This film is part of Free

World Turns

A rare insight into manufacturing in the 1960s, behind the scenes at Colchester Lathes' factory, whose engineers have earned a first class reputation both locally and overseas.

Industry sponsored film 1961 27 mins

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Ever wondered how the smooth shape of a hand bell is made? Here, behind the scenes in the workshop at Colchester Lathes we see the engineers and production line workers in action operating the lathe - turning, drilling, casting, and fettling, to mould any object to perfection. It is truly mesmerising to watch this intricate process, which uses the latest specialised production techniques and equipment, operated very carefully by men and women in the factory.