Title ID 7403Collection ID908
Title[Family Compilation: Babies; Children; Party; Wedding]
Date[1936; 1960?]
CollectionH. L. Lewis
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeFamily life
KeywordsChildren Domestic Gardens Family Food Celebrations Play Weddings Wedding Dresses Scouting Uniforms
RegionalGreater London
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionH. L. Lewis
CameraH. L. Lewis
ParticipantsTim Lewis
FormatMixed Colour and Black & White Silent
Duration8 min. 10 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Lin Lewis, the daughter of home movie maker Hilary Lewis, is filmed as a young child playing with her brother in his scouting uniform in 1936, and marrying her husband Jeremy in 1960.


Opening scenes were filmed in 1936 at Longford Cottage, the family home. Children run in a snow covered garden. A young girl, Lin Lewis, runs towards the camera, her feet slipping on the icy path (note: opening scenes are underexposed). Lin, who was born in 1935, and her brother Tim, who was born in 1934, chase one another in the garden on a sunny day. Lin wears a cotton smock and ribbons in her hair, her brother wears short trousers, a shirt and tie, his scouting uniform. The young girl skips and bounces in on the lawn. while her brother does forward rolls. Lin joins in, attempting a forward roll with difficulty. Two young girls stand together, one carries a wooden basket. They peer into a pram at their newborn sibling. A young boy runs through the garden, going back to retrieve his sister before pulling her across the lawn. Family members take tea in the garden. A small table has been laid with a table cloth, tea pots, cake and jam. They laugh together.

Closing scenes were taken at Lin Lewis's wedding to Jeremy Armitage at Hampton Church in 1960. 0:04:42:02 (03:28:21) [Wedding and Reception] A bride is handed her bouquet after arriving at the church. Her bridesmaids, in blue, follow her into the church. Bride and groom look at one another while the photographer takes pictures at the entrance to the church. The wedding party, including bridesmaids and page boy pose for photographs before the couple leave in a black car. Guests at the reception stand together by the marquee. Bride and groom cut their cake at a table decorated with flowers. Her father makes a speech to the crowd, who stand quietly, listening to him speak. The newly married couple rush to the car in a haze of confetti.