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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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Aberdeen Oil Boom 1972

Aberdeen's local fishermen turn into wildcatting oilmen in a lively report from the early days of the North Sea oil boom.

4 mins United Kingdom Director. Bruce McDonald

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A City Reborn 1945

Coventry prepares to rise from the ashes of WWII in this docu-drama written by Dylan Thomas.

22 mins United Kingdom Director. John Eldridge

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Ack-ack
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Ack-ack 1941

‘ACK ACK’ is a profile of the soldiers who manned anti-aircraft positions on the home front during the Second World War.

9 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Baylis

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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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Air Raid practice at Knoll School Hove 1940

When the sirens wail, watch these children grab their gas-masks and dash to the shelters in this astonishing and sumptuous colour film about Air Raid Precautions at Hove School.

14 mins United Kingdom

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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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All Those in Favour 1941

Devonian democracy – but in which village? Answers on a postcard, please.

23 mins United Kingdom Director. Donald Alexander

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Another Case of Poisoning
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Another Case of Poisoning 1949

Hilarious cautionary tale about food hygiene.

13 mins United Kingdom Director. John Waterhouse

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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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Bampton Shows the Way
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Bampton Shows the Way 1941

Patriotic tale of a Devon village winning the war with carrot Christmas cake and granny's favourite recipe.

6 mins United Kingdom Director. Bladon Peake

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Behind the Guns
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Behind the Guns 1940

A Second World War propaganda film, looking at the industrial might behind Great Britain’s armed forces.

20 mins United Kingdom Director. Cecil Musk, Montgomery Tully

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The Big City
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The Big City 1940

Personal stories from the Londoners who rely on a successful and reliable transport system

13 mins United Kingdom Director. Ralph Bond

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The Biter Bit
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The Biter Bit 1943

Ralph Richardson provides a patriotic voiceover for this glowing tribute to the success of Allied bombing of Germany.

14 mins United Kingdom

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Bitterne Traffic Scheme
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Bitterne Traffic Scheme 1974

On the buses in Southampton, as this traffic scheme tried to end commuter misery by prioritising public transport

14 mins United Kingdom

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Bomb Repair Speed Up
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Bomb Repair Speed Up 1945

Britain counts the cost of war on its beleaguered housing stock and looks to rebuild new homes where thousands once stood.

15 mins United Kingdom

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Breathing Space
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Breathing Space 1943

Whilst some cultural treasures were stowed away in wartime, there was still an array of objects, artworks and experiences on offer to the public.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Charles de Lautour

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Britain Can Make It No. 12
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Britain Can Make It No. 12 1946

Innovative British design meets stylish practicality in a crowd-pleasing exhibition of postwar goods at London's Victoria & Albert Museum.

11 mins United Kingdom

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Britain's Youth 1940

The British public are encouraged to keep fit, as audiences are reminded they are “a nation of sportsmen” and “not a nation of spectators”.

13 mins United Kingdom Director. Jack Ellitt

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British Airships in the East
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British Airships in the East 1917

Equipped with two men and a string of bombs, the SS Class Airship was a rapid response to the threat of U-boats

7 mins United Kingdom

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British Women's Volunteer Army (Land Workers' Section)
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British Women's Volunteer Army (Land Workers' Section) 1917

Film stars Violet Hopson and Ivy Close lend their celebrity to the war effort – and they’re not afraid to get their hands dirty

14 mins United Kingdom

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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

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Cabtrack The Direct Auto-control Personal Taxi Service 1972

Could computer-controlled taxis solve the traffic crisis? Maybe not, but this film's a must for technology buffs (and fans of early electronic music).

