West Sussex Unwrapped

Welcome to West Sussex  Unwrapped – the ten-part series that takes you deep into the collections of Screen Archive South East and the West Sussex Record Office

This week we’re going back seventy years to accompany a Sunday School group from Three Bridges on a jolly day-trip to Littlehampton. Under a glorious Sussex sun the kids cavort on the sands in their woollen swimsuits, enjoy ice-creams with soggy wafers and play beach cricket while the grown-ups look on from their deckchairs. Then it’s time to join other children and thrill to the mayhem and hilarity of a Punch & Judy Show.


This film was made by Gladstone E. Moore in the summer of 1950. As well as being an auctioneer he was also a Baptist minister who documented many local parish events and milestones in and around Crawley. This film features a Sunday School outing to the beach at Littlehampton and if you’re quick you’ll get a glimpse of the old Butlins Park fun fair in the distance. You can also watch the full-length version of this colourful and entertaining film and get more information about the film maker by clicking here

Our partner, the West Sussex Record Office, has also prepared a pot-pourri of interesting summer related items for you to browse including smashing railway posters, goat chaises & donkey rides, saucy postcards and records from seaside hotels – plunge into this amazing archive by clicking here