Title ID 14153Collection ID1818
Title[Wedding; Baby Pam; Broadstairs holidays and Uncle Mack's Minstrels Show]
Date[ca. 1937-1939]
CollectionClark Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionFamily Life
KeywordsAnimals Beaches Children Holidays Mothers Performing Arts Entertainment Seaside Resorts
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionErnest Clark
CameraErnest Clark
ParticipantsUncle Mack's minstrels
FormatStandard 8mm Black & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details.


A wedding followed by many scenes featuring Pam, the film maker's baby daughter both at home in the family garden and on holiday with friends and family in Broadstairs, Kent. There is also a view of the seaside performers, Uncle Mack's Minstrels in full make-up and costume.


A wedding couple exit a church and walk through a crowd of well-wishers towards a car and then drive away. Mum and baby Pam are seen in the family garden. Pam is given a half-peeled orange to eat, with family members sat next to her. Portrait shots of Pam playing with a ball on the grass in the garden. A group of family and friends sit at an outdoor table for an alfresco meal. Babies, including Pam, crawl on the lawn and on a blanket. A small boy gets a piggy-back from a man, the camera pans to watch them walk past.

More family activity takes place in the garden with aunts and uncles at what looks like a summer house or beach house learning to walk.

Baby Pam is seen with her parents and grandparents on the beach at Broadstairs. She is seen being held by the hand as she is paddling in the water, scenes of the beach and cliffs and other children playing in the water.

More scenes follow of the crowded beach and Dad with baby Pam. The beach lift can be seen in the distance. Pam sits with her grandma in a deck-chair and on the beach by a row of beach huts, raiding grandma's handbag and putting things in her mouth. Portrait shots of Mum with Pam playing with a flower garland on the beach.

We next see Pam with Grandad sat together with a row of houses behind them. A sign behind them reads "An Appeal..."

The shot cuts back to the beach, where a family group in swim wear play together to bury a young boy in the sand. Pam's grandparents sit in low deck chairs on the beach with her. At a different beach the group sit together as plan claps and reaches for the camera. Baby Pam later is placed to sit by a pet Spaniel dog which does tricks. Mum holds Pam so she can stroke and pet the dog.

On a nearby stage, Uncle Mack's Minstrels troupe perform various routines in full faced make-up and costume.

A smiling old couple walk towards the camera and are later seen walking away from a beach-side Tea shop and cabin supplies stores.

The scene cuts to Pam and a small boy playing with a white kitten in a garden on a blanket. Followed by scenes of a large extended family gathering sitting together outside a summer house. The film maker captures Pam being held by an older woman. Pam sits with a small boy dressed in a one piece swimming costume in a playpen, with the film closing on a shot of Pam sitting is in a Silver Cross style pram in the garden.


A black and white still image taken from TID14153, showing a gathering of men and women sat around a tresses tape in a garden having afternoon tea. The group have turned to face the camera and are smiling and waiving.
A black and white still image taken from TID14153, of a man and a toddler stood crouched on the waterline of Broadstairs beach, posing for the camera. The toddler is dressed in a bathing suit and the man with his trousers rolled to the knee. Around them, other children and families play in the water and on the beach. The chalk cliffs can be seen in the far background.
A black and white still image taken from TID14153, showing a performance by Uncle Mack's Minstrels on the Broadstairs open air stage, on the sands.

Contextual information

Uncle Mack’s Minstrels were an integral part of the Broadstairs summer entertainment in the early part of the twentieth century. In 1911 Uncle Mack’s Minstrels were voted the most popular troupe of the British Seaside resorts. Now considered unacceptable as a form of entertainment, black-faced entertainers were a popular act in the 1930s and were often seen at seaside resorts.