Title ID 9992Collection ID1435
Title[Dence Park Garden; Gas Mask Demonstration]
CollectionNorman Family
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeFamily Life Wartime And Military Fashion
KeywordsArmed Forces Children Clothing Domestic Gardens Family Film Making Food Houses Landscape Old Age Second World War (1939-1945) Animals Uniforms
LocalHerne Bay
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionEric Norman
CameraEric Norman
Format16mm Colour Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This film features a teenage boy in cadet uniform demonstrating how to wear a gas mask. Mixed views of summer scenes: deck chairs, a family garden tea party and flowering bushes; family portraits and a panorama of the garden with the sea in the background. Continued on TID_9993


The film opens with views of a garden and house (Dence Park) in Herne Bay. A spaniel dog plays in the garden while other family members coil a garden hose. Portrait shots of a teenage boy and a woman standing together in the garden are followed by views of the rear and front gardens with flowers in bloom. A teenage boy dressed in an air cadet uniform(?) enters the garden, followed by a full portrait shot of the cadet posing for the camera, and a second shot of him wearing full respirator gas mask and breathing bag, turning to model the equipment for the camera. Further portrait shots of the family in the garden follow, including a man and a woman sat in deck chairs, a black and white spaniel, the cadet lying on the grass in full uniform, and three ladies having afternoon tea in the garden. Two ladies and a child play in the garden, followed by close-up mixed shots of garden border plants in full bloom. A man with a camera films the person making the film. Several more portrait shots of family members in the garden. An older lady wearing a headscarf reads a letter to another older lady; closing on views of the garden and out to sea.


[Dence Park Garden; Gas Mask Demonstration] (1942-1943)[Dence Park Garden; Gas Mask Demonstration] (1942-1943)