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The Backyard Front
Ever wondered how to make a compost heap? If so, you'd do well to ignore the advice of this comedy duo
Public Information Filler 1940 16 mins
Actor and comedian Claude Dampier and gardening expert and broadcaster Cecil H Middleton are deployed by the Ministry of Agriculture to promote the 'Dig for Victory' campaign. Hopefully contemporary viewers ignored Dampier's misleading advice to chuck broken crockery and saucepans on the compost and just appreciated this public information film for what it is - a rollicking wartime comedy sketch.
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.
Brighton's Warship Week and Tank Week
Amateur film 1941 16 mins Silent Location: Brighton
A fascinating compendium of films from wartime Brighton featuring parades, fire engines, tanks, trolleybuses, Land Girls, pigs and visiting Cabinet Ministers.
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.
The New Crop
Government sponsored film 1944 19 mins
Wartime woodland management: we can do it! Women add their labour to the work of axe and saw.
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