16 mins United Kingdom

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A Call for Arms!
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A Call for Arms! 1940

A pair of 'nude' dancers find a new way of doing their bit for the boys in this fun propaganda short

8 mins United Kingdom Director. Brian Desmond Hurst

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Care of the Homeless
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Care of the Homeless 1965

Post-nuclear planning in Bath - a Civil Defence training film about the billeting of the homeless after a nuclear bomb

20 mins United Kingdom Director. David Cobham

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C.E.M.A 1942

A survey of artistic life on the WWI Home Front, from Shakespeare to classical music, painting and industrial design

16 mins United Kingdom

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Central London Traffic
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Central London Traffic 1956

Traffic chaos and parking pandemonium in London is nothing new - as we see from this colourful 1950s research film shot around the capital.

11 mins United Kingdom

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China 1942

Fascinating anti-Japanese, pro-Chinese wartime propaganda film.

40 mins United Kingdom

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Chinese in Wartime Britain
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Chinese in Wartime Britain 1944

A documentary about the benefits and influences of Chinese immigration on Britain’s home front.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Carl Heck

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Christmas in Belfast
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Christmas in Belfast 1977

Christmas in Belfast at the height of 'The Troubles'. Not the most wonderful time of year.

2 mins United Kingdom

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Citizen's Army
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Citizen's Army 1941

Ordinary men from all trades and professions lead double lives to hone their soldiering skills in Britain during the Second World War.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Donald Taylor

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City of Glasgow
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City of Glasgow 1950

Experience Glasgow as you’ve never seen it before, in this wonderful early 1950s sponsored road safety film with bustling city streets, vintage cars and a startling warning.

3 mins Scotland

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Coalminer 1944

An insight into the life of coal miner Charles Jones from the Rhondda valley, an area famous for its coal production.

15 mins United Kingdom

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Coal Mining Today
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Coal Mining Today 1946

Trainees are busy learning "a career rather than a job" at the world's first Mines Mechanisation Training Centre in Sheffield.

18 mins United Kingdom

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Commonwealth Foundation
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Commonwealth Foundation 1969

Beach, church and carnival – Chief Inspector of Brixton Police sent to Trinidad to learn about West Indian customs.

12 mins United Kingdom

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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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Conjuror
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Conjuror 1944

A sharply dressed magician uses some sleight of hand to remind the public about the importance of saving fuel at home during the Second World War.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Control Room 1942

A behind the scenes look at civil defence work during and after a Luftwaffe bombing raid on Bristol during the Second World War.

22 mins United Kingdom Director. Geoffrey Bell

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Cotswold Club
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Cotswold Club 1944

How Somerton, Oxfordshire benefits from membership of the Village Produce Association during WWII.

12 mins United Kingdom

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The County Clerk
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The County Clerk 1950

The Scottish County Clerk: the unlikely Superhero of local daily life.

20 mins United Kingdom

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The Cumberland Story 1947 U

Humphrey Jennings’ post-war documentary chronicles the modernisation of the Cumberland coal mines in the 1940s.

37 mins United Kingdom Director. Humphrey Jennings

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Cymru a Chynilo 1947

Post Office savings: good for the family and good for Wales. That’s the message conveyed by narrator Hugh Griffith, the actor, advocating sensible thriftiness to all.

7 mins England

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Dai Jones 1941

An unemployed Welsh miner saves the day in this stirring WWII propaganda film.

7 mins United Kingdom Director. Daniel Birt

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Dangers in the Dark
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Dangers in the Dark 1941

A film directed by Richard Massingham, designed to educate the British public of the perils of travelling in pitch black during a blackout.

6 mins United Kingdom Director. Lewis Grant Wallace, Richard Massingham

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District Nurse 1952

Never a dull moment for a rural district nurse in the early days of the NHS.

27 mins United Kingdom Director. Sarah Erulkar

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The District Nurse
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The District Nurse 1942

An indefatigable district nurse crisscrosses her rural patch to tend to the sick at home and on the farm.

13 mins United Kingdom Director. John Page

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Down Our Street
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Down Our Street 1942

The combined effort of three housewives demonstrates to the audience how everyone pulling together could help to overcome the high stakes of war.

6 mins United Kingdom Director. Terry Bishop

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Eggs for the Market
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Eggs for the Market 1950

Eggs hatch chicks that grow into hens that lay eggs, destined for the breakfast table. Matter-of-fact educational film about hen farming.

