The Yorkshire Film Archive collects, preserves, and shows film made in, or about Yorkshire. Our collections are non-fiction, dating from the 1890s to the present day, and providing a rich and visually compelling record of all aspects of lives, cultures, landscape, industries, major events and everyday activities, many of which are available to watch, free of charge, on our website.
This film is part of Free
4th Battalion Duke of Wellington Regiment at Redcar Camp
With war looming on the horizon, troops from the Duke still find time to relax and joke even when learning how to grapple with mortar launchers and lie flat firing anti-tank rifles.
Non-Fiction 1938 13 mins Silent
From the collection of:
In between Hitler annexing Austria in March, and The Munich Agreement in September of 1938, the 4th Battalion Duke of Wellington Regiment get into training for their imminent assignment to artillery. At a camp near Redcar they practice using mortars, anti-tank rifles and dismantling and cleaning machine guns. In between there is time for cricket, football and general larking about.
This is one of several films provided by the Yorkshire Regiment of the 4th Battalion at various training camps in the 1930s. The Duke of Wellington's Regiment dates back to 1702, becoming linked with West Yorkshire in 1782 and taking the title of Duke of Wellington in 1853. In 1908 it became the 4th Battalion (DWR), and in 1938, presumably shortly after this film was made, its role and name changed to the 58th Anti-Tank Regiment (DWR) Royal Artillery. It raised various battalions at different times – it isn’t sure how many it had during the 1930s ¬– with the two Regular Army battalions, the 1st and 2nd Battalions, amalgamating in 1948. In 2006 they amalgamated with other regiments to form the Yorkshire Regiment.
Ready for the Enemy
Amateur film 1938 10 mins Silent Location: Woking
Woking gears up for war in this remarkable film about the Home Guard and its contribution to the town.
War 1940 7 mins
Surrounded by water and manned to defend the coastline, sea forts were remote outposts of Britain’s home front.
Government sponsored film 1941 9 mins
‘ACK ACK’ is a profile of the soldiers who manned anti-aircraft positions on the home front during the Second World War.
Documentary 1941 10 mins Location: London
Ordinary men from all trades and professions lead double lives to hone their soldiering skills in Britain during the Second World War.
Amateur film 1946 21 mins Location: Leatherhead
Leatherhead applauds and thanks its Civil Defence Service volunteers for their sterling efforts, in this fascinating film made during the last months of the Second World War.
Amateur film 1942 12 mins Silent Location: Clandon Park
Dad's Army, Clandon-style, are at it again in this fascinating film about life in Surrey's Home Guard.
Amateur film 1958 19 mins Silent Location: Redcar
A nostalgic dip and drive around the North Yorkshire coast in the sun-kissed 50s.
Amateur film 1951 4 mins Silent Location: Redcar
Jostling for a view, a big Cleveland crowd watch the Princess Royal christen a new lifeboat in Redcar.
Non-Fiction 1950 18 mins Silent Location: Redcar
Walking on sandy beaches can be difficult enough, but thousands turn out to watch motorcycle riders racing around a sand circuit on two wheels.
1973 1 mins Location: Redcar
Behold Teesside Municipal Transport's Clean Air Bus - a silent and vibration-free bus powered by an experimental Rolls Royce liquid propane gas engine.
Amateur film 1966 8 mins Location: Stockton-on-Tees
The times they are a-changin’ in this Cleveland odyssey.
Amateur film 1937 8 mins Silent Location: Redcar
Bucket and spade, deckchairs and donkey rides – a Middlesbrough family enjoy the simple pleasures of a seaside holiday at windy Redcar.
Short documentary 2021 4 mins
Director Eva Riley (Perfect 10) introduces Carine Adler’s Under the Skin, and describes why Samantha Morton’s visceral feature film debut performance astounds her.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1976 43 mins
Mundane images are flipped, looped, reversed and interpolated to the sound of Monteverdi and other sonic textures.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1980 49 mins
Divorce 1980s-style is examined by this BFI film in which, tellingly, only the deserted wife is denied a voice.
Documentary 1957 20 mins
Epic undertaking at Bevercotes Colliery, digging 3000 feet to reach untapped coal seams in Nottinghamshire.
Documentary 1943 12 mins
Are your stooking and stacking skills poor? Watch and learn how best to stack your stooks.
Travelogue 1935 15 mins Silent Location: Bournemouth
Anyone for a trip to the seaside? From Bournemouth to Margate via Brighton and Folkestone – sunny delights in abundance.
About the archive
Know this place?
Do you recognise a place, building or location in this film?
Help us populate the Britain on Film map by spotting and plotting the street or location you know. This is a BFI project and anyone can help.
Go to our Britain on Film crowdsourcing site and contribute to our mapping mission – to identify locations within our archive films.Add a location