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Kingsbury: ARP in Sandiacre
From their sandbagged headquarters, the Sandiacre ARP and Red Cross await their call to action.
Home movie 1940 9 mins Silent
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The various civil defence groups at Sandiacre in South East Derbyshire show their readiness to bravely do their bit from an ARP station and Red Cross post set up in Ladycross School. Activities around the heavily sandbagged headquarters, including a mock gas and chemical attack, form the centre of this amateur reel shot by local man Ivan Kingsbury. The head of the first aid post, Evelyn Doncaster poses for the camera proudly wearing her uniform.
Life Under Fire
Amateur film 1939 16 mins Silent Location: Littleover
An air raid could come at any moment and Derby had to be ready to deal with the casualties. The people of Littleover were so well prepapred they filmed one of their exercises.
Home movie 1945 17 mins Silent Location: Sheffield
Whether it’s the height of the war or its aftermath makes no difference to these children enjoying themselves: at the seaside, on V E Day and around the bomb sites of Sheffield.
Amateur film 1939 15 mins Silent Location: Welwyn Garden City
A great example of ‘despite war, life continues’, Welwyn Garden City residents continue with annual traditions, festive occasions and celebrations, during wartime.
Advert 1943 2 mins
An American G.I. learns how to brew a proper English cuppa in this jolly wartime ad for Maypole tea.
Documentary 1943 17 mins Silent
"A bomb's cut the gas off. Where can we get a meal?" Look no further than the Friends Relief Service.
Amateur film 1940 14 mins Silent Location: Broadwater
Life in Broadwater seems unaffected by the war in this film - especially when friends and relations drop by - though a closer look reveals that all is not quite what it seems.
Kingsbury: Buoyant Upholstery Fire and Incendiary Bomb Kingsbury: Buoyant Upholstery Fire and Incendiary Bomb
Home movie 1940 4 mins Silent Location: Sandiacre
With thoughts of the dangers of the Blitz in people's minds, a local tragedy in Sandiacre brings preparations into stark focus.
Home movie 1940 4 mins Silent Location: Risley
The British Legion proudly march and fly the flag through the streets of Sandiacre in Derbyshire.
Doncaster: Shenstone and Longmoor Farm May - July 1943 Doncaster: Shenstone and Longmoor Farm May - July 1943
Home movie 1943 4 mins Silent Location: Sandiacre
RAF Sergeant Keith Doncaster relaxes on leave in a Derbyshire garden, a peaceful homecoming far removed from the terrors of nightly bombing raids.
Industry sponsored film 1960 24 mins
A new luxury express is put through its paces. This film looks over the shoulders of the select band of craftsmen, engineers and operators, whose combined skills try to ensure that a train journey is a delightful experience.
Documentary 1973 15 mins
British Transport Films record the varied daily lives of their neighbours as seen from the high roof of their building in London’s Marylebone.
Industry sponsored film 1957 20 mins
Illustrating the efficiency of express freight trains, and how they link manufacturers with their customers at the other end of Britain.
Documentary 1952 30 mins
Examining a day in the life of what was then the busiest railway system in the world – British Railways.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
Industry sponsored film 1957 9 mins
A 1957 film examining the future for British Railways, and some of the opportunities provided by a new modernisation plan.
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