17 mins United Kingdom

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Essex Willows 1946

A fascinating look at how a cricket bat is professionally crafted, by hand, in 1946, from its beginnings as a willow tree.

23 mins United Kingdom

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Everybody's Business 1917

"Eat less bread" is the key message in this ambitious propaganda film on the importance of 'food economy' to the war effort

33 mins United Kingdom

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Evidence
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Evidence 1935

The earliest known police surveillance film to be used as evidence captures some illicit activities - and circus animals - in Chesterfield marketplace.

10 mins United Kingdom

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Eyes of a Child 1961

Young imaginations run wild at School for Blind Children.

31 mins United Kingdom Director. Henry Lewes

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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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A Farmer's Boy
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A Farmer's Boy 1945

When it comes to training the post-war generation of farmers, this agricultural college in Devon looks to reap what it sows.

14 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Price

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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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Feed the Furnaces
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Feed the Furnaces 1941

An appeal for citizens to give up their old bed frames and garden tools, as part of a government drive to salvage resources for the war effort.

6 mins United Kingdom

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Fenlands 1945 U

Fascinating documentary about the management of the East Anglian Fens, an intricate network of 17th-century waterways carved through peat bogs.

18 mins United Kingdom Director. Ken Annakin

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Fighting Allies 1941

Britain’s Czech allies; working, developing new skills and training for the frontline.

9 mins United Kingdom Director. Louise Birt

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Fire of London 1945

This British propaganda film, made in 1945 for newly liberated countries in Europe, takes a positive view of British resilience during the Blitz.

16 mins United Kingdom

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Firewatch Dog 1943

An English Bull Terrier warns wartime cinema goers to put their cigarettes out with more care.

1 mins United Kingdom

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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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Fuel for Battle 1944

There’s a war on and coal is needed – lots, and fast. Dylan Thomas is on hand to script this fascinating documentary.

21 mins United Kingdom Director. John Eldridge

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Furnaces of Industry
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Furnaces of Industry 1940

A patriotic look at British steelmaking.

12 mins United Kingdom Director. Cecil Musk

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General Election 1951
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General Election 1951 1951

A remarkable film showing the Municipal Borough of Slough's preparations for the 1951 General Election.

7 mins United Kingdom

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General Election Slough 1950
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General Election Slough 1950 1950

A remarkable film showing the Municipal Borough of Slough's preparations for the 1950 General Election.

10 mins United Kingdom

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Glenda Jackson
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Glenda Jackson 1971

Glenda Jackson talks about acting for theatre and for the camera

14 mins United Kingdom

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God's Port Our Haven 1959

Enjoy a nostalgic trip through Gosport in this wistful film from 1959 - which praises the modern town but shows some its older charms which the tower blocks will soon sweep away.

26 mins United Kingdom

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Health in War 1940

The young, old and infirm are evacuated from Blitz-hit cities in this moving testament to Britain's wartime organisational prowess.

13 mins United Kingdom Director. Pat Jackson

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Heavier Than Air
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Heavier Than Air 1942

An instructional film informing the British public how to act in the event of a gas attack during the Second World War.

8 mins United Kingdom

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Hedging 1942

Is your hedge thin and straggly? Don't worry, help is at hand

9 mins United Kingdom Director. Margaret Thomson

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Hello! West Indies 1943

These stage-managed messages to the West Indies are testament to Britain's reliance on its colonies in WWII.

23 mins United Kingdom

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Henry Pluckrose 1971

First things first - profile of an inspirational figure in primary education

14 mins United Kingdom

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Her Father's Daughter
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Her Father's Daughter 1941

Women on the factory floor? An engineer needs convincing that war work is a feminine pursuit.

8 mins United Kingdom Director. Desmond Dickinson

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Hill Sheep Farm
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Hill Sheep Farm 1948

Shearing, rearing and auctioneering – sheep farming in the Highlands of Scotland.

