Collection Barnes Brothers


Brothers John and William Barnes were skilled amateur documentary film-makers, filming in Kent during the 1930s.

Collection ID46Reference codeK 971100
TitleBarnes Brothers
Dates1920s - 1970s
ProductionJohn Barnes and Bill (William) Barnes
Materials16mm FILM 9.5mm VIDEO DIGITAL Standard 8mm Books Ephemera Lantern Ephemera Audio
Access statusContact Screen Archive South East for details


Twin brothers John and William Barnes devoted their lives to film, making many films including important documentaries on Kent in the 1930s. The brothers also developed a vast collection of film apparatus, publications, photographs and ephemera relating to the early history of film-making in Britain. Part of their collection of artefacts is now held by Hove Museum, Brighton and Hove.
John Barnes also wrote extensively on pre-cinema and early cinema history. As part of the the collection of Barnes Brothers' films held by the Screen Archive South East, In the Garden of England (1938) is an exceptional record of agricultural life in East Kent as seen through the changing seasons. Other films by the Barnes Brothers include The Wheat Harvest (ca.1935) which also has an agricultural theme and illustrates the annual harvest in East Kent. Their film With the Gypsies in Kent (ca.1939) offers a portrait of a Roma family in Canterbury, Kent, showing the preparation of the caravans for their trip to Canterbury and their entry into the City

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