Comment Highlights

London’s Screen Archives has launched its new comments section. This is an opportunity for people to share their knowledge of the local area in relation to the films in our network’s archive. Do you recognise a person or a place? Where you there when the films was shot? Or can you tell us more about the area, buildings, or featured items or that period? Then we would love to hear from you!

Here is a taste of some of the great stories so far:

Maurice Johnson, a retired Chief Fire Officer for the Oxfordshire Fire Service, told us his story about the film Emergency Resuscitation, Part I: Breathing for Others:

I was a young fireman during the early 1960’s and well remember this film forming the basis of our ‘Advanced Resuscitation’ training sessions – I have never forgotten it or it’s lifesaving message. Not only did it demonstrate how “mouth to mouth” was carried out but other scenes showed the technique in coordination with cardiopulmonary resus as your still photos demonstrate. The part of the film I most vividly remember relate to how a heart attack can be caused by sudden immersion in cold water. It being a Royal Navy training production it showed a young rating (no doubt a “volunteer”) sitting in a stainless steel tank which was suddenly filled with cold water. I remember being amazed to see his heart rate rise to well over 200bpm and breathing rate to 40/50pm – such conditions being a precursor to cardiac arrest. So why am I typing this whilst on holiday in the Canary Islands? Well an hour or so ago a holidaymaker jumped into our unheated pool and nearly paid the price. Fortunately I remembered the film and associated training and with others successfully resuscitated him. I then thought to find out if the film still existed – hence this message.”

What a fantastic story, Maurice! Great to know these lifesaving tips are still serving you well today. You can watch Part 1 and Part 3 online via the Wellcome Library’s YouTube channel.

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VE Day Street Party in Ridsdale Road, Anerley SE20 (1945)

Chris Barker, a former resident of Bromley now living in New Zealand, found his sister reciting a poem in one of our films. His heart-warming comment on the 2nd November really brought to life the story behind the film, VE Day Street Party in Ridsdale Road, Anerley SE20:

I could not believe I saw my sister singing or saying a poem? She is the little one directly after the boys trio. Mr. Ricket would most likely be the cameraman. He was an icon in those days. He took many photos and movies of our guides and scouts of the 4th Anerley, in Ludlow Place. A wonderful kind man, we all loved him. I was born December 1946 when they had all come home from war. My sister would have been 4 then and my other sister just 2 could have been in that pram but can’t be sure. We lived at 10 Castledine.”

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VE Day Street Party in Ridsdale Road, Anerley SE20 (1945)

Do you want become part of our growing archive community? Then search our collections and add your comments: share your knowledge of the films from your local area!