The National Archives
Search our website
  • Search our website
  • Search our records

The interactive parts of this resource no longer work, but it has been archived so you can continue using the rest of it.



Workers weekend

Still from film

12 minutes 40 seconds

Released: October 1943

Sponsor: Ministry of Information

Production: Crown Film Unit

Commentary by: Flying Officer J. Peach, Royal Canadian Air Force

‘A tribute to the workers of the British Aircraft Industry'. Men and women in a factory in the North-West of England set themselves the task of building a Wellington bomber in the record time of 30 hours. Constructing in their own time, the workers donate the bonus they got to the Red Cross ‘Aid to Russia Fund'.

The cameras capture the whole process of the construction in record time through to the test pilot taking off in the plane, ahead of schedule.


View film


To listen to this podcast, you will require Adobe Flash 9 or higher and must have Javascript enabled.