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Watts Family Films: Karen’s Third Birthday, Epsom (1976)
Children sit round the dining table for a rather formal children’s tea, rounded off by a cake with slightly frustrating candles.
Home movie 1976 3 mins Silent
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Short, slightly blurry film of children celebrating a third birthday with tea round a dining table. Includes useful glimpses of some stylish mums and interesting 1970s interiors – note the period wallpaper in particular. Ends with the birthday cake in the shape of a number three, with candles that require a helping blow from mum.
Non-Fiction 1899 2 mins Silent Location: Epsom
Red letter day for the Victorian horseracing fraternity and the Surrey town.
Non-Fiction 1913 5 mins Silent Location: Epsom
A momentous act of self sacrifice is caught on camera - Emily Davison is trampled by the King's horse at the 1913 Epsom Derby.
Home movie 1974 7 mins Silent Location: Epsom
Plastic frogs and toy pushchairs are all unwrapped during a frantic and satisfying Christmas for a toddler, her mother and grandfather.
Home movie 1978 3 mins Silent Location: Epsom
One elderly relative falls asleep, but the kids still have a ball opening their Christmas presents in the Epsom suburbs.
Watts Family Films: Karen’s Fourth Birthday, Epsom (1977) Watts Family Films: Karen’s Fourth Birthday, Epsom (1977)
Home movie 1977 3 mins Silent Location: Epsom
A fourth birthday party begins with a polite tea and ends in balloon-hitting flag-waving anarchy as the kids enjoy their sugar rush.
Home movie 1976 3 mins Silent Location: Epsom
It’s present time on Christmas Day 1976 in suburban Epsom, with the family gathered in the living room for a spot of unwrapping.
Industry sponsored film 1960 24 mins
A new luxury express is put through its paces. This film looks over the shoulders of the select band of craftsmen, engineers and operators, whose combined skills try to ensure that a train journey is a delightful experience.
Documentary 1973 15 mins
British Transport Films record the varied daily lives of their neighbours as seen from the high roof of their building in London’s Marylebone.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
Industry sponsored film 1957 20 mins
Illustrating the efficiency of express freight trains, and how they link manufacturers with their customers at the other end of Britain.
Documentary 1952 30 mins
Examining a day in the life of what was then the busiest railway system in the world – British Railways.
Industry sponsored film 1957 9 mins
A 1957 film examining the future for British Railways, and some of the opportunities provided by a new modernisation plan.
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