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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
Non-Fiction 1926 2 mins Silent Location: Wimbledon
Action from the 1926 Wimbledon Ladies' Singles final between Kitty Godfree and Lilí de Álvarez.
Sponsored film 1977 19 mins Location: Ipswich
Flag-waving and fanfare in the warm July sunshine for the Silver Jubilee visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth to Ipswich and Felixstowe.
Sport 1926 2 mins Silent
In June 1926 King George V and Queen Mary lead the celebrations for Wimbledon’s 50th jubilee.
Amateur film 1963 26 mins Location: Ashford in the Water
Attention to detail, dedication and an artist's touch are needed to create the designs made from seeds and petals that go on to adorn the wells of Derbyshire.
Sport 1955 13 mins
Highlights from the conclusion of the men’s and women’s singles at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships 1955
Travelogue 1935 15 mins Silent Location: Bournemouth
Anyone for a trip to the seaside? From Bournemouth to Margate via Brighton and Folkestone – sunny delights in abundance.
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.
1992 26 mins Location: Peckham
Julian Henriques' urban musical showcases the style, vernacular and vibrancy of British Caribbean Dancehall culture.
Comedy 2014 16 mins Location: London
Geeky Pavan takes his 'English Rose' on a date to the most authentic Indian restaurant in the city. To his horror she goes off-menu, in Hindi...
Documentary 2017 7 mins
A trilogy of short documentaries mapping out the personal migration stories of the filmmaker's family.
Drama 2019 16 mins
When Nazanin attends her estranged fathers funeral she is compelled into womanhood, by rebelling against the ideals of what it is to be an Iranian woman.
Drama 2021 3 mins
A look into a young Somali woman who is having difficulties speaking her mother tongue.
Documentary 2019 8 mins
Bringing together a series of compelling stories from the mixed-race community.
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