Title ID 10142Collection ID1171
Title[Solar Eclipse; Visit in Ireland]
Date29 June 1927; 1927
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeFamily Life Seaside
KeywordsBeaches Children Holidays Boats Family Rivers Quays Swimming Weddings Steam Locomotives Cars
NationalEngland United Kingdom Ireland
ProductionCharles Bernard Henning
CameraCharles Bernard Henning
Format16mm Black & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This film depicts views of the total solar eclipse of 1927 followed by a family holiday to Ireland, with seaside views, group outings and portraits of rural settings.


The film begins with views of the total solar eclipse of 29 June 1927, the eclipse thus making day appear as night in this short sequence, just visible are several beach views: the sun; figures moving silhouetted against the sea; a low flying bi-plane; contrasting shots of complete blackness and the sun. The majority of the film then shows various scenes of a family holiday in Ireland: a small-gauge passenger steam train; playing with baby in the garden; attending a wedding; the family at leisure in a rural setting; a wagon ride and horse riding; swimming and diving from the quay; sunset walks on the headland; a small waterfall and stream; a horse show; a rowing trip. Some of the seascape views and the footage from the boating trip at the end of the film are particularly noteworthy.


[Solar Eclipse; Visit in Ireland] (1927)

Contextual information

The solar eclipse of 1927 was the first total solar eclipse visible in England since 22 May 1724