Ordinary and Extraordinary Lives
Home movies give us unique permission to step inside the lives of people who we've never met and never will.
Home movies are always acutely personal - in subject and perspective - and most were never intended for audiences beyond family and close friends. But even so, these private films share generously with the uninitiated stranger. Watching home movies transports us into other lives and other times, where the actions of people we never knew, in places we've never visited, resonate with our own memories. The home movies of the stars, the rich and the famous, the royals - see past the familiar faces and they're much like anyone's: intimate film portraits of loved people and places, colourful moving picture albums of experience and emotion. These simple point-and-shoot home movies seem to connect with the past in a profoundly authentic way - their images unfiltered by filmmaking technique and artifice.
Home movie193628 minsSilent
Lloyd George tours the sights of Nazi Germany while his chauffeurs lark about with an SS Officer in this grimly fascinating film.
Home movie196224 minsSilent
An intimate portrait of the family life of the Taberhams, including Ruth and Tigger Cat at Christmastime, idling in the garden, and a wedding.
Home movie19488 minsSilent Location: Michaelston-le-Pit
A newly-built, dream home in Michaelston-le-Pit, Cardiff, where industrialist H H Merrett’s grandchildren have ample space to play.
Home movie195714 minsSilent Location: Porthcawl
Socialising at home - on George’s birthday, perhaps, and at Christmas – and walking the promenade.
Arthur Conan Doyle Relaxes with his Family at WindleshamArthur Conan Doyle Relaxes with his Family at Windlesham
Amateur film192917 minsSilent
The creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, relaxes with his family in Windlesham and goes on tour to Egypt, Africa and Australia
Home movie19504 minsSilent Location: Galgate
50 years together - congratulations! A family celebration of a long and happy married life.
Home movie192087 minsSilent Location: Cliveden
Astor family and friends at play, from boating on the River Thames to fishing in Scotland and riding at Cliveden.
Home movie19353 minsSilent Location: Bateman's
Paddleboats ahoy! Charming film of Rudyard Kipling and young family guests on the ponds of his Sussex estate.
Home movie19508 minsSilent
Colour home movie shot by British director David Lean while on holiday in Italy with his then wife, actress Ann Todd.
King's Visit to North Wales: David Lloyd George Personal FilmKing's Visit to North Wales: David Lloyd George Personal Film
Home movie193710 minsSilent Location: Caernarfon
Crowds throng the streets of Caernarvon to glimpse King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, in this amateur film by Lloyd George's driver.
Training film/TV programme19437 minsSilent Location: Wealdstone
An unusual, poignant piece of wartime correspondence showing how movies can be used to comfort those who are far away.
Johnny Wardle Home Movies - England in Australia 1958/59; Centenary Test, 1977Johnny Wardle Home Movies - England in Australia 1958/59; Centenary Test, 1977
Amateur film195859 minsSilent
Sabrina bowls! The 50s bombshell takes centre stage - and the attention away from some wonderful cricket footage.
Amateur film196235 mins Location: Shoreham-By-Sea
A local epic about Shoreham-by-Sea featuring bin-men, carnivals, Morris dancers, a beauty contest and Britain's famous and favourite crooner, Frankie Vaughan.
This is a B.D.D.A. film taken by members of Cardiff BranchThis is a B.D.D.A. film taken by members of Cardiff Branch
Amateur film193513 minsSilent Location: Brecon/Aberhonddu
Weston-Super-Mare’s pier promises ‘Happiness’, ‘Mirth’ and ‘Enjoyment’ and is the destination of a trip undertaken by members of the Cardiff Deaf Club, who use sign language.
Amateur film195320 mins Location: Bardsey Island/Ynys Enlli
At home with Brenda Chamberlain. The artist/writer from Bangor lived on Bardsey 1947-62 and is filmed there by a regular visitor to the island.
Home movie19704 minsSilent Location: Tumble
Mrs Amy Jane Richards of Upper Tumble, Carmarthenshire, mother of 7, beams as her large family gather round to celebrate her 80th birthday.
Amateur film193628 minsSilent
Joseph Emberton's marvellous film captures the early years of daughters Jocelyn and Gill - with birthdays, Christmas and a trip to Blackpool
Amateur film193111 minsSilent Location: Hampshire
William Craven-Ellis records the antics of family and friends in his garden, on the beach and in and around Southampton
Home movie19403 minsSilent Location: Didsbury
Fun with hammocks and a 'push-me-pull-you' - a relaxing afternoon in a Manchester garden can be an energetic affair.
Basque Refugees at Stoneham and a Holiday to Lands EndBasque Refugees at Stoneham and a Holiday to Lands End
Amateur film193713 minsSilent
There's something reminiscent in this home movie from the 1930s – with refugees escaping from a distant civil war to find safety in England
Amateur film19307 minsSilent
Leslie Goulden's amusing home movie combines beach-time fun with what could be courting couples and the wedding of Jim and Monica
Amateur film194912 minsSilent Location: Isle of Wight
Join the Waterhouse family on their colourful holiday to the Isle of Wight with views of Chale Bay, Newport and steam trains at Ryde Esplanade
Distinguished Visitors Enjoy the Fly-Fishing at Bossington HouseDistinguished Visitors Enjoy the Fly-Fishing at Bossington House
Amateur film19534 minsSilent Location: Bossington
Lord Brabazon, Edwin Hubble and a former American ambassador relax at Bossington House in this delightful home movie from the Fairey family
Amateur film19308 minsSilent Location: Hampshire
Marjorie Glasspool's home movie captures a variety of events and occasions experienced by a Hampshire family
Home movie195511 minsSilent Location: Fulwood
For those who have rarely had times as pleasant as those of riding around the garden on a trike, in the pre-school age of innocence.
