It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Wrap up warm for this trailer of carefully-selected archive films spanning decades of Christmases and winters in London. It showcases the highlights of the specially-curated Christmas programme that recently toured the streets in our KinoVan, bringing a bit of on-screen snow and archival Christmas cheer to Londoners.

The films show families having fun, children playing with presents (and in some cases, the wrapping paper), crisp snowy scenes and Christmas parties for young and old.

Travel back in time to take part in a Christmas soiree at the Brandon Estate or see the frozen fountains of Trafalgar Square. There’s also newsreel footage from the 1920s showing Cossack ice skaters and excited children in hospital receiving visits from a Christmas fairy.

All the archive films used were sourced from LSA’s partner archives and show the range of film formats in the collection, from home movie shot on standard 8mm and 16mm film, to 35mm newsreel footage. These films show different and varied views of the festive season, and how generations of Londoners have enjoyed themselves in the winter.

These clips were edited by a Creative Skillset Media Archive Trainee who worked with us at LSA recently. Kristy said of her experience “I have had the opportunity to learn many new skills including film inspection, assessment and cataloguing. But the most creative part of my role was producing the Christmas programme, which is a film show I have had the opportunity to curate and edit from archive films in the London’s Screen Archives’ partner collections. With lots of help and guidance from the LSA team during the editing process, I finalised the project by selecting suitable music and researching fun trivia to accompany the clips.”

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