Title ID 4045Collection ID131
Title[Miscellaneous Holiday and Family Scenes]
Date1946; June 1947; July-August 1948
CollectionProfessor S.H. Hansford
ThemeFamily Life Leisure
KeywordsBeaches Boat Trains Children Cross-Channel steamers Ferries Monuments Trains Water Transport Quays Railway Stations Ships Sport Pier Urban Areas Rural Areas Rivers Swimming
LocalBembridge Boham Devizes West Lavington London Kensington St. Germain-en-Laye
RegionalWest Sussex Isle of Wight Greater London Wiltshire
NationalEngland United Kingdom France
ProductionProfessor S.H. Hansford
CameraProfessor S.H. Hansford
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration15 min. 27 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A film depicting family scenes and outings. As well as shots of Kensington in London, the family travel to Bembridge on the Isle of Wight and over to France.


"1946 London, Kensington"

The camera pans up a church spire. This is followed by views of monumental buildings and statues. In a park, people are seen feeding the birds on a large pond. Ponies pull along rubbish carts. A young boy walks past carrying a large model sailboat. Title: "Kensington" - shots of a busy west London street including the front of High Street Kensington Tube Station. Title:"Brunswick Gardens and No. 29" showing the front of a terrace house taken from the street.

"June 1947 Dauntsey’s School. Speech Day"

The camera pans along the car park and school building. A group of children and a dog sit in a car.

"The Manor House"

There are views of the exterior of the manor house, the gardens and the countryside beyond. There is a long swimming pool with a fountain.

"Physical Education"

This is followed by a group of boys participating in a variety of physical activities outside such as gymnastics, boxing and fencing. Title: "On Salisbury Plain". There are close-ups of wild flowers. A young girl sits in the grass. Title: "Fan Court School. Fan Court School Father’s Cricket Match" followed byz footage of the match.

"August 1947. Isle of Wight. Bembridge"

A family and dogs play on a beach. Title: "Lifeboat Day. The Jesse Lund". Rowing boats go out to meet the lifeboat. There are views from the lifeboat of the shore and the other passengers. Title: "Off to the Fishing Grounds". A group of boys carry fishing rods and a rowing boat down to the shore. Title: "Children’s Regatta". A group of children play on the beach and climb into a rowing boat.

"July 1948. France. Le Castel Blanc”

There are shots of a white building through trees. Title: "Garden Party". A group of men and women sit outside on deck chairs and on the ground. Title: "The Journey Home. Calais". Calais Maritime is shown with a sleeping car train drawn up on the quayside. There is brief footage onboard from a British Railways Cross-Channel steamer ‘Invicta’ as she leaves Calais bound for Dover.

"August 1948. Bosham. Sussex. May Cottage"

Outside the cottage, a woman relaxes in a deck chair. People swim and go boating on a river. The film ends with shots of London and the house in Brunswick Gardens, London.