Title ID 3161Collection ID951
TitleSilver Jubilee Celebrations
Date6 May 1935
CollectionChichester Cine Camera Club
Genre/TypeAmateurCine/Video clubNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeCommemoration Cine Club Film-making
KeywordsArmed Forces Bicycles Carnivals Celebrations Commemorative Events Fetes Games Leisure Time Activities Monuments Parades Racing Royalty
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionChichester Cine Camera Club
Other creditsProduction sponsored by MP Contauld (?)
Format16mm Mixed Colour and Black & White Silent
Duration21 min. 50 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Filmed by several members of the Chichester Cine Camera Club, the town’s Silver Jubilee Celebrations are captured here in both colour and black and white. The film records the day’s events from the church parade in the morning to the fireworks in the evening and is intertitled throughout.


"British Film Institute (Chichester Branch) Presents"

"Jubilee Day in Chichester 6th May 1935”

The film begins in black and white with general views of the Market Cross and Chichester town centre. Crowds and participants gather for the morning church parade. There is a military band, military officers, the Fire Brigade, nurses and an elderly war veteran with lots of medals. The parade begins, led by a marching band, the mayor, aldermen and other dignitaries. The procession makes its way along the crowd-lined streets. Amongst those taking part are choir boys, the fire service, military bands, scouts and girl guides. The parade is shown from several angles, in colour and black and white.

“Mayor and Corporation of St Pancras take Dinner to the Almshouses”

A small procession, led by a mace-bearer and the mayor, carries trays to the Almshouses. Members of the procession, all wearing red rosettes, pose in a group outside the almshouses before going in.

“The Afternoon. Sports in the Recreation Ground”

A variety of races take place including men’s sprint, an obstacle race, a sack race and one involving bobbing apples. There is a tug-of-war contest and a band plays on the green. More races are shown: the finish of the egg and spoon race is in slow motion, a skipping race and a tug-of-war contest are also shown. People in fancy dress try to ride their bicycles as slowly as possible. There is a barrel rolling race, musical chairs and a wheelbarrow race (blindfolded). The band walk about playing their instruments. There is a brief shot of the mayor and mayoress, then the Daily Mail ‘Push Ball’ competition begins: two teams of men push a huge ball around the green, at one point they go right into the crowd. The mayor and mayoress award prizes to the competition winners.

“Meanwhile the Children are Entertained in Priory Park”

A large crowd of children watch a clown. Others try to hook ‘fish’ from the ground with fishing rods. Two little girls take part in a magician’s trick. Children watch a puppet show with piano accompaniment, then walk across the green in pairs. There is a brief shot of the mayor and mayoress. A group of girls perform a ‘folk-type’ dance. There is a shot of several girls dressed up with flowers playing on swings and further scenes of children in the park.

Colourful pictures of the evening’s carnival procession show the vast array of decorated floats and people in fancy dress. There are clowns and pirates, horse-drawn floats and cars decorated with flags, bunting and flowers. There are horseriders and bicycles too. At the beginning of the procession, a band plays while the floats line up and leave one by one for Priory Park. The day ends with a firework display in the park. The finale being ‘God Bless Our King and Queen’ spelt out in fireworks.


A still from 'Silver Jubilee Celebrations' (1935) A still from 'Silver Jubilee Celebrations' (1935) A still from 'Silver Jubilee Celebrations' (1935)

Contextual information

Chichester’s festivities, parade and sporting events recorded in this film were typical of the events organised in towns and villages throughout the country to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of King George V. Amateur cinematography was hitting a peak in the mid 1930s and such festive occasions proved exceptionally popular subjects for cine clubs and lone moviemakers alike. Amateur cine journals positively encouraged people to go out and film the Jubilee celebrations. The May 1935 issue of Amateur Cine World magazine carries an article describing how best to go about making one’s own Jubilee film. It insists that success can only be achieved if the film is a cooperative effort, being captured by several cameras and that this would best be achieved by working with a cine club: “[...] by interchange of film prints, brilliant and important records will be obtained.” Indeed, this particular film of the celebrations in Chichester follows, practically scene for scene, the outline suggested in the Amateur Cine World article. The Jubilee celebrations provided an excellent subject for experimenting with the relatively new Dufaycolor. Members of the Chichester Cine Camera Club have used it to optimum effect in this film, capturing the flag-adorned streets, lively carnival floats and the vibrant fancy dress costumes.

Screen Archive South East holds several films depicting Jubilee celebrations in towns and villages around the region. Village Jubilations. Rustington Silver Jubilee Celebrations (1977) features the 1935 Silver Jubilee of King George V, whereas [Jubilee Celebrations. Franklin Street Brighton] (7 June 1977) and Ightham Coxcomb Fair. Golden Jubilee Celebration (2002) commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver and Golden Jubilees. Royal Silver Jubilee (1935) is an example of a commercially produced film of the 1935 event. This particular one was made by Pathéscope.

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Related resources


Alan Eyles , Frank Gray, and Alan Readman. Cinema West Sussex: The First Hundred Years (West Sussex Papers). Chichester: Phillimore & Co Ltd, 1996

Description. This book has a section on amateur filmmaking in West Sussex. Copies are held at West Sussex Record Office, Chichester and at Screen Archive South East.

Green, Mike (Ed.) Silver Jubilee & Brighton Memories. Wymondham: Stylus Press Publications, 1997

Brighton residents recount their childhood memories of the 1935 Silver Jubilee. Copies of this book are available at Worthing library and the University of Brighton.

Green, Mike (Ed.) Silver Jubilee & Sussex Memories. Wymondham: Mike Green, 1997

The people of Sussex recount their childhood memories of the 1935 Silver Jubilee. A copy of this book is available at Lewes library.


The Novium Museum, Chichester

The collections span thousands of years of human history - from Prehistoric stone tools to protest banners from the 1990s. Our social history, archaeology and geology collections catalogue the history of the district and directly connect us to our ancestors. The collections tell the big stories of invasion and immigration, as well as the individual stories of local heroes and villains!. The museum collections can also be searched online, through the website.

West Sussex Record Office

“The Record Office acquires, preserves and makes publicly available the documentary and recorded heritage of the county. The Picture Archive holds over 150,000 photographs and pictures showing West Sussex in the past.” The WSRO collections can be searched online using the National Archives catalogue or via the WSRO website.

The National Archives Collections


British Film Institute National Archive & BFI Reuben Library

The BFI Reuben Library in London holds various books and journals relating to the silent cinema era. The collections catalogue is searchable online via the website.

Further Information on File at Screen Archive South East

“Make Your Own Jubilee Films” by Fred Watts (Production Manager for Pathetone Gazette and Pathetone Magazine). An Amateur Cine World article from May 1935 describing how the amateur film-maker should best go about producing a record of the event and celebrations.


British Film Institute National Library

The BFI Library in London houses a selection of periodicals relating to amateur film-making, including Amateur Cine World and Home Movies & Home Talkies. The magazines contain many references to cine clubs and societies nationwide.


Institute of Amateur Cinematographers

“An international organisation whose aims are to further interest and education in relation to all aspects of film and video making and associated visual arts.” The website has links to further useful resources as well as lists of cine clubs and societies nationwide.

The Official Website of The British Monarchy

"This web site provides information on the work of The Queen in modern society, biographies of the Royal Family, a history of kings and queens through the ages, background on Royal residences and art collections, and coverage of recent Royal events." It also contains a section entitled 'History of Jubilees'.