Title ID 170Collection ID378
Title[Family Scenes: Baby; Toddler; Fancy Dress Party; Wedding]
Date[ca. 1960s]
CollectionLewis Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeFamily life
KeywordsBuilding Construction Buildings Children Christmas Domestic Gardens Everyday Life Family Houses Mothers Parks Religious Buildings Urban Areas Weddings
LocalBrighton New Addington Patcham London
RegionalBrighton and Hove Greater London
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionMr Don Lewis [?]
FormatMixed Colour and Black & White Silent
Duration33min. 23sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A home movie featuring family and friends of the Lewis Family made during the 1960s.


The film opens with shots of a woman pushing a pram along a residential street. A man arrives at a house and a dog runs out to greet him and chases after the woman with the pram. The film cuts to a child sitting on a woman's lap - the child plays with a set of keys. A man enters the shot and dangles a soft toy in front of the child who reaches out to play with it.

Outside, a toddler (with no forearm) plays in paddling pool; he kicks his legs and splashes around in the water. Elsewhere, in a park, the woman seen earlier holds a baby. The toddler seen in the garden runs around with an adult, the child plays with a pair of binoculars and holds a large carved walking stick; a man picks the toddler up by his arm and carries him a short way.

At Hollingbury Hall in Hollingdean children are seen sitting on chairs in the hall, whilst other children are outside on the pavement, a couple walk along the low boundary wall. The toddler seen previously, sits on a chair wearing a wide-rimmed hat. A man gets out of car which is parked outside as children and families arrive. Inside the hall, a smartly dressed man with a briefcase is seen arriving.

Again, the film shows scenes of the toddler in the garden, this time the child is playing with a shovel and bucket, scooping mud from the ground. The child's mother gives him a spoonful of medicine from a bottle. Shots of flowers and close-up of the child. The child smears the mud onto a deck chair.

'Point-of-view' shots from the front of a moving vehicle traveling along a country lane. A church building at New Addington is seen under construction, a sign reads: "Chapel: New Addington Christian Fellowship". A builder washes mugs with water from a hose.

After brief shots of a park and flowers, a family is seen sitting around a dining table eating Christmas lunch. Afterwards, the same people are seen dressed in fancy dress in the lounge. Some of them join in with a game of 'Twister', whilst others stand or sit, chatting to each other.

At Eastwick Barn, Patcham a man and a woman with a dog are seen in the garden. The film cuts to what is possibly earlier (1940s?) black and white footage of a young boy running around a farmyard with a dog. A woman pushes a pram and people are seen in boats on a boating lake, as well as more shots of a family picnicking and children playing on a farm.

The film reverts back to the 1960s with colour shots of a couple sitting on a bench on the South Downs. At Eastwick Barn, people stand around on the patio and there are close-ups of a boy and a girl playing in a large tub filled with water. Young people wearing swimming costumes sit around the edge of the swimming pool, sign: "Eastwick Barn".

Bridesmaids, carrying posies enter a churchyard and the bride is seen getting out of a car accompanied by her father. The bride and groom are seen after the service with guests posing for photographs. Confetti is thrown and the couple are driven off.

The film ends with shots of the family in St. James's Park, London. Soldiers are seen outside Horse Guards and morris dancers perform along Whitehall. There are brief shots inside a building and finally, flowers and an ornamental lake.