19 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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Hospital Nurse
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Hospital Nurse 1941

A glamorous young student nurse charms patients and staff alike as she sails through her training.

8 mins United Kingdom Director. Francis Searle

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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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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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A Hundred Years Old
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A Hundred Years Old 1944

The wide-ranging wartime activities of the YMCA are highlighted by an American serviceman.

11 mins United Kingdom Director. B. Salt

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The Inquisitive Giant 1957

Is there anyone out there? Cheshire's Jodrell Bank observatory aims to find out with its new giant radio telescope

28 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Warren, Maurice Dods

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Jig-Saw
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Jig-Saw 1944

A ‘Careless Talk’ film made during the Second World War illustrating how scraps of information were pieced together and used to the enemies advantage.

20 mins United Kingdom

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A Job to Be Done
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A Job to Be Done 1940

Hard work on the home front: the story of the 'reserved occupations'.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Donald Alexander

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Lady Allen
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Lady Allen 1971

Engrossing 1970s TV profile of Lady Allen of Hurtwood - passionate campaigner for every child's right to play

14 mins United Kingdom

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Lady Be Kind
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Lady Be Kind 1941

A resentful landlady changes her ways in this light-hearted tribute to civilian workers 'doing their bit' for the war effort.

8 mins United Kingdom Director. Rodney Ackland

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Land of Ulster 1950

Even in Belfast, people are only a generation away from the soil. Explore the changing fortunes of Ulster and its farmers in this charming government film.

29 mins Northern Ireland

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Listen to Britain 1942 U

Humphrey Jennings and Stewart McAllister's masterly collage of the various people and classes of Britain - at home and at work, at war and at peace - is one of the great films of war-time Britain.

United Kingdom Director. Stewart McAllister, Humphrey Jennings

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Livin' Easy 1970

Dick Emery and dance troupe The Young Generation invite you to "simply pay through Giro" in this musical money promo.

20 mins United Kingdom Director. Stewart Morris

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Local Government: A History in Pictures
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Local Government: A History in Pictures 1949

An illustrated history of the thousand years of local government in Norwich

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Phil Windebank, Peter Sachs

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London Autumn 1941
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London Autumn 1941 1941

Stirring portrait of London in autumn 1941 - its streets and monuments battle-scarred, but its spirit intact.

10 mins United Kingdom

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London Can Take It!
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London Can Take It! 1940 U

Humphrey Jennings and Harry Watt’s famous GPO film is an enduring example of British self-mythology; a hymn to London’s resilience that helped persuade America to join the war.

9 mins United Kingdom Director. Harry Watt, Humphrey Jennings

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London Line Colour No. 40 1968

Wing-walking air stewardesses and giant sticks of rock feature in an eclectic TV magazine view of a not-so-swinging 60s London.

14 mins United Kingdom

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London Line Colour Series 1 Issue 1 1966

Swinging 60s meets capital of cool in a fun and funky TV magazine show aimed at Canadian audiences.

14 mins United Kingdom

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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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Make-do-and-mend 1945

A wartime family look on in amazement as their old clothes offer useful advice on how to make their clothing coupons go further.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Making of Kent 1976

Prince Charles himself stars in this fascinating documentary about the architectural character of Kent - as expressed through its buildings

23 mins United Kingdom

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Midnight Taxi
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Midnight Taxi 1946

A London cabby uncovers the city's secret nightlife in a surprising plug for post-war National Savings.

17 mins United Kingdom Director. Norman Hemsley

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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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Near Home
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Near Home 1945

A charming vision of small school education in Bishop Auckland, County Durham.

23 mins United Kingdom Director. Kay Mander

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The New Crop
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The New Crop 1944

Wartime woodland management: we can do it! Women add their labour to the work of axe and saw.

19 mins United Kingdom Director. Ken Annakin

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Newspaper Train 1942

The story of how newspapers were distributed during the Blitz, stressing the importance of an accurate and objective press on the home front.

