Theme Family Life

Scenes of home and family life, through amateur films, home movies, documentaries and drama form a major part of the archive's collections. Such material includes amateur footage of family events such as Christmas celebrations, weddings, holidays in the UK and abroad, family outings, and leisure time activities, as well as fictional representations of domestic life and relationships are filmed.

Screen Archive South East houses a great deal of amateur family film footage mostly spanning the 1920s to the 1970s. Home movies made by cine-camera owners of their own home and family events include images of a wide range of subjects including everyday domestic life, scenes and events from the local area, and holidays and trips around the UK and abroad.

One example of a rich and fascinating amateur film collection held at Screen Archive South East is the films of Joseph Emberton, a Surrey-based architect who filmed his family and travels from the 1930s to the 1950s. In these films scenes of children at play, every day home life, and seaside outings sit alongside footage of pre-war Germany and travels to Morocco.

Other important amateur collections in the archive include the Gowlland family films which span the 1930s to the 1960s, following the children as they grow into adulthood and have children of their own. The collection of amateur films by Enid Briggs of Broadstairs shows family activities and outings as well as local scenes and events, such as Town and Family Scenes at Broadstairs (1929 - 1938), providing a unique record of life in the region in the 1920s and 1930s.