This film reveals some stark contrasts in late 1930s Britain. First we see well-to-do ladies enacting various scenes, in costume, from their recent amateur productions. Then we get a sense of impending crisis with a Civil Defence parade on Croydon’s Katherine Street. Here we see Red Cross nurses march with Scots Guards followed by ambulances and a lorry load of telephonists in a mock Control Room. A Civil Defence poster display is also seen outside Croydon Town Hall.
Screen Archive South East is a public sector moving image archive serving the South East of England. The archive's collections of magic lantern slides, films, videos and associated materials capture the many varied aspects of life, work and creativity from the early days of screen history to the present day and serve as a rich and invaluable historical resource.