Title ID 9387Collection ID1221
Title[Children; Gardens; Day Out]
CollectionRidgway Family
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeFamily Life
KeywordsAircraft Airports Beaches Buildings Canals Children Clothing Domestic Gardens Everyday Life Family Games Houses Leisure Time Activities Mothers Motor Vehicles Outings
LocalCamberley Finchampstead Laleham Shoreham-by-Sea
RegionalBerkshire Surrey West Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionRidgway Family
CameraPeter Ridgeway; Janet Ridgway
ParticipantsSimon; Michael; Den; Marg
FormatStandard 8mm Colour Silent
Duration14 min. 47 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This edited family film shows the Ridgway family at home and visiting friends and relatives. The family film several group outings and trips ,including a visit to a river lock (Laleham), a picnic on a beach and the children playing with their toys in several gardens.


This colour film shows a woman playing with a baby sat in a plastic bath of water in the garden, followed by shots of the family socialising and playing games together and portrait shots of a woman wandering around the garden in a short dress-style bathing costume.

The next sequence shows a woman building a brick wall at the family home and constructing a wooden frame for her new lean-to greenhouse. Mixed shots also show the garage or workshop space with building supplies and close-ups of the woman finishing the frame in the rear garden. The sequence closes with shots of the finished frame attached to the house. A longer sequence then follows, showing the family socialising together in the family garden, followed by shots of the family at an airport (Shoreham?) with several planes taking off from the runway, closing with shots of the interior of the terminal building.

The next scene shows several children and a family group playing outside a purpose built block of flats, a young girl plays with her toy pram and dolls in the garden and climbs up the frame of a swing.

The film then cuts to scenes of a woman walking across a lock bridge (Thames at Laleham?), brief shots of the family on a picnic and attempting to rescue a car from the shingle on a beach; closing with shots of a group beach picnic.

The final scene shows panoramic exterior views of a tower block with a green Southdown bus passing in front, followed by views of a Bowling Green with a game in progress and dark shots of a campsite (?).


A still from [Children; Gardens; Day Out] (1961)