6 mins United Kingdom Director. Len Lye

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New Towns for Old
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New Towns for Old 1942

Sheffield stands in as 'Smokedale', an industrial Everytown, in this stirring call for "new schools, new hospitals, new roads, new life", after WWII.

6 mins United Kingdom Director. John Eldridge

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The Norfolk Coast 1983

Educational film about the Norfolk coastline focussing on the problems of erosion.

14 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Hollingham,

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North Kensington Law Centre 1973

A pioneering law centre with a radical agenda: ‘bringing law to the people’ in the early 1970s.

5 mins United Kingdom Director. Eric Halliday

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Now You're Talking
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Now You're Talking 1940

A commercially made 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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Oatmeal Porridge 1940

Learn the benefits of good old porridge, plus the wartime way to cook it - in a hay box under your kitchen table!

7 mins United Kingdom Director. Jay Lewis

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Other Men's Lives
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Other Men's Lives 1944

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

10 mins United Kingdom

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Out Working
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Out Working 1945

A Ministry of Information film encouraging the wartime public to increase productivity by “taking work to the workers”.

13 mins United Kingdom Director. Gilbert Gunn

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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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Portrait of a Glass Worker 1962

A young art student captures the artistry and skill of a glass worker.

13 mins United Kingdom Director. P. Dann

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Post 23 1941

A documentary picture of an Air Raid Wardens’ post during the Second World War, demonstrating cooperation between its workers and the community.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Ralph Bond

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Potatoes 1940

Austerity Britain reaches for the humble spud in this earnest wartime cookery film.

6 mins United Kingdom Director. Jay Lewis

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Power on the Farm 1946

‘Electricity can do almost anything’ – farmers are encouraged to power up their farm

14 mins United Kingdom Director. Henry Cooper

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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

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Primary Adventure, London 1970

Country dancing, saris, swimming and singalongs – primary school life in the 1970s is made to look awfully good fun in this film by the ILEA.

42 mins United Kingdom

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Proud City A Plan for London 1946

Post-war town planning for "the greatest city the world has ever known".

26 mins United Kingdom Director. Ralph Keene

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Rationing in Britain
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Rationing in Britain 1945

The fundamentals of rationing on Britain’s home front during the Second World War.

11 mins United Kingdom

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Return to Action
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Return to Action 1947

Bricklayers, lawyers, teachers – disabled men and women are encouraged to retrain for new jobs

19 mins United Kingdom Director. Gilbert Gunn

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A Ride with Uncle Joe
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A Ride with Uncle Joe 1943

Cockney kids learn road sense the fun way in an entertaining and surprising wartime safety film.

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Ken Annakin

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Royal Observer Corps 1941

Watching over the skies, a volunteer force helps identify enemy aircraft for RAF fighters to intercept over Britain’s home front.

7 mins United Kingdom

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Sabotage! 1942

Make Do and Mend – or else!

1 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Pickering

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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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Scotland Speaks 1941

Well-known landmarks such as Stirling Castle and Bannockburn fields feature in this propaganda film about Scotland during the Second World War.

20 mins United Kingdom Director. Jack Ellitt

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Sea Fort 1940

Surrounded by water and manned to defend the coastline, sea forts were remote outposts of Britain’s home front.

7 mins United Kingdom Director. Ian Dalrymple

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The Shape of Beds to come 1976

Featuring the people and places, industry and activities from all corners of Beds County as Local Government Planners mull over the issue of population growth.

21 mins United Kingdom

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Shipbuilders 1940

Shipwrights, plate-fitters and riveters support the war effort as their ships take majestic shape in this tour of British shipyards.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Leon Schauder

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The Silent Village 1943

The villagers of Cwmgiedd re-enact a Nazi massacre in Czechoslovakia, in Humphrey Jennings’ unforgettable propaganda film.

36 mins United Kingdom Director. Humphrey Jennings

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Smog 1956

With Cold-War style chemical kits at the ready, valiant volunteers sample a deadly London 'peasouper' in this fascinating 1950s research film.

