Title ID 1598Collection ID498
TitleMade in Britain: Focus on Exports
Date[ca. 1968]
Collection[SHC / Govier / Smith] Dennis Company
Genre/TypeProfessionalTelevision companyNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeWorking Life
KeywordsAirports Companies Fire Services Labour Industry Motor Vehicles Workers
LocalGuildford Gatwick Warley
RegionalYorkshire Surrey
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionBBC TV
DistributorBBC TV
ParticipantsMark Bloom [?]; Steve Dance; John King
FormatColour Sound
Duration15 min. 5 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


An extract from a BBC programme Made in Britain, which looks at the changing fortunes of Dennis Bros. Ltd. The Guildford-based company, a manufacturer of specialist Commercial and heavy vehicles, is found to be increasingly focusing its efforts on the export market. The film has an accompanying commentary.


A convoy of commercial vehicles, including a fire engine, an ambulance and a dustcart, leave the Dennis factory in Guildford. They are parked on the roadside where the camera films their unique traits. An aerial shot of the factory is followed by footage of a vintage Dennis car and two vintage Dennis fire engines being driven through its grounds. The chairman of the Dennis Bros. Ltd, John King, arrives by helicopter. He is interviewed about the changing fortunes of the company and the practices being put into place to revive its production and sales figures. Footage of a Dennis fire engine being used by the Warley Fire Brigade to put out a blaze follows. The action returns to the Dennis factory where workers are seen working on various stages of the production line. The timber frame of a fire engine is being constructed. Elsewhere a lorry's fibreglass chassis is being worked on. Gearboxes are being built on lathes, engines are lowered into chassis, and vehicles are being spray painted. Mercury airfield vehicles are filmed towing aircraft at Britain's airports. The film ends with images of a fire engine bound for Honk Kong being loaded into the hull of a ship.

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Surrey History Centre

The Surrey History Service collects and preserves archives and printed material relating to all aspects of the history of Surrey. The records of Dennis Specialist Vehicles Ltd form one of its largest collections. The Centre also has a selection of films from Screen Archive South East; with Surrey's collections catalogue being searchable online.