19 June 2017
A century of Britain's coastline is explored in a new film archive from the British Film Institute, which feature families enjoying coastal resorts, the country's bygone fishing industry, and coastal exploration.
A century of Britain's coastline is explored in a new film archive from the British Film Institute (BFI), which feature families enjoying coastal resorts, the country's bygone fishing industry, and coastal exploration.
The films, which cover the years 1898 to 2000, are taken from the BFI's national archive and are available (mostly) for free, via an interactive map.
The Coast and Sea film collection charts Britain's changing relationship with our coastline, highlighting:
- Activities and traditions
- Trade and industry
- Holidays and leisure
- Local customs
- Nature and conservation
Robin Baker, Head Curator, BFI National Archive said: “Britain on Film has been a transformative project for the BFI and our partner archives. It has demonstrated that millions of people across the UK want to engage with their film heritage.
Comprising over a century of filmmaking, Britain on Film has highlighted some of the lesser known films from our collections, some of which not even curators had seen before, and provided them with audiences that are often bigger than on their first release.
There are over 600 newly added films, contextualised by curators, exploring lives led and holidays enjoyed around the UK coast. As such there are now even greater opportunities for people to while away hours watching and making discoveries about British film heritage”
Family Tree's Coast and Sea archive pick
Here are some of the team's favourite picks from the new films:
Butlins Opens at Minehead (1962, South West Film & Television Archive)