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Honeymooning in Torquay is a communal affair.
News 1962 7 mins
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Mrs Barnard is the owner of the Honeymoon Hotel in Torquay and it specialises in catering for honeymooning couples giving them a chance to socialise with each other. In the 1960s honeymoons become more affordable and package deals are offered to newly-weds with entertainment included. The fashionable seaside town of Torquay is transformed from a fishing port to a holiday seaside resort.
Torbay’s sandy beaches and mild climate earn it the nickname of the English Riviera and it is easily accessible by train. The exact origin of the word honeymoon is unknown although reference is made to it in the sixteenth century about the first month of marriage being the sweetest. In the nineteenth century couples would embark on a bridal tour and in the twentieth century a honeymoon becomes an intimate private holiday and chance to get to know each prior to embarking on married life.
Advert 1968 2 mins Silent
Far-out guys and groovy gals drop doses of good strong coffee in this psychedelic 1968 ad for the hot black stuff.
News 1971 5 mins Location: Glastonbury
Glastonbury ley lines for iconic pyramid stage to heighten a festival-goer’s experience
Promotional 2016 1 mins
Anarchy in the UK… This rare footage presents a short blast of the punk energy that took over the streets of Britain in the late 1970s.
News 1968 2 mins Location: Truro
The Women’s Liberation movement’s burn your bra campaign hits Truro.
Drama 1979 24 mins Location: London
Nerdy teenage mummy's boy David dreams of wowing the girls with his disco dance moves - but alas he was born with two left feet.
Amateur film 1929 8 mins Silent Location: Ham Spray Ho
The wilder fringes of the Bloomsbury Group are exposed in this dark amateur film starring Dora Carrington.
Current affairs 1982 5 mins Location: Torquay
The charming entertainer explains his love of the frock.
News 1962 1 mins Silent Location: Torquay
Police Constable learns to read differently.
Sport 1980 5 mins Location: Torquay
Young tennis hopeful Jo Louis is at a coaching session in Torquay
Sport 1964 4 mins Location: Torquay
Two of the Best of British compete against each other in Torquay
Sport 1984 12 mins Location: Torquay
Sue Barker returns to home turf with a very special fan
Sport 1971 9 mins Location: Torquay
A young pretender takes on the Wimbledon Champion
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1936 8 mins
Spoiler alert! The fox is always going to outsmart the hounds in this delightful, balletic cartoon that heads from the countryside into 1930s suburbia.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1936 9 mins
Carmen get your cartoon opera fix in this (very!) loose version of Bizet’s classic tale of romance and treachery.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1909 4 mins
Toy Story meets Fatal Attraction in this tale of an Edwardian childhood romance scuppered by poor finances and a stalking dolly
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1940 8 mins
Who does he think he’s kidding? This parodic day-in-the-life portrait of Mr Hitler is one of the very few British examples of comic cartoon propaganda from WW2.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1919 10 mins Silent
Remember when Charlie Chaplin went into space? Reality is no obstacle in this endlessly inventive silent cinema cartoon of the 'Little Tramp'
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1925 6 mins
1920s canine icon Bonzo the Dog tests the Entente Cordiale to the limit in this silent British cartoon
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