Theme Rural Life
The rural landscape of the South East of England features in many of the films in the archive's collection. They provide a portrait of life in rural villages and work on the land in the region. The hop farming industry which flourished in Kent has been captured well on film and includes fascinating material on hop-pickers who came to Kent, often from the east-end of London, in the early autumn to harvest the crops.
Other agricultural activities include wheat and corn harvesting, fruit orchards, mink farming, sheep and dairy farming, rabbit and game hunting, and the Women’s Land Army during the First World War. Film of rural and village events and activities such as agricultural shows, village fairs, rural crafts and harvest festival celebrations also feature in the collection. Examples include In The Garden of England (1938) - a picturesque film by Bill and John Barnes illustrating rural scenery and agriculture in Kent including horse drawn ploughing, fruit farming and hop-picking in the late 1930s. Hoplands of Kent (1930s) is a documentary film directed by Mary Field for Gaumont, focusing on the hop-picking process from start to finish and includes scenes showing women and children harvesting the hops. Local Industries and Farming (1947) features images of working life in Kent such as a steel factory, sheep market, potato farming, and fishing.
Films in this theme:
Showing 31 to 45 of 343 results.
What a Hunt
This silent black and white fiction film shows a parish vicar hosting a garden party in the village of Norbog. But guests get a surprise when they come face to face with an escaped lion. A car accident leads to a romance, as a large group of villagers search for the lion. Upon returning to the church yard they find a child in a lion costume... is this the lion?
[Farming; Horse Training; Pig Auction; Sheep Dipping]
This black and white film provides highlights of livestock and farm life on the Arrowsmith family farm in Berkshire. Mixed shots follow the construction of hayricks; farm workers building thatch topped straw stacks; Suffolk Punch horses working a field; and farmers dipping sheep in a dipping bath.
[Lambs; South Berkshire Show]
This black and white film provides highlights of sheep farming, the family showing their Suffolk Punch strong horses at a South Berkshire rural show and scenes of a hunting party led by a huntmaster, with his large pack of hounds.
[Manor House and Gardens]
The film includes various brief scenes: a child on a beach; cars on a rural road; pigs on a farm; a girl with a Shetland pony; several people in a garden; a boy with a dog; a woman playing with the dog in a garden; two women walking in a garden; a family group with children in the garden; ending with a woman and a man golf putting.
[Hereford Cathedral; Churches; Cat; Rural and Coastal Views]
This film shows views of a rural countryside, including sheep being herded. Various shots of Hereford Town show the Cathedral, Prince of Wales Public House, the Old House and several shops. The second part has faded to a strong green tint, features panoramas at Portmeirion, including a view of the hotel and the stone boat in the harbour, along with the wreck of the original Amis Reunis (?).
[Garden with Flower Beds]
This very short black and white film features a vast garden or rural landcape filled with daffodil's. The shot moves around erratically filming the grass, trees and flowers.
[Union Flag; Woodland Walk]
This short Dufaycolor film features a young boy and his mother out on a walk in a woodland with their dog. The boy holds a Union flag, waving it as he walks around. They walk and play in a wood filled with bluebells as the camera captures wide views of the landscape. Dufaycolor was an early film system that employed a matrix of red, green and blue to produce colour on film. This matrix pattern is clearly in evidence in the online clips.
[Crowhurst Farm Mission]
An amateur film recording the work of the Crowhurst Farm Mission for hop-pickers in East Peckham, Kent run by the Reverend Miles Sargent with the support of medical students from London and the University of Oxford.
Moving History - A Year in a Kentish Hop Garden
A lyrical film that chronicles a year in the hop gardens of Kent - featuring fields being ploughed in January, hop poles being erected in March, plants growing in Spring, harvesting in August by legions of hop-pickers and the hops being finally dried in oast houses in September. The film ends with scenes showing charcoal production for the oast houses' furnaces.
Maidstone on Film
A programme of archive film focussed on Maidstone and its surrounding areas from the 1930s to the 1960s. The programme begins with an introduction to the work of the archive and was presented by Frank Gray at the Bishop's Palace, Maidstone in October 2019 as a special screening organised by Kent Archives.
[C.M.C.C - Chichester Motor Cycle Club]
This film shows a group of men standing outside a pub in a village, a sign above reads: "...Ales, Wines, Spirits". A man works on a motorcycle in a street, as a woman in a floor length coat and beret rides off on a motorcycle. Spectators watch from behind. The riders compete in time trials along country lanes, slipping in the mud. A motorcycle and side car become stuck, so a group stop to pull it out, and continue to drive. Filmed by Ernest Shippam in 1931.
[Motor Cycle Final Club?]
This short film shows members of the Chichester Motorcycle Club (on motorcylces and in cars) driving along several rural country roads, through a village and a river, during a time trial, as filmed by Ernest Shippam in 1931.
[In and around East Horsley]
|Date||1931 - 1934||ID||7711|
A home movie featuring the Chown family from the 1930s. Family and friends are seen in and around East Horsley and on holiday at various locations in southern England. Also featured is a gymkhana - organised by Frank Chown and attended by Lord and Lady Crewe.
Wellington N.Z. B.S. G.G. Rally
|Date||28 February 1931||ID||9330|
This edited and titled black and white film shows a Scout and Guide Rally held at the Basin Reserve (Cricket ground) in Wellington, NZ, in 1931 to honour the visit of Chief Scout Lord Robert and Lady Olave Baden-Powell. The film includes mixed divisions of Scouts and Guides participating in marches, displays, inspections and speeches, followed by a reception.
[Elsted Manor Farms]
|Date||1932 - 1948||ID||3359|
This amateur film records work and play on Elsted Manor Farms over two decades. It offers a portrait of a multigenerational farming community which was gradually adopting new technologies.
Showing 31 to 45 of 343 results.