Making and Doing
Get crafty, avoid boredom: why not take up a new hobby from the comfort of home?
Packed with handy hints from yesteryear, this crafty selection will ensure you’ll never be bored in and around home. Give your clothes a psychedelic makeover with a spot of groovy tie-dye, learn to make your own cheese, set up a film show, or simply get nostalgic with a few pipe-cleaners. From baking, painting and weaving to model-making, lace-making and even movie-making, we’ve got you covered.
Look out for some inspirational cinemagazines dedicated to advising thrifty Brits, including the wonderfully eccentric Hints and Hobbies and the no-nonsense, make-do-and-mend ethos of wartime series Hints and Tips.
Animation & Artists Moving Image19653 mins Location: Wakefield
A once common object in many households becomes transformed into a quirky dancing troupe in this simple homespun animation.
Animation & Artists Moving Image19451 mins
A wartime family look on in amazement as their old clothes offer useful advice on how to make their clothing coupons go further.
Amateur film195513 mins Location: Wroxham Broad
Are you a yachter or windmill lover? Maybe you’re a twitcher, or a painter? An amateur film about those ‘daft hobbyists’ who love Broadland.
Interest film192614 minsSilent
Fashion tips for skinflint flappers and other invaluable stratagems, brought to you by 1920s cinemagazine Hints and Hobbies.
Documentary197828 mins Location: Bradford
For the very last time Albert, at 73, makes the work of weaving the large willow bobbin baskets, skeps, look easy, having devoted his entire working life to perfecting his art.
Magazine and Review show192612 minsSilent
Who needs an iron when you have a jam jar to hand? The Hints and Hobbies team return for the last surviving edition of the weekly cinemagazine.
Amateur film19633 minsSilent Location: London
Model planes and Soho transactions are captured in this intriguing double bill of street filming from London in 1963.
Wipe your feet and enter the home of actress Joy Shelton in this early ‘ad mag’.
Instructional film/TV programme194516 minsSilent
A lampshade fit for a drag queen and frugal food in an age before Delia Smith. Who says austerity can't be fun?
Interest film19265 minsSilent
Electrocution beckons courtesy of the Hints and Hobbies team, here to advise how to construct an efficient wireless set for just 1/10d.
Amateur film19495 minsSilent Location: Fleetwood
With the wind in their sails, international model yacht racers compete on Lancashire's Fylde Coast.
Home movie19593 minsSilent Location: Broughton
Dim the lights, sit down and grab your drinks because the film's about to start: a home film show in Cheshire.
Jiu-jitsu for ladies, how to get ink off a white apron and other life essentials courtesy of the 'Hints and Hobbies' team.
School programme and Educational film19659 mins Location: Wakefield
What better way to spend one’s first days at school than baking cakes and organising a party? Being independent, co-operating and eating.
News19676 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Fashion doesnt grow on treesor does it! Tyne Tees TV was bang on-trend with this brilliant news feature on the hip 1960s cult for a disposable age - paper fashion.
Non-Fiction19535 minsSilent Location: Leeds
A fascinating glimpse into the world of post-war Britain with its extraordinary range of hobbies, before the TV set in the corner took over so much of working class leisure time.