Title ID 1614Collection ID498
Title[The Dennis Factory and their Products]
Date[ca. 1968]
Collection[SHC / Govier / Smith] Dennis Company
Genre/TypeProfessionalFilm/Video companyNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeTransport Working Life Fashion
KeywordsCars Companies Industry Interiors Labour Motor Vehicles Workers Clothing
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionContact the archive for details
ParticipantsSteve Dance; John King; Mrs King
Format16mm Colour Silent
Duration27 min. 35 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A lengthy record of Dennis Bros. Ltd products. The film tours the company's Guildford factory, where it films the production line, as well as vintage and modern vehicles both at the factory and in usage on the city streets.


The film opens as a convoy of new Dennis vehicles from the F.40 series leaves the company's factory in Guildford. Amongst the vehicles are two fire engines, an ambulance, and a refuse collector. A fire engine chassis is taken on a test drive along the duel-carriageway of the A3. Back at the factory vintage Dennis vehicles are paraded for the camera, including fire engines and a 1902 car.

Inside the factory workers are filmed at work in the assembly shop and in the body shop. The wooden-framed chassis of a fire engine is under construction, elsewhere fibre glass is being used. A worker wearing protective clothing spray paints one of the vehicles. In the machine shop lathes are filmed in action, working on various gearboxes.

The Dennis Bros. Chairman John King arrives at the factory by helicopter - he is later filmed leaving via the same mode of transport. A sequence of aerial shots of Guildford captures the factory, the Cathedral and the university which is under construction.

The film ends with images of double-decker Dennis 'Lo'line' buses in service at Guildford's Onslow Street Bus Station.


A Still from 'The Dennis Factory and Their Products' (1968) showing a fire engine