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.
This film is part of Free
Safe or Sorry
Policemen in mufti act out accident scenarios to an assembly of school children, while Safety Sam drives the road safety message home
School programme and Educational film 1950 4 mins
From the collection of:
This professionally made road safety film shows policemen, out of uniform, demonstrating various - and unintentionally hilarious - accident scenarios involving bicycles, motorbikes, cars and wayward pedestrians to an audience of school children. Safety Sam, wearing an appropriate costume, gives the children further advice on road safety. We later see a boy on his bike visiting a bicycle repair man after colliding with a policeman directing traffic in the street.
The caption 'You can't be too careful' seen at the end of this film, harks back to British wartime propaganda films made during the Second World War. The oft-repeated phrase could be applied to a variety of topics; from careless talk and the fifth-column menace to personal safety in the workplace.
Public Information Films
Public Information Filler 1976 mins
David Prowse (the frame of Darth Vader) appears as the iconic Green Cross Code Man, heaping praise on a young GXC expert.
Public Information Filler 1945 1 mins
One of Richard Massingham’s most famous public information films, which lead to the ubiquitous mantra: "Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases".
Public Information Filler 1959 6 mins
A heartfelt cry on behalf of the world's litter-baskets.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1949 9 mins
Cartoon propaganda short sweetens the pill of post-war coal prices by promising jam tomorrow
1973 2 mins
Terrifying public information film presenting the horrific consequences of playing in or near rivers, ponds and other water hazards.
Morecambe and Wise - Be Wise Don't Drink and Drive Morecambe and Wise - Be Wise Don't Drink and Drive
Public Information Filler 1963 1 mins
Ernie tells Eric to ‘be wise’ and not drive home after their Christmas party
Non-Fiction 1926 2 mins Silent Location: Highfield
1926 FA Cup semi-finals: Manchester City v Manchester United, Bolton Wanderers v Swansea Town
Tottenham Still Going Strong in Tea Fights August 30, 1919 Tottenham Still Going Strong in Tea Fights August 30, 1919
Documentary 1919 8 mins Silent Location: Tottenham
Street fights in Tottenham - the start of the traffic-stopping tradition of a sit-down kids feast
Sport 1923 2 mins Silent Location: Shepherd's Bush
Goals from the 1923 FA Cup 4th round, featuring QPR v Sheffield Utd, Charlton Athletic v Bolton Wanderers & Tottenham Hotspur v Derby County.
Cinemagazine 1961 9 mins Location: Tottenham
A snapshot of Saturday afternoon football watched by thousands of adoring fans, plus contrasting scenes of Southport and Spurs players in training.
Amateur film 1959 13 mins Location: Fulham
Fascinating tour of London’s schools for the deaf, showing teaching methods and meeting deaf children, including several from Africa and the West Indies.
Non-Fiction 1922 1 mins Silent Location: Tottenham
Heading, tumbling, skipping and tomfoolery at White Hart Lane as Tottenham’s first team prepare for the new season.
Manchester's Welcome to the Imperial Yeomanry (1901) Manchester's Welcome to the Imperial Yeomanry (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 4 mins Silent Location: Manchester
A volunteer cavalry regiment is enthusiastically welcomed home after active service in South Africa.
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Liverpool
All ashore! Passengers disembark and crew offload after a long Atlantic crossing.
Spectators Promenading in Weston Park, Sheffield (1902) Spectators Promenading in Weston Park, Sheffield (1902)
Non-Fiction 1902 3 mins Silent Location: Weston Park
A stroll in the park for civilised city-dwellers in Edwardian South Yorkshire.
Non-Fiction 1924 1 mins Silent Location: Woking
The UK's first purpose-built mosque welcomes a huge crowd of worshippers - and newsreel cameras!
Comedy 1914 9 mins Silent
A vicar is caught flirting with an improperly-dressed chorus girl in this saucy silent comedy.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
About the archive
Know this place?
Do you recognise a place, building or location in this film?
Help us populate the Britain on Film map by spotting and plotting the street or location you know. This is a BFI project and anyone can help.
Go to our Britain on Film crowdsourcing site and contribute to our mapping mission – to identify locations within our archive films.Add a location