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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
Documentary 1947 10 mins
Model husbands prove that size isn't everything as they get steamed up over Lilliput locomotives
1947 20 mins
Patrick Hughes shows how to become a better tennis player.
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. 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?
News 1979 5 mins Location: Wolverhampton
Will the 'House of Cards' be the sanctuary that the elderly Asian men of Wolverhampton need?
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.
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
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
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 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 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
Comedy 1896 1 mins Silent
A deft music hall act adapted for film, featuring the only known appearance of pioneer filmmaker Robert Paul
Advert 1985 2 mins
Take a fighter jet, a Top Gun pilot with sunglasses and a brand new SAAB 900 and you have a sure-fire vehicle to launch a Hollywood career.
Promotional 2019 10 mins
A wandering warrior dreams of a new form of expression, in this promo for UNKLE’s album The Road: Part II / Lost Highway Pt. II directed by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones.
1935 16 mins
A rare glimpse of 1930s London in colour: the Thames has never looked lovelier.
1965 1 mins Location: York
A world away from zany humour, Richard Lester shows he can also capture the easy opulence of the upper class nibbling After Eight mints.
Advert 1946 1 mins Silent
Life is looking up! The war is over and the “Corona” Man can visit his “Corona” families once more, door-to-door.
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