Home movie19655 minsSilent Location: Sale
Oh, you really shouldn't have, but thank you - presents and party hats for everyone at a family Christmas.
Home movie19494 minsSilent Location: Lytham St Anne's
The alarm clock goes off and the working day starts - daily routines, up close and in colour.
Home movie19744 minsSilent Location: Garston
Should old acquaintance be forgot... not likely at this family get-together in Liverpool.
Home movie19509 minsSilent Location: Lancaster
Congratulations to the happy couple! A lovely record of a special day in Lancaster.
Home movie194110 minsSilent Location: Droylsden
Even in wartime, the fun goes on for the Hart family of Droylsden, and their friends, and dog.
Amateur film195512 minsSilent Location: Devon
There are blizzards of confetti in this wedding montage which also features holidays in the West Country and the Empress Queen
Amateur film193711 minsSilent
Join the Woolseys as they visit the Scottish Highlands - filming their relatives, pipers, castles, railways and stunning natural scenery
Amateur film19618 minsSilent Location: Farnborough
John P Mitchell captures many famous and exotic examples of Britain's once vibrant aviation industry at the 1961 Farnborough Show
Amateur film192714 minsSilent
Grandma and Grandad also join in the fun of this home movie - with beaches, swings & roundabouts and a medieval pageant led by Christopher Robin
Amateur film193317 minsSilent Location: Croydon
Join the Ross family and friends - and a frisky fox terrier - for fun in the garden, frolics on the beach and plane-spotting at Croydon Aerodrome
Amateur film198414 mins Location: Milton Regis
Sarah celebrates her 18th birthday surrounded by family and friends - but before she gets her front-door key she must endure the 'bumps'
Non-Fiction19401 minsSilent Location: Plymouth
A joyous occasion of marrying a man in uniform as rare moving images are taken in Plymouth.
Non-Fiction19623 minsSilent Location: Mousehole
The beginnings of a wedding videography industry as this home movie maker shoots to fill.
Non-Fiction19491 minsSilent Location: Plymouth
Civic and Church leaders gather for a special service in the shell of St Andrew's
Home movie19593 minsSilent Location: Bollington
Young members of the family playing, and helping with the chores.
Home movie19764 minsSilent Location: Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway
All aboard La'al Ratty for a grand day out, steaming through the Cumbrian countryside.
Amateur film19339 minsSilent Location: Henley-on-Thames
An interwar outing on the River Thames with a reminder of the Great Western Railway's influence in Birmingham.
Coracles, Jet Skis and the Girls' Friendly SocietyCoracles, Jet Skis and the Girls' Friendly Society
Home movie196010 minsSilent Location: Cenarth
From the River Teifi and coracles at Cenarth to Fishguard and the sea around Pembrokeshire for jet-skiing, sailing and sandcastles.
Home movie19604 minsSilent Location: Denbigh/Dinbych
A brave new world of elephants is revealed to waiting schoolchildren when 5 of the enormous pachyderms alight from a train at Denbigh station.
Amateur film195015 minsSilent Location: Aberystwyth
Savage’s Garage in Queen’s Road, once an institution in Aberystwyth, lives again in this film showing its proprietor and his family.
Home movie19694 minsSilent Location: Aberystwyth
Well-wishers assemble to pat-a-prince as Charles enters and exits the Old College during his pre-Investiture studies at UCW Aberystwyth.
Home movie19654 minsSilent Location: Rhydlewis
A delightful duo perform on bottles and tubs in Taliesin between shots of a wedding near Rhydlewis and a sale of Welsh Black cattle in Scotland.
Amateur film19592 minsSilent Location: Derry / Londonderry
Four woman pose for the camera in these amateur home movie shots taken from the streets of Derry and London in 1959.
Home movie196039 minsSilent Location: Butetown
Tiger Bay in Cardiff's docks area: a successful, multi-cultural community, providing a variety of activities, but which is threatened by 'slum' clearance.
Home movie19683 minsSilent
Home movie shot at the Victorine Studios in Nice, France, on the set of Bryan Forbes' film The Madwoman of Chaillot.
Home movie196065 minsSilent Location: Butetown
Cardiff's Shirley Bassey, seen here as a member of The Rainbow Club, established to promote the performing arts amongst Tiger Bay children, found the crock of gold!
Amateur film19117 minsSilent Location: Warminster
Long live the King - and the car! Warminster celebrates the coronation of George V with a parade of motor cars.
Amateur film19596 minsSilent Location: Derry / Londonderry
Charming home movie of a London family's holiday in their homeland: back to the Bogside in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
Mark Fairbairn Home Movies: White Heather Club, Eyemouth, Scotland / Trawler LaunchMark Fairbairn Home Movies: White Heather Club, Eyemouth, Scotland / Trawler Launch
Amateur film19675 minsSilent Location: Eyemouth
Eyemouth, a small town in the Scottish Borders, plays host to a popular BBC variety show.