London Westminster & Middlesex Family History Society

Home Movie Day 2014

Home Movie Day London 2014
Don't throw your films away; bring them to Home Movie Day!
"Home Movie Day is the perfect opportunity for people to connect with our past and to move the conversation about preserving our cultural heritage into the future." - Ken Burns
For the twelfth international Home Movie Day on Saturday, October 18, film archivists will take time out of the film 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.
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, 2pm - 2.30pm
The Home Movies of Mary Brian
This year, Home Movie Day London is delighted to present the home movies of Hollywood star Mary Brian. Mary Brian successfully made the transition from silent to sound films and was dubbed the 'Sweetest Girl in Pictures'. Some of her silent films are now sadly lost, so we are delighted to be able to present her home movies and celebrate her life and work. 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! 
: 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, October 18 2014, 11am - 5pm
The Cinema Museum, 2 Dugard Way, Kennington London SE11 4TH 
1400-1430: Special Screening of The Home Movies of Mary Brian

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



Members may wish to note that electronic (PDF) versions of METROPOLITAN and a spreadsheet index are now available in the Members' Area (Under Files).


Events in London

October 2014

Guildhall Library

Tuesday 7 October 2-3pm

Walthamstow: an Illustrated Talk

A talk which considers the diverse background of this area; from a country retreat to the origins of the first English-built motor car with an internal combustion engine.

Tuesday 14 October 2-3pm

The Crystal Palace at War

As well as highlighting the Palace’s importance during WWI, this illustrated talk covers the Palace’s connections with the Crimean, Boar and even WWII, despite its destruction by fire in 1936.

Wednesday 22 October 2-3pm

Women and Guilds in 17th Century London

A time when increasing numbers of women took up apprenticeships and freedoms of the City, trading in shops and the Royal Exchange. This talk follows working women in Restoration London; their training, obstacles and successes.

Monday 27 October 6-8pm

Voyages from the Past

Maritime genealogist Simon Wills launches his latest book by exploring three and a half centuries of passenger travel by sea. How life on board has changed from Elizabethan times to the great ocean liners. £5 plus booking fee.

All events at Guildhall Library are now booked through:


Any queries regarding booking please telephone 020 7332 1869

London Metropolitan Archives

Thursday 2 October 3-4pm

Photographing the Home Front: 1914-1918

London suffered from the effects of Zeppelin bombing and the exhaustive demands made on its resources. However, it continued to trade, educate and keep local services operational. Discover the photos that tell London’s story at this time.

Monday 13 October 2-4.30pm

Family History and WWI: Sources

This session introduces LMA’s WWI sources and different ways of exploring archive collections both on site and via the internet.

These talks are free but booking essential on 020 7332 3851

Ancestry releases Electoral Rolls for London

Ancestry have released new data covering the London Electoral Rolls 1835-1965. See


They are name indexed, though like so many scanned documents, the quality of the OCR is bound to vary. I noted that while some Middx records (e.g. for Enfield) are there for the earlier years, they are missing for the more recent period. However, it's a valuable resource allowing you to find addresses in the modern (post censuses) period.

Locating London's Past

I've just become aware of a wonderful new website called Locating London's Past at

This website allows you to search a wide body of digital resources relating to early modern and eighteenth-century London, and to map the results on to a fully GIS compliant version of John Rocque's 1746 map.

Records of crime, poor relief, taxation, elections, local administration, plague deaths and archaeological finds can all be searched and mapped on this site.