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Boulter Family Films: Family and Friends Christmas Party, Becontree (1965)
Two-minutes glimpse of an East London Christmas part, with a small amount of present-opening and a whole lot of hat-wearing and raucous dancing.
Amateur film 1965 2 mins Silent
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Taken from the Boulter Family Films collection, this shows a mid-60s Christmas party in Becontree. A guest opens a present before the floor is cleared for some energetic dancing, possibly the Twist. Almost everybody wears a silly hat, and bonus points to the chap sporting the ruddy cheeks and drooping fag. It all looks a lot of fun. Interestingly, there’s little in the way of decorations, bar a few balloons.
Barking & Dagenham Heritage and Archives Service
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 1988 5 mins Location: South Shields
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Closure of Snibston Colliery
Current affairs 1983 5 mins Location: Snibston
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Moving theatre-set Christmas tale of a former dancer and her child
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Amateur film 1962 17 mins Silent Location: Cambridge
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Non-Fiction 1914 1 mins Silent
Recruits of Lord Kitchener's 'New Army' parade on Christmas morning.
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Amateur film 1940 10 mins Silent Location: Heath
Life with the Iles family: Summer is for cycling, the seaside, tending to tortoises and meeting delightful collie pups. Christmas is for crackers and the gift of a perfect doll.
Boulter Family Films: Baby Girl And Father, Becontree (1964)
Amateur film 1964 3 mins Silent Location: Becontree
A nonplussed baby and besuited smoking dad pose for the cameras in this home movie, shot in the garden and interior of a house on the Becontree estate.
Boulter Family Films: Christmas party, Becontree (1960s)
Amateur film 1966 4 mins Silent Location: Becontree
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Boulter Family Films: London dockers, Royal Albert Dock (1964)
Amateur film 1964 5 mins Silent Location: Royal Albert Dock
Great shots of London dockers enjoying a tea break in the teeming Royal Albert Dock, a hive of container ships and gigantic cranes.
Boulter Family Films: Christmas Party, Becontree (1964)
Amateur film 1964 12 mins Silent Location: Becontree
There’s tears of laughter followed by energetic dancing round the tinsel tree in this great film of a Christmas party in Becontree in 1964.
Boulter Family Films: Wedding, Barking & Dagenham (1960s)
Amateur film 1960 3 mins Silent Location: Becontree
Flower girls, kisses and 60s fashions as a couple go up the aisle in this home move of a family wedding in the 1960s.
Boulter Family Films: Wedding, Devon (1957)
Amateur film 1957 7 mins Silent Location: Becontree
There’s all the elements of a great wedding – hats, ribald graffiti, confetti, awkward relatives – in this short home movie of a wedding in Exeter from 1957.
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent
The Victorian great and good mark the passing of a political titan
Parade of Troops with Band and Crowds Following
Non-Fiction 1900 2 mins Silent
For Britons during the Boer War, a welcome opportunity to support the troops - and march alongside them
Workers Leaving Work at Vickers
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Location: Barrow-In-Furness
Factory gate glimpses at - we think - Barrow-in-Furness
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent Location: Worthing
Worthing waves at us in this mesmerising early film
The Biter Bit
Comedy 1898 1 mins Silent
Film's first joke? A fresh take on an old prank.
Opening of the Kiel Canal
Non-Fiction 1895 0 mins Silent
This was one of a series of actuality films made by the Victorian pioneer Birt Acres during 1895. The film is thought to have been shot on June 20, on the occasion of the opening of the Kiel Canal by the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. Acres shot other films at the same time, but they have not survived.
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