About the film archive
Learn about the history behind our documentary film archive from the 1940s.
As the war rages in Europe, allies of Britain keep their cultures alive in their National Houses.
Allied centres in Britain
'At the National Houses set up, owing to the war, in the United Kingdom through the co-operation of the Allied European Governments and the British Council, Allied nations kept alive their own culture and traditions, and studied the British way of life. The film shows glimpses of the Czecho-slovak, Yugoslav, Belgian, Norwegian, Netherlands, Greek and Polish Houses.'
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1944-45)
All films are subject to the Creative Commons licence guidelines.
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