Old Hands – British Labour Camps 1929 – 1939


A little known part of British social history

SKU: 3708
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Producer: Platform Films
Year Produced: 1999
Running time: 35 minutes
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A film about the 150,000 long term unemployed men from ‘distressed areas’ who were sent to do hard task work in remote labour camps, set up and run by successive British governments between 1929-1939. The film includes archive footage from a Central Office of Information film promoting the camps made by Edgar Anstey in 1936. Commissioned by Writers Republic with financial
support from UNISON.
David Colledge, a Leeds social historian, acts as the researcher/detective visiting sites of former camps and interviewing some of the long-term jobless men from ‘distressed’ areas who were sent to do hard tasks work at the camps.

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