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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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Visit to GermanyVisit to Germany

Home movie193628 minsSilent

Lloyd George tours the sights of Nazi Germany while his chauffeurs lark about with an SS Officer in this grimly fascinating film.

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Family and FriendsFamily and Friends

Home movie196224 minsSilent

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

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Cwrt-yr-Ala - TwinsCwrt-yr-Ala - Twins

Home movie19488 minsSilent Location: Michaelston-le-Pit

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

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George's Party and Porthcawl PromGeorge's Party and Porthcawl Prom

Home movie195714 minsSilent Location: Porthcawl

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

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Arthur Conan Doyle Relaxes with his Family at WindleshamArthur Conan Doyle Relaxes with his Family at Windlesham

Amateur film192917 minsSilent

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

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Golden Wedding At Ellel HouseGolden Wedding At Ellel House

Home movie19504 minsSilent Location: Galgate

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

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Astor Home Movies No. 1Astor Home Movies No. 1

Home movie192087 minsSilent Location: Cliveden

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

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Amateur Film of Rudyard KiplingAmateur Film of Rudyard Kipling

Home movie19353 minsSilent Location: Bateman's

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

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David Lean Home Movies - ItalyDavid Lean Home Movies - Italy

Home movie19508 minsSilent

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

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King's Visit to North Wales: David Lloyd George Personal FilmKing's Visit to North Wales: David Lloyd George Personal Film

Home movie193710 minsSilent Location: Caernarfon

Crowds throng the streets of Caernarvon to glimpse King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, in this amateur film by Lloyd George's driver.

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Saga of Valerie Jean DouglasSaga of Valerie Jean Douglas

Home movie194950 mins

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

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A Movie Letter from HomeA Movie Letter from Home

Training film/TV programme19437 minsSilent Location: Wealdstone

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

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The Pioneers of NudismThe Pioneers of Nudism

Amateur film193827 minsSilent Location: Bricket Wood

If you go down to the woods today, you're sure of a big surprise...

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Johnny Wardle Home Movies - England in Australia 1958/59; Centenary Test, 1977Johnny Wardle Home Movies - England in Australia 1958/59; Centenary Test, 1977

Amateur film195859 minsSilent

Sabrina bowls! The 50s bombshell takes centre stage - and the attention away from some wonderful cricket footage.

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Shoreham Peeps 1Shoreham Peeps 1

Amateur film196235 mins Location: Shoreham-By-Sea

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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SquatpartySquatparty

Documentary198117 mins Location: Putney

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

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This is a B.D.D.A. film taken by members of Cardiff BranchThis is a B.D.D.A. film taken by members of Cardiff Branch

Amateur film193513 minsSilent Location: Brecon/Aberhonddu

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.

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Island ArtistIsland Artist

Amateur film195320 mins Location: Bardsey Island/Ynys Enlli

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.

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Mam's 80th BirthdayMam's 80th Birthday

Home movie19704 minsSilent Location: Tumble

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 StuartGary and Stuart

Home movie19645 minsSilent Location: Broughton

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

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Gary's 1st ChristmasGary's 1st Christmas

Home movie19614 minsSilent Location: Broughton

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

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Gary's ChristeningGary's Christening

Home movie19618 minsSilent Location: Preston

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

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Nikil's 6th BirthdayNikil's 6th Birthday

Home movie19783 minsSilent Location: Heysham

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

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Christine's 21st BirthdayChristine's 21st Birthday

Home movie19604 minsSilent Location: Bollington

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

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Joce and Gill at HomeJoce and Gill at Home

Amateur film193628 minsSilent

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

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Christmas 1949Christmas 1949

Home movie19494 minsSilent Location: Galgate

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

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Southampton’s MP Films his Family and FriendsSouthampton’s MP Films his Family and Friends

Amateur film193111 minsSilent Location: Hampshire

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

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Relaxing in HammocksRelaxing in Hammocks

Home movie19403 minsSilent Location: Didsbury

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

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Camping Holiday at SennenCamping Holiday at Sennen

Non-Fiction19681 minsSilent Location: Sennen

Steady now as handheld captures camping holiday

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Beach Holiday at Sennen CoveBeach Holiday at Sennen Cove

Non-Fiction19309 minsSilent Location: Sennen

Holidays are close to home for the Parsons' family.

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Basque Refugees at Stoneham and a Holiday to Lands EndBasque Refugees at Stoneham and a Holiday to Lands End

Amateur film193713 minsSilent

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

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Seaside at Westgate, Monica and Jim's WeddingSeaside at Westgate, Monica and Jim's Wedding

Amateur film19307 minsSilent

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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A Family Holiday on the Isle of WightA Family Holiday on the Isle of Wight

Amateur film194912 minsSilent Location: Isle of Wight

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

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Distinguished Visitors Enjoy the Fly-Fishing at Bossington HouseDistinguished Visitors Enjoy the Fly-Fishing at Bossington House

Amateur film19534 minsSilent Location: Bossington

Lord Brabazon, Edwin Hubble and a former American ambassador relax at Bossington House in this delightful home movie from the Fairey family

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Marjorie Glasspool Films Her Family in AltonMarjorie Glasspool Films Her Family in Alton

Amateur film19308 minsSilent Location: Hampshire

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

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Coastal Camping in CornwallCoastal Camping in Cornwall

Non-Fiction19713 minsSilent Location: Sennen

Home movie maker films family in Cornish field

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John's 5th BirthdayJohn's 5th Birthday

Home movie195511 minsSilent Location: Fulwood

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.

