Title ID 4153Collection ID505
Title[Family Pictures; Seaside Outings; Veteran Car Rally]
CollectionHarry Colley
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeFamily life
KeywordsAnimals Broadcasting Boats Cars Dance Holidays Landscape Leisure Time Activities Outings Rural Areas Sport Travel
LocalEastbourne Newhaven Seaford Horsham Firle Beacon Itchener Blatchington Newark Lintrathren Feugh Bridge (Banchory) Pitlochry Croft Douglas Dunkeld Arbroath St. Andrews Glen Prosen Lake Windermere Henley-on-Thames London Brighton Lake District
RegionalBrighton and Hove East Sussex Greater London West Sussex Angus Fife
NationalEngland Scotland United Kingdom
ProductionHenry (Harry) Colley
CameraHenry (Harry) Colley; Steve
EditorHenry (Harry) Colley
ParticipantsKathie Barclay; Mrs Barton; Henry (Harry) Colley; Roderick Colley; Thora Colley; Elizabeth Price; Molly Spearman; Hilary Williamson
FormatColour Silent
Duration30 min.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A compilation of home movie material which includes footage of outings to the beach, a holiday in Scotland, and the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.


The film opens with images of the film-maker and his wife Thora with their cats in the garden of their home. Thora is joined by her father, and later by her son Roderick on Eastbourne's seafront. In March the film-maker records some of the competitors taking part in the showjumping round of the Olympic Horse trials near Horsham. He films gliders at Firle Beacon and yachts at Itchener in the following month. International female golfers play in a tournament in May. The Colleys join other parents at Milton Abbey School's Parents Day, filming a cricket match. They are next seen on the beach at Seaford where Roderick braves the waters and where the yachts of Seaford Sailing Club come in after a race.

The Colley family holiday in Scotland during August and September, exploring the countryside and watching Highland Games. Roderick and his mother investigate the rivers, waterfalls and dams, searching for precious stones at Head of Glen Prosen. They watch The Burnam Games at Dunkeld where dancers, a pipe band and entrants entertain the spectators. A fishing boat arrives in Arbroath where it unloads its cargo. The journey back to East Sussex includes a stop in the Lake District where waterskiers traverse Windermere.

Swans and ducks are fed at Henley-on-Thames, and the film-maker films the Ribbed Thames from Westminster Bridge. Trips to the beaches at Seaford and Eastbourne continue during September. Yachts, speedboats and The Eastbourne Queen occupy the waters Eastbourne Pier. Entrants in the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run are filmed as they pass along London Road in November. The film ends with images of the Colleys' cats playing the garden.


A still from [Family Pictures. Seaside Outings. Veteran Car Rally] (1960) showing Thora and Henry (Harry) Colley