Title ID 9252Collection ID1262
Title[Brighton Swimming Club: Beach Snapshots part 2]
Date[ca. 1947]
CollectionRoger Dunford
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeSeaside Fashion Case Study Brighton
KeywordsBeaches Boats Clubs Leisure Time Activities Men Piers [Palace Pier, Brighton] Recreational Facilities Seaside Resorts Sport Swimming Women
RegionalBrighton and Hove
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionRoger B. Dunford
CameraRoger B. Dunford
FormatMixed Colour and Black & White Silent
Duration18 min. 55 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


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


The film opens with black & white shots of people, including Bill Tuppin, on a coach outing and a water polo match at an open air swimming pool at Hastings. On Brighton beach, members of the Brighton Swimming Club (BSC) are seen on the beach; the Palace Pier can be seen in the background.

Men and young boys in swimsuits manhandle a rowing boat which is being tossed around by the breaking waves. Women on the beach in swimsuits and bikinis pose for the camera.

At Black Rock swimming pool the water polo gala is seen underway; a couple play table tennis at the side of the pool. More dark and grainy shots follow of the water polo match, large crowds are gathered to watch. The film cuts back to Brighton beach where the men are again seen with the rowing boat. Members of BSC are seen fooling around on the beach, outside the BSC changing rooms.

The film cuts to BSC members, including Arthur Holman, preparing to board a coach on a swimming club gala outing; the coach is seen pulling away with people on board.

Colour scenes follow from a boat on the sea at sunset; a silhouette of a pier can be seen in the background as well as fireworks over Brighton beach.

BSC members are seen on the beach briefly before more shots of a Black Rock swimming gala, shots of informal swimming and Bert Spicer diving from a board.

Returning to Black & White film, BSC members on the beach dressed in fancy dress entering the sea. Tommy White is amongst the group; grainy shots of others in the sea. Bert Coleborne is seen taking a photo of a young woman. A group attempt a make-shift form of wakeboarding, pulling a wooden board with a man standing on it along behind a motor boat.

Close-ups of members of the BSC on the beach; a woman looks directly at the camera and smiles. Others run in and out of large breaking waves. Julian Tasker is seen being buried under a pile of pebbles on the beach. [27:51:22] The film ends with a close-up of a gramophone; somebody winds the handle and the group lay on the beach in the sun listening to music.