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Boulter Family Films: Bridesmaids In Pink, Stratford (1963)
Shocking pink outfits, impressive cake and a gargantuan veil feature in this brief home move shot at this wedding somewhere in East London
Amateur film 1963 2 mins
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Taken from the Boulter Family Films archive sometime in the early 60s, it’s not entirely clear where this wedding scene took place – but the brief appearance in the background of a London bus, with Stratford on the rear, suggests it’s somewhere in East London. Good for fashion spotting, the film features bridesmaids in shocking pink, the bride’s humungous veil, a grand cake and some very happy relatives at a bus stop.
Barking & Dagenham Heritage and Archives Service
I Saw This, November 1940
Home movie 1940 17 mins Location: Swallownest
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Village life in Minstead with Weddings, Ladies Cricket, Folk Dancing and Coronation Celebrations
Amateur film 1937 12 mins
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Amateur film 1956 14 mins Location: Pinner
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Amateur film 1930 7 mins
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Non-Fiction 1940 1 mins Location: Plymouth
A joyous occasion of marrying a man in uniform as rare moving images are taken in Plymouth.
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Home movie 1950 9 mins Location: Lancaster
Congratulations to the happy couple! A lovely record of a special day in Lancaster.
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Non-Fiction 1930 1 mins Location: Stratford
Flowers, flag-waving and royal handshakes as Queen Mary and the Duke Of Gloucester, the Queen’s third son, visit a hospital in Stratford.
Mission of Mercy
Non-Fiction 1928 1 mins Location: Stratford
Huge crowds greet Queen Mary as she opens the Dr Nicoll Memorial Wing at Queen Mary’s in Stratford.
Morecambe and Wise - Be Wise Don't Drink and Drive
Public Information Filler 1963 1 mins
Ernie tells Eric to ‘be wise’ and not drive home after their Christmas party
Shiraz: A Romance of India
Historical drama 1928 106 mins
This epic silent film, telling the ravishing, romantic story behind the Taj Mahal, has been newly restored with a sumptuous new score from Anoushka Shankar.
Building the 3rd Orpington Boy Scout Group Headquarters
Amateur film 1965 9 mins Location: Orpington
Follow construction of the new Scout Hall, from breaking ground to the finishing touch - the mounting of a moose head!
National Scoutcar Racing in Brighton
Amateur film 1967 3 mins Location: Brighton
Homemade go-karts of all colours, shapes and sizes can be seen haring along Madeira Drive in Brighton, as Scouts compete for first place.
Cyril Visits Lesney Farm Allotment and Pubs in Erith
Amateur film 1982 2 mins Location: Erith
Two classic masculine pastimes from the 1970s - allotments and pubs.
Fete at Erith
Amateur film 1979 3 mins Location: Erith
Looking down on Erith fete and across the river to East London.