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LocalEyes community cataloguing — Bexley

Welcome to the LocalEyes community cataloguing page for the borough of Bexley. Films on this page record life in Bexley across the 20th century and up to the present day.

We would like your help to bring these films to life. Perhaps you can identify people and places or the years the the films were shot or you know who made the films. We'd also love you to share memories and any other information about these historic records of Bexley life.

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The Visit of the Metropolitan Police Minstrels to the Princesses' Theatre (annexe), Crayford, Kent (The Munitioners' Theatre)
A local news item on the visit of Metropolitan Police Minstrels to Crayford.
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c.1917
3m 47s
35mm film negative
B&W
Silent
For Lancasters and Fighters
Fundraising film for the 'Wings for Victory' campaign.
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1943
8m 30s
16mm film
B&W
Sound
Sea Power. Britain Must Maintain It! At All Costs
Fundraising film for the Bexley Warship Week campaign.
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1942
7m 0s
16mm film
B&W
Sound
Bexley Jubilee
A cine club film celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of Bexley's incorporation as a municipal borough in 1962. Among the events recorded are a military parade attended by the Mayor and Mayoress, a fete including a children's fancy dress competition, and the Police & Army Dog Society's 'C.H. Working Dog Trials'. Sporting events at Danson Park include a variety of competitive sports.
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1962
27m 29s
Standard 8mm film
Colour
Silent
Silver Jubilee of Bexley Borough
A cine club film recording local events during the twenty-fifth anniversary of Bexley's incorporation as a municipal borough. Danson Park hosts a sports event which includes long distance running and a spirited tug of war. A parade through Bexleyheath town centre includes a procession of priests and Air Cadets, there follows an address by the Mayor next to the memorial.
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1962
14m 27s
Standard 8mm film
Colour
Silent
Pelham Road Safety Cycling - Bexley Cycling Proficiency
Amateur film of children practising cycling.
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1968
4m 50s
Standard 8mm film
Colour
Silent
Public Gas Tests June 7th 1941 Borough of Bexley
Amateur film of a civil defence exercise. Tear gas is released at four points throughout the borough in order that locals become familiar with using their gas masks in an emergency. The fire brigade assist with the exercise, and we also see the decontamination procedure.
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07.06.1941
3m 40s
16mm film
B&W
Silent
Chapel of Ease, Bexleyheath
Amateur film of the demolition of a church steeple, Bexleyheath.
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1926
4m 32s
16mm film
B&W
Silent
In the Counties Around & About Kent
In the Counties Around & About Kent
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c.1969
30m 34s
Standard 8mm film
Colour
Silent
Barbara I domestic scenes
An amateur film compilation showing the early years of a young girl.
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c.1933
20m 8s
16mm film
B&W
Silent
Barbara II
Amateur film of family life in Bexley.
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1930s
7m 5s
16mm film
B&W
Silent
Danson Park
Amateur film recording Bexley's Danson Park.
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c.1935
3m 42s
16mm film
B&W
Silent
Heath Robinson's House
A short film introducing 'Heath Robinson's House', presented by a Mr Richardson.
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1934
1m 12s
16mm film
B&W
Silent
Steam Engines and Station
Rare film record of the Weston, Clevedon and Portishead Light Railway.
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c.1931
4m 41s
16mm film
B&W
Silent
Road Safety Campaign
Amateur film about the road safety campaign by the Bexley, Erith & Crayford Road Safety Committee.
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c.1962
5m 32s
16mm film
Colour
Silent
A Day on a Butterfly Farm
Film about lepidopterist L. Hugh Newman's butterfly farm, Salisbury Road, Bexley, Kent.
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1930s
9m 25s
16mm film
B&W
Sound
Newman's Butterfly Farm
Film about lepidopterist L. Hugh Newman's butterfly farm, Salisbury Road, Bexley, Kent.
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c.1935
5m 39s
35mm film
B&W
Silent
Staging a Design
A film made to stimulate amateur theatre groups to produce more innovative stagings and settings for their plays. It uses the process of stage design for a production of Sheridan's play 'The Rivals' at the Geoffrey Whitworth Theatre in Bexley.
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c.1971
18m 18s
16mm film
Colour
Sound
Clock Tower, Bexleyheath
To celebrate the ascension to the throne of King George V, Bexley Urban District Council commissioned Walter Maxted Epps to design a clock tower for Bexleyheath town centre. Local dignitaries and townspeople gathered on the 17th of July 1912 to witness the official inauguration.
