[VE Day]

Archive: Media Archive for Central England
ID No.: n/a
Title: [VE Day]
Date: (May 1945)
Film-maker: William Baer
Colour: Black & White
Sound: Silent
Duration of complete item: 6 min. 11 sec.
Themes: Victory Celebrations in 1945


Amateur film shot at Littleover in Derby showing V E celebrations involving a children’s parade and party and sporting events held on fields at Littleover County Primary School (now known as Gayton Junior School).


The film starts with shots of children wearing party hats marching in line along a street, older boys at the rear of the group are carrying toy guns. In a field a group of girls are seen playing rounders using a tennis racket and we then see men and boys playing cricket. Next a group of children sitting at tables for an outdoor street party are served food by adults on Gayton Avenue. A pageant of children and teenagers who are wearing costumes are seen to parade around a yard, along a street and then march behind a man carrying a union flag. The film ends with shots of a women’s football match.


In June 2005 Wendy Bowler deposited a collection of standard 8mm film at the archive, which had shot by her Swiss born father, William Baer.

William was a prolific cameraman who filmed his trips to Switzerland as well as the area around his Derby home. There are shots of Derby rooftops in 1940 as well as cows being herded along Blagreaves Lane in Derby where the family lived.

The VE day parade shown in the clip started at Littleover County Primary School and made its way to Gayton Ave in Littleover where the street party took place. Before and after the street party there was a mini sports day on the school’s playing fields. This included a women’s football match which illustrates a shift in women's attitudes and position since the outbreak of war.

[VE Day] (1945)

[VE Day] (1945)

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