Collection John William Bell
A collection of films showing family life in Surrey, England by John William Bell.
|Collection ID||1265||Reference code||S 101126|
|Title||John William Bell|
|Production||John William Bell|
|Access status||Copyright and access restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
John William Bell lived with his family in North Cheam, Surrey. The thirty-one films in his collection span the years from 1941 to 1966 and were made on 9.5mm stock. Together they form an intimate portrait of a family living through wartime and post-war Britain, with a focus on the Bell's children and various family events. There are also films in the collection which record events of a regional, national and international interest such as the 1948 Olympics at Wembley, the Festival of Britain in London, and Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard of The Netherlands visiting the Guildhall, City of London on November 22nd 1950.
Films in this collection:
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Childhood Wartime Scenes.
|Date||1942 - 1945||ID||10809|
An amateur film with intertitles following a young boy's early years during wartime.
Baby Scenes; Family Visit Newcastle
An amateur film following family life after the birth of the family's baby named David in North Cheam, Surrey 1941/1942. The family introduce baby David to their relatives in Newcastle, travelling by train.
[Olympiad; Children; Lord Mayor's Show]
This film shows the 1948 Olympics held at Wembley stadium. The film shows the opening ceremony and equestrian event and some of the closing ceremony. The film also features family scenes (not included in online clip) showing children with toys, fireworks on bonfire night, the Lord Mayor's Show, Christmas, baby scenes, a birthday and Kite flying.
A Church Outing to Chessington Zoo and Two Trips to Box Hill
|Date||1949 - 1950 - 1951||ID||10816|
An amateur film documenting the children at North Cheam Junior Church on three separate outings between 1949 and 1951. The first outing takes place at Chessington Zoo and the other outings take place at Box Hill on two separate occasions.
Royal Visit; Richmond Royal Horse Show; Freemen School
|Date||1950 - 1951||ID||10819|
An amateur film documenting two children's upbringing including a royal visit, a horse show and a school event between 1950 and 1951.
Festival of Britain (1951)
An amateur film documenting the Festival of Britain in London, 1951. This film documents royal visits, London, the Dome of Discovery, boats on the Thames and the festival gardens in Battersea park.
Children, The Passing of Queen Mary, A Sports Day and a Coronation
An amateur titled film in 1953 documenting David and his brother, the passing of Queen Mary, a sports day and the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
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