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The National Fire Service in Woking and a Pump Relay competition in Guildford
Men of the NFS demonstrate their fire fighting equipment skills before an audience in this splendid colour film from 1942. And the best crews get the best prizes.
Amateur film 1942 7 mins Silent
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Guildford is the setting for the National Fire Service's Trailer Pump competition in this superb film from October 1942. Firemen from various local districts, previously belonging to the A.F.S., race to set up their equipment, spray a target and then dismantle everything over a set course in the fastest possible time. Spectators watch from the sidelines while officials judge the teams. After a number of speeches, the parading firemen are awarded prizes.
The National Fire Service, featured in this film, superseded the Auxilliary Fire Service, or A.F.S., in August 1941. Eric Giles, the filmmaker, eventually reached the rank of Senior Company Officer within the organisation.
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.
Documentary 1964 23 mins Location: Woking
Visit the places important to London's Muslim community in this informative short documentary.
Amateur film 1938 10 mins Silent Location: Woking
Woking gears up for war in this remarkable film about the Home Guard and its contribution to the town.
Amateur film 1944 16 mins Silent Location: Woking
Over £680,000 is raised by Wartime Woking in this film from 1944 which features women on parade, Air Training Corps cadets and the Home Guard.
Amateur film 1943 19 mins Silent Location: Woking
Woking's Home Guard strut their stuff in this sensational mix of training film and social record - with weapons, explosions, rope bridges and lots of climbing over barbed wire.
Amateur film 1985 15 mins Location: Woking
An award winning amateur film tracing the transformation of Woking, from open heath to modern commuter-belt town. The film also features the famous Brookwood Necropolis.
Non-Fiction 1928 1 mins Silent Location: Woking
Beautifully clear scenes of Eidal-Fitr celebrations at Britain's first purpose-built mosque, the Shah Jahan Mosque in Woking.
Comedy 1906 6 mins Silent
Chaos reigns as the removal men do their worst…
Science Fiction 1906 3 mins Silent
The lengths that some people will go to, just to avoid a speeding ticket… in this case to Saturn and back.
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Non-Fiction 1906 32 mins Silent Location: Aberdeen
Edward VII and Queen Alexandra open new buildings at Marischal College, Aberdeen
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Comedy 1906 7 mins Silent
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Comedy 1902 1 mins Silent
Grandma sews a patch on her grandson’s trousers
1903 1 mins Silent
Four-year-old girl and boy dance a mean cakewalk
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