About the film archive
Learn about the history behind our documentary film archive from the 1940s.
Filmed after the start of the Blitz, 'City Bound' is an exploration of the daily commute into London from the suburbs in 1941.
London's transport system during the war
'Between half past five and ten o'clock each morning five million people are moved from home to work by London's transport system. Before this can be done, underground and overground transport must be cleaned and refuelled. Then from the outer ring of London, past green fields and suburban gardens, the move into London begins. Trains, motor omnibuses, and electric trams bring hundreds of thousands into the centre of the city, to work in the shops, offices, and factories of the largest city in the world.'
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1941)
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