29/07/13 - Special archive film screenings at Southend's Royal Pavilion on Saturday 17 August 2013

Heritage organisation Norwich HEART’s Digital Heritage Project is bringing the archive alive in Southend on Saturday 17 August 2013 with two special archive film events at the newly named Royal Pavilion at Southend Pier.

The matinee event, from 2pm - 4pm, will feature a selection of fascinating archive films of newly digitised film focusing on sporting events, football and holidays in East Anglia as well as an edit, produced especially for the occasion, showing Southend on film over the last century from as far back as 1909. The screening will also include:

The Pleasure of Leisure – Be it holidays on the beach, cricket on the village green or boating on the Broads, amateur archive films show how East Anglians spent their leisure time in the 1930-50’s

The Goals, the Game and the Glory – Football from the terraces – as caught on camera by avid football fans and amateur film makers. Matches feature Norwich City, Colchester Utd, Ipswich Town, Wisbech and Cambridge University from as far back as 1913.

Bicycles, Bedders and Bumps – A look at the traditions and fun of student life caught on camera by a Cambridge student in the 1920 and 30s.

My Generation – Focusing on the post-war evolution of teenagers and the youth subcultures that emerged exploring the moral panic that challenged authority and gave youths a new identity. Includes footage of Mods and Rockers from Clacton and Great Yarmouth.

Our Sporting Lives – a nostalgic look at some of the sporting events in the region caught on camera between 1908 and 1968, including footage of company sports days, keep fit classes, river races, village cricket or cheering their team to victory from the touchline.

The Anglo-French evening, from 7pm – 9pm will offer a selection of fantastic wine and cheeses, archive films including the special edit of Southend and an Anglo French version of The Pleasure of Leisure showing how we had fun on both sides of the channel. Other films are:

Bon Voyage - trains, boats, buses and planes have played an essential part in the history of the 20th century. In the 1920s and 1930s - the golden age of travel - the nation was captivated by the prospect of flight, overseas travel and the extraordinary opportunities opening up for exploration worldwide. Through the decades, many amateur cinematographers filmed family journeys simply as a record of a day out, unaware that they were recording such significant moments in social history. This film is voiced by British actor, John Hurt.

Bon Appétit This film is an appetising menu of amateur and professional archive films about food from the past drawn from Upper Normandy and the East of England. On the menu is French bread and traditional butter, Cambridgeshire jam, Neufchatel cheese, oysters , cockles, shellfish, eels from the fens and Essex coast - all washed down with Suffolk beer or refreshing Normandy cider – delicious viewing!

Fish & Clips – The rivers, estuaries and coastal waters of East Anglia and northern France once provided a good living for local fishermen and sailors. This collection of amateur and professional archive film from the 1920 – 1960s