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.
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A wartime family look on in amazement as their old clothes offer useful advice on how to make their clothing coupons go further.
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This wartime information film was put together as part of the ‘make do and mend’ campaign, which in part hoped to encourage people to recycle old clothes, as new materials became a scarce commodity. The film's unusual style is apparent from the beginning as the voices of their forgotten clothes sound mysteriously from behind a cupboard door.