Title ID 10767Collection ID1473
TitleMovies and Memories: Wartime
Date11 June 2013
CollectionMovies and Memories West Sussex - Project films
Genre/TypeProfessionalScreen Archive South EastNon-fictionOral History
ThemeWartime And Military Case Study The Home Front
KeywordsCivil Defence Farming Oral History Second World War (1939-1945) Wars
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionScreen Archive South East
Funding bodyHeritage Lottery Fund
NarratorJean Lambourne; Kathleen Robinson; Donald Higham; Audrey Pymm; John Gowlland
ParticipantsJean Lambourne; Kathleen Robinson; Donald Higham; Audrey Pymm; John Gowlland
FormatMixed Colour and Black & White Sound
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A compilation of archive footage on the subject of the Second World War coupled with memories captured by Screen Archive South East from residents of West Sussex during an oral history and reminiscence project in 2013.


The film compilation includes Jean Lambourne and Kathleen Robinson's memories of wearing gas masks and going into school air raid shelters, coupled with colour footage of children at a Sussex school in 1940 taking part in an air raid drill. 'Kay' talks about the family 'table shelter' and hiding under the stairs at home during air raids whilst footage of a Morrison shelter is shown. Donald Higham talks about his time as a member of the Home Guard, and using broom sticks in place of rifles. This is accompanied by colour footage of West Sussex Home Guard training sessions. Audrey Pymm talks of how she joined the Women's Land Army, against her parents' wishes; shown with footage from a Ministry of Information film about war-time farm work. The film finishes with John Gowlland's memories of the end of the war coupled with his own father's family films of VE Day preparations.


Related titles