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Oliver's Orchard Farm
Women workers were in the majority at Oliver's Orchard during the war but a couple of young men here were some unexpected guests as two German prisoners-of-war joined the force.
Amateur film 1944 2 mins Silent
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It was all hands to the deck in wartime Colchester to gather the fruit and box it up ready for dispatch. But apple farming was a year round job with 9 permanent staff working all year round pruning and spraying some 7,000 stand alone trees. By all accounts, it was a happy workforce and films of the harvest and other events were shown to entertain the staff at special parties
Farmer and cine enthusiast, Dennis Knowles was poised with his camera to bring smiles to their faces, whatever their nationality! It was all hands to the deck in wartime to gather the fruit and box it up ready for dispatch. But apple farming was a year round job with 9 permanent staff working all year round pruning and spraying some 7,000 stand alone trees. By all accounts, it was a happy workforce and films of the harvest and other events were shown to the staff at special parties.
Dig for Victory
Start a Land Club
Government sponsored film 1942 8 mins
The wartime potato shortage is addressed in this marvellous film from 1942 - exhorting workers and school children to lend a hand on local farms by joining Land Clubs.
Greenford and Northolt Dig for Victory Campaign
1942 4 mins
An Ealing councillor fervently implores local cinemagoers to Dig for Victory!
Wartime Food Boredom
Public Information Filler 1946 mins
The Ministry of Information plays the guilt card to keep the home front from grumbling at mealtimes
VE/VJ Don't Waste Bread
Public Information Filler 1945 mins
Crumbs! Victory celebrations give way to postwar austerity as shortages leave countries short of dough in more ways than one
Storing Vegetables Outdoors
Government sponsored film 1941 9 mins
Building a larder using soil and straw: this age-old method was a boon to home-front gardeners
Government sponsored film 1942 2 mins
A talking cabbage plant will win you over in this Second World War cartoon trailer, which has a surprising charm.
Care in the Community - 'A Very New Idea'
News 1964 11 mins Location: Colchester
Five elderly ladies, having received treatment for mental illness but with nowhere to go, now live together in an old house at Brightlingsea.
Village and Country Scenes 1934-1938
Amateur film 1934 6 mins Silent Location: Colchester
Pretty 1930s scenes of Essex and Suffolk villages and countryside
Amateur film 1970 6 mins Location: Colchester
Colchester Cine Club pay homage to Louis Lumiére's comedy silent film L'Arroseur Arrosé producing their own quirky version.
Amateur film 1967 10 mins Location: Colchester
Colchester Cine Club ensemble comedy featuring a pair of inept odd-jobbers and a mischievous lad.
Keep off the Grass
Amateur film 1965 8 mins Location: Colchester
There's nothing but mischief, misunderstandings, and mayhem in this Amateur Cine Club comedy set in Colchester's Westwood Park.
A La Carte
Amateur film 1965 9 mins Location: Colchester
Messy slapstick comedy featuring an ineptitude waiter, presented by Colchester Cine Club and starring an ensemble cast of club members.
Pall Mall and Hyde Park Corner
Non-Fiction 1901 1 mins Silent Location: London
Capital scenes thanks to Victorian filmmakers
Afternoon Tea in the Garden of Clarence House
Non-Fiction 1897 0 mins Silent
Members of Queen Victoria's extended family being natural for the cameras
Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee (Prince Edward)
1897 0 mins
Jubilee Procession: Leeds
Non-Fiction 1897 3 mins
Dogs in the Surf
Non-Fiction 1901 1 mins Silent
Victorian pooches at play
Royal Leinster Regiment Halifax
1900 1 mins Silent
A brisk drill on a cold winter's day
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