Collection Winston Robinson
A unique amateur film collection made from 1937 to the late 1950s by Winston Robinson, the General Manager of Brighton Corporation Transport. Mainly shot on 16mm, the filmmaker had unprecedented access to events in Brighton during the Second World War and consequently captured scenes that have not been seen before.
|Collection ID||216||Reference code||BH 120306|
|Dates||1937 - 1950s|
|Materials||FILM 16mm 9.5mm Standard 8mm|
Highlights from this collection include Tank Week in 1942, Princess Elizabeth opening a new wing in the Royal Alexandra Hospital on 4 December 1945, Winston Churchill and Queen Mary visiting Brighton, Victory in Europe celebrations, Norman Hartnell watching Land Girls at work on the Downs, dog fights in the sky, bomb damaged buildings, and the Home Secretary Herbert Morrison inspecting Brighton's Civil Defence Services 26th August 1941.
Films in this collection:
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[ARP at Work; Brighton Bomb Damage]
This colour film shows scenes of bomb damage and the ensuing rescue work of the Civil Defence Service in Brighton during the Second World War. Members of the Service are seen in several scenes attending bomb damaged houses. The ARP Controllers are shown coordinating various units, including wardens, rescue parties, fire services, and ambulances.
[Cricket Match; Military Parades; VE Day Party]
This film shows a cricket match in Laughton, a children's victory tea party, and a commemorative event for armed forces in Brighton. Other scenes show activities and events around Brighton, several of which include a visit from the Mayor.
[Warship Week and Tank Week]
|Date||1941 - 1942||ID||9499|
A local newsreel featuring various key wartime events across 1941 and 1942. The Civil Defence are inspected, the Civic Restaurant is opened, a water works is inspected, Warship Week is celebrated, Tank Week brings excitement some for the children of Brighton and the Home Secretary tests an innovative listening device to help in the searching of bomb damaged buildings.
[Brighton Civic Week, Civil Defence Services and Land Girls]
|Date||1941 - 1942||ID||9500|
A mixed colour and black and white amateur film with intertitles showing events in Brighton during 1941 and 1942 including Brighton Civic Week and the National Day of Prayer services at St Peter's Church, Brighton's Salute to the Nations,the Home Secretary inspecting the Civil Defence Services, and Norman Hartnell with land girls on the Downs.
[Sussex in Technicolour]
|Date||1942; [ca. 1950s]||ID||9521|
A colour film made during the Second World War and shortly afterwards, showing scenes of Brighton and beyond.
[Small Lancashire Cotton Mill]
This 1942 film shows work on a farm to harvest the silage crop and load it into the silos. The film then focuses on workers and machines at a textile mill in Lancashire.
[The work of the ARP following a bombing raid on Brighton]
|Date||May - September 1943||ID||9497|
An amateur black and white film of wartime Brighton capturing the aftermath of a bombing raid, the work of the ARP and an ARP training drill.
[Victory in Europe 1945]
|Date||8 - 13 May 1945||ID||448|
An amateur film with titles recording the end of World War Two celebrations in Brighton beginning on VE Day. Including official services, many street parties and a funfair.
[VE Day in the Garden]
Amateur colour film of a family celebrating VE Day in their garden in Brighton.
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