Title ID 9251Collection ID1262
Title[Brighton Swimming Club: Beach Snapshots part 1]
Date[ca. 1946]
CollectionRoger Dunford
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeSeaside Fashion Case Study Brighton
KeywordsBeaches Boats Clothing Clubs Leisure Time Activities Men Piers [Palace Pier, Brighton] Sea Fishing Seaside Resorts Swimming Women
RegionalBrighton and Hove
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionRoger B. Dunford
CameraRoger B. Dunford
FormatBlack & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A compilation of films made by Brighton Swimming Club member Roger Dunford, featuring swimming club members, activities and related scenes on Brighton beach from the mid to late 1940s.


[1:00:11'06] The film opens with shots of Roger Dunford (RD) swimming at North Road swimming baths [1:00:21'12] Brighton College of Art rag day; students are seen dressed in costume with collection tins [1:00:37'16] RD walks into a house; he looks and smiles at the camera [1:00:48'16] Betty (?) with other members of Brighton Swimming Club (BSC) on the beach; sunbathers listen to music from a gramophone [1:01:16'07] Members of the BSC in RD's rowing boat [1:01:25'13] Shots of Brighton seafront, filmed from the Palace Pier; RD can be seen climbing on top of a roof to the Palace Pier sign; he waves at the camera. [1:02:16'14] A group of people winkling at Black Rock [1:02:47'00] Roger's sister Joan can be seen entering the water [1:03:02'09] A group of BSC members can be seen crammed into a rowing boat; they rock it until it capsizes and sinks; two men can be seen entering the water with a canoe (used before the introduction of surfboards). Shots of sailing and speedboats on the water [1:05:09'21] Roger's sister is seen on the far left with two other people walking off the beach [1:05:18'11] A group of BSC members can be seen messing around on the beach [1:05:55'14] Fishermen are seen pulling in nets full of Mackerel; they sort through the catch on the beach [1:07:10'23] Two men are seen in a rowing boat attempting to start the engine [1:07:43'07] Two men (one of whom is Pam's (?) uncle) do a handstand on the beach near Peter Pan's playground [1:07:57'06] A group of smartly dressed people are seen leaving a building; they make their way to the beach where they are seen sitting next to the old arch (being cleared after the war) [1:08:41'04] Three men are lined up on the beach, posing for the camera. Far left is Tommy White (treasurer of BSC) Ernie Gash and George Potter (left to right) 1:09:23'09] Tommy White again, this time wearing a suit and hat. [1:09:28'05] Dark and grainy footage of swimmers and shots of the sea from across Kings Road. [1:10:33'19] Outside RD's house [St Peter's Place], a man gets into a parked car (the film is rotated to give the impression that the car is rolling over) [also on TID_9271]. 1:11:24'11] The film ends with shots of Madeira Drive on a stormy day; waves break over onto the road and pedestrians can be seen running to avoid getting wet.