Title ID 9785Collection ID1162
Title[Lancing Beach Scenes in 1939]
CollectionCorder Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeFamily Life Seaside Urban Life
KeywordsBeaches Children Family Games Holidays Rural Areas Seaside Resorts Swimming
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionGeoffrey Corder
CameraGeoffrey Corder
Format16mm Black & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This film shows the Corder family on the beach and picnicking in a field. The family lounge on the beach, paddle in the sea, write messages in the sand and play with the dogs on the beach. The family also have a picnic in the countryside.


On the beach, the children go dipping with fishing nets in the shallow water and present their catches to the camera. A girl finds a a small flat fish whilst another boy plays with a toy boat. A family member writes her name in the sand with a stick (dark shot) and a small child attempts to dig a hole in the hard sand throwing the sand towards the camera.

In the next section, the children catch seaweed as the tide comes in on the waves, whilst the adults sit on the beach, eating and sun bathing. The younger children dig holes in the wet sand and play with their buckets and spades.

In the next section, the children climb in and out of a beach hut (?) whilst the adults lounge on the beach and play in the sea with the younger babies and toddlers. Older members of the family are also seen sitting in deck chairs on the beach.

In the final section, the family leave the beach to explore a rural landscape and have a family picnic in a field.