Title ID 5670Collection ID816
Title[Baby Scenes; Holiday in the West Country; The Downs]
Date1965 - 1966
CollectionDickins Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionHoliday
ThemeFamily life
KeywordsBeaches Camping Children Family Holidays Mothers Summer
LocalAbbotsbury Charmouth Coombe Haven Epsom Downs
RegionalSurrey Dorset
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionJohn Dickins
CameraJohn Dickins
ParticipantsJohn Dickins (father)
FormatColour Silent
Duration16 min. 42 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This film contains footage of John and Joan Dickins' first daughter Lynn. We see Lynn as an infant spending time with her family, on outings and learning to walk.


The opening shot of the film shows Lynn Dickins at 7 days old on her fathers knee. Several scenes follow where the images are badly distorted. These include Joan pushing Lynn in her pram, in the bath and being dressed. The film improves, and we see more images of Lynn at bath time.

The film then cuts to images from 1966 with Lynn on various day trips. The first shots show Lynn at Coombe Haven during a picnic with another family. We then see her in the shade of a tent at the campground in Charmouth, Dorset, on a camping trip with her parents and grandparents. Joan and Lynn are seen sat on a sandy beach, and John takes Lynn for a paddle in the sea. The family, including Gladys and Ernest are seen sitting behind their wind breaker and there are some brief shots of a visit to the Swannery at Abbotsbury. There are images from a sunny afternoon during the holiday that show the Dickins family and friends sat on deck chairs in a back garden, and then on a trip to the beach. The group are also seen sat around a tent in the camp ground.

We then see a series of images of Lynn learning to walk, playing with toys on a picnic rug, and sitting out in the sun in a pram. There are several shots during a picnic at Epsom Downs with other young families. The film closes with shots of Lynn in the Dickins' back garden, playing and learning to walk with her parents help.