Screen Archive South East is a public sector moving image archive serving the South East of England. The archive's collections of magic lantern slides, films, videos and associated materials capture the many varied aspects of life, work and creativity from the early days of screen history to the present day and serve as a rich and invaluable historical resource.
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Headmaster, A C Barnden, shows how farm machinery is a great boon at harvest time, in this film aimed at schoolchildren in his charge
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A C Barnden's amateur educational film, demonstrates how modern farm machinery transforms harvesting. Hand-held tools like scythes, rakes and pitchforks are contrasted with mechanical devices like tractors, grass-cutters, wheel rakes, harrowing machines, conveyors and baling machines, all of which made light of what was previously back-breaking manual labour. The second part of the film focuses on the all-in-one baling machine in particular.
A C Barnden was the headmaster of London Road School, Burgess Hill. It is likely that he made this film on a local farm. He made several films for use in his classrooms, this one being a good example of how he used film as a starting point for exploring subjects further.