Title ID 6152Collection ID714
Title[Harvest Scenes]
Date[ca. 1944]
CollectionNewman Family
ThemeFamily life Rural Life Case Study The Home Front
KeywordsAutumn Communities Farming Family Horticulture Rural Areas Seasons
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionFrancis Henry Newman
CameraFrancis Henry Newman; Alice Margaret Newman
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration6min. 19sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This film shows the harvest taking place in the countryside during 1944. It includes scenes of farm labourers gathering hay and horse-drawn carts being used to transport it.


The film begins with a horse-drawn hay cart, heading out to the fields. Men can be seen using pitch forks to lift the hay on to the cart. In the next shot a tractor draws a reaper-binder which is used to harvest the wheat from the field. Further views of the countryside follow, with more shots of hay-carts and labourers in the fields. A man is shown bundling the hay up into Bales, which are then lifted back on to a cart by several men.

In the next half of the film, Mr. Newman is seen accompanied by friends in a garden. The camera cuts to a close-up of a little boy smiling up into the camera, as he plays with a toy boat in the pond. His daughter, Margaret, is also playing beside him. In the next frame a barrage balloon is seen descending in a nearby field. The film ends as the camera pans across the landscape of fields dotted with hay bales.


A still from [Harvest Scenes] (1944)