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Butlins Keep Fit and Exercise
With war over, Butlin's was back in business. Happy campers were keen for a taste of fresh air and exercise - with all ages, shapes and sizes limbering up and letting their hair down!
Amateur film 1946 2 mins Silent
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The post war focus on fitness meant Butlin's formula of bon ami, full schedules of entertainment and active participation for all the family was a popular draw to their coastal camps. Encouraged by enthusiastic and well toned trainers - no 'Redcoats' in sight as yet, families joined in the stretching, twisting, jumping and hopping to much hilarity.
It was William King, a businessman from Cambridge we have to thank for this film of fun and frolics at Butlins. William had a holiday house at nearby Holland-on-sea and, as an enthusiastic amateur film maker, would visit Butlins at Clacton to film campers participating in events. These films were then screened at the Camp as part of the entertainment.
1940 11 mins Silent
Flock to your local keep fit class - there's a war on and Britain needs its citizens in tip-top shape.
Non-Fiction 1929 1 mins Silent Location: Herne Hill
Women cyclists go for gold! Singer Gracie Fields presents the grand prize at South London's premier women's cycling event.
News 1974 4 mins Location: Woodsetton
They breed them hard in Dudley - running non-stop for 24 hours is nothing to Ron Bentley: his next challenge is to race over 800 miles.
School programme and Educational film 1952 14 mins Location: Leigh-on-Sea
Want to learn to dance the Swedish Masquerade, Dutch Hakke Toone, or maybe the Italian Tarantella? Essex schoolchildren show us how it’s done.
News 1980 6 mins Location: Belfast
Meet the president leading the haggis hurling revival and learn how delivering lunch became a sport for kilted gentlemen.
Amateur film 1967 19 mins Silent Location: Stoke Mandeville
Rare home movie capturing sporting action in 1967 at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, birthplace of the Paralympics.
Non-Fiction 1968 3 mins Silent Location: Great Yarmouth
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Home movie 1933 4 mins Silent Location: Clacton-On-Sea
Picnicking on the beach, followed by swimming in the sea, donkey rides, more swimming at the lido and finally, horse riding.
Home movie 1974 7 mins Silent Location: Dovercourt
A charming film by amateur filmmaker, Paul Amos recording the visit of a group of children from the Wagtail Club to the Aquarium at Clacton Pier.
Amateur film 1970 2 mins Location: Clacton-On-Sea
Ted Hammond, an amateur filmmaker from Essex filmed this travelogue, but it’s not clear whether the car or the driver is the Frinton Flyer!
Amateur film 1950 9 mins Silent Location: Clacton-On-Sea
The essence of a relaxed family holiday at Clacton, Essex in September 1950
Amateur film 1964 20 mins Location: Clacton-On-Sea
Drama made by members of Clacton Cine Club. Daily life is interrupted by an emergency sea rescue.
Drama 2020 21 mins
A young Palestinian woman crosses the Israeli border illegally to find her long-lost brother, who she hopes will be her ticket to a new life.
Charity appeal 2020 2 mins
Beautiful NHS fundraiser, setting Michael Rosen’s poem to powerful archive images.
Non-Fiction 1924 1 mins Silent Location: Woking
The UK's first purpose-built mosque welcomes a huge crowd of worshippers - and newsreel cameras!
Comedy 1914 9 mins Silent
A vicar is caught flirting with an improperly-dressed chorus girl in this saucy silent comedy.
Manchester's Welcome to the Imperial Yeomanry (1901) Manchester's Welcome to the Imperial Yeomanry (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 4 mins Silent Location: Manchester
A volunteer cavalry regiment is enthusiastically welcomed home after active service in South Africa.
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Liverpool
All ashore! Passengers disembark and crew offload after a long Atlantic crossing.
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