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Seaside Scenes at Hastings
Hastings looks marvellous in this sumptuous colour film from the late 1930s - complete with sunbathing, swimming and being slapped with a fish
Amateur film 1938 15 mins Silent
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This fascinating film of unknown provenance starts with a couple enjoying a day out on Hastings beach. Along with views of the town, we see fishing boats and fishermen, the cliff railway and speedboats. The couple, later joined by other couples, go on boat trips, sit sunbathing in deckchairs and play football on the beach. After a fishing trip, the couples bring back a box of fish and the man jokingly slaps the woman's face with a flatfish.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1946 2 mins Silent Location: Hastings
Post- war Hastings needs to brace itself for change in this short film from the Town Planning Department
Short documentary 2016 13 mins Location: St Leonards
Concluding Michael Smith and Maxy Bianco's trilogy on Britain's coastal edgelands, this films looks specifically at the bohemian eccentricity of Hastings.
Hastings' Week of Pageantry: Sir Herbert Tree Unveils the Tablet to Kean & Elliston Hastings' Week of Pageantry: Sir Herbert Tree Unveils the Tablet to Kean & Elliston
Non-Fiction 1914 2 mins Silent Location: Hastings
A plaque commemorating the first theatre in Hastings is unveiled and Stone Age dwellers take to the lake for a race.
Amateur film 1952 17 mins Silent Location: St Leonards
Join the Youngs as they tour a number of historic coastal towns and resorts during a May holiday in the early fifties
Non-Fiction 1926 1 mins Silent Location: Hastings
Town criers test their vocal mettle and there's a comic knees-up in this curious tinted newsreel item
1911 14 mins Silent Location: Ilfracombe
Recreation rules the day at Ilfracombe, while work continues on Hastings beaches
Charity appeal 2020 2 mins
Beautiful NHS fundraiser, setting Michael Rosen’s poem to powerful archive images.
Manchester's Welcome to the Imperial Yeomanry (1901) Manchester's Welcome to the Imperial Yeomanry (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 4 mins Silent Location: Manchester
A volunteer cavalry regiment is enthusiastically welcomed home after active service in South Africa.
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Liverpool
All ashore! Passengers disembark and crew offload after a long Atlantic crossing.
Spectators Promenading in Weston Park, Sheffield (1902) Spectators Promenading in Weston Park, Sheffield (1902)
Non-Fiction 1902 3 mins Silent Location: Weston Park
A stroll in the park for civilised city-dwellers in Edwardian South Yorkshire.
Non-Fiction 1924 1 mins Silent Location: Woking
The UK's first purpose-built mosque welcomes a huge crowd of worshippers - and newsreel cameras!
Comedy 1914 9 mins Silent
A vicar is caught flirting with an improperly-dressed chorus girl in this saucy silent comedy.
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