's play if you have the feline guardian angel of the 70s on hand

1 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Taylor

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Teapot
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Teapot 1973

Charley's cat-astrophic teatime hijinks leave him with a burning message to share

1 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Taylor

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In the Kitchen
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In the Kitchen 1973

If you can't stand the heat, Charley, get out of the kitchen and spread your message

1 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Taylor

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Adventures of Tom, Dick and Harry
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Adventures of Tom, Dick and Harry 1953

School children learn that mistakes made when cycling to school aren't always forgiven - in this instructional film made by their headmaster

6 mins United Kingdom

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The Balloon
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The Balloon 1981

A creepy clown brings balloons and death in this dreamlike road safety film, along with some not-so-subtle product placement

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Frank Prendergast

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Dressed for Drowning
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Dressed for Drowning 1965

A well-made and light-hearted instructional film which demonstrates how your own clothes can save you from drowning

7 mins United Kingdom

View How to Use the Telephone
How to Use the Telephone
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How to Use the Telephone 1948

Hold please. Enter a distinctly British bureaucracy as the post-war Civil Service learns to be civil on the telephone

20 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Law

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Door to Door Salesman
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Door to Door Salesman 1961

Don't get caught cold by cold calling – this TV public information short advises caution before buying on the doorstep

1 mins United Kingdom

View Rate Rebates 1969
Rate Rebates 1969
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Rate Rebates 1969 1969

Zippy public information animation on how to keep up with the Joneses - by getting a rebate on rates.

1 mins United Kingdom

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National Milk Cocoa
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National Milk Cocoa 1944

Drinking chocolate flashes before your eyes and makes an offer you can't refuse

1 mins United Kingdom

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Phone in Confidence
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Phone in Confidence 1978

Learn how to report paramilitary activity in complete confidence with this shocking television advert by the Northern Ireland Office.

United Kingdom

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Typing Technique
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Typing Technique 1945

Dive into a typing pool of the 1940s and see the delightful Miss Brown learn to master her craft

23 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Law

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Women after the War
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Women after the War 1946

A provoking film on the place of women made by the inimitable Richard Massingham

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Massingham

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Women in Industry
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Women in Industry 1948

The Ministry of Labour exhorts women to return to industry – the post-war production drive depends on them.

1 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Law

View Mrs. T. And Her Cabbage Patch
Mrs. T. And Her Cabbage Patch
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Mrs. T. And Her Cabbage Patch 1941

Poetic tribute to Mrs Turner's vegetable growing prowess, plus the delights of "wartime steaks"

15 mins United Kingdom Director. Mary Field

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Help Scotland's Harvest
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Help Scotland's Harvest 1944

Johnny Barleycorn issues a rousing call for help with the Scottish harvest in this woodcut-style animation

1 mins United Kingdom

View Older Workers Are Still Wanted in Their Jobs
Older Workers Are Still Wanted in Their Jobs
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Older Workers Are Still Wanted in Their Jobs 1948

At 65 Tom's still a better man than many a youngster - and decides that a tranquil retirement is not for him

1 mins United Kingdom

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Agricultural Holiday Camps 1947

The effortlessly comic Richard Massingham abandons the stress of his city job to work on a farm

United Kingdom Director. Richard Massingham

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The Government of London
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The Government of London 1977

From the Thames Barrier to Covent Garden, this public information film looks at the responsibilities of the GLC and future of London.

22 mins United Kingdom

View Everybody's London
Everybody's London
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Everybody's London 1971

Dramatic public information film exploring the role of the GLC and featuring numerous shots of London streets, people, parks and institutions.

24 mins United Kingdom

View Looking After Londoners
Looking After Londoners
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Looking After Londoners 1972

From schools to sewers, this film explores the roles and responsibilities of local councils, visiting almost every London borough in the process.

24 mins United Kingdom

View Ulster - Behind the Headlines
Ulster - Behind the Headlines
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Ulster - Behind the Headlines 1970

Will level headedness triumph? Hear how the peace and good neighbourliness of one town contrasts with the violence and tension prevalent elsewhere in Northern Ireland.

5 mins United Kingdom

View Fear and Peter Brown
Fear and Peter Brown
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Fear and Peter Brown 1940

Terror on the home front - literally - in this heady and eccentric brew.

16 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Massingham

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Never Go with Strangers
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Never Go with Strangers 1971

Is this the scariest public information film ever? This hard-hitting warning against 'stranger danger' was considered too distressing to be broadcast on television.

