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Bournemouth looks its gorgeous best in this sumptuously colourful promotional film from 1961.
Promotional 1961 22 mins
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This promotional film shows almost everything that Bournemouth had to offer the holidaymakers of 1961. Whether arriving by air or on bicycles, the town, clearly competing with increasingly cheap foreign holidays, offered the visitor a wide variety of sports and pastimes, steamer trips along the Dorset coastline and fine dining at the Pavillion. Bournemouth's shopping district and musical entertainments are also displayed as are its seaside illuminations.
Film of the day
Once upon a Line
Documentary 1947 10 mins
Model husbands prove that size isn't everything as they get steamed up over Lilliput locomotives
How to Improve Your Play
1947 20 mins
Patrick Hughes shows how to become a better tennis player.
A Central Indian Town: Udaipur
School programme and Educational film 1937 9 mins
Life in Udaipur in Rajasthan, with shots of temples, markets and busy streets.
Panorama of Calcutta, India, From the River Ganges.
Non-Fiction 1899 2 mins Silent
One of the earliest films to be shot in India apparently shows the Calcutta ghats - or does it?
Asian Community Centre
News 1979 5 mins Location: Wolverhampton
Will the 'House of Cards' be the sanctuary that the elderly Asian men of Wolverhampton need?
The Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales 1958
Promotional 1958 17 mins Location: Ebbw Vale/Glyn Ebwy
RTB, the Ebbw Vale steel company, records a town highlight, preparations for which have been in train a year, involving organisers, competitors, quarrymen and steel workers.
This is Bournemouth
Promotional 1969 17 mins Location: Bournemouth
Bournemouth. A holiday resort that’s got the lot. Sunshine, sandy beaches, gardens, shops, fine dining and entertainment - with sports stars and a few beauty queens thrown in
Deaf Club Holiday in Bournemouth
Amateur film 1971 12 mins Silent Location: Bournemouth
Tag along with the Deaf Club as they bask in the sunshine in Bournemouth, visit the Italian Villa at Compton Acres, and enjoy a cream tea.
Documentary 1949 10 mins Silent Location: Barnes Common
A grand coach tour makes its way to Hampshire, Dorset and Devon, leaving London far behind
Snaps of Bournemouth
Amateur film 1920 1 mins Silent Location: Bournemouth
This rare and remarkable short film, made by Harry Guermonprez, shows a visit to 1920s Bournemouth - all dressed in trench coats and cloche hats
Wales, Bournemouth, and Birthday Cake on the Beach
Home movie 1943 11 mins Silent Location: Cenarth
Grandpa, in smart 3-piece suit with pocket watch, celebrates his birthday on the beach, assisted by a lively grand-daughter.
All Seasons - the story of Bournemouth as a resort
Promotional 1930 14 mins Silent Location: Waterloo Sta
Ride the Bournemouth Belle to this famous southern seaside resort – in a film featuring golfers, skaters and the Municipal Symphony Orchestra
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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