Willesden Grammar School, 1936

This silent, black & white film shows the boys of Willesden Grammar School as they play football, while the girls embark on a railway journey. Travel with the students and see the sights of Paris as they existed in the 1930s. Some of the smartly dressed girls are filmed walking along a street, and at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the Arc de Triomphe. The film also shows the port of Rouen with its transporter bridge, destroyed in 1940 by the French Army to stall the advance of the German troops. The remainder of the film is shot back London, and features a sports day in the school field by Doyle Gardens. Both boys and girls are competing in sprints, an obstacle course, the sack race, the long jump, and the high jump.

Source: Londons Screen Archive, Youtube

This film is among the interesting collection of the Brent Archives. The full catalogue record for this film, LSA/0072, is available at www.londonsscreenarchives.org.uk.