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Home Movie Day London 2015


Don't throw your films away;


bring them to Home Movie Day!


"There's no such thing as a bad home movie! Home Movie Day is an orgy of self-discovery, a chance for family memories to suddenly become showbusiness. If you've got one, whip it out and show it now." - John Waters

For the eighth London Home Movie Day on Saturday, November 7, film archivists will take time out of the vaults to help the public enjoy and save their home movies. Home Movie Day shows how home movies on 8mm, Super8, 9.5mm and 16mm offer a unique view of past life in London and of family history. There will be a free Film Clinic, staffed by volunteer film archivists, to which members of the public may bring their films for examination. The archivists will give feedback about the condition of the films, and advice on how to store them properly in the home. Information will also be available on donating films to archives and how to transfer films to digital formats for easy home viewing, whilst stressing the importance of preserving the originals. For the first time, Film London’s KinoVan will be visiting Home Movie Day and screening a special programme of London home movies.

Home Movie Day is a worldwide celebration of amateur films and filmmaking, held annually in October and is free and open to the public. Film archivist and organiser Lucy Smee says, "If you have home movies on film that you are concerned about preserving, bring them to Home Movie Day. Too many people see their home movies as just documenting their family; they don't realise that home movies provide insight into family custom, lifestyle, landscape and history."

Expert projectionists will be continuously screening home movies throughout the day. This can be the most enjoyable part of the day, as often people will have inherited films but no equipment to watch them on. Home Movie Day is held at the Cinema Museum in Kennington, itself a shrine to the glory days of cinema. It's a free event, children-friendly and anybody is welcome. You don't need to bring a film to attend and enjoy the event; everyone has the chance to win fabulous film-related prizes and can attend the free special screenings.

Special Screening: 12.30pm - 1.15pm

Anthony Slide presents Hollywood Home Movies

Anthony Slide, hailed by Lillian Gish as “our preeminent historian of the silent film,” presents actress Mary Brian's home movies from 1932, consisting primarily of Paramount celebrities, and the home movies of John Decker, the celebrated and eccentric artist and forger, friend of John Barrymore, Errol Flynn and WC Fields. Features rare private views of Hollywood in the 1940s.

Many thanks to the Cinema Museum for organising this special screening.

Don't deprive your descendants by letting your films decay in the loft; bring them to Home Movie Day!


Contacts: Lucy Smee (07515 888465, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Lisa Kerrigan (07817 503001,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Event details

Saturday, November 7 2015, 11am - 4pm

The Cinema Museum, 2 Dugard Way, Kennington London SE11 4TH

1230-1315: Special Screening "Anthony Slide presents Hollywood Home Movies"

Nearest tube: Kennington. Free parking, access via Renfrew Road. Tea and cake will be available.

October 2015

LWMFHS Branch Meetings

Barnet 15 October 8pm: Bells of London: Oranges and Lemons

City 29 October 12.30pm: St John Ambulance

Enfield 7 October: EA Bowles and his Gardens at Myddelton House

Rayners Lane 9 October: Members’ Evening

Wembley 26 October: The Broken Branch

For more details, please see our Meetings Section



All Guildhall Library events for September to December 2015 are online and available to book

Visit: for more details. Any queries telephone 0207 332 1868

Wednesday 21 October 10am-5pm Free. Booking essential

Happy Birthday, Guildhall Library. On 21 October 1974, the present Guildhall Library opened in the West Wing of Guildhall. The first library opened in 1425. Come along to our celebration, learn more about our collections, learn how we care for books and take a behind the scenes tour.

10am: Workshop, Care of Library Books     11am: Behind the scenes Tour

2pm: Talk: The Historical Collections of the Library   3.15-4.15: Behind the Scenes Tour

Wednesday 28 October 2-3pm

Talk: Haunted London

This talk deals with some of the City’s top spooks, plus a few more from all over London.

An accompanying walk, Blood, Fire and Pestilence on 31 October 6.30-8.30pm will take you through the creepiest of the streets and alleyways around the Tower.

Cost is £8. Meet outside All Hallows by the Tower. No booking required.



All events at LMA are booked through Eventbrite: or by telephone: 020 7332 3851

Monday 5 October 2-3pm

Talk: A Camera on the Victorian City

A talk based on the LMA’s collection of images. How photographers were able to document London during the Victorian building boom.

Monday 12 October 2-3pm

Talk: The Bombing Campaign of WW1

This talk discusses Britain’s status as ‘no longer an island’ when Zeppelins and then aeroplanes began to bomb London.

See Eventbrite for the Guided walks and Tours



Holborn Library, 32-38 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8PA

There are two free illustrated talks and no need to book a place:

Tuesday 6 October 7.15pm: Highgate Cemetery and its Residents

Tuesday 20 October 7.15pm: Camden – The First Fifty Years

And also an exhibition: Holborn: Then and Now

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