Public Information Films 1945-1951

  • Video contentInto The Blue

    Into The Blue

    In April 1944 Great Western Aerodrome started its transformation from a privately owned small grass airfield to Heathrow; by 1946 one of the world’s busiest airports. Requisitioned by the Air Ministry in 1944, the site was officially earmarked as a […]

  • Video contentBrief City

    Brief City

    Unlike the Global theme of the Great Exhibition of 1851, the Festival in 1951 was specifically focussed on British achievments. Labour politician Herbert Morrison saw the Festival as a means of giving the British people a symbolic pat on the […]

  • Video contentWing to Wing

    Wing to Wing

    The development of the ‘jet propulsion gas-turbine’, otherwise known as the jet engine, transformed flying in the post-war era. This was both in military and commercial terms. Covering the story from the 1920s, The Wonder Jet follows Air Commodore Sir […]

  • Video contentFestival in London

    Festival in London

    Unlike the Global theme of the Great Exhibition of 1851, the Festival in 1951 was specifically focussed on British achievments. Labour politician Herbert Morrison saw the Festival as a means of giving the British people a symbolic pat on the […]

  • Video contentMen of the World

    Men of the World

    Released in 1950, Men of the World, was produced for propaganda purposes to parade the worldwide commitments of the British Armed Forces. However the timing was significant, since it not only showed Britain’s involvement in the Korean War (1950-1953), but […]

  • Video contentJourney by a London Bus

    Journey by a London Bus

    Most government information films were made for domestic consumption, publicising initiatives or campaigns, but not all were. The British Government were committed to making film shorts such as this bizarre take on London bus travel commissioned by the Commonwealth Film […]

  • Video contentThe Wonder Jet

    The Wonder Jet

    The development of the ‘jet propulsion gas-turbine’, otherwise known as the jet engine, transformed flying in the post war-era. This was both in military and commercial terms. Covering the story from the 1920s, The Wonder Jet follows Air Commodore Sir […]

  • Video contentLondon Airport

    London Airport

    In April 1944 The Great Western Aerodrome started its transformation from a privately owned small grass airfield to Heathrow; by 1946 one of the world’s busiest airports. Requisitioned by the Air Ministry in 1944, the site was officially earmarked as […]

  • Video contentBerlin Airlift

    Berlin Airlift

    At the end of the Second World War, Germany was divided into four zones under the administration of Britain, France, the United States, and the Soviet Union. The Big Four also occupied Berlin, dividing the city into sectors, despite its […]

  • Video contentFive Pounds in Notes

    Five Pounds in Notes

    This film short is trying to relay the message that only five pounds in notes could be taken abroad in the late 1940s. Although the message offers little or no explanation for the restrictions it is almost certainly to avoid […]

  • Video contentWhat A Life!

    What A Life!

    This Richard Massingham film is a bizarre contribution from the Crown Film Unit, and addresses the challenges Britain faced in the austere post-war era. Wartime enthusiasm and self-confidence had become seriously eroded by the crisis-laden year of 1947. Domestically, the […]

  • Video contentCharley’s March of Time

    Charley’s March of Time

    The key principle underpinning the Welfare State was that it was universal. And that it would also be free of discrimination, free of stigma and paid for by everyone through National Insurance payments. The National Insurance Act of 1948 was […]

  • Video contentYour Very Good Health

    Your Very Good Health

    The National Health Service (NHS) was one of the major achievements of Clement Attlee’s Labour government. By July 1948, Minister for Health, Aneurin Bevan had helped guide the National Health Service Act through Parliament. The introduction of the NHS provided […]

  • Video contentPop Goes the Weasel

    Pop Goes the Weasel

    In ‘Pop Goes the Weasel’ (as with the cartoon ‘Charley’s March of Time’ from the same year) the Attlee government demonstrated its commitment to inform the country how everyone’s taxes were being spent. In ‘Pop…’ a simple explanation was given […]

  • Video contentPedestrian Crossing

    Pedestrian Crossing

    In 1951 there were two million cars registered on the roads of Britain, a figure that rose by 250 per cent over the next ten years. The rapid growth of car ownership in turn gave rise to government road safety […]

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