19 mins United Kingdom Director. Sarah Erulkar

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Safe or Sorry
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Safe or Sorry 1950

Policemen in mufti act out accident scenarios to an assembly of school children, while Safety Sam drives the road safety message home

3 mins United Kingdom

View Help for the Housebound
Help for the Housebound
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Help for the Housebound 1961

Therapists from the East Surrey Mobile Physiotherapy Unit bring relief to many elderly patients in the comfort of their own homes

10 mins United Kingdom

View New Lives for Old
New Lives for Old
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New Lives for Old 1957

Nonagenarian croquet players and Brighton day trips feature in this study of social services in Croydon, focussing on help given to the elderly, lonely, sick and disabled.

21 mins United Kingdom

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Cold Comfort
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Cold Comfort 1944

A dancing radio stops partying to transmit an announcement on fuel conservation in this WWII cartoon short

2 mins United Kingdom Director. John Halas, Joy Batchelor

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House That John Built
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House That John Built 1928

Empire buying begins at home: John Bull gets a makeover in this cartoon promoting British farmed goods

6 mins United Kingdom

View Seat Belts - Human Cannonball
Seat Belts - Human Cannonball
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Seat Belts - Human Cannonball 1978

A circus act – of sorts – combines with gallows humour in a shatteringly effective reminder to "clunk, click" even on the shortest trip.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Pedal Cyclists
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Pedal Cyclists 1947

A witty, eccentric guide to safety on two wheels under the watchful eye of a pedalling angel.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Massingham

View Firework : Eyes
Firework : Eyes
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Firework : Eyes 1974

Stark 70s firework safety film which mixes the everyday and the uncanny

1 mins United Kingdom

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Night Call
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Night Call 1977

Stylish 70s road safety film with a sting in the tail.

27 mins United Kingdom Director. Ferdinand Fairfax

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After Dark
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After Dark 1979

Careful Colin Welland warns hazardous Herberts of the dangers of night-time driving

14 mins United Kingdom Director. Mike Dodds

View Trouble in Toytown
Trouble in Toytown
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Trouble in Toytown 1946

An immensely charming toy story in which a distracted pupil becomes an attentive teacher and explains road safety to dolls

16 mins United Kingdom Director. Dudley Shaw Ashton

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Pennies
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Pennies 1951

The grim message of this film for youngsters shows how a lack of road sense combined with faulty bicycle brakes results in more than broken bones

9 mins United Kingdom

View Good Cycles Deserve Good Riders
Good Cycles Deserve Good Riders
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Good Cycles Deserve Good Riders 1950

The car-free, Kodachrome streets of 1950s London offer an idyllic environment for acting out the 'wrongs' of cycling safety.

3 mins United Kingdom

View War Rationing Milk
War Rationing Milk
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War Rationing Milk 1941

Forthright reminder that children's milk rations are for their wellbeing, not the whole family's.

1 mins United Kingdom

View Unguarded Moment
Unguarded Moment
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Unguarded Moment 1951

The perils of Britain's roads are seen in this chilling 1951 film as the carelessness of Johnny, Fred and Mary results in disaster and death!

5 mins United Kingdom

View Only a Fool Breaks the 2 Second Rule - Pile-up
Only a Fool Breaks the 2 Second Rule - Pile-up
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Only a Fool Breaks the 2 Second Rule - Pile-up 1975

A mysterious stranger foreshadows Death, but is good enough to give a handy driving safety tip along the way

1 mins United Kingdom Director. John Krish

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A Boy Goes Cycling
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A Boy Goes Cycling 1963

Pedal power saves a dad's day in this colourful cycling safety film set in a sunny 60s South East London.

15 mins United Kingdom

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Policeday
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Policeday 1976

Ever wondered what it’s like to spend 24 hours in the RUC? Watch this 1976 recruitment film and decide if this was the career for you.

25 mins United Kingdom Director. Don Higgins

View Cadwch Gymru'n Daclus (Keep Wales Tidy)
Cadwch Gymru'n Daclus (Keep Wales Tidy)
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Cadwch Gymru'n Daclus (Keep Wales Tidy) 1970

Keep Wales Tidy! That’s the message for everyone, not just the children who are seen here attacking the litter in a Conwy Castle picnic area.

