Title ID 8272Collection ID1095
Title[VE Day at Manston Grove; Farming; Family at Northdown]
CollectionSteed Family - Manston, Kent
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeFamily Life Wartime And Military Working Life
KeywordsBuildings Children Commemorative Events Domestic Gardens Family Farming Food Interiors Leisure Time Activities Labour Men Motor Vehicles Play Second World War (1939-1945) Social Class Workers
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionNorman Harold Steed
CameraNorman Harold Steed (MBE, JP)
FormatMixed Colour and Black & White Silent
Duration14 min. 46 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This edited colour and black and white film shows views of a VE day celebration; a group of women potato seeding on a farm; a gathering in a garden for a family portrait photograph and views of children playing.


"1945 We Celebrate Victory"

Following the title, the film opens with a group of men taking part in a fancy dress race on a grassy field. Several men dress in women's clothing. The next scene opens with views of a long table in a marquee laden with food, decorations and a pale tablecloth. A side table has food piled high on serving dishes and containers including cakes, sandwiches, pies and pastries (some shots are out of focus and quite dark). Interior views show the marquee with and without the people and there are shots of several children wearing fancy dress. Black and white footage of the celebrations follow.

The next black and white section opens with rural scenes of a John Deere tractor pulling a potato seeding trailer, where several women sit dispensing the seeding potatoes through the top of the trailer as the machine buries them in the ground (some of the shots are out of focus). The next scene provides views of a tilling machine being pulled by a caterpillar tractor across the field, turning the soil.

"1946 Northdown Family Photo Gathering"

On colour film the family are shown preparing the seating arrangements for a photograph by placing chairs in front of the house. The extended family group gather in rows taking their positions for the photograph. The film-maker holds position on one end of the gathered group. In the next scene, four young children are sat on a bench in a garden having their photograph taken.

"1947 Spratling Corinne David and Sarah"

Returning to black and white film, three children play in the garden and run around together, followed by out of focus shots of grazing cows in a field and a baby sat in a pram. An older girl stands posing next to the pram. The baby points towards the film-maker. The younger boy joins the baby and the girl in a group shot. The final shot shows the children playing together on a garden swing lounger with their toys.


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