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Online Film Archive Provides Fascinating Look At Life In Wartime Britain

Interest in the films appears to have caused the British Council's website to crash.

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The British Council said the final 25 clips have now been uploaded to its website.

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Among the films are documentaries entitled War Comes to London and These Children Are Safe.

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During the 1940s, the council was asked to showcase Britain and “British-ness” to the rest of the world.

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Commenting on the archive, British Council film director Briony Hanson said: "These films give us one last glimpse into a Britain that's different and familiar in equal measure."

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"Some things like air raid shelters in London's parks and a Sheffield dominated by the steel industry are things of the past – but there are also trips to the pub, police dramas and, of course, a lot of tea."

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"The British Council Film Collection completely took us all by surprise when we launched the first tranche of titles online with vast audiences loving what they saw."

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On Thursday morning, the British Council's website appeared to have crashed, perhaps as a result of the number of people trying to access the films.

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Among the clips uploaded to the archive are a series of educational films.

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The life of the rabbit is documented.

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And the newt.

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And the history of the onion.

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The British Council has launched a competition called "View From Here" which is encouraging people to re-edit films within the archive or produce new versions on similar themes.

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