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Richard Brookes Collection: Wedding, Ilford
Speeches, toasts and kippahs in this Super 8 home movie of Richard and Lyn Brookes’s wedding, held at Beehive Lane Synagogue in Ilford.
Amateur film 1973 3 mins Silent
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Richard and Lyn Brookes married in 1971, but after working in the United States, married again in 1973 at home in Ilford. Captured here on Super 8 film, the wedding took place at the Beehive Lane Synagogue in Ilford. Guests are shown arriving at the reception, followed by the couple. The men are all wearing kippahs. Toasts and speeches are made, dances are danced and everybody is smiling. A lovely look at a personal day.
The Wedding of Kathleen and Idris
Amateur film 1955 10 mins Silent Location: Llanarmon-yn-Ial
Beautiful but unusual wedding film in that a pig makes a brief and unexpected appearance, and the bridesmaids appear to be going off on honeymoon with the bride and groom.
A Momento of your Wonderfull Day
Amateur film 1968 10 mins Silent Location: Aberystwyth
The groom, Robin Varley, waiting on the steps of the Tabernacle Chapel, in Powell Street, Aberystwyth, on 19/10/1968, looks at his watch. Where is she, his bride, Beryl Jones?
“Let’s Dream” Introducing Clarkson-Richardson Wedding
Amateur film 1949 9 mins Silent Location: Jarrow
A beautiful memento of a post-war wedding in Jarrow on South Tyneside.
The Wedding, the Beekeeper, the Pigs and the Broads
Home movie 1933 10 mins Silent Location: Pendine Sands
Brayshays in Laugharne, Buckleys at Llangynin, 'Voyager' on the Thames, 'Seafarer' on Pendine Sands and 'Herzogin Cecilie' on the rocks.
Princess Di Wedding and Winter Snow
Amateur film 1982 4 mins Location: Harrow
Everyone's home in Harrow to witness Lady Di's debut as a Royal and a record-breaking winter causes chaos in 1981.
The Wedding of Peter and Judith Elliott
Amateur film 1956 14 mins Silent Location: Pinner
Hats, stumbles and happy faces at this wedding film from 1956, taken at the service and reception of Judith and Peter Elliott in Pinner.
Amateur film 1957 46 mins Location: Ilford
Ilford's past, present and a 'Kodachromed' future are all here in this epic amateur portrait of the town, made in the mid-50s.
Relay round Ilford
Non-Fiction 1929 1 mins Silent Location: Ilford
Extraordinary shorts and exhausted runners feature in this short newsreel showing highlights of a 40-mile relay race round Ilford.
Sons of the Soil
Non-Fiction 1915 1 mins Silent Location: Ilford
Ilford's Fairlop Plain provides the battlefield for ploughing matches between local hands and Essex outsiders.
Village life in wartime Cobham
Amateur film 1944 15 mins Silent Location: Cobham
You'd never know there was a war on in sleepy Cobham until you see the soldiers - otherwise life goes on at a slow pace in this beautifully bucolic corner of Kent.
Auxiliary Fire Service Practice, Ilford (1942)
Amateur film 1942 6 mins Silent Location: Ilford
Short amateur film showing the men of the Auxiliary Fire Service in Ilford in training in Ilford during the Second World War.
Kench Family Films: 1965 Part 2, Redbridge and West End (1965)
Home movie 1965 14 mins Silent Location: Ilford
Beatles puppets, West End windows and an Ilford family Christmas all feature in this eclectic home move from Redbridge in 1965.
Comedy 1919 35 mins Silent
A protective father masquerades as an automatic doll in this bonkers interwar comedy.
Spirit of Mayday
1937 11 mins Silent
May Day – a significant day for the labour movement – is covered by the cameras of the Film and Photograph League.
Cornelius Cardew 1936-1981
Performance 1986 55 mins
An exploration of the life and work of the controversial British composer.
1935 9 mins
Let it bleed? This exemplary education film gets to the heart of the matter.
U.A.B. (Workers Newsreel No.3)
Non-Fiction 1935 12 mins Silent
Punchy political film capturing mass protests against unemployment.
The Merry Month of May
1937 15 mins Silent
A spirited satire on the coronation of George VI made by members of the Film and Photograph League.