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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Ashford Hospital Appeal
A film by amateur film-maker Dr. Victor Don, advocating the important and costly work carried out by ambulance attendants, doctors, chemists, anesthetists and nurses at Ashford Hospital in Kent during 1937. A short narrative sequence opens the film, during which a man is taken to hospital after being hit by a car.
[Hay Making; Royal Show]
Two black and white films, the first of agricultural labourers collecting hay. The second film provides highlights of part of a heavy horse show class from the 1937 98th Royal Agricultural Show at Wrottesley Park, Wolverhampton.
[Horses; Mechanised Farming]
These short colour scenes feature the Arrowsmith family loading their horses into a horse box, men working on the farm, felling trees and working the land using a Fowler Gyrotiller crawler tractor to prepare the land. The final scene is of several men manually harvesting sugarbeet or turnips and loading the produce on to horse drawn carts.
[Sheep and Lambs]
This Dufaycolor film opens with scenes of sheep (ewes and lambs) in a paddock, eating from a trough and sitting on the grass; followed by scenes of other sheep in an open field (Green cast on some shots).
[Le Mans Racing Track]
|Date||19-20 June 1937||ID||10650|
This film shows Violette (Violet) Cordery with family and friends at the Le Mans Racing Track for the 24 hour race. The film includes scenes of cars coming into the pit lane (No. 2 Bugatti; No. 3 Lagonda LG45 - Driven by GBR: Johnny Hindmarsh and Charles Brackenbury ?), and several cars leaving the pit lane to undertake laps of the track. A brief shot of the records score board shows the last 12 hours at the track.
In the Garden of England
A filmic homage to Kent's agricultural countryside and to the farmers and labourers who work the land throughout the year.
At Your Service
A Merton Park Studios production, detailing the workings of Barking Power Station, run by the London Electricity Supply Company in the 1930s. Construction work at the ever-expanding station is shown as it attempts to meet the demands for electricity in industry, farming, transport and the home.
[Advert for Daily Worker]
An advertisement for the Daily Worker communist party newspaper. The advert illustrates the variety of subject matter covered in the paper: news from industry, political cartoons, news for the housewife, gardening and sport.
[Camper and Nicholsons Ltd; Ratsey and Lapthorn Ltd; Launch of Yacht]
This short black and white film provides highlights of several ship workers hauling a ship on pulleys and ropes into the Solent, with views of the Ratsey and Lapthorn sail-making building on the same dockyard.
[Lamb Tailing; Children; Fordson Tractor]
This film opens with scenes of animal husbandry, followed by mixed family scenes and farming. An orange Fordson Standard N tractor is used on the farm.
[Traction engine with Cultivator; Lambs; Foals]
This colour film features several men working the land on a farm, clearing it before cultivating it with machinery. Several flywheel traction engines are used to tow a cultivator or tiller to turn the soil. The second film features family scenes ending with shots of sheep with their lambs and horses with foals.
[Sow and Piglets; Vegetable Crop Harvest]
This short film opens with a sow and her piglets in a pen followed by field workers harvesting a vegetable crop (sugarbeet or turnip) by hand. Horse and carts are used to move the vegetables around the fields.
Ottershaw & Sunnymede 1938
This colour edited film follows the change of seasons in 1938 at Eric and Eileen Giles' family home in Ottershaw and his father's house 'Sunnymede' in Chobham. The first part shows the house, garden and family at Chobham. The second section is at the house in Ottershaw and shows the garden changing during the seasons.
[Sargent Bus & Coach Services]
|Date||1939 - 1977||ID||4426|
Documenting the East Grinstead-based bus and coach company, the film covers trips from the early days of the company in the 1930s through to later ventures at the company’s car showroom in the 1970s.
[Land Clearance on the Farm]
This short colour film shows a man driving a caterpillar tractor pulling down trees to clear a field in preparation for it to be farmed. The men use dry straw as kindling to start fires under the felled trees.
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