Theme Working Life
The archive holds an fascinating selection of film material produced or commissioned by local firms and organisations in the region, and other films that picture aspects of working life in the South East. Amongst the corporate material held in the archive, the largest collections are films made by Dennis, manufacturers of fire engines and other heavy vehicles in Guildford, and Shippam, a firm producing meat and fish paste in Chichester who commissioned advertisements for the company and its products from 1933 to 1960. Work on the railways is a strong feature in the archive and one of the largest collections in the archive from a single organisation is a relatively recent acquisition from the Bluebell Railway line.
The archive holds films commissioned by civic and public bodies in the region which illustrate some of the public sector work in hospitals, schools, the police force, fire brigade and local government organisations. Significant collections of films in the archive made for public services and institutions include; the Surrey Fire Brigade, West Sussex County Council, as well as several hospitals, children’s homes, charities, lifeboats and other organisations in the region.
Labour within the rural landscape of the region is captured in some of the most evocative film material in the archive. These illustrate rural farm work such as hop farming in Kent, wheat harvesting in the Sussex downs and cattle sales in the region's market towns. The transition to mechanised farming machinery is clearly tracked through many of the archive's films which record the changes taking place in farming in pre and post-Second World War eras. The decline in fishing from the region's coast is also witnessed in films of fishermen in Hastings and in Brighton.
Small-scale, family run businesses and and rural trades are also caught on film and saved as a unique record of some of the region's dying trades and skills. Film of trades such as brick making, blacksmithing, charcoal making, dry stone walling, carpentry and book binding are scattered throughout the archive's collections. Town businesses and people at work in the service sector are also to be found in the collections including dustmen, postal workers, hairdressers and cobblers.
Films in this theme:
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Tour of Devon and Cornwall
|Date||[ca. 1930 ?]||ID||8174|
This extended intertitled travelogue shows a group tour through the counties of Cornwall, Devon and Somerset visiting many noted landmarks that includes the Madron Wishing Well and Chapel, standing stones of the Mên-an-Tol, the coast at Lands End with the "First and Last House" and the Daily Mail sign; Exeter; St Ives; the town of Clovelly in Devon; the moorlands of Dartmoor and Exmoor; the seaside towns of Penzance, Dawlish, Plymouth and Newlyn.
A cine club production of around 1929, part of the "Seeing London Series", which records scenes at Hampstead Heath during a fair. Visitors ride on swingboats, roundabouts and the Helter Skelter, and play carnival games. Views of carnival workers 'behind the scenes' and footage shot from a roundabout as it spins on its axis are also included.
[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.
[Brooklands 30,000 Mile Trial; Vickers N230 Biplane]
|Date||July 1929; August 1929 [?]||ID||10648|
This film shows Violette (Violet) Cordery relaxing before her time-trial attempt (with sister Evelyn). This is followed by film of a bi-plane (Vickers Vilderbeast N230) at Brooklands. Scenes follow of the time trial of the Invicta car.
The Local Traders' Gazette
|Date||[ca. early 1930s]||ID||11284|
A compilation of advertisements for local businesses in Cranbrook, Hawkhurst, Goudhurst, Sissinghurst, Robertsbridge and Ticehurst in Kent. Made for showing at the cinema, the adverts offer brief interior and exterior shots of shops and business premises; occasionally with the shop keepers or owners out front.
The Lunsford Co. Ltd
A portrait of a brick and tile manufacturer, made by an unknown amateur film-maker, possibly an employee of the company. The factory is shown inside and out; intertitles explain each scene.
A compilation of four films showing rural craftsmen and farmers at work, and a portrait of a castle. Intertitles introduce each item.
[Shippam Compilation: Factory, Family, Football]
|Date||[ca. 1930s [?]1950s [?]]||ID||3444|
Scenes filmed by Ernest Shippam at C. Shippam LTD factory in Chichester, local football matches and sea fishing. The men working at Shippam's factory use specialised equipment to process, jar, cook and pack meat paste. Inventive camera angles and slow motion footage provides an insight into working life and amateur filmmaking in the 1930s.
[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.
[Farming; Horse Training; Pig Auction; Sheep Dipping]
This black and white film provides highlights of livestock and farm life on the Arrowsmith family farm in Berkshire. Mixed shots follow the construction of hayricks; farm workers building thatch topped straw stacks; Suffolk Punch horses working a field; and farmers dipping sheep in a dipping bath.
[Lambs; South Berkshire Show]
This black and white film provides highlights of sheep farming, the family showing their Suffolk Punch strong horses at a South Berkshire rural show and scenes of a hunting party led by a huntmaster, with his large pack of hounds.
[Leisure Scenes at Camp; Gun Demonstration; Portraits]
This short film shows officers from the Queen's Royal (West) Surrey Regiment on a camp (?) playing a game of car sledding and undertaking a gun and armoured car demonstration.
[Guildford; Competitive Sports; Marching; Portrait]
This edited film show the officers and men from the Queen's Royal (West) Surrey Regiment on base at Stoughton Barracks participating in a sports day event and on parade.
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