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1945 Archive File - Comrie Colliery, Fife - British Council Film
Posted: 06/05/2012 01:30:51 Reply | Quote Recently the British Council have gathered together and released online a series of films made during the 1940's designed to show the world how Britain lived, worked and played
During the 1940s, British Council was a very different organisation operating in a very different political and social climate. As part of its programme then it was concerned to promote an idea of ‘Britain and Britishness’ – and did so by becoming an enthusiastic commissioner of documentary films. Over 120 films were produced as 'cultural propaganda' to counteract anything the Nazis might throw out and to refute the idea that ours was a country stuck in the past. These films were designed to showcase Britain to the rest of the world, at a time when Britain itself was under attack.
Seen by millions of people in over 100 countries worldwide from the 1940's to 1960's, they present a historic snapshot of Britain, portraying its industry, its landscapes, and its people. The Collection is fantastically varied, covering anything from how a bicycle is made, to how the British spend their Saturdays. They provide us with a unique insight - not necessarily into how Britain actually was, but more into how Britain once wanted to be perceived by the rest of the world.
Tucked up amongst these wonderful short movies is a film called 'The New Mine' filmed at Comrie Colliery, Fife in 1945
Quite apart from the superb archive film of all aspects of work at the pit, it is interesting to note the progressive management of the Fife Coal Company at this time
Well worth 16 minutes 27 seconds of your life
For a simple narrative of the pit see the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland [RCAHMS]
http://canmore.rcahms.gov.uk/en/site/79081/details/comrie+colliery/ IP: 184.108.40.206