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A Welcome to Britain
Britain for beginners... or Americans, at least. An information film explaining the wonders of Britain to new American arrivals during WWII.
Government sponsored film 1943 55 mins
An uncredited Anthony Asquith is one of the directors of this WWII film (a joint UK/US production) which aims to explain British culture and character to the newly arrived American soldier. Starting with the ubiquitous pub visit, the film breezes through geography lessons, food and entertainment on the Home Front.
Remarkably the film is not a patronising propaganda piece like so many other similar productions - other than the rather clumsy section on race. This success is down to the genial presence of Burgess 'The Penguin' Meredith as our guide, who always knows when to offer a supporting look or comment to camera. Whilst the British may come across as a little staid, the film explains that after four years of war, "we are not quiet, just weary".
Life Under Fire
Activities Pictured at Littleover First Aid Post
Amateur film 1939 16 mins Location: Littleover
An air raid could come at any moment and Derby had to be ready to deal with the casualties. The people of Littleover were so well prepapred they filmed one of their exercises.
V.J. Day Celebrations
Non-Fiction 1945 8 mins Location: Bradford
Soon after the VE Day celebrations, there is a second chance to let the hair down, and these dancers make the most of it with much humour, besides the pomp of the official ceremonies.
Welwyn Garden City - The War Years
Amateur film 1939 15 mins Location: Welwyn Garden City
A great example of ‘despite war, life continues’, Welwyn Garden City residents continue with annual traditions, festive occasions and celebrations, during wartime.
U.S. And Us
Advert 1943 2 mins
An American G.I. learns how to brew a proper English cuppa in this jolly wartime ad for Maypole tea.
What Is One among So Many?
Documentary 1943 17 mins
"A bomb's cut the gas off. Where can we get a meal?" Look no further than the Friends Relief Service.
Family Album to Entertain
Amateur film 1940 14 mins Location: Broadwater
Life in Broadwater seems unaffected by the war in this film - especially when friends and relations drop by - though a closer look reveals that all is not quite what it seems.
Building the 3rd Orpington Boy Scout Group Headquarters
Amateur film 1965 9 mins Location: Orpington
Follow construction of the new Scout Hall, from breaking ground to the finishing touch - the mounting of a moose head!
National Scoutcar Racing in Brighton
Amateur film 1967 3 mins Location: Brighton
Homemade go-karts of all colours, shapes and sizes can be seen haring along Madeira Drive in Brighton, as Scouts compete for first place.
Cyril Visits Lesney Farm Allotment and Pubs in Erith
Amateur film 1982 2 mins Location: Erith
Two classic masculine pastimes from the 1970s - allotments and pubs.
Fete at Erith
Amateur film 1979 3 mins Location: Erith
Looking down on Erith fete and across the river to East London.
Five Minutes By The Sea At Clacton
Amateur film 1950 9 mins Location: Clacton-On-Sea
The essence of a relaxed family holiday at Clacton, Essex in September 1950
Brian Palfrey, Cooper
Instructional film/TV programme 1986 11 mins Location: Stowmarket
Making a traditional wooden beer barrel, demonstrated by a Suffolk brewery cooper