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Brighton's Warship Week and Tank Week
A fascinating compendium of films from wartime Brighton featuring parades, fire engines, tanks, trolleybuses, Land Girls, pigs and visiting Cabinet Ministers.
Amateur film 1941 16 mins Silent
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A film showing various events in wartime Brighton starting with a mayoral inspection of fire-fighters and their engines after which food minister, Lord Woolton, arrives to open the Civic Restaurant. Warship Week sees a decorated trolley bus gliding along Grand Parade while pigs at a local farm, are rounded up by a pair of Land Girls. After a parade of tanks, Herbert Morrison, the Home Secretary, visits Brighton, to talk to locals and inspect local Fire Service and ARP teams.
Dig for Victory
Start a Land Club
Government sponsored film 1942 8 mins
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.
Greenford and Northolt Dig for Victory Campaign
1942 4 mins
An Ealing councillor fervently implores local cinemagoers to Dig for Victory!
Wartime Food Boredom
Public Information Filler 1946 mins
The Ministry of Information plays the guilt card to keep the home front from grumbling at mealtimes
VE/VJ Don't Waste Bread
Public Information Filler 1945 mins
Crumbs! Victory celebrations give way to postwar austerity as shortages leave countries short of dough in more ways than one
Storing Vegetables Outdoors
Government sponsored film 1941 9 mins
Building a larder using soil and straw: this age-old method was a boon to home-front gardeners
Government sponsored film 1942 2 mins
A talking cabbage plant will win you over in this Second World War cartoon trailer, which has a surprising charm.
Drill of the Kansas City Fire Department
Non-Fiction 1899 1 mins Silent Location: Brighton
Incredible scenes at Crystal Palace highlight cutting edge firefighting 1900 style
Early Fashions on Brighton Pier
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent Location: Brighton
An accidental fashion parade as holiday promenaders pass before the camera on Brighton Pier
A Visit to Heathrow Airport
Amateur film 1961 5 mins Silent Location: Heathrow Airport London
At a time when flying still had a touch of glamour, Heathrow's Queens Building could provide the perfect venue for a pleasant afternoon's plane spotting
Brighton Seaside - Airshow & Silver Jubilee in Bromley
Amateur film 1977 11 mins Silent Location: Brighton
Tony Mitchell captures a variety of events during Jubilee year - including day trips to Brighton and a bunting covered London as well as an accident at an airshow
Brighton & Hove Band of Hope Demonstration
Non-Fiction 1913 2 mins Silent Location: Brighton
Brighton's children are recruited for the fight against the 'demon drink' in this revealing 1913 film featuring the Temperance Movement
National Scoutcar Racing in Brighton
Amateur film 1967 3 mins Silent 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.
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent
The Victorian great and good mark the passing of a political titan
Parade of Troops with Band and Crowds Following
Non-Fiction 1900 2 mins Silent
For Britons during the Boer War, a welcome opportunity to support the troops - and march alongside them
Workers Leaving Work at Vickers
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Location: Barrow-In-Furness
Factory gate glimpses at - we think - Barrow-in-Furness
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent Location: Worthing
Worthing waves at us in this mesmerising early film
The Biter Bit
Comedy 1898 1 mins Silent
Film's first joke? A fresh take on an old prank.
Opening of the Kiel Canal
Non-Fiction 1895 0 mins Silent
This was one of a series of actuality films made by the Victorian pioneer Birt Acres during 1895. The film is thought to have been shot on June 20, on the occasion of the opening of the Kiel Canal by the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. Acres shot other films at the same time, but they have not survived.
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