Theme case study Home Front
The impact of the Second World War was captured by families, volunteers and organisations throughout the South East of England. Families filmed themselves getting to grips with new protocols and precautions in the home such as black-out blinds, ration books, air-raid shelters and gas masks. Family members were also filmed proudly wearing their new uniforms for the armed forces and voluntary services. War-time weddings took on a more frugal and brisk appearance, whilst children played on the beach amidst coastal anti-invasion defences. The Home Guard filmed their exercises and made training films in the towns and villages of Surrey, Sussex and Kent. Civil Defence groups, support services and schools practiced their drills, raised funds, and took part in parades including groups in the WVS, ARP, Fire Services and the Red Cross. These films also show some aspects of life appearing to carry on as normal, with many of these films continuing the style of pre-war family films, focusing on domestic and leisure activities. Whilst institutional and local organisational films reflect or even mimic the style of government information and propaganda films. Both formats appearing to promote, at least on the surface, an image of unity, order and good humour.
Films in this theme:
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|Date||1940 - 1945||ID||1637|
“A film commentary of Leatherhead District and the War”. Made over several years, this newsreel provides an overview of life and events in a Surrey town throughout the Second World War, focusing on fundraising and Civil Defence duties. Comprehensive intertitles introduce and explain each item.
[Air Raid Practice - Knoll School Hove]
Made by the Borough of Hove with wardens and officers of Hove’s Air Raid Precautions (ARP) ‘M’ Group, this film illustrates various school activities and classes and demonstrates the air raid drills undertaken in a Hove school. Intertitles precede each scene.
[Clandon Home Guard: Drills and Stand Down]
Members of the Clandon Home Guard undergo training in preparation for enemy attack. Their training includes rifle shooting, bayonet charges, grenade throwing, stalking the enemy using the Surrey country side for cover and keeping watch.
A.F.S. [Auxiliary Fire Service]
This colour film shows scenes of the Auxiliary Fire Service, annual trailer pump competition in Walton. Service personnel compete in teams through timed tasks to pull the trailer pump and lay out and construct fire hoses. The film ends with several shots of the Bugatti AFS engine and trailer pump.
[ARP at Work; Brighton Bomb Damage]
This colour film shows scenes of bomb damage and the ensuing rescue work of the Civil Defence Service in Brighton during the Second World War. Members of the Service are seen in several scenes attending bomb damaged houses. The ARP Controllers are shown coordinating various units, including wardens, rescue parties, fire services, and ambulances.
[Family Album to Entertain]
|Date||1940 - 1941||ID||10920|
The film is compiled as a family album with titles naming people. It shows people and street scenes, especially Goldsmiths road, Worthing. 'Stead & Simpsons' shoe shop and 'Doreen Hairdressing' are also shown amongst the shops. Uniformed soldiers and air raid shelter signs signal that the war is on
Parade at Weybridge; War Years; War Weapons Week
An amateur film of a parade through Weybridge for War Weapons Week.
This training film, which was produced by the Sussex Home Guard Zone Demonstration Unit, provides a step-by-step visual demonstration of the procedures to be put into action when erecting road blocks. The film contains intertitles and graphics.
Walton’s Parade for Victory
Commissioned by the Regal Cinema in Walton-on-Thames, the film records the Parade for Victory marking the opening of the Walton and Weybridge War Weapons Week.
[Warship Week and Tank Week]
|Date||1941 - 1942||ID||9499|
A local newsreel featuring various key wartime events across 1941 and 1942. The Civil Defence are inspected, the Civic Restaurant is opened, a water works is inspected, Warship Week is celebrated, Tank Week brings excitement some for the children of Brighton and the Home Secretary tests an innovative listening device to help in the searching of bomb damaged buildings.
[Brighton Civic Week, Civil Defence Services and Land Girls]
|Date||1941 - 1942||ID||9500|
A mixed colour and black and white amateur film with intertitles showing events in Brighton during 1941 and 1942 including Brighton Civic Week and the National Day of Prayer services at St Peter's Church, Brighton's Salute to the Nations,the Home Secretary inspecting the Civil Defence Services, and Norman Hartnell with land girls on the Downs.
Our Family Album
A family film showing the new born baby Hedley Marcus at 12 days old, 15 weeks at his Christening and at six months old. A war-time wedding takes place and the bride stands with her new husband in uniform. Various friends or family members are filmed at the family house, along with a plane flying low over rooftops.
[Air Training Corps; Empire Day; Cricket; Memorial Days]
|Date||1941 to 1943||ID||10940|
Banstead Air Training Corps, Civil Defence Groups, the British Legion, volunteers and youth groups are seen parading and attending memorial services in Banstead. Mostly in black and white film with some colour footage.
Start a Land Club
Using the Surrey Land Club as an example, this Ministry of Information film demonstrates the farmwork carried out by club volunteers and encourages people to start their own clubs.
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.
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