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British Government Public Information Films

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This small collection of public information films from the British government produced during the years 1945 to 1952 is quite entertaining. Topics include public health, travel, traffic, education, and the military. A film of the Berlin Airlift is included.



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Amusing health propaganda trailer on the dangers of sneezing. NHS in 1948. Public health. Colds. Coughs and Sneezes spread diseases, Modern Public Health Campaign Films. Post War era.
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Topics: health, colds, nhs
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Amusing health propaganda trailer on the dangers of sneezing. NHS in 1948. Public health. Public Health Campaign Films. Post War era. Humorous cartoon treatment of general health problems: correct posture; the value of exercise and fresh air; the importance of suitable clothes; how to avoid insomnia.
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Topics: Public Health, sneezing
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A documentary re-creation of the 1951 Festival of Britain South Bank Exhibition.
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Topics: Festival, Britain South Bank Exhibition
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The story of a great engineering feat - the building, at Heathrow, of one of the largest airports in the world.April 1944 Great Western Aerodrome started its transformation from a privately owned small grass airfield to Heathrow. One of the worlds busiest airports. Londons main civil airport replacing Croydon Airport. The airport opened fully for civilian use on 31 May 1946. London Heathrow International Airport's one terminal was in fact an army surplus tent situated a short walk from the...
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Topics: Heathrow, ariport, London
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Behind the jet engine of today lies a story of British pioneering. The development of the jet propulsion gas-turbine. jet engine. Air Commodore Sir Frank Whittle. Power Jet W.1.
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Topics: jet propulsion, Frank Whittle
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Humorous road safety trailer on the correct use of pedestrian crossings. Belisha beacons
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Topic: road safety
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The Western powers airlift of supplies to Berlin during the Soviet Blockade of Berlin. Operation Plain Fare . The Berlin blockade. Post Second World War. Germany. Soviet Iron Curtain.. Deutschmark. 24 June 1948. airbridge . Rosinenbomber, or 'raisin bombers'), 2 million West Berliners with food, fuel and other supplies. At its height one plane reached West Berlin every 30 seconds. The Airlift officially ended on 30 September 1949, fifteen months after its protracted beginnings in June 1948....
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Topics: Berlin blockade, Plain Fare, Iron Curtain, West Berlin
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A stark warning to holiday makers not to take more than £5 in notes abroad. Richard Massingham. only five pounds in notes were to be taken abroad. balance of payments crisis.
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Topic: balance of payments
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A simple explanation of how peacetime taxes were spent paying for the enormous cost of the war.
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Topics: peacetime taxes, world war two, great britain
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A retrospective view of the 1951 Festival of Britain on the South Bank with special reference to design and architecture
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Topics: Festival, Britain South Bank Exhibition, design, architecture
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This film shows in light fashion how to set about replanning a town. Post war period .New Towns. overcrowded inner cities. building out of town.
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Topics: Urbanization, Towns
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Charley questions the need for the National Insurance Acts of 1948. Welfare State. National Insurance payments. Social insurance.
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Topics: Welfare State, Social insurance
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Surrealist trailer exhorting people to save energy by watching their meters, featuring Richard Massingham. Fuel rationing. Wasting energy. Energy shortage. Fuel crisis
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Topics: energy saving, Fuel crisis
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How Britain developed her civil airlines since the war. commercial jet-aircraft. De Havilland Comet. Bristol Brabazon. air travel
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Topics: civil airline, Britain, jet-aircraft
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The work of mobile film units and the Central Film Library in distributing films of social and educational value all over the country
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Topics: Central Film Library, education
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An interesting take on London Buses intended for overseas distribution. London bus travel. Double-Decker bus.
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Topic: London Buses
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Charley junior is told about his future schooldays by a celestial nursemaid. post war education system. Education Act of 1944. new schools.
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Topics: education system, school, Great Britain
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A tongue in cheek look at postwar austerity. Richard Massingham. Crown Film Unit. austere post war era.
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Topics: postwar austerity, Great Britain
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Animation short promoting general health awareness. NHS in 1947. Public health. Public Health Campaign Films. Post War era. Humorous cartoon treatment of general health problems: correct posture; the value of exercise and fresh air; the importance of suitable clothes; how to avoid insomnia.
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Topics: Public health, cartoon
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Charley has the workings of the National Health Service explained to him. NHS. National Health Service Act. National Health Service Scheme
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Topics: National Health Service, NHS
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RAF aircraft and their commitment to Western defence through NATO. P1067.Washington B36 Super Fortress. Canberra. Valliant. Vampire
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Topics: RAF, aircraft
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The British Army's commitments from Gibraltar, through Suez, to Hong Kong. British Armed Forces.
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Topics: British Army, Colonialism