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Christmas at Marlene's 1965Christmas at Marlene's 1965

Home movie19655 minsSilent Location: Sale

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 RoadDomestic Scenes at 30 Devonshire Road

Home movie19494 minsSilent Location: Lytham St Anne's

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

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Ireland Family New Year Party 1974/5Ireland Family New Year Party 1974/5

Home movie19744 minsSilent Location: Garston

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

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The Wedding of Billy and Joyce 25 March 1950The Wedding of Billy and Joyce 25 March 1950

Home movie19509 minsSilent Location: Lancaster

Congratulations to the happy couple! A lovely record of a special day in Lancaster.

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Norma's Birthday Party And Family Get-togetherNorma's Birthday Party And Family Get-together

Home movie194110 minsSilent Location: Droylsden

Even in wartime, the fun goes on for the Hart family of Droylsden, and their friends, and dog.

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Weddings and HolidaysWeddings and Holidays

Amateur film195512 minsSilent Location: Devon

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 HighlandsHoliday in the Highlands

Amateur film193711 minsSilent

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 ShowFarnborough Air Show

Amateur film19618 minsSilent Location: Farnborough

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 PicturesLocal Scenes and Family Pictures

Amateur film192714 minsSilent

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 PicturesRoss Family Pictures

Amateur film193317 minsSilent Location: Croydon

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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House of Jan and Pete: A BirthdayHouse of Jan and Pete: A Birthday

Amateur film198414 mins Location: Milton Regis

Sarah celebrates her 18th birthday surrounded by family and friends - but before she gets her front-door key she must endure the 'bumps'

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Joan's Birthday PartyJoan's Birthday Party

Non-Fiction19293 minsSilent Location: Poole Harbour

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

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Wedding at the Grand in PlymouthWedding at the Grand in Plymouth

Non-Fiction19401 minsSilent Location: Plymouth

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

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Wedding Day - Jannaud Rides AgainWedding Day - Jannaud Rides Again

Non-Fiction19623 minsSilent Location: Mousehole

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

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Psyche's WeddingPsyche's Wedding

Non-Fiction192010 minsSilent Location: Devon

Bright young things thereto plight troth in a society wedding.

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Plymouth Hoe PromenadingPlymouth Hoe Promenading

Non-Fiction19402 minsSilent Location: Plymouth

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

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Plymouth's Bombed Out St Andrew's ChurchPlymouth's Bombed Out St Andrew's Church

Non-Fiction19491 minsSilent Location: Plymouth

Civic and Church leaders gather for a special service in the shell of St Andrew's

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Holidaying in the South WestHolidaying in the South West

Non-Fiction195010 minsSilent Location: Cawsand

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

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Ann Feeding the Hens and Other ScenesAnn Feeding the Hens and Other Scenes

Home movie19593 minsSilent Location: Bollington

Young members of the family playing, and helping with the chores.

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The Family at Home 1950The Family at Home 1950

Home movie19504 minsSilent Location: Galgate

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

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A Family Get-togetherA Family Get-together

Home movie19704 minsSilent Location: Bollington

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

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Visit to Ravenglass and Eskdale RailwayVisit to Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Home movie19763 minsSilent Location: Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

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

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Outing on the ThamesOuting on the Thames

Amateur film19339 minsSilent Location: Henley-on-Thames

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

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Coracles, Jet Skis and the Girls' Friendly SocietyCoracles, Jet Skis and the Girls' Friendly Society

Home movie196010 minsSilent Location: Cenarth

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

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Circus Comes to DenbighCircus Comes to Denbigh

Home movie19604 minsSilent Location: Denbigh/Dinbych

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

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Eddie Savage's AberystwythEddie Savage's Aberystwyth

Amateur film195015 minsSilent Location: Aberystwyth

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

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1969 Prince Charles at U.C.W1969 Prince Charles at U.C.W

Home movie19694 minsSilent Location: Aberystwyth

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

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Wedding, 'Dolclettwr' and Farmers in ScotlandWedding, 'Dolclettwr' and Farmers in Scotland

Home movie19654 minsSilent Location: Rhydlewis

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.

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Derry and London Scenes - Adams Personal FilmDerry and London Scenes - Adams Personal Film

Amateur film19592 minsSilent Location: Derry / Londonderry

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

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Tiger Bay and The Rainbow Club - ITiger Bay and The Rainbow Club - I

Home movie196039 minsSilent Location: Butetown

Tiger Bay in Cardiff's docks area: a successful, multi-cultural community, providing a variety of activities, but which is threatened by 'slum' clearance.

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Bryan Forbes Home Movies No. 43Bryan Forbes Home Movies No. 43

Home movie19683 minsSilent

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

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Tiger Bay and The Rainbow Club - IITiger Bay and The Rainbow Club - II

Home movie196065 minsSilent Location: Butetown

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!

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Warminster Street Celebrations and Street ScenesWarminster Street Celebrations and Street Scenes

Amateur film19117 minsSilent Location: Warminster

Long live the King - and the car! Warminster celebrates the coronation of George V with a parade of motor cars.

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Derry Scenes - Adams Personal FilmDerry Scenes - Adams Personal Film

Amateur film19596 minsSilent Location: Derry / Londonderry

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

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Mark Fairbairn Home Movies: White Heather Club, Eyemouth, Scotland / Trawler LaunchMark Fairbairn Home Movies: White Heather Club, Eyemouth, Scotland / Trawler Launch

Amateur film19675 minsSilent Location: Eyemouth

Eyemouth, a small town in the Scottish Borders, plays host to a popular BBC variety show.

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John DanielJohn Daniel

Home movie19257 minsSilent

John Daniel, a tame gorilla, plays with his human friends in this early amateur film

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Phyllis Calvert Home Movies Can 4Phyllis Calvert Home Movies Can 4

Home movie1947108 minsSilent

Wonderfully intimate home movie shots of British star Phyllis Calvert in Hollywood.