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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NFS Reg. Pump Comp 1942
|Date||24 October 1942||ID||9106|
This edited colour film shows highlights of the National Fire Service No. 32 Fire Force Area (Woking), Trailer Pump competition in Guildford, on October 24th 1942.
Heronsdale Manor Harvest
This film shows several non-mechanised and mechanised processes of sowing and harvesting a corn and mustard crop on a Sussex farm; by adults and children. The film is inter-cut with a scene featuring a fleet of aircraft passing over head (shots out of focus) and intertitles throughout.
[Childhood Wartime Scenes]
|Date||1942 - 1945||ID||10809|
An amateur film with intertitles following a young boy's early years during wartime.
[Inspection; Parade; Training]
A military parade in Woking.
[Training Drills and Parades]
This film of Woking's Home Guard shows various exercises on a firing range and patrols along the town's streets. Training is carried out with weapons, including grenades and S.I.P bombs, both thrown, and using a Northover Projector. The men practice crossing the Basingstoke Canal on a rope bridge. The film ends with a fete and pageant for local schoolchildren.
An edited film with narration and soundtrack made using films from the Screen Archive South East wartime collection. Created by David Woods as part of his placement with SASE for the MA in Creative Writing at the University of Brighton.
[The work of the ARP following a bombing raid on Brighton]
|Date||May - September 1943||ID||9497|
An amateur black and white film of wartime Brighton capturing the aftermath of a bombing raid, the work of the ARP and an ARP training drill.
[Wings for Victory Week]
|Date||20 March 1943||ID||10938|
The 'Official opening of the new Squadron’s HQ Air Training Corps, Banstead House by Air Chief Marshal, Sir B E Sutton, KBE, on 20 Mar 1943'. The squadron are then inspected by the attending dignitaries. A Wings for Victory Week parade is held with cadets, bands, armoured cars and civilians.
[War Time 1943-1945]
|Date||1944 - 1945||ID||1706|
Film of the Gowlland family, intercutting family life and outings with war-time events including V1 bombings and the end of the war. John has a toy doodlebug, the family take refuge in a Morrison shelter, and in the country. With the arrival of the end of the war, blackout restrictions are lifted, and the family take a trip to the beach.
[Village Life in Cobham]
A portrait of village life in Cobham in 1944. The film follows villagers as they walk through the quiet streets and lanes, head into shops and pubs and wander past the church and almshouses. The film also features the film maker's children as they walk and ride through the village.
[Victory in Europe 1945]
|Date||8 - 13 May 1945||ID||448|
An amateur film with titles recording the end of World War Two celebrations in Brighton beginning on VE Day. Including official services, many street parties and a funfair.
[VE Day Celebrations in Brighton]
Filmed over several days, the VE Day celebrations in Brighton are captured here by an unknown amateur film-maker. The jubilant atmosphere is evident in the many street scenes.
[Winter Scenes; VE Day Celebrations]
|Date||[ca. 1945 - 1946]||ID||5124|
The opening part of the film [not included in online clip] shows a double exposure sequence of the family playing together in the snow, followed by a second sequence of double exposed shots [included in clip] of a VE Day procession.
Civilians in Uniform
The town of Leatherhead’s pride in its contribution on the home front is demonstrated here in this reconstruction of the activities of the local Civil Defence organisation. The spoken narrative describes the duties undertaken by the Services.
Knitting and Wartime [Rosemary and John Gowlland Oral History clip 1]
|Date||3 January 2013||ID||10751|
Rosemary Milton-Thompson and her brother John Gowlland talk about memories of their mother and father during the Second World War, in this extract from an oral history interview conducted in 2013.
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