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V.J. Day Celebrations
Soon after the VE Day celebrations, there is a second chance to let the hair down, and these dancers make the most of it with much humour, besides the pomp of the official ceremonies.
Non-Fiction 1945 8 mins Silent
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A rare chance to see scenes from the lesser filmed VJ Day, especially outside of London. In the wake of the recent VE Day celebrations, and with more time for it all to sink in, the long suffering people of Bradford are again out on the streets. Along with the obvious joy of the dancers, there is also some humour in the different styles of marching on display from all the service personnel.
This is one of over 30 local films made over several decades by Bradford textile retailer Robert Sharp. He also filmed the VE celebrations in May. Although the war in Europe was over, the final end to the war wasn’t until Japan surrendered on 14 August, six days after the second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. There remained British troops stationed in the Far East, as well as the prisoners of war of the Japanese. So there was still much to celebrate – though perhaps somewhat muted by the horror of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The film also shows Bradford before its post war deconstruction – much criticised, not least because Bradford only suffered one bombing raid, in August 1940.
Life Under Fire
Activities Pictured at Littleover First Aid Post
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.
Ibberson Family and VE Day
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.
Welwyn Garden City - The War Years
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.
U.S. And Us
Advert 1943 2 mins
An American G.I. learns how to brew a proper English cuppa in this jolly wartime ad for Maypole tea.
What Is One among So Many?
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.
Family Album to Entertain
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.
Bradford City: A Year of Healing
Factual TV 1986 28 mins Location: Bradford
Numerous victims of the horrendous 1985 fire at Valley Parade manage to find positive outcomes to their suffering in this poignant film.
The Official Opening of the First Building for the University of Bradford
Promotional 1965 13 mins Location: Bradford
Prime Minister Harold Wilson opens the University's first building in this celebratory film that acknowledges decades of effort.
Opening of the J.B. Priestley Library
Promotional 1975 16 mins Location: Bradford
Bradford-born author J.B. Priestley is in fine humour in this insightful film that depicts his opening of a new library at Bradford Uni.
Bradford College Collection Sikh Temple Decorations (Part 1)
Non-Fiction 1972 2 mins Silent Location: Bradford
Stepping inside the gateway to the Guru’s house, Bradford’s first Gurdwara (Sikh temple) hosts a vibrantly decorated service.
Women and Leisure
Current affairs 1988 11 mins Location: Leeds
This film sees Sheffield Council reform and modernise their approach to female leisure activities for their diverse and busy community.
News 1986 7 mins Location: Bradford
“April Fools!” This Bradford music industry “mockumentary” is overflowing with dry humour and deadpan comedy.
Torture and Pleasure
Current affairs 1980 5 mins Location: Thurlestone
Gerald Haycock embarks on a torture and pleasure weekend and goes from reward-based hard exercise to eating and drinking.
Current affairs 1968 4 mins Location: Nettlecombe
Estate once owned by the father of King Harold, Godwin has never been bought or sold.
Charm Hostess and Mannequin School
Current affairs 1965 6 mins Location: Exeter
Women are put through their deportment paces and all in the name of etiquette.
Current affairs 1969 3 mins Location: Perranporth
Andy Price checks out how to make your own surfboard.
Hafod-y-Ddôl Grammar School, Nantyglo: sports, science and snow
Home movie 1960 8 mins Silent Location: Nantyglo
The sun shines on the school sports, ensuring good trade for the ice-cream vendor; in winter it makes the snow that halts train and car sparkle.
Whirlwinds at RAF St Mawgan
Current affairs 1962 3 mins Location: St Mawgan
RAF 22 Squadron provides air-sea rescue for the South West with new HAR 10 Whirlwind helicopters.
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