Title ID 7655Collection ID1003
Title[Family at Sandy Beach]
Date[ca. 1950s]
CollectionChilvers Family [?]
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionAlbum/Journal
ThemeSeaside Family life
KeywordsBeaches Children Domestic Gardens Play Family Outings Boats Rivers Aircraft Animals Sport
LocalHurstpierpoint (?) Southport (?) Southwold (?)
RegionalWest Sussex Merseyside Suffolk
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionMr. Chilvers [?]
CameraMr. Chilvers [?]
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration13 min. 41 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A film of local and family scenes filmed in the 1950s, that includes a Christmas celebration, a rugby game and family boating activity, followed by a second family scene with two young children learning to sit, stand and walk. Other scenes include the children playing in the garden, riding a horse, visiting a swimming pool and riding a miniature railway. The film also includes a brief shot of a "Le Pou Duchel" aircraft on an airfield.


A family Christmas celebration opens the film, with the children opening presents, lighting candles and sitting down to have a family Christmas meal.

The second seqence shows a Rugby match (featuring the Hurstpierpoint mens' team ?), intercut with a brief shot of a woman in a dress wearing a veil (?), before returning to the rugby match.

Various scenes show: portrait shots of a teenager in an cadet's uniform; boys in a boat on a river letting a girl off at the dockside; a car arriving at a house, with a woman and girl steeping out; views of a lake with a windmill, with the family aboard a motorboat (possibly the Norfolk Broads?); and a view of a weir.

This is followed by a portrait of a baby trying to crawl on grass and sitting with its mother (some damage to the film). Intertitle: "L.Warre[n] Present[s]." This is followed by a new-born baby in a pram, a woman writing the name 'Alice' in the snow (?) and the woman pushing the baby in the pram.

A toddler is seen in the family garden, riding a wooden toy horse on the lawn being held by the child's parents (?).

A compilation of short shots at several locations follows to include a young child being taught how to swim in a pool, another child riding in a carriage pulled by a donkey at the beach (possibly Southport Pier in the background ?); an aircraft: "Le Pou Duchel", preparing to take off on an airfield; the family at a large house (?) with a child sitting with its mother in a garden and a cricket match in play, seen in reverse and upside down. The film ends with a brief shot of a child on the beach in full winter clothing, playing in the sand with a pier (Southwold, Suffolk?) in the background.