Theme Working Life
The archive holds an fascinating selection of film material produced or commissioned by local firms and organisations in the region, and other films that picture aspects of working life in the South East. Amongst the corporate material held in the archive, the largest collections are films made by Dennis, manufacturers of fire engines and other heavy vehicles in Guildford, and Shippam, a firm producing meat and fish paste in Chichester who commissioned advertisements for the company and its products from 1933 to 1960. Work on the railways is a strong feature in the archive and one of the largest collections in the archive from a single organisation is a relatively recent acquisition from the Bluebell Railway line.
The archive holds films commissioned by civic and public bodies in the region which illustrate some of the public sector work in hospitals, schools, the police force, fire brigade and local government organisations. Significant collections of films in the archive made for public services and institutions include; the Surrey Fire Brigade, West Sussex County Council, as well as several hospitals, children’s homes, charities, lifeboats and other organisations in the region.
Labour within the rural landscape of the region is captured in some of the most evocative film material in the archive. These illustrate rural farm work such as hop farming in Kent, wheat harvesting in the Sussex downs and cattle sales in the region's market towns. The transition to mechanised farming machinery is clearly tracked through many of the archive's films which record the changes taking place in farming in pre and post-Second World War eras. The decline in fishing from the region's coast is also witnessed in films of fishermen in Hastings and in Brighton.
Small-scale, family run businesses and and rural trades are also caught on film and saved as a unique record of some of the region's dying trades and skills. Film of trades such as brick making, blacksmithing, charcoal making, dry stone walling, carpentry and book binding are scattered throughout the archive's collections. Town businesses and people at work in the service sector are also to be found in the collections including dustmen, postal workers, hairdressers and cobblers.
Films in this theme:
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This complex amateur drama tells the story of a cocaine smuggllng ring on the south coast of England, through a group of women and sailors, at Chichester Harbour, who try to unravel who the culprit might be.
Girls travel to ballet practice in Sussex by bus and bicycle, where they perform exercises at the barre, routines with scarves and on pointe, and others perform horse and carriage choreography with their teacher. The film, made by an unknown film-maker, is interspersed with scenes of cats in a sunny garden.
[Building of New House]
Dr. Thomas Hately Macfie records in detail his new house being built, in typically grand and modern style, in Bognor Regis. His wife and daughter explore the construction site, and workers labour to finish the founations, first and second storey, roof and garden.
Maidstone Tuesday Market, January 12th 1932
This black and white newsreel style film follows events at a working livestock market and egg packing company in Maidstone, Kent. Several auctioneers are shown in close-up selling livestock, with dialogue illustrated by titles. The second film shows a business owner and some of his workers at an egg packing factory.
Ancient and Modern
An advertising film made to promote Shippam's meat paste. The film emphasises the contrast between the ancient buildings and history of Chichester against the modern machinery and processes of the Shippam's factory based there.
Thatchers Old World Tea House
|Date||January - May 1934||ID||7712|
An amateur film from the 1934 documenting the construction and opening of 'Thatchers Old World Tea House' in East Horsley, Surrey. Various trades are seen hard at work during the construction of the building. The film also features the tea house after it was opened to the public; waitresses serve lunches to customers sitting in the garden.
|Date||[ca. late 1930s]||ID||1064|
This amateur film charts the countryside through the course of a year. The second half of the film focuses on agricultural activities.
[Phosphate Mining in America and the Pacific]
This film, in three parts, depicts phosphate mining and processing in Florida and the Pacific.
[Army Camp Scenes; Military Parade]
This collection of black and white films features the Queen's Royal (West) Surrey Regiment at various off-duty activities including taking a bath and swimming, as well as on parade.
In a film documenting the last stages of the phosphate mining process on a Pacific island, phosphate is loaded onto a cargo ship moored offshore.
[Harvest; Sidmouth; Garden Scenes]
Amateur film of harvesting scenes and family life on a farm. The film shows: horse and carts being used to harvest the crops alongside early mechanised harvesters; horses and a donkey on the farm; and children playing in a garden.
In the Hop Fields of Kent
This amateur film with intertitles charts the annual cycle of Kent's hop cultivation, starting in January with the preparation of the fields. The film was specially commended by Amateur Cine World.
Fire in Their Eyes
|Date||[ca. 1937]; 1968; [ca. 1978]||ID||3106|
Archive footage of the Haywards Heath Fire Brigade just prior to the Second World War is followed by images of vintage fire engines and of fire service demonstrations at Expo Sussex '68; an Open Day at Haywards Heath Fire Station in the 1970s; local fires; and the International Fire Training Centre in Gloucestershire.
[Kent Hop Farming Part 1: Hop Picking]
Following hops from hop garden to oast house, the film is also a succinct portrait of the hop-pickers.
[Coronation Naval Review; Holiday; Hay Farm]
This film features a Royal Naval Review at Spithead, Southampton to commemorate the coronation of King George VI. The Reed family view the display aboard a pleasure craft. The second part of the film provides scenes from the family's visit to Instow in Devon, that includes a trip to the beach and a working farm.
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