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Charley in New Town

Charley says (no, not that one) that Britain’s new towns are great

Animation & Artists Moving Image 1948 8 mins


Meet Charley, your jovial cartoon guide to Britain’s changing towns and cities. Interestingly, the New Towns Act of 1946 is not explicitly mentioned in this film, with the recommendations presented as if they had been conjured up by a popular movement. Halas & Batchelor worked with the Central Office of Information on seven Charley films which communicated many of the landmark policies of the post-war Labour Government.

This government film is a public record, preserved and presented by the BFI National Archive on behalf of The National Archives, home to more than 1,000 years of British history.