Title ID 9490Collection ID216
Title[VE Day in the Garden]
CollectionWinston Robinson
Genre/TypeAmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeWartime And Military Family Life
KeywordsArmed Forces Celebrations Children Domestic Gardens Family Plants Second World War (1939-1945) Uniforms
RegionalEast Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionWinston Robinson
CameraWinston Robinson
Format16mm Colour Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Amateur colour film of a family celebrating VE Day in their garden in Brighton.


Opening scenes of two women in the garden sitting in front of a train carriage used as a garden room, followed by some close-up images of spring flowers some of which are then showcased in vases. The front of the house is then shown draped in bunting with a Union Flag raised on a flag pole. In the back garden the family gather around a table covered with a Union Flag and bunting and make a toast with champagne. More scenes of the well-cared-for garden and flowers in bloom follow. Visitors arrive: a young man in Royal Navy uniform together with a young woman and an older man in naval uniform and joke with their hosts. The girls wander in the garden, Varndean College can be seen in the background. The garden's water features are seen.

Three girls bring a dinghy into the back garden, climb in and float it on the garden pond. One of the girls picks tulips in the sunshine. More images of the garden, house and family follow.


A colour still image taken from TID 9490, showing a repurposed railway carriage being used as a garden summer house. The carriage has been painted in green and white with the entrance framed by flowering shrubs and plants. Outside, a woman and a teenage girl are sat relaxing in the sunshine on matching painted wooden chairs.A colour family portrait style still image taken from TID 9490, showing 6 members of a family dressed in their best clothing, together in the garden. The family are holding glasses of alcohol or punch as a toast to VE Day. Union flag bunting adorns the table at the front of the image in a 'V' shape.
A colour still image taken from TID 9490, showing three girls aged between 10 and 14 years old wearing cardigans and summer dresses, sat inside a very large inflatable rubber ring or dinghy on a pond in a garden. One of the older girls is bending over the side of the ring to reach the edge of the pond. A large border of mature shrubs can bee seen in the background behind them.