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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Home Front and Home Guard - Wartime Woking
Woking gears up for war in this remarkable film about the Home Guard and its contribution to the town.
Amateur film 1938 10 mins
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Opening with a poem, this film shows Woking's transition from peace to war. An aircraft flying overhead sends two girls dashing into the family air raid shelter while Home Guard volunteers drill with wooden weapons. Then it's the real thing as we visit a rifle range to see a crack-shot in action. Prizes are awarded to the winners of various Home Guard competitions and a General comes to inspect the men. The film ends with a final salute and parade through the streets of Woking.
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Ready for the Enemy
War 1940 7 mins
Surrounded by water and manned to defend the coastline, sea forts were remote outposts of Britain’s home front.
Amateur film 1939 9 mins Location: Gospel Oak
Adorable amateur film showing the work of the Auxiliary Fire Service in Finchley with a mixture of pride and self-deprecation.
Instructional film/TV programme 1941 15 mins Location: West Sussex
Should you ever need to set up a roadblock then watch this film as the West Sussex Home Guard reveal the right and the wrong way to stop the Hun in his tracks.
Home movie 1940 9 mins Location: Sandiacre
From their sandbagged headquarters, the Sandiacre ARP and Red Cross await their call to action.
Amateur film 1938 10 mins Location: Nottingham
As the nation slides into conflict, Nottingham prepares for a new type of warfare: the horrors of aerial bombardment and mustard gas attacks.
Government sponsored film 1942 23 mins Location: Bristol
A behind the scenes look at civil defence work during and after a Luftwaffe bombing raid on Bristol during the Second World War.
Documentary 1964 23 mins Location: Woking
Visit the places important to London's Muslim community in this informative short documentary.
Amateur film 1942 7 mins Location: Woking
Men of the NFS demonstrate their fire fighting equipment skills before an audience in this splendid colour film from 1942. And the best crews get the best prizes.
Amateur film 1944 16 mins Location: Woking
Over £680,000 is raised by Wartime Woking in this film from 1944 which features women on parade, Air Training Corps cadets and the Home Guard.
Amateur film 1943 19 mins Location: Woking
Woking's Home Guard strut their stuff in this sensational mix of training film and social record - with weapons, explosions, rope bridges and lots of climbing over barbed wire.
Amateur film 1985 15 mins Location: Woking
An award winning amateur film tracing the transformation of Woking, from open heath to modern commuter-belt town. The film also features the famous Brookwood Necropolis.
Non-Fiction 1928 1 mins Location: Woking
Beautifully clear scenes of Eidal-Fitr celebrations at Britain's first purpose-built mosque, the Shah Jahan Mosque in Woking.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 2001 4 mins
The tale of a quest to free Napoleon Bonaparte from exile on the island of St Helena, including fresh insight into the mystery of The Emperor's pickled private parts.
Advert 1924 4 mins
Kodak pocket cameras provide the perfect substitute for a budding portrait artist with little drawing talent. Based on the drawings of Harold Bateman.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1956 3 mins
Barclays advise West African farmers on where to keep their money via a catchy highlife song and crisp cartoon modern design
Advert 1975 0 mins
Three children stamp the ice cream packs with a "2p off" stamp. Look out for the special packs!
Advert 1925 3 mins
Any Old No. 1 is not good enough for our everyman who insists on Shell motor oil and motor spirit for his car.
Advert 1934 2 mins
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