Title ID 593Collection ID37
Title[Burne Family Pictures]
Date[ca. 1930 - 1932]
CollectionBurne Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
KeywordsAnimals Beaches Children Dance Family Games Leisure Time Activities Outings Performing Arts Play Schools Sport Swimming Theatre Zoological Gardens Clothing Fashion Dresses Hats
LocalCold Ash Thatcham Seaford Dunstable Loynton Etton Sevenoaks
RegionalBedfordshire Berkshire East Sussex Kent Staffordshire Yorkshire
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionDr. Catherine Violet Burne & Dr. Thomas Burne
CameraDr. Catherine Violet Burne; Dr. Thomas Burne
ParticipantsAnne (Clarke) Burne; Dr. Catherine Violet Burne; Diana Burne; Maddy; Richard V.H. Burne (Archdeacon of Chester); Dr. Thomas Burne; Thomas Burne Jnr
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration38 min. 35 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A compilation of home movie material from the early 1930s. Whilst on leave from their medical posts in Malaya, doctors Thomas and Catherine Violet Burne record family gatherings, holidays and school events in England.


The Burne children, Diana, Thomas and Anne are filmed enjoying various leisure pursuits. They join friends and cousins in the garden, on the beach and in the sea at Seaford; play lawn tennis, cricket and with paper planes; and perform several plays for the camera. Some of the footage is filmed in the grounds of Loynton Hall, the Burne ancestral home. Parents watch as Diana performs gymnastics exercises and The Dance of the Seven Veils with her classmates at Downe House School. There is also footage of the animals at Whipsnade Wild Animal Park.


A still from 'Burne Family Pictures' (1930-1932)A still from 'Burne Family Pictures' (1930-1932)A still from 'Burne Family Pictures' (1930-1932)

Contextual information

Fashion Notes: The film is rich in its footage of children’s everyday clothing for a range of activities, including girl’s exercise outfits. The film also shows examples of children’s bathing suits and swimming caps.

Fashion keywords: belts, bonnets, cloches, dresses, floral patterns, hats, pinafores, playsuits, scarves, shirts

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.