Title ID 10146Collection ID1171
Title[Boating; School Sports; Drusillas Park]
Date[ca. 1931 - 1937]
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeFamily Life Leisure
KeywordsAnimals Beaches Boats Children Family Everyday Life Lakes Landscape Leisure Time Activities Steamships Piers Harbours
LocalSeaford Isfield Midhurst Alfriston Beachy Head Eastbourne
RegionalEast Sussex West Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionCharles Bernard Henning
CameraCharles Bernard Henning
Format16mm Mixed Colour and Black & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This black and white and colour film shows family leisure activity, with scenes at a boating lake (Isfield), followed by shots from a school sports day, various beach and fishing outings (Beachy Head and Cowdray Park), and a trip to Drusillas Park (Alfriston).


The film begins in black and white with a sequence of various mixed material including: a brief double exposure picnic scene; followed by scenes on a boating lake with hand-cranked paddle boats; a visit from the grandparents; a toddler in a baby carriage; cubs or boy scouts activities; the family in the garden and at on the beach at Seaford. A steam ship is entering the port of Newhaven in the background; a deer park; fishing at the seaside.

The middle section of the film shows a school sports day. Boys perform various exercises sequences in formation (some with wooden rifles) on grass playing fields. There is a fancy-dress parade for the smaller children. Further mixed sequences follow including: a farmer ploughing a field on a horse-drawn plough; a sunset seascape with sail boat; men playing golf; a view of a lighthouse taken from adjacent chalk cliff headland at Beachy Head; two men fishing; ornamental gardens at Cowdray Park; waves breaking on the beach; a boy walking with his father on groynes. These short sequences are followed by a longer section depicting views of a trip to a boating lake at Isfield with several shots taken from the boat. The film closes with another longer sequence, in colour, of a family trip to Drusillas Park, where the family look at the animals and ride on a miniature railway train - a model of the ‘LMS’ (London, Midland and Scottish Railway Co.). The final shots, again in colour, are of a snowball fight on the South Downs, and portraits of the children in the garden.


[Boating; School Sports; Drusillas Park] (1931-1937)[Boating; School Sports; Drusillas Park] (1931-1937)[Boating; School Sports; Drusillas Park] (1931-1937)