The National Archives education team’s film of the month highlights a Pathé film relating to current events, anniversaries or key topics that you may be covering in the classroom. This month’s clip is a film made by the Ministry of Information titled ‘Harvest Uplift – Harvest Help’. The film asks the British public to lend a hand with the harvest in the autumn of 1944.
Students could answer the following questions:
Why do we see several people eating potatoes? What differences do you notice about these people? What do they represent?
What meals do you see? How do these particular meals work as part of the propaganda film?
What did harvesting look like in 1944? How does it differ from today?
What is the film asking the viewer to do?
How many hours would you need to work to cover your board and lodging? If you stayed for a week or two, how much money could you make?
Where could you find out more information at the time?
Why was the help needed in 1944? Is there any sign of this in the film? Why do you think this is?