The IWM Film Archive is the oldest film archive in the UK, holding over 20,000 hours of film, video and digital material and covering the two World Wars and all conflicts involving British or Commonwealth Forces since the start of the Twentieth Century to the present. Our collection also reflects aspects of civilian life in wartime, military life in peacetime, military exercises and operations.
This film is part of Free
Feed the Furnaces
An appeal for citizens to give up their old bed frames and garden tools, as part of a government drive to salvage resources for the war effort.
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The demands of war compelled the British government to ask its citizens for help in sourcing valuable materials for the war front. Metal was in especially high demand and every scrap that could be salvaged was greatly needed. With Industries and local authorities already supplying what they could, it was down to everyday citizens to keep feeding Britain’s furnaces.