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17.07.1912
3m 58s
16mm film
B&W
Silent
Erith Road Safety
Road safety demonstrations for local school children in Erith. Street scenes in the locality reveal a wide variety of traffic, including horse-drawn milk floats, workmen pushing hand carts, motorbikes and vintage cars. The local police force provide demonstrations in schools, and a comical sequence reveals the dangers of crossing the road carelessly.
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1952
24m 45s
16mm film
Colour;B&W
Silent
King George V and Queen Mary Silver Jubilee Parade at the Green, Sidcup
May Day parade in celebration of the Silver Jubilee on the green in Sidcup. Boy Scouts, Girl Guides and school children process past accompanied by the Lamorbey Residential School Band. After local dignitaries judge the fancy dress competition, Mabel Brown is crowned as May Queen.
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06.05.1935
4m 19s
16mm film
B&W
Silent
Around & About Bexley
An amateur film record of the Bexley area. A sunny day in the suburbs is followed by a fascinating glimpse into a local church wedding at the Parish Church of St. John the Evangelist. Old and young congregate and provide a typical example of fashions of the period. Views of parks and woodland areas offer a wider perspective of the surrounding area in the 70's.
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c.1977
17m 4s
Standard 8mm film
Colour
Silent
Thamesmead
An amateur film of the early days of the Thamesmead estate.
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1967-1968
12m 6s
Standard 8mm film
Colour
Silent
Local Lore: Out for a Walk - Around & About Bexley
An amateur film of leisure sites around Bexley, particularly the vibrant flora and fauna within the grounds of Hall Place. Stunning images of flower beds and manicured lawns offer a unique snapshot of this beautiful country garden. We are also offered a glimpse of rural Bexley during this period.
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c.1975
8m 22s
Standard 8mm film
Colour
Silent
Local Lore: Now and Then
Amateur film shot around Bexley.
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c.1979
23m 38s
Standard 8mm film
Colour
Silent
Erith Town
Amateur film of the town of Erith.
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c.1969
7m 58s
Standard 8mm film
Colour
Silent
Erith Town Centre
Amateur film of Erith before and after redevelopment.
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1966-1973
18m 54s
Standard 8mm film
Colour
Silent
Bexley Urban District Council - Local Election
A filmed record of the British Communist Party hustings in Bexley and Hyde Park. The candidate for Bexley, Charles Job, is seen delegating with colleagues and campaigning in the local area. Evocative scenes of Bellegrove Road, Welling, offer a revealing insight into everyday life in the borough. Several party speakers address a large crowd in Hyde Park.
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1950
4m 49s
16mm film
B&W
Silent
A Letter from Anne: a day in the life of a nurse at Queen Mary's hospital, Sidcup
An amateur film record of a day in the life of a nurse at Queen Marys hospital, Sidcup.
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1961
17m 2s
16mm film
B&W
Silent
Crayford County Secondary School: Trip to Bisham Abbey 1974
No summary available
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1974
Unknown
Standard 8mm film
unknown
Silent
Crayford County Secondary School: Trip to Bisham Abbey 1973
Crayford County Secondary School: Trip to Bisham Abbey
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1973
3m 27s
Standard 8mm film
Colour
Silent
Field Trip
Day-to-day shots of the Northumberland Heath Secondary Modern School
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1960s
1m 48s
16mm film
Colour
Mute
Boating in Danson Park Lake
Sailing on Danson Park Lake
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1960s
1m 21s
16mm film
Colour
Mute
4th Year River Trip Greenwich to Gravesend Return
No summary available
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17.09.1969
8m 11s
16mm film
Colour
Unknown
Craft/Potting/Bookbinding Practice Film
Craft/Potting/Bookbinding practice at the Northumberland Heath Secondary Modern School, Bexley
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1960s
3m 57s
16mm film
Colour
Mute
Untitled film 1 in Bexley Local Studies and Archives
No summary available
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1960s
2m 52s
16mm film
Colour
Unknown
School Sports Day
No summary available
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1967
5m 50s
16mm film
Colour
Sound
School Geography Trip to Wrotham taken by Mr Hill includes 'School Schots'
No summary available
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Unknown
2m 41s
16mm film
Colour
Unknown
Northumberland Heath Secondary Boys School: 21 Years
No summary available
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1954
9m 32s
16mm film
B&W
Unknown
Untitled film 2 in Bexley Local Studies and Archives
No summary available
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Unknown
1m 28s
16mm film
B&W
Unknown
School Film - Amsterdam and tramp
No summary available
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Unknown
8m 17s
16mm film
Colour
Sound
Bexley London Borough - 'Your House, Your Decision' (London & Quadrant)
A short, informative video made for Bexley residents which explains the benefits of local services run by housing associations. The film explains in simple terms the nature of 'compulsory competitive tendering', a controversial measure brought in by the government, who proposed selling the management of services to private companies. Local residents of Bexley appear throughout. This video offers an insight into the problems facing local councils during this period.
