The Imperial War Museum Collection features rare and fascinating original films preserved in the Museum's vaults. Many have never been released to the public before and are presented here, complete and uncut, for the very first time. These films are of great historical importance and are essential viewing for anyone interested in British military and Naval history. These five carefully selected films, all made during wartime, for the Ministry of Information, celebrated the enormous contribution to the war effort made by Britain's ports and shipyards, from the proud shipbuilding heritage of the Tyne and the Clyde to the ports like Bristol and Liverpool that played such an essential role in the convoys and the Battle of the Atlantic.
Tyneside Story (1943) Made in 1943, this film pays an emotional tribute to the shipbuilders of Tyneside. Put out of work by the Depression, they are now expected to resume their old jobs at the yards to help the war effort. From the Seven Seas (1942) A fascinating look at Britain's ports in 1940, including Bristol and Avonmouth, Cardiff, Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow. Steel Goes to Sea (1941) This 1941 film follows the construction of a typical vessel from the shaping of the ribs to the final painting and outfitting. Clyde-Built (1943) Made in 1943, this film is a celebration of the quality workmanship of the men of the Clyde Yards and a look at how the wartime demands of mass production impacted on traditional working methods. Shipbuilders (1940) A 1940 production, again centred on the Clyde, showing the building of ships in wartime. Each process is filmed at a different yard and explained by workers proud of their skilled contributions.