Wales

View Diogelwch ar y Fferm (Safety on the Farm)
Diogelwch ar y Fferm (Safety on the Farm)
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Diogelwch ar y Fferm (Safety on the Farm) 1970

A farm can be rife with danger so farmers must take safety seriously. This public information film has under a minute to ram the message home.

England

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Poenwr Defaid (Sheep Worrier)
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Poenwr Defaid (Sheep Worrier) 1970

Be aware: perfectly respectable dogs, gentle, friendly dogs, dogs who have never lifted a paw in anger are, when it comes down to it, dogs, and capable of worrying sheep.

England

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All Hands
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All Hands 1940

A commercially produced Ministry of Information film, explaining how vital information could be carelessly leaked to prying enemy ears on the home front.

12 mins United Kingdom Director. John Paddy Carstairs

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Summer Travelling
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Summer Travelling 1945

Delayed trains, crowded carriages, and standing room only: Blitz spirit makes a parent's nightmare commute a walk in the park

2 mins United Kingdom Director. W.M. Larkins

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Progressive House
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Progressive House 1968

How can professionals get ahead in 1960s Belfast? Find out in this muzak-filled public information film.

1 mins United Kingdom

View Yesterday Is Over Your Shoulder
Yesterday Is Over Your Shoulder
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Yesterday Is Over Your Shoulder 1940

A rousing government call for men to retrain as skilled engineers to help with the war effort.

8 mins United Kingdom Director. Thorold Dickinson

View Doing Our Bit
Doing Our Bit
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Doing Our Bit 1935

Digging a way out of the 1930s Depression in the Cleveland Hills.

12 mins United Kingdom

View If War Should Come
If War Should Come
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If War Should Come 1939

With its soothing Elgar soundtrack and calm commentary, this retrospectively poignant public information film aimed to reassure a pre-war Britain.

10 mins United Kingdom

View Clean Air at Handsworth
Clean Air at Handsworth
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Clean Air at Handsworth 1967

Three Handsworth households get paid to breathe more easily in this jaunty promo about Sheffield's switch to smokeless fuels.

8 mins United Kingdom

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Protect and Survive
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Protect and Survive 1975

One of a series of animated films designed to provide instructions on how to survive a nuclear attack.

4 mins United Kingdom Director. Bill Stewart

View Aids - Monolith
Aids - Monolith
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Aids - Monolith 1987

Portentous imagery and John Hurt’s grave voiceover define this key film from a £5 million campaign to combat the growing AIDs epidemic.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Aids - Iceberg
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Aids - Iceberg 1987

Simple and devastatingly effective cinema advert from Sammy Harari’s 1987 AIDS awareness campaign.

1 mins United Kingdom

View Jet-propelled Germs
Jet-propelled Germs
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Jet-propelled Germs 1948

One of several highly entertaining films from Richard Massingham about the dangers of uncontrolled sneezing.

1 mins United Kingdom Director. John Krish

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Handkerchief Drill
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Handkerchief Drill 1949

Another of Richard Massingham’s snappy public information fillers finds the oafish everyman’s personal hygiene in question again.

1 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Orrom

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Mass Radiography
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Mass Radiography 1943

TB or not TB – that is the question travelling x-ray screening programmes are out to answer on a large scale

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Stefan Osiecki

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Your Very Good Health
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Your Very Good Health 1948

Long before the ‘Charley Says’ campaign of the 1970s and ‘80s, another cartoon Charley was used to demystify the newly created NHS.

9 mins United Kingdom Director. John Halas, Joy Batchelor

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Dusty No. 6: Dusty Says Keep Britain Tidy
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Dusty No. 6: Dusty Says Keep Britain Tidy 1978

Dusty the kangaroo catches a shadowy figure in the act of dumping an old mattress in this campaigning cartoon

15 mins United Kingdom

View Allwch Chi Helpu Rhywun? (Could You Help Somebody?)
Allwch Chi Helpu Rhywun? (Could You Help Somebody?)
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Allwch Chi Helpu Rhywun? (Could You Help Somebody?) 1970

An appeal to the youth of the day to take into account the needs of the elderly when out and about. A role model is shown to be cool and yet also helpful and considerate.

England

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Cleanliness Is Happiness
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Cleanliness Is Happiness 1930

Melodrama and misery are washed away by a mix of soap and elbow grease

14 mins United Kingdom

View Dusty No. 12: Dusty Says Keep Britain Tidy
Dusty No. 12: Dusty Says Keep Britain Tidy
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Dusty No. 12: Dusty Says Keep Britain Tidy 1978

Dusty the kangaroo patrols a train in this campaigning cartoon - until she comes upon a litter strewn carriage...

