Title ID 5685Collection ID816
Title[Family trips around the UK]
Date1951 - 1953
CollectionDickins Family
ThemeFamily life
KeywordsArmed Forces Boats Camping Cars Harbours Holidays Landscape Motor Vehicles
LocalBrands Hatch Buckfastleigh Devonport Lake District Plymouth Isle of Skye
RegionalDevon Derbyshire Kent Surrey
NationalEngland Scotland Wales United Kingdom
ProductionErnest Dickins
CameraErnest Dickins
ParticipantsFrank Dickins (grandfather)
FormatMixed Colour and Black & White Silent
Duration13 min. 27 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This film contains domestic scenes of the Dickins family home as well as footage of trips to various destinations in the United Kingdom.


The film begins in black and white, and contains brief scenes of the Dickins family and friends camping. The film then cuts to a shot of John Dickins in his Navy uniform walking with his mother at Buckfastleigh Abbey. There are several other scenes from this trip to Devon in 1952, including views of a beach and harbour. There is a shot of HMS Fisgard that shows young men in uniform filing through the gates, and the family are seen looking around HMS Tyne during Devonport Navy Day at Plymouth.

The next section of film shows scenes from holidays to Derbyshire, Wales, the Lake District and the north of England, including shots of waterfalls and a lake. The film then breaks briefly into colour and we see birds eating food on a dry stone wall. There are colour scenes of a stream and mountains, the campsite, and tea being served in a garden.

The film then returns to black and white and shows cars and spectators at Brands Hatch. Next is a family line up outside a house in Wallington in Surrey, including John Dickins and his grandparents, Frank and Charlotte Dickins. We then see family and friends gathered for Sunday morning coffee outside numbers 9 and 10 Willoughby Avenue, Beddington, as well as John Dickins and friend driving a motorcycle and sidecar. Scenes from a wedding follow, with guests lining up for their photograph outside the church.

We see several scenes from a camping trip to Scotland and the Isle of Skye before the film briefly returns to colour, containing panoramic shots of a lake or river shore, waterfalls and mountains in thick cloud. Once again in black and white, we next see Ernest and Gladys Dickins on a beach and fishermen sorting nets. The final shots of the film are of a field campsite and a domestic scene raking leaves in the Dickins' back garden.