This film is part of Free

Control Room

A behind the scenes look at civil defence work during and after a Luftwaffe bombing raid on Bristol during the Second World War.

Government sponsored film 1942 23 mins

From the collection of:

Logo for Imperial War Museums


The civil defence network grafts tirelessly to combat the mounting casualty lists and bomb damaged streets on Bristol’s home front. Coordinated by a Control Centre, which comes into its own under challenging circumstances. Picking a way through the devastation, ‘Control Room’ offers a different perspective of civil defence work, sometimes overlooked in the retelling of the Blitz experience.

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.