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Ordinary and Extraordinary Lives

Home movies give us unique permission to step inside the lives of people who we've never met and never will.

Home movies are always acutely personal - in subject and perspective - and most were never intended for audiences beyond family and close friends. But even so, these private films share generously with the uninitiated stranger. Watching home movies transports us into other lives and other times, where the actions of people we never knew, in places we've never visited, resonate with our own memories.

The home movies of the stars, the rich and the famous, the royals - see past the familiar faces and they're much like anyone's: intimate film portraits of loved people and places, colourful moving picture albums of experience and emotion. These simple point-and-shoot home movies seem to connect with the past in a profoundly authentic way - their images unfiltered by filmmaking technique and artifice.

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Ordinary and Extraordinary Lives

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Lloyd George's Visit to Germany 1936

The former Liberal PM tours the sights of Nazi Germany while his chauffeurs lark about with an SS Officer in this grimly fascinating film.

20 mins United Kingdom

View Family and Friends
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Family and Friends 1962

An intimate portrait of the family life of the Taberhams, including Ruth and Tigger Cat at Christmastime, idling in the garden, and a wedding.

15 mins United Kingdom

View Cwrt-yr-Ala - Twins
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Cwrt-yr-Ala - Twins 1948

A newly-built, dream home in Michaelston-le-Pit, Cardiff, where industrialist H H Merrett’s grandchildren have ample space to play.

8 mins Wales

View George's Party and Porthcawl Prom
George's Party and Porthcawl Prom
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George's Party and Porthcawl Prom 1957

Socialising at home - on George’s birthday, perhaps, and at Christmas – and walking the promenade.

14 mins Wales

View Arthur Conan Doyle Relaxes with His Family at Windlesham
Arthur Conan Doyle Relaxes with His Family at Windlesham
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Arthur Conan Doyle Relaxes with His Family at Windlesham 1929

The creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, relaxes with his family in Windlesham and goes on tour to Egypt, Africa and Australia

16 mins United Kingdom

View Golden Wedding at Ellel House
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Golden Wedding at Ellel House 1950

50 years together - congratulations! A family celebration of a long and happy married life.

4 mins United Kingdom

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View Astor Home Movies No. 1
Astor Home Movies No. 1
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Astor Home Movies No. 1 1920

Astor family and friends at play, from boating on the River Thames to fishing in Scotland and riding at Cliveden.

79 mins United Kingdom

View Amateur Film of Rudyard Kipling
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Amateur Film of Rudyard Kipling 1935

Paddleboats ahoy! Charming film of Rudyard Kipling and young family guests on the ponds of his Sussex estate.

4 mins United Kingdom

View David Lean Home Movies - Italy
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David Lean Home Movies - Italy 1950

Colour home movie shot by British director David Lean while on holiday in Italy with his then wife, actress Ann Todd.

8 mins United Kingdom

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Saga of Valerie Jean Douglas 1949

An epic tale of one girl's life from the ages of one to 22, lovingly filmed by her dad.

50 mins United Kingdom

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A Movie Letter from Home 1943

An unusual, poignant piece of wartime correspondence showing how movies can be used to comfort those who are far away.

9 mins United Kingdom

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Pioneers of Nudism 1938

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27 mins United Kingdom

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Shoreham Peeps 1 1962

A local epic about Shoreham-by-Sea featuring bin-men, carnivals, Morris dancers, a beauty contest and Britain's famous and favourite crooner, Frankie Vaughan.

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Squatparty 1981

Female punks have fun boozing, smoking and talking in this fascinating film by London lifestyle chronicler Captain Zip.

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Cardiff Deaf Club 1935

Weston-Super-Mare’s pier promises ‘Happiness’, ‘Mirth’ and ‘Enjoyment’ and is the destination of a trip undertaken by members of the Cardiff Deaf Club, who use sign language.

13 mins Wales

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Island Artist 1953

At home with Brenda Chamberlain. The artist/writer from Bangor lived on Bardsey 1947-62 and is filmed there by a regular visitor to the island.

20 mins England

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Mam's 80th Birthday 1970

Mrs Amy Jane Richards of Upper Tumble, Carmarthenshire, mother of 7, beams as her large family gather round to celebrate her 80th birthday.

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Gary and Stuart 1964

Out and about with Gary and Stuart, two lively young brothers from Lancashire.

