Title ID 5682Collection ID816
Title[French Holidays]
Date1947 - 1948
CollectionDickins Family
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionHoliday
KeywordsAircraft Beaches Camping Cars Holidays Travel
LocalBeddington Dover Mount St. Michael Paris Rouen
RegionalKent Surrey
NationalEngland United Kingdom France Europe
ProductionErnest Dickins
CameraErnest Dickins
ParticipantsErnest Dickins (father)
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration11 min. 27 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


The film shows the Dickins family from Surrey on two separate trips to France. The film contains some shots of the landscape, beach and street scenes.


1947 During the first trip the Dickins family traveled from Paris by the Route Napoleon through Grass and Grenoble to Nice, along the Riviera and up the Rhone Valley back to Paris. The films begins with the white cliffs and castle at Dover seen from a boat pulling away from shore. Panning shots of Paris from above are seen next, with the Eiffel Tower visible in the distance. There are images of the holiday makers at a campsite, the Alps and a shoreline (possibly Nice). There is a shot of the family's car piled high with luggage, and John Dickins and friend standing beside it eating slices of watermelon. The family are also seen playing in the surf and there are images of a rocky shoreline. Four men are seen preparing the car to be lifted by crane onto the ferry for the return channel crossing.

1948 The second trip was a camping holiday in Northern France the following year, and the film begins with a shot from a boat moving away from shore. The trip was arranged by the Camping Club of Great Britain and Ireland, starting in St. Malo. Shots include a campground, beaches, and French street scenes with bomb damaged buildings visible. There is a shot of the fortified town of Mount St. Michael, and an airship is seen gliding over the camp ground. Freshly caught fish flap on a sandy beach where fishermen are emptying their nets in front of a crowd of onlookers. There are images of the cathedral at Rouen, and shots from on board another boat.

Back at home in Surrey, there are shots of John Dickins' white show rabbits, as well as John swimming with a snorkle at the Orphanage Swimming baths in Beddington Park.