|Title ID||1202||Collection ID||140|
|Title||[Children at play; farming]|
|Theme||Rural Life Wartime and Military|
|Keywords||Children Family Farming Labour Landscape Leisure Time Activities Play Rural Areas Second World War (1939-1945) Wars Workers|
|Duration||14 min. 5 sec.|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
Colour amateur footage which shows the Brocklehurst children playing at a plot of land owned by their family in Mersham, Kent and the surrounding countryside; farm labourers are seen busily getting in the harvest.
The film opens with images of young children picking flowers in the countryside. They are next seen building sandcastles out of a pile of sand on the building plot at Mersham. They are also filmed having a hay fight in the orchard where they later enjoy a birthday picnic. At Instow, Devon they are seen riding a pony along country lanes near the farm to which they were evacuated during the war. They are also seen playing in the shallows on a sandy beach and playing croquet in a garden with elderly companions at a house at St. Michael's, near Tenterden.
The film also includes footage of labourers working on the land during harvest time. A woman sows seeds. Another is filmed picking cherries at Mersham. Male workers harvest the corn, using a mechanical harvester to cut the crop before collecting it into stacks and loading it onto a horse-drawn cart.