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Gary's 1st Christmas 1961

A teddy bear, a toy telephone, and lots more for baby Gary's first Christmas.

4 mins United Kingdom

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Gary's Christening
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Gary's Christening 1961

A new baby - a cause for celebration, and the centre of attention in the household.

8 mins United Kingdom

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Nikil's 6th Birthday 1978

Anyone for musical chairs? Fun and games at a little boy's birthday party.

3 mins United Kingdom

View Christine's 21st Birthday
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Christine's 21st Birthday 1960

You're only 21 once, so enjoy yourself, and celebrate with friends and family.

4 mins United Kingdom

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Joce and Gill at Home 1936

Joseph Emberton's marvellous film captures the early years of daughters Jocelyn and Gill - with birthdays, Christmas and a trip to Blackpool

28 mins United Kingdom

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Christmas 1949
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Christmas 1949 1949

Merry Christmas! Anyone up for a game of table tennis to work off the turkey?

3 mins United Kingdom

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Southampton’s MP Films his Family and Friends 1931

William Craven-Ellis records the antics of family and friends in his garden, on the beach and in and around Southampton

10 mins United Kingdom

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Relaxing in Hammocks
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Relaxing in Hammocks 1940

Fun with hammocks and a 'push-me-pull-you' - a relaxing afternoon in a Manchester garden can be an energetic affair.

2 mins United Kingdom

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Camping Holiday at Sennen
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Camping Holiday at Sennen 1968

Steady now as handheld captures camping holiday

1 mins United Kingdom

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Beach Holiday at Sennen Cove 1930

Holidays are close to home for the Parsons' family.

8 mins United Kingdom

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Basque Refugees at Stoneham and a Holiday to Lands End 1937

There's something reminiscent in this home movie from the 1930s – with refugees escaping from a distant civil war to find safety in England

13 mins United Kingdom

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Seaside at Westgate, Monica and Jim's Wedding 1930

Leslie Goulden's amusing home movie combines beach-time fun with what could be courting couples and the wedding of Jim and Monica

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View A Family Holiday on the Isle of Wight
A Family Holiday on the Isle of Wight
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A Family Holiday on the Isle of Wight 1949

Join the Waterhouse family on their colourful holiday to the Isle of Wight with views of Chale Bay, Newport and steam trains at Ryde Esplanade

12 mins United Kingdom

View Marjorie Glasspool Films Her Family in Alton
Marjorie Glasspool Films Her Family in Alton
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Marjorie Glasspool Films Her Family in Alton 1930

Marjorie Glasspool's home movie captures a variety of events and occasions experienced by a Hampshire family

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View John's 5th Birthday
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John's 5th Birthday 1955

For those who have rarely had times as pleasant as those of riding around the garden on a trike, in the pre-school age of innocence.

11 mins United Kingdom

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Christmas at Marlene's 1965 1965

Oh, you really shouldn't have, but thank you - presents and party hats for everyone at a family Christmas.

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Domestic Scenes at 30 Devonshire Road 1949

The alarm clock goes off and the working day starts - daily routines, up close and in colour.

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Should old acquaintance be forgot... not likely at this family get-together in Liverpool.

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Weddings and Holidays 1955

There are blizzards of confetti in this wedding montage which also features holidays in the West Country and the Empress Queen

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Holiday in the Highlands 1937

Join the Woolseys as they visit the Scottish Highlands - filming their relatives, pipers, castles, railways and stunning natural scenery

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Farnborough Air Show 1961

John P Mitchell captures many famous and exotic examples of Britain's once vibrant aviation industry at the 1961 Farnborough Show

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Local Scenes and Family Pictures 1927

Grandma and Grandad also join in the fun of this home movie - with beaches, swings & roundabouts and a medieval pageant led by Christopher Robin

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Ross Family Pictures 1933

Join the Ross family and friends - and a frisky fox terrier - for fun in the garden, frolics on the beach and plane-spotting at Croydon Aerodrome

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Joan's Birthday Party 1929

It's party time in Bournemouth in the pioneering decade that set the standard for change

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View Wedding at the Grand in Plymouth
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Wedding at the Grand in Plymouth 1940

A joyous occasion of marrying a man in uniform as rare moving images are taken in Plymouth.

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View Wedding Day - Jannaud Rides Again
Wedding Day - Jannaud Rides Again
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Wedding Day - Jannaud Rides Again 1962

The beginnings of a wedding videography industry as this home movie maker shoots to fill.