10 mins England

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Spring Comes to England 1934

Farming techniques and modern methods bring new crops to market.

15 mins United Kingdom Director. Donald Taylor

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Springtime in an English Village 1944

An extraordinary and unexpected snapshot of rural life in wartime in which a young black girl is crowned Queen of the May.

7 mins United Kingdom

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Start a Land Club 1942

The wartime potato shortage is addressed in this marvellous film from 1942 - exhorting workers and school children to lend a hand on local farms by joining Land Clubs.

7 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrew Buchanan

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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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Suffolk Territorials 1937

A recruitment film for the Suffolk Territorials, featuring scenes of a Drumhead military service on Empire Day and training exercises; narrated by Colonel Coburn O.B.E.

6 mins United Kingdom

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They Fight by Night

An account of the many ways people contributed to the war effort on the home front, focusing on the work that went on through the night.

10 mins United Kingdom

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This Is China
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This Is China 1946

Mesmerising snapshot of a China full of extreme contrasts: Nationalists versus Communists, urban versus rural, advanced versus primitive.

9 mins United Kingdom

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Tie and Dye 1970

A snazzy intro to the ancient textile-dyeing technique taking the 70s fashion world by storm.

4 mins United Kingdom Director. Mark Lawton

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Tim Marches Back
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Tim Marches Back 1944

A Peter Strausfeld animation, encouraging the public to use the telephone more sparingly in wartime.

1 mins United Kingdom Director. George Hoellering

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Total War in Britain 1945

Britain's war - from Dunkirk to D-Day in 20 minutes

22 mins United Kingdom Director. Paul Rotha

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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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VE/VJ Don't Waste Bread
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VE/VJ Don't Waste Bread 1945

Crumbs! Victory celebrations give way to postwar austerity as shortages leave countries short of dough in more ways than one

1 mins United Kingdom

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Village Colleges 1971

Top of the class! A Cambridgeshire school brings a community together with car maintenance classes and after-school choirs.

10 mins Great Britain

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Village School 1940

WWII evacuees adapt to village life in a patriotic documentary starring a real Buckinghamshire school teacher.

11 mins United Kingdom Director. John Eldridge

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The Volunteer 1943

Entertaining and evocative Fleet Air Arm drama-doc propaganda piece, written and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

46 mins United Kingdom Director. Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

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Wales 1945

Coal mining, valleys, sheep farming and castles all feature in this highly stereotyped portrait of Wales during the Second World War.

9 mins United Kingdom

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Walk Short Distances
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Walk Short Distances 1944

A wartime film about ordinary people making small sacrifices, focusing on George, who thoughtlessly uses public transport for his own leisure.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Wartime Factory
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Wartime Factory 1940

The factory floor view of WWII, inside a busy aircraft works

9 mins United Kingdom Director. Edgar Anstey

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Warwork News No 11 1942

Wartime news magazine for factory workers, sponsored by the Ministry of Supply. News items often stressed the value of the 'factory front'.

12 mins United Kingdom

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Warwork News No 12 1942

Wartime news magazine for factory workers, sponsored by the Ministry of Supply. News items often stressed the value of the 'factory front'.

11 mins United Kingdom

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Warwork News No 22
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Warwork News No 22 1943

Wartime news magazine for factory workers, sponsored by the Ministry of Supply. News items often stressed the value of the 'factory front'.

9 mins United Kingdom

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Warwork News No 24
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Warwork News No 24 1943

Wartime news magazine for factory workers, sponsored by the Ministry of Supply. News items often stressed the value of the 'factory front'.

10 mins United Kingdom

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Warwork News No 25 1943

Wartime news magazine for factory workers, sponsored by the Ministry of Supply. News items often stressed the value of the 'factory front'.

8 mins United Kingdom

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Warwork News No 30 1943

Wartime news magazine for factory workers, sponsored by the Ministry of Supply. News items often stressed the value of the 'factory front'.

10 mins United Kingdom

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Warwork News No 33 1943

Wartime news magazine for factory workers, sponsored by the Ministry of Supply. News items often stressed the value of the 'factory front'.

