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A Day in the Hayfields
Midsummer haymaking larks
Non-Fiction 1904 3 mins Silent
Nothing says midsummer like haymaking - a charming glimpse at the harvest in a time before tractors.
Enchantingly beautiful, Cecil Hepworth's modest interest film captures the essence of an English midsummer and the hay harvest in a time before tractors. Probably filmed in the ancient water meadows of the Thames, somewhere near Hepworth's studio at Walton, it shows men cutting hay using a horse-powered reaper. Less productive but certainly charming are the local babies and toddlers playing in the cut grass.
Travelogue 1937 12 mins Location: Finchingfield
Rural life in the Essex villages of Finchingfield and Great Bardfield - and the mixed reactions of older residents to changing times.
Documentary 1978 49 mins Location: Orkney Islands
Orkney evoked through poetry, the sounds of nature, and the music of Peter Maxwell Davies.
Industry sponsored film 1951 10 mins Location: Stroud
The Stroud valleys of Gloucestershire in glorious Technicolor - and with a Laurie Lee script.
Documentary 1984 23 mins Location: Newark-on-Trent
From shire horses to the Royal Marines, welcome to the annual Newark Show. A serious business for the farming community, with prizes to win and 800 gallons of beer to be drunk.
Documentary 1944 7 mins Location: Stanion
An extraordinary and unexpected snapshot of rural life in wartime in which a young black girl is crowned Queen of the May.
Amateur film 1947 13 mins Silent Location: Harrow
Bluebells, wisteria and snowdrops feature in this lovely colour film showing the effect of nature on the London suburb of Harrow after the war.
Short documentary 1970 25 mins Location: Walton-on-Thames
A typical day at Burwood Park, a boarding school for deaf children, features in this film made by two of its pupils, Alan Loft and Michael Chawner
Amateur film 1953 2 mins Silent Location: Walton-on-Thames
This behind the scenes film captures the range of skills shown by the members of the local cine club whilst filming the Perils of Picturegoing
Amateur film 1950 6 mins Silent Location: Walton-on-Thames
Amateur comedy film within a film, about the unforeseen risks of going to the cinema, including 3D films, ice creams, lions and spears!
Amateur film 1952 18 mins Location: Walton-on-Thames
An award winning animation by John Daborn and team, who were part of an animation collective with grand ideas of rivalling Disney
Scenes at the Walton-on-Thames Lawn Tennis Tournament Finals Day Scenes at the Walton-on-Thames Lawn Tennis Tournament Finals Day
Amateur film 1934 3 mins Silent Location: Walton-on-Thames
Amateur film of the final day of play at the Walton-on-Thames Tennis Tournament 1934.
Documentary 1974 8 mins Location: Walton-on-Thames
The latest developments in healthcare on show at Walton-on-Thames community health centre
Travelogue 1907 9 mins Silent
A grand tour of Japan’s major cities, offering scenic views of the streets and daily life.
Interest film 1913 3 mins Silent
This ethnographic film offers a brief overview of the traditional culture of the Ainu, an ethnic minority in Japan.
Documentary 1905 4 mins
The performance of a masked dancer is followed by a scene from a kendo match, contrasting grace and ferocity.
Non-Fiction 1904 2 mins Silent
In a school gymnastic festival, boys and girls demonstrate their physical rigour through exercise and dance.
Interest film 1909 5 mins Silent
A vibrant festival with parades of fishermen and geisha celebrates the 50th anniversary of the opening of Yokohama Port.
1912 5 mins Silent
Pathécolor’s mechanical stencil colouring is put to good use illustrating a festival at an ancient shrine.