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Cooke Troughton & Simms in Wartime 1939-1945
Over 3000 men and women of York keep the war effort on target making tank periscopes and gun sights
Promotional 1948 22 mins
This York manufacturer kept the war on target - literally - by making a variety of gun sights, telescopes and tank periscopes. The expansion required to meet wartime needs saw some 3,300 employees pour into the factory - including some 1,400 women. Many of their faces are documented for posterity in this detailed film, scripted by the company's own staff, who were clearly proud of their wartime achievement.
With roots back to the 1820s, the firms that made up Cooke Troughton & Simms became a subsidiary of the better known Vickers company in 1924. The Haxby Road factory building seen at the start of the film was newly built in 1938, and the works continued making theodolites, microscopes and other optical tools into the 1980s.
Keep the Wheels Turning
Industry sponsored film 1940 8 mins
An enticing government call for men to retrain as skilled engineers to help with the war effort.
Government sponsored film 1942 12 mins
Wartime news magazine for factory workers, sponsored by the Ministry of Supply. News items often stressed the value of the 'factory front'.
Government sponsored film 1942 11 mins Location: Liverpool
A wartime magazine made to motivate and inform war workers, commissioned by the Ministry of Information in 1942 and exclusively screened in factories.
Documentary 1940 20 mins
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Government sponsored film 1940 10 mins
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Promotional 1943 25 mins Silent Location: Whitchurch
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Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
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1965 1 mins Location: York
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1960 1 mins Location: York
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Advert 1971 1 mins Location: York
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Advert 1982 1 mins Location: York
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Advert 1980 1 mins Location: York
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