9 mins United Kingdom

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Warwork News No 72 1945

Wartime news magazine for factory workers, sponsored by the Ministry of Supply. News items often stressed the value of the 'factory front'.

8 mins United Kingdom

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Warwork News No 78 1945

Wartime news magazine for factory workers, sponsored by the Ministry of Supply. News items often stressed the value of the 'factory front'.

9 mins United Kingdom

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A Welcome to Britain 1943

Britain for beginners... or Americans, at least. An information film explaining the wonders of Britain to new American arrivals during WWII.

55 mins United Kingdom Director. Burgess Meredith, Anthony Asquith

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When the Pie Was Opened
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When the Pie Was Opened 1941

Welcome to an obscure but delightful corner of film history where Masterchef, rationing and surrealism meet public information films.

8 mins United Kingdom Director. Len Lye

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With the British Troops in Macedonia 1917

Troops overcome difficult terrain in this news film of the little-known WWI campaign in Macedonia

3 mins United Kingdom

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Worker and War Front No. 10 1944

A wartime magazine made to motivate and inform war workers, commissioned by the Ministry of Information in 1942 and exclusively screened in factories.

12 mins United Kingdom Director. Duncan Ross

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Worker and War Front No. 12 1944

A wartime magazine made to motivate and inform war workers, commissioned by the Ministry of Information in 1942 and exclusively screened in factories.

10 mins United Kingdom

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Worker and War Front No. 13 1944

A wartime magazine made to motivate and inform war workers, commissioned by the Ministry of Information in 1942 and exclusively screened in factories.

12 mins United Kingdom Director. Duncan Ross

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Worker and War Front No. 14 1945

A wartime magazine made to motivate and inform war workers, commissioned by the Ministry of Information in 1942 and exclusively screened in factories.

9 mins United Kingdom

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Worker and War Front No. 15 1945

A wartime magazine made to motivate and inform war workers, commissioned by the Ministry of Information in 1942 and exclusively screened in factories.

10 mins United Kingdom

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Worker and War Front No. 16 1945

A wartime magazine made to motivate and inform war workers, commissioned by the Ministry of Information in 1942 and exclusively screened in factories.

10 mins United Kingdom

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Worker and War Front No. 18 1945

A wartime magazine made to motivate and inform war workers, commissioned by the Ministry of Information in 1942 and exclusively screened in factories.

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Duncan Ross

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Worker and War Front No. 2 1942

A wartime magazine made to motivate and inform war workers, commissioned by the Ministry of Information in 1942 and exclusively screened in factories.

10 mins United Kingdom

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Worker and War Front No. 3 1942

A wartime magazine made to motivate and inform war workers, commissioned by the Ministry of Information in 1942 and exclusively screened in factories.

10 mins United Kingdom

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Worker and War Front No. 5 1943

A wartime magazine made to motivate and inform war workers, commissioned by the Ministry of Information in 1942 and exclusively screened in factories.

12 mins United Kingdom

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Worker and War Front No. 6 1943

A wartime magazine made to motivate and inform war workers, commissioned by the Ministry of Information in 1942 and exclusively screened in factories.

10 mins United Kingdom

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Worker and War Front No. 7 1943

A wartime magazine made to motivate and inform war workers, commissioned by the Ministry of Information in 1942 and exclusively screened in factories.

8 mins United Kingdom

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Worker and War Front No. 8 1943

A wartime magazine made to motivate and inform war workers, commissioned by the Ministry of Information in 1942 and exclusively screened in factories.

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Duncan Ross

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Work Party
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Work Party 1943

A busy wartime family celebrate a 21st birthday, providing a rare opportunity for their guests to relax and socialise.

6 mins United Kingdom Director. Len Lye

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Youth Hostel Holiday
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Youth Hostel Holiday 1962

Sing-a-longs, sheet sleeping bags and daily chores - an alternative take on the swinging ‘60s courtesy of the YHA.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Jennifer Thwaites

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