Title ID 5684Collection ID816
Title[Camping and Family Outings]
Date1953 - 1954
CollectionDickins Family
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionHoliday
ThemeFamily life
KeywordsAnimals Boats Camping Cars Coronations Family Holidays
LocalBeddington Chertsey Great Bookham Jedburgh
RegionalSurrey Greater London
NationalEngland Scotland United Kingdom
ProductionErnest Dickins
CameraErnest Dickins
ParticipantsErnest Dickins (father)
FormatMixed Colour and Black & White Silent
Duration15 min. 5 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This film contains footage of camping holidays and day trips taken by the Dickins' family and friends.


1953 The film opens with brief shots of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on 2 June, taken by Ernest Dickins from within the crowd of spectators. John Dickins and friend are then seen looking at the Union Jack bunting hung outside the Dickins' family home in Willoughby Avenue, Beddington. The film cuts to a camping trip at Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham in Surrey that the Dickins family took with friends that year. The campers are seen by their tents, enjoying ice cream, walking and dancing in a lane. Another camping trip is featured next, this time to Scotland. There are shots of the landscape and visitors looking round the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey. There is a series of brief images showing the campsite, a meal being prepared, and rural scenery. The group are shown sitting on rocks overlooking a fast river with canoes below, walking, and sitting on the railings of a wooden building. The final shots of the holiday are taken through the windscreen of a moving car, and of some country dancers.

1954 This section of the film begins with shots of boats and canoes on the Thames river at Chertsey before cutting to people diving at an outside swimming pool. The film switches to colour at this point, and shows the Dickins family and friends on another camping trip to Polesden Lacey. Shots of the race track and spectators at Brands Hatch are seen next, followed by a series of shots that include another camping trip to Polesden Lacey, relaxing in the garden at home in Willoughby Avenue, a picnic and boating trip. There are several shots of visitors admiring the flowers at the RHS Wisley garden near Woking in Surrey, before cutting to images of various animals at London Zoo. The film ends with shots of a campsite in the New Forest, where Joan Chinnery, Ernest, Gladys and John Dickins are on another camping trip.