Title ID 9500Collection ID216
Title[Brighton Civic Week, Civil Defence Services and Land Girls]
Date1941 - 1942
CollectionWinston Robinson
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionLocal Topical
ThemeWartime And Military Case Study The Home Front Rural Life
KeywordsSecond World War (1939-1945) Armed Forces Civil Defence Communities Farming Parades Religious Activities Religious Buildings Rural Areas Uniforms
RegionalEast Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionWinston Robinson
CameraWinston Robinson
ParticipantsHerbert Morrison; Norman Hartnell
Format16mm Mixed Colour and Black & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


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.


The film opens with the title 'Civic Week Brighton His Worship the Mayor Mr. Coun. Dutton-Briant J.P 15 November 1942' . Crowds gather outside St Peter's Church, many in uniform as the clergy proceed into the church followed by dignitaries, the Mayor and Aldermen. Bumper Bargain Stores, Hiltons craft shoe shop and Potters school outfitters shops are seen in the background. After the service the group exit the church led by boy choristers. Uniformed groups gather outside the Royal Pavilion.

Intertitle 'Salute to the Nations His Worship the Mayor Mr. Alderman M.W.Huggett J.P takes the Salute, Brighton, June 14th 1942'. A large gathering in Preston Park of different military and civil defence groups standing in honour to salute the 26 United Nations. An armoured vehicle drive-past and march of the uniformed services follows.

Intertitle 'National Day of Prayer Sept 7th 1941. His Worship the Mayor of Brighton Mr Alderman J.Talbot Nanson J.P'. Clergy, choristers, the Mayor, Aldermen and local dignitaries proceed into St Peter's Church for the ceremony. After the service they exit the church in sunshine.

Intertitle 'Home Secretary Inspects Brighton's Civil Defence Services. August 26 1941'. Herbert Stanley Morrison walks amongst Brighton's civil defence groups gathered on the Level.

Intertitle ' The Hartnell Girls "Go to it" Digging for Victory on the Downs 1941'. Women and a man drive separate Fordson tractors on the Downs whilst Norman Hartnell talks with the farmer. They watch as different women plough the field. The images change to later in the year at harvest time when the wheat has been harvested and lies in bundles on the fields. Women, men and children gather and tidy the bundles in the sunshine loading them onto a hay cart with pitchforks. Women drive tractors and ride on top of the hay. Individual portraits of the women workers follow while the older farmers smile and supervise. The women in their dungarees are seen counting their wages.

Intertitle 'Brighton Corporation Transport Home Guard 1941'. A trolley bus makes its way south along the Lewes Road and members of the corporation home guard and band march along towards their depot where they congregate.


A colour still image taken from TID 9500, showing a red and white bus outside St Peter's Church Brighton, on the corner of St Peter's Place and London Road. The Clock and tower of the church visible from behind a row of trees.
A colour still image taken from TID 9500, showing a Land Girl in a field next to a tractor and plough. The woman is dressed in beige Utility clothing.
A colour still image taken from TID 9500, showing a trio of older women either from the Baltic or Central European counties, dressed in Land Army clothing next to a large stack of straw in a field. The woman in the middle wears a full headscarf.
A colour portrait still image taken from TID 9500, showing three men from the Brighton corporation Home Guard stood in the courtyard of a building socialising and smoking. The men are dressed in full uniform and overcoats.