Boston in 1943

In a previous post I wrote about the rich heritage of Boston, Lincolnshire, reflected by the town’s excellent Guildhall Museum. Boston’s recent past is also valued by the many contributors to a Facebook Group called BostonMemories, whose  members share old photographs and comments, and occasionally an archive film, like this British Council production, made in 1943, which I included in my earlier post. Spurred on by a recent conversation with some Bostonian visitors to Gunby Hall last weekend, I thought it was worth another look at this wartime public information film set in this town, so often maligned these days:

I was particularly interested in the sequence about the British Restaurant housed on the upper floor of the Guildhall, where you could get a meal for a set maximum price of 9d (ninepence – equivalent to just under 4p, about US$2 US or £1 GBP in purchasing power in 2008) or less. No-one could be served with a meal of more than one serving of meat, game, poultry, fish, eggs or cheese. British Restaurants were run by local government or voluntary agencies on a non-profit basis.

British Restaurants (Wikipedia)
BostonMemories Facebook Group

Extract from BostonMemories welcome statement:

“We have been getting a lot of anti migrant posts on here and that’s not what this group is for. This will stop as from now as anyone making them WILL be removed from the group. This is a gentle group for memories and photos. ……This group is now operating a zero tolerance policy”


1 thought on “Boston in 1943

  1. This film was produced by Sydney Box, better known as a British feature film film producer and screenwriter, and brother of British film producer Betty Box. In 1940, he founded the documentary film company Verity Films with Jay Lewis.

    He produced and co-wrote the screenplay, with his then wife Muriel Box, for The Seventh Veil (1945), which received the 1946 Oscar for best original screenplay. The couple were then hired by the Rank Organisation to run Gainsborough Studios. They disapproved of the Gainsborough melodramas which had been the studio’s major success in the previous few years and switched production to a broader range of more “realistic” films with mixed results. Gainsborough was merged into the Rank Organisation in 1949. Box ended his cinema career in 1958 to concentrate on TV work. Box was part of a consortium that launched Tyne Tees Television in 1959.

    Sydney and Muriel divorced in 1969. [Wikipedia]


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