Borrow With Interest from the Library

August 12th 1946
A fascinating look at the work of Swindon Library in 1946. Made by the Government as part of the 'Britain Can Make It' programme, it exemplifies the spirit of social renewal prevalent after the Second World War. Swindon Library, then in Regent Street was chosen as a model for a new emphasis on the value of cultural activity

2 comments for "Borrow With Interest from the Library".

1. Swindon, is this Swindon?

Is there any evidence this has anything to do with Swindon Library? It appears to have been filmed in a studio and no local accents are heard.

Nice film, regardless.

2. Borrow with interest from the Library

The film notes indicate it was based on Swindon Library and scenes shot there. Certainly some of the Swindon Art Collection seems to be recognisable in a number of shots. It seems likely though that some scenes were shot in a studio, and that actors were employed for speaking parts. The film was intended for national distribution, and strong regional accents were particularly frowned on in those days

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