• Short Summary

    Scale models used by scientists to research dock building and Thames Barrier.

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    No titles. Scale models assist in research of dock building and Thames Barrier.

    Various locations of events.

    At the British Transport Docks Research Station in Southall, Middlesex, we see various shots of scientists and engineers looking at large model of a coastal area to discover the best methods for building docks and what effect the sea will have on a structure. A scientist in a white coat looks at a graph coming out of a machine. Another puts small blocks against a tide coming in on another part of the machine.

    At Didcot, Oxfordshire, we see several shots of a working model of the River Thames, from Southend to Teddington, built to solve the flood problem. Model tanker ships move along the river and men lower a barrier across the flow at one point near Long Reach to prevent the surge of tide going through to London.

    Commentator talks of a permanent dam fitted with locks and sluices being planned to control the river - probably Thames Barrier. Shot of the model showing the situation of London bridges.

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:40:25:00 / 01:41:32:00

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