Title ID 8607Collection ID992
TitleHoliday News of Bracklesham
DateAugust 1937
CollectionHinchliff Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeFamily Life Seaside
KeywordsBeaches Cars Children Food Holidays Swimming
LocalBracklesham Croydon
RegionalWest Sussex Surrey
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionA.G. Hinchliff
CameraA.G. Hinchliff
ParticipantsElizabeth Hinchliff
Format16mm Mixed Colour and Black & White Silent
Duration13 min. 22 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This black and white and colour edited film shows the Hinchliff family going on holiday to Bracklesham Bay. The process of leaving home and getting to their holiday accommodation is shown, along with their holiday activities. The film has short intertitles throughout.


In black and white the opening title reads: 'AOH presents Holiday News of... Bracklesham' and 'Bracklesham August 1937' which is followed by an intertitle: 'Leaving home dad forgets something'. In this film the father stands outside, he then goes back inside. The next inter-title reads 'Tooth brush and alarm clock'. Dad then emerges carrying the items.

The family say good-bye to their small pet cat as they prepare to leave for their holiday. This is followed by an intertitle: 'We're Off' A lady is standing at the front door holding the cat, waves good-bye. They leave through the gate.

Intertitle: 'And lose no time in arriving at -' The family arrives at their holiday home, with a close up of the house name 'Seahome' on the gate.

Intertitle: 'We explore'. The camera then tours the garden, up some steps to show the sea view at the bottom. The view then changes to a panorama of the coastline and back round to the house.

Intertitle: 'This eating a solemn moment' The next part of the film shows the family sat around a table eating breakfast and drinking from teacups. A selection of breakfast cereals is available on the table: 'Kellogg's Rice Krispies', 'Kelloggs's Corn Flakes' and Farley's Rusks'.

Intertitle: ‘A strong wind brings sand yacht out' The family plays on the beach with a two-person sand yacht.

Intertitle' This eating is very serious' The family sits around a table eating a meal whilst chatting.

Intertitle: 'A new sport? Towel Riding' This section of the film shows Elizabeth (?) and a younger boy playing in the garden, dragging around a younger child sat on a towel.

Intertitle: 'A first riding lesson' This film shows Elizabeth (?) learning how to ride a horse on the beach. Her brother (?) takes his turn, riding close to the teacher.

Intertitle: 'The bathing parade' This colour film shows the entire family group dressed in swimwear on their way to the beach and swimming in the sea.

Intertitle: 'Uncle Bert gives a lesson in fishing'. This black and white film shows ‘Bert’ demonstrating how to line fish. Intertitle: 'What is the catch?' Elizabeth (?) and her brother reel in the lines, having only caught seaweed.

Intertitle: 'Our visitors depart' Several family members including ‘Uncle Bert’ leave the holiday house and get into a car.

Intertitle: 'The girl next door'. The children play another game of ‘Towel Riding’ in the garden, whilst the family sits on the lawn.

Intertitle: 'Last trip on duck pond. The family sit in wooden boats on a lake or pond, watching the ducks. Elizabeth (?) clutches a large doll with her in the boat.

Colour film shows the Bracklesham Bay coastline at dusk (?) looking out to sea; the waves crash on the shore.

Intertitle: 'Homeward bound'. The family pack their suitcases and prepares to leave their holiday home. Two cars travel in convoy through the village past a windmill (Earnley Mill, near Bracklesham Bay?)

Intertitle: 'Home again - but still hungry' This final colour film shows Elizabeth (?) leaning on a table next to a toddler at their home in Croydon. The film ends with black and white textured title: 'The End'


A still from Holiday News of Bracklesham (1937)