2 mins United Kingdom

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Psyche's Wedding
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Psyche's Wedding 1920

Bright young things thereto plight troth in a society wedding.

9 mins United Kingdom

View Plymouth Hoe Promenading
Plymouth Hoe Promenading
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Plymouth Hoe Promenading 1940

Iconic area of Plymouth Hoe is the focus for city's entertainment

1 mins United Kingdom

View Holidaying in the South West
Holidaying in the South West
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Holidaying in the South West 1950

A whistlestop tour of Devon and Cornwall is filmed in this holiday home movie.

9 mins United Kingdom

View The Family at Home 1950
The Family at Home 1950
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The Family at Home 1950 1950

Family life in the post-war years: domestic scenes in Lancashire.

3 mins United Kingdom

View A Family Get-together
A Family Get-together
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A Family Get-together 1970

Drinking and dancing and dominoes - satisfaction guaranteed for a family social evening.

4 mins United Kingdom

View Visit to Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway
Visit to Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway
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Visit to Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway 1976

All aboard La'al Ratty for a grand day out, steaming through the Cumbrian countryside.

3 mins United Kingdom

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Outing on the Thames
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Outing on the Thames 1933

An interwar outing on the River Thames with a reminder of the Great Western Railway's influence in Birmingham.

8 mins England

View Coracles, Jet Skis and the Girls' Friendly Society
Coracles, Jet Skis and the Girls' Friendly Society
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Coracles, Jet Skis and the Girls' Friendly Society 1960

From the River Teifi and coracles at Cenarth to Fishguard and the sea around Pembrokeshire for jet-skiing, sailing and sandcastles.

9 mins Wales

View Circus Comes to Denbigh
Circus Comes to Denbigh
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Circus Comes to Denbigh 1960

A brave new world of elephants is revealed to waiting schoolchildren when 5 of the enormous pachyderms alight from a train at Denbigh station.

4 mins Wales

View Eddie Savage's Aberystwyth
Eddie Savage's Aberystwyth
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Eddie Savage's Aberystwyth 1950

Savage’s Garage in Queen’s Road, once an institution in Aberystwyth, lives again in this film showing its proprietor and his family.

14 mins Wales

View 1969 Prince Charles at U.C.W
1969 Prince Charles at U.C.W
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1969 Prince Charles at U.C.W 1969

Well-wishers assemble to pat-a-prince as Charles enters and exits the Old College during his pre-Investiture studies at UCW Aberystwyth.

4 mins Wales

View Wedding, 'Dolclettwr' and Farmers in Scotland
Wedding, 'Dolclettwr' and Farmers in Scotland
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Wedding, 'Dolclettwr' and Farmers in Scotland 1965

A delightful duo perform on bottles and tubs in Taliesin between shots of a wedding near Rhydlewis and a sale of Welsh Black cattle in Scotland.

4 mins Wales

View Derry and London Scenes - Adams Personal Film
Derry and London Scenes - Adams Personal Film
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Derry and London Scenes - Adams Personal Film 1959

Four woman pose for the camera in these amateur home movie shots taken from the streets of Derry and London in 1959.

2 mins United Kingdom

View Tiger Bay and The Rainbow Club - I
Tiger Bay and The Rainbow Club - I
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Tiger Bay and The Rainbow Club - I 1960

Gorgeous colour images of the multicultural Tiger Bay in Cardiff's docks area: a lively, thriving community under threat from slum clearance.

38 mins Wales

View Bryan Forbes Home Movies No. 43
Bryan Forbes Home Movies No. 43
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Bryan Forbes Home Movies No. 43 1968

Home movie shot at the Victorine Studios in Nice, France, on the set of Bryan Forbes' film The Madwoman of Chaillot.

3 mins United Kingdom

View Tiger Bay and The Rainbow Club - II
Tiger Bay and The Rainbow Club - II
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Tiger Bay and The Rainbow Club - II 1960

Cardiff’s Shirley Bassey, seen here as a member of The Rainbow Club, established to promote the performing arts amongst Tiger Bay children, found the crock of gold!

64 mins Wales

View Derry Scenes - Adams Personal Film
Derry Scenes - Adams Personal Film
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Derry Scenes - Adams Personal Film 1959

Charming home movie of a London family's holiday in their homeland: back to the Bogside in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

10 mins United Kingdom

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