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1993
16m 47s
VHS
Colour
Sound
Bexley Christmas Show, 1995
A lively record of Christmas festivities in Bexley, a variety of impressive performances, from jazz bands to mime artists, as jaunty locals dressed as Christmas decorations populate the streets at night, and a wide spectrum of life in the borough is represented in this entertaining home video.
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1995
13m 29s
VHS
Colour
Sound
East Wickham and Welling
No summary available
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Unknown
12m 3s
VHS
unknown
Sound
The New North Heath Library; Snows of 1991
Video with three parts: a short video of the building of North Heath Library, 2000; 'Local Events', 1990, including Greenwich and the Thames Barrier; Snows of 1991.
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1990-2000
18m 41s
VHS
Colour
Sound
Bexleyheath Broadway - Past and Present
No summary available
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Unknown
32m 19s
VHS
unknown
Sound
Queen Street Baptist Church, Erith
No summary available
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2000
40m 41s
VHS
unknown
Sound
The Day the Children Waved Goodbye. A Living History Lesson
In January 2001, Bexley schoolchildren re-enacted the evacuation of thousands of city schoolchildren in 1941 during World War II. The Living History Lesson was an initiative of Bexley Council in partnership with The Evacuation Reunion Association and Bexley Heritage Trust, with financial support from the Single Regeneration Budget. In preparation for the day the children dressed in period costumes, made gas masks and cooked wartime recipes. On the day of the reconstruction, the children experienced an air raid, a gas mask drill, and the billeting system and spoke to real evacuees to learn from their experiences.
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2001
23m 11s
VHS
Colour;B&W
Sound
Connections 2001 Exhibition: Black History Month
Exhibition for Black History Month.
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2001
45m 26s
VHS
Colour
Sound
The Business of Erith (long version)
No summary available
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1993
20m 0s
VHS
unknown
Sound
Moving up to Year Seven: A Welling School Film
Video presented by two kids at the Welling School in Bexley about how moving up to Year 7 isn't that bad
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2000
10m 26s
VHS
unknown
Sound
Welcome to Thamesmead
This video shows Thamesmead in a period of growth and development. Presented by Anna-Maria Ashe of London News Network.
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1997
6m 0s
VHS
Colour
Sound
Bexley Library Service: Mobile Library and IT Vehicle
A short information film made by Bexley Council extolling the virtues of their mobile library, a service which provides remote communities and the suburbs with access to reading material. After a whistle stop tour of surrounding areas we are invited into the bus itself, and given a brief explanation of its state-of-the art features, which include internet access and air conditioning!
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2005
7m 25s
VHS
Colour
Sound
Our Community - Get Involved
A local information film which explains the benefits of the ‘Sure Start’ scheme, a government funded initiative introduced by New Labour. A narrator explains how children in Bexley under the age of four will benefit from the scheme. Children and mothers are shown in the community as are a number of local groups, who explain in detail the benefits of the scheme, and how it will function in the area.
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Unknown
6m 1s
VHS
Colour
Sound
North Cray
No summary available
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2009
28m 0s
VHS
unknown
Sound
Church Spire Inspection
No summary available
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2002
Unknown
VHS
Colour
Unknown
Kentish Times Story
The production of one edition of the Kentish Times newspaper, from first ideas for stories through writing, editing and printing to the final published copy.
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1950s
37m 30s
16mm film
B&W
Sound
Chislehurst and Kentish Times
The production and distribution processes for the Kentish times
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1940s
38m 45s
16mm film
B&W
Mute
Telephone Test
Telephone test, Erith boats. Christine. Few seconds of V Ashlee tying at Commercial Cables.
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4m 46s
Standard 8mm film
B&W
Mute
One Today
No summary available
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33m 20s
Standard 8mm film
Colour
Mute
Scenes from family life in South East London
A year in the life of the Ashlee family - a new baby, playing in the garden, trips to the park, a royal wedding on TV, a summer fete, bonfire night and Christmas.
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1960
28m 18s
Standard 8mm film
Colour
Mute
Tall ships at Erith November 1975
Tall ships at Erith November 1975
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1975
4m 38s
Standard 8mm film
Colour
Mute

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