Title ID 508Collection ID1040
TitleAt Home and Holiday Scenes
Date[ca. 1930s]
CollectionTanner Family
Genre/TypeAmateurNon-fictionFamily Life
KeywordsAircraft Beaches Boats Buildings Cars Children Domestic Gardens Family Holidays Piers Piers [West Pier, Brighton] Swimming Clothing Fashion Accessories Coats Hats
LocalMonte Carlo Naples Brighton Hove
RegionalEast Sussex Brighton and Hove
NationalUnited Kingdom England Italy Monaco France Europe
ProductionTanner Family
Format9.5mm Black & White Silent
Duration15 min. 45 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This film mixes home movies taken in and around Brighton and Hove, showing Tanner family life and local points of interest, along with landscape holiday footage from Naples and Monte Carlo.


The film opens with a woman asleep on a deck chair in front of a beach hut. She looks unimpressed to wake and find the camera focusing on her. The scene cuts to an aircraft flying overhead a large steam boat. The Tanner family stand outside the beach hut with a young girl dressed in a blazer. The same young girl is then filmed taking her dog for a walk. The season is Autumn and the family stand together for a photographic portrait.

The next section of film shows Chichester marketplace and Arundel Castle as buses and cars drive past. The film then cuts very briefly to a man casting a fishing line from the beach.

The film cuts again to summer views of a coastline in Monte Carlo. The camera is unsteady as it films from a moving train. We then see city views from a Cruiser in Naples, Italy, 1938. The camera films again from a moving train, recording hilly landscapes and a bay area.

The next section of footage is filmed on the deck of a cruiser ship. People dive into a swimming pool on the deck and we see the same lady from the opening of the film playing tennis. There are women with parasols and crowds spectating at a cushion fight on a pole above the water.

The film then cuts back to a domestic garden with a woman parading in a princess outfit, a man also plays with a dog and jokes around for the camera.

A group get out of a car with a picnic basket. They lay out the blanket and pour drinks from large flasks.

The film finally shows a bustling Brighton seafront, Easter promenade. We see a couple walk towards the camera and Embassy Court is clearly shown in the background. We also see views of Brighton Seafront from on the West Pier and a speedboat passing. People weigh themselves on a machine and feed the pigeons.


A still from 'At Home and Holiday Scenes' (1930s)

Contextual information

Fashion Notes: The street scenes of this film provide an array of examples of women, men and children wearing various styles of outerwear, including women’s coats with fur collars. The film also contains footage of bathing suits and swimming trunks.

Fashion keywords: clutch bags, coats, firs, hats, overcoats

For further information see Screen Search Fashion online resource.

Related resources


Screen Search Fashion

This online resource provides a thematic guide for students interested in fashion and dress. The site offers pathways into aspects of fashion and dress as depicted in archive film from the inter-war period in the Screen Archive South East collections.