15 mins United Kingdom

View The Story of John M'Neil
The Story of John M'Neil
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The Story of John M'Neil 1911

Here in this tuberculosis nest lived the family of John M'Neil...

20 mins United Kingdom Director. Halliday Sutherland

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Premium  Bonds:  Xmas 1959
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Premium Bonds: Xmas 1959 1959

The Happy (Christmas) way to save! Santa plugs Premium Bonds in a 'prize-winning' 1950s TV ad.

1 mins England

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Premium Bonds: Clerk 1960

A cartoon city clerk escapes the binds of daily drudgery – thanks to a win on his Premium Bonds.

2 mins England

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Premium Bonds Prize Winner: Mr Camp 1958

Mr Brian Camp, an engineering inspector from Gravesend, is a lucky Premium Bonds winner.

2 mins England

View Premium Bonds Prize Winner: Mrs Brace
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Premium Bonds Prize Winner: Mrs Brace 1958

Buying Premium Bonds leads a Gonerby villager up the path to prosperity - and the local parish church.

1 mins England

View Premium Bonds Prize Winner: Mr Shum
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Premium Bonds Prize Winner: Mr Shum 1958

Buy more Premium Bonds and maybe your ship will come in - it has for lucky winners Mr and Mrs Shum

2 mins England

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ABCD of Health
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ABCD of Health 1942

Healthy eating advice goes down easy in this fun public information film.

9 mins United Kingdom Director. Jack Ellitt

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Port Health 1967 Not Rated

Rat traps, house boats and London’s ports all feature in this public information film looking at the work of the Port Of London Health Authority.

22 mins United Kingdom

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The Public Health Service 1931

White-coated scientists, doctors, chiropodists, dentists, and midwives unite in their mission to eradicate disease and ignorance from Bermondsey.

12 mins United Kingdom

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A-tish-oo
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A-tish-oo 1941

The face mask comes of age in this intriguing wartime guide to germ prevention.

6 mins United Kingdom Director. Maxwell Munden

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Your Children's Play
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Your Children's Play 1951

Need some post-war parenting advice? Then this is the film for you.

20 mins United Kingdom Director. Brian Smith

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Swat That Fly!
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Swat That Fly! 1915

Warning - not safe for work lunch! This public health film on the common house fly is designed to make you squirm

5 mins United Kingdom

View Blood Donor : Glenda and Ernie
Blood Donor : Glenda and Ernie
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Blood Donor : Glenda and Ernie 1981

Glenda Jackson makes a song and a dance about giving blood – in a wise-cracking double act with Ernie Wise.

2 mins United Kingdom

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The Magician
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The Magician 1942

Alakazam! The fuel demon conjures up some fuel-saving tips for a wasteful family to help the war effort

1 mins United Kingdom Director. Budge Cooper

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Joe's Way
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Joe's Way 1975

Road safety film, or warning of the dangers of flared trousers – you decide

14 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Hart

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Peter and the Moon Man
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Peter and the Moon Man 1929

The man in the moon learns about hygiene in this 1929 public information short promoting the benefits of all-electric mod cons.

20 mins United Kingdom

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A Record of Achievement
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A Record of Achievement 1931

The National Mark is marching on - for progress and prosperity!

4 mins United Kingdom

View The Finishing Line
The Finishing Line
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The Finishing Line 1977

In this surrealist short, John Krish and Michael Gilmour tell a perilous tale at the railway station. Mind the gap - this is going to get scary.

21 mins United Kingdom Director. John Krish

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Compost Heap
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Compost Heap 1942

A talking cabbage plant will win you over in this Second World War cartoon trailer, which has a surprising charm.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Joy Batchelor, John Halas

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The Photographs Are Watching
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The Photographs Are Watching 1944

‘Keep on saving’ – A plea to avoid waste during the Second World War.

2 mins United Kingdom

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Scabies 1943

Burrows, baths and benzyl benzoate – advice is shared on how to understand and treat the scourge of scabies.

