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  • Writer's pictureWendy Percival

Reels of family history fun!

I crawled into the back of the loft the other day (no mean feat, I have to say!) and dug out the carrier bag of my late dad’s cine films. I want to get them digitised so all the family can view them. There are 17 four-inch spools, dating from 1961 to 1973.

For Dad’s 80th birthday some years ago, we rented a cottage in the beautiful village of Lacock in Wiltshire, pictured below ("our" cottage is in the right-hand photo), and arranged a family gathering, where we set up the old cine projector and watched the films.

There are only 4 minutes of footage on each spool but as it took longer than that to rewind the film after viewing and set up the next reel on the temperamental projector, it became a full evening’s entertainment! We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and I’m really looking forward to seeing them all again.

Most show family holidays in the many locations I see as I continue scanning my way through Dad’s 35mm slide collection. Still a few boxes left to do, though I'm making good progress.

This week on Twitter’s #AncestryHour everyone was encouraged to post old family holiday photographs under the hashtag #AncestryHourHolidayPhotos

I posted a picture of my parents on their honeymoon on Fistral Beach in Newquay in 1956 and another person posted one of their mother, also on Fistral beach, also on her honeymoon, taken two years earlier! Obviously Newquay was a popular spot for honeymooning in the 1950s.

My Mum & Dad, Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall. August 1956

Once the films have been digitised, I'll post an extract or two, so watch this space!

Do you have old cine films amongst your family history archives? And have you digitised yours?


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