Theme Rural Life
The rural landscape of the South East of England features in many of the films in the archive's collection. They provide a portrait of life in rural villages and work on the land in the region. The hop farming industry which flourished in Kent has been captured well on film and includes fascinating material on hop-pickers who came to Kent, often from the east-end of London, in the early autumn to harvest the crops.
Other agricultural activities include wheat and corn harvesting, fruit orchards, mink farming, sheep and dairy farming, rabbit and game hunting, and the Women’s Land Army during the First World War. Film of rural and village events and activities such as agricultural shows, village fairs, rural crafts and harvest festival celebrations also feature in the collection. Examples include In The Garden of England (1938) - a picturesque film by Bill and John Barnes illustrating rural scenery and agriculture in Kent including horse drawn ploughing, fruit farming and hop-picking in the late 1930s. Hoplands of Kent (1930s) is a documentary film directed by Mary Field for Gaumont, focusing on the hop-picking process from start to finish and includes scenes showing women and children harvesting the hops. Local Industries and Farming (1947) features images of working life in Kent such as a steel factory, sheep market, potato farming, and fishing.
Films in this theme:
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Crawley & District Bowling and Lawn Tennis Club
|Date||1927 - 1928||ID||2259|
This amateur film captures people playing bowls, croquet and lawn tennis at an outdoor sports club in Crawley in the late 1920s.
[Local Scenes and Family Pictures]
A compilation of films by an amateur film-maker. The films include family outings, scenes at a livestock market and a historical pageant. The pageant also includes a brief scene showing Christopher Robin Milne (son of author A.A.Milne) leading a group of children dressed as characters from his father's books: Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger and Kanga.
[Canton; The Lion Steamer and Friends]
This film follows Mrs Simpson boarding a steamer, touring the rural countryside and visiting the bustling city of Canton with friends.
[Cattle for Shipment at Derby]
This short film entitled: "Cattle for shipment at Derby" shows a heard of Cattle being led from a field down a rural track road, to a large shipment container or railway carriage (next to a railway line?) at a farmstead in Derby. Following an intertitle: "On the 'Centaur", the final sequence shows a couple boarding a ship, followed by a brief shot of the couple on deck smoking cigarettes.
[Dublin Horse Show]
This film depicts a horse show and associated events that includes show jumping and steeplechase, held in Dublin.
A compilation of four films showing rural craftsmen and farmers at work, and a portrait of a castle. Intertitles introduce each item.
A poetic, atmospheric amateur film which presents images of the Kent countryside. The film-maker often uses quick, rhythmic editing to cut between images of clouds, wind blowing in the trees, wildflowers, waves lapping a pebble beach, and fast-flowing rivers. The film ends with shots of an orchard in blossom.
A shot of a village pond is followed by a sequence of microscopic images that show in detail the creatures which inhabit the waters. The creatures, now housed in petri-dishes, include water fleas, fly lava and a hydra. The film has explanatory intertitles.
In England’s Garden
This documentary records the manual work done on Kent farms between spring and autumn, namely the harvesting of corn and hops in an era before farming became fully automated.
[The Kent Messenger Newsreel]
A three part compilation showing Pilot Sir Alan Cobham preparing for his flight in a Shorts Bristol Seaplane to the Belgian Congo. Scenes from the Thanet Air Race Cup, and crowds gathering at Mote Park in Maidstone to see the “Kent Messenger” Ford car presented to Mr W.H. Frost by the Mayor. The online video includes an audio commentary by Dr Frank Gray.
[Kent Hop Farming Part 1: Hop Picking]
Following hops from hop garden to oast house, the film is also a succinct portrait of the hop-pickers.
[Kent Hop Farming Part 2: Making Charcoal]
This film documents part of the hop growing process including spraying the hops and tilling the soil. The second half of the film follows the manual processes involved in the building and firing a kiln for charcoal burning.
[Miscellaneous: Guards; Caravan Holiday; Family Scenes]
|Date||[ca. 1930s - 1940s]||ID||3897|
The film opens with a silent Movietone News clip covering King Edward VIII on 16 July 1936 attending the Trooping of the Colour and the assassination attempt. The next section shows the Coronation Scot rail service from Euston to Glasgow. Black and White and Colour footage shows family scenes on a camping holiday and in a domestic garden.
People and Places
An amateur film showing scenes of family and friends at leisure in locations around the South of England with intertitles throughout.
[Here and There: Speed Crazy, Old Sussex, New Sussex]
|Date||[ca. 1930s]; [1952?]; [ca. early 1990s]||ID||2185|
A compilation of films beginning with a 1930s(?) Pathéscope production which features a motor vehicle journey through central London and a train journey from London to Brighton, filmed by the BBC in the early 1950s(?). The middle and end of the film feature places of interest in Sussex, again during the 1930s(?) and a coach holiday to Worthing in the early 1990s(?).
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