Thursday 18 June 2020

Footage from the home front by Rosie Newman

Footage from the home front by Rosie Newman

Britain at War is a remarkable 99 minute film, filmed and edited by amateur camerawoman Rosie Newman, capturing diverse scenes from the British home front during the Second World War. It is shot on vibrant Kodachrome, containing a wealth of sequences including the devastation caused by the Blitz on London, Spitfires at RAF Digby and scenes on board destroyer HMS Berkeley. Curator Jane Fish introduces us to this film.

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