36 mins United Kingdom Director. Robin Carruthers

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Buy in Bulk
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Buy in Bulk 1949

The British tradition of queuing is parodied in this amusing short trailer, an ingenious piece of advertising by the General Post Office

1 mins United Kingdom

View Food for Thought
Food for Thought
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Food for Thought 1940

Grumpy Grandma is put in her place during wartime food demonstration

6 mins United Kingdom Director. Adrian Brunel

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Storing Vegetables Outdoors
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Storing Vegetables Outdoors 1941

Building a larder using soil and straw: this age-old method was a boon to home-front gardeners

9 mins United Kingdom Director. Margaret Thomson

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Play Safe - Frisbee
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Play Safe - Frisbee 1978

Notorious British safety film in which young Jimmy makes the fatal mistake of trying to retrieve his Frisbee.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Play Safe - Kites and Planes
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Play Safe - Kites and Planes 1978

Safety film emphasising that a kite doesn’t have to be flown on a metal wire to conduct fatal amounts of electricity.

1 mins United Kingdom Director. David Eady

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Play Safe - Camping and Fishing 1978

Safety film warning of the dangers of overhead power lines if they come into contact with everyday equipment

2 mins United Kingdom

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Green Cross Code - Splink Launch

A former Doctor Who returns to Earth to deliver a road safety message

1 mins Great Britain

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Tufty - Shopping
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Tufty - Shopping 1973

The lure of a toy shop proves almost too much for Tufty the squirrel

1 mins United Kingdom

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Herrings
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Herrings 1940

This informative herring aid from WWII makes no bones about the need to make the most of every fish

1 mins United Kingdom Director. Jay Lewis

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How to Bake
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How to Bake 1945

The Ministry of Food shows wartime cooks how to "make room for more" and plan the ultimate energy-saving bake off.

7 mins United Kingdom

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The Good Housewife "In Her Kitchen"
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The Good Housewife "In Her Kitchen" 1949

Short public information film showing housewives' efficient and hygienic methods of food storage

9 mins United Kingdom

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The Rat Menace
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The Rat Menace 1925

What's best to rid us of our vermin? Prevention and extermination!

17 mins United Kingdom

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Children and Disused Refrigerators
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Children and Disused Refrigerators 1971

Public information film about the dangers of old fridges which lays its 'safety first' message on with a spade

2 mins United Kingdom

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Road Safety - Think Bike
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Road Safety - Think Bike 1978

Think once... think twice... think bike! A memorably two-fisted public information filler.

1 mins Great Britain

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Road Test Pedestrian 1974

Frank Thornton – Captain Peacock in Are You Being Served? – gives a pedestrian a road test in this snappy public information film.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Worn Tyres Can Kill 1973

A couple goes out for a drive, but their car has clearly seen better days - and so have its tyres.

1 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Spargo

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The Three Children 1946

Sorry kids – your parents might never let you out of the house again after watching this bleak 1940s road safety film

3 mins United Kingdom

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Dead Easy 1960

A caring mum turns careless child poisoner in this melodramatic safety warning courtesy of Slough Borough Council.

15 mins United Kingdom

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It Might Be You
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It Might Be You 1946

A young Peter Cushing plays a doctor warning road users to take care in this haunting Uxbridge-shot public information film.

14 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael S. Gordon

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Children's Heroes: Alvin Stardust 1975

Are you out of your tiny mind? Then let glam star Alvin Stardust be your lollypop idol

2 mins United Kingdom

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Stop That Thief
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Stop That Thief 1961

A sneaky thief has his eye on your household valuables in this public information film on home security.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Health Education Council 'walkies' 1977

Is your husband a layabout? Then attach him to a leash and take him for a walk round the park.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Broken in the Wars 1918

Film pioneer Cecil Hepworth raises awareness of a royal fund to support servicemen wounded in WWI

8 mins United Kingdom Director. Cecil M. Hepworth

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The Fatal Floor 1974

Typically hard-hitting public information film about the threat posed by combining a rug and a freshly polished floor.

1 mins United Kingdom

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George and Lil 1979

Cheap 'n' cheerful public information film, starring Anna Wing.

2 mins United Kingdom

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Holiday Horizons
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Holiday Horizons 1939

See the sights, from the countryside to the capital, with the National Savings Holiday Club.

8 mins United Kingdom

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Where's Your Lad?
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Where's Your Lad? 1976

... is he out with his hooligan mates smashing up the town? A warning to parents of teenage boys

2 mins United Kingdom

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Stagger Working Hours: Cattle 1959

Official government permission to stagger into work late. Hurrah!

1 mins United Kingdom

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