The Search options allow you to narrow your search by selecting the subjects, dates, names, and places that are relevant to your enquiry. You may search using multiple categories at once, this will restrict your search further, producing fewer (and hopefully more relevant) search results.
Searching for an exact phrase
If you are looking for something specific you can be more precise with your search by using quotation marks. For example a search for the terms: Sports Day will return any item that includes both those words, anywhere in the record, even if they appear separately. However, enclosing them in quotation marks “Sports Day”, will return only items that include this exact phrase, where both words are used together.
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Using the dates to restrict your search will not be exact and may produce results that extend beyond the dates you selected. This is because many of the films in the collection were made over a range of years, or the exact year of production may not be known and it may have been estimated.
Browse by Region
Click on the simple regional map to browse the archive by county or unitary authority, or use the ‘Places’ search option to restrict your search to specific counties and combine them with other search terms.
Many of the films and other items in the archive have been grouped into broad subject headings. These groups represent strong themes running through the collections and provide a useful starting point for browsing the films and discovering the kinds of items held here.
Cine Club Film-making
Early Film in the South East
Wartime and Military
case study Brighton
case study Girlhood
case study Home Front
case study Jewish Stories
Very few films in the archive have come to us as a single title. More commonly a number of films exist as part of a larger collection of films, sometimes with accompanying paperwork and equipment. Collections of films held by the archive have been created over the years by individuals or organisations and ultimately deposited with us for preservation. Collections include: home movies made by individual families in the South East; fiction films made by amateur cine groups; promotional films by companies and organisations; instructional films by schools, councils and community services; and many others. Browse over 85 of these named collections online or search them by selecting the ‘collections’ option at the top of the search option side bar.
Albany Cine Club
B. C. Suter
Bognor Regis Film Society
Bognor Regis Film Society / Guermonprez
C. Ernest Shippam
Carousel: Modern Marvels
Chilvers Family [?]
Cyril Hayworth pt1
Cyril Hayworth pt2
David R. Durant Films
Ding Dong Films pt 1
Ding Dong Films pt 2
Ding Dong Films pt 3
Enid Briggs pt1
Enid Briggs pt2
Francis Jefferis Williams
H A Voss
Haywards Heath Cine Society / Mr Church
Haywards Heath Cine Society pt1
Haywards Heath Cine Society pt2
Invicta Car Club Archive
Janet and John Lurcook Oral History
Jocelyn and Gillian Emberton Oral History
John William Bell
John Wood Collection
Kent Publicity Films
London Road School
Medway on Screen - Project films
Movies and Memories West Sussex - Project films
Royal Sussex Regiment Collection
Sevenoaks Cine Society
Southern Railway Orphanage
Steed Family - Manston, Kent
Sussex gentleman and keen yachtsman
Third Reich Film Material
Tunbridge Wells / Regency Film Unit
Turner Collections (Lucas family films)
Wallis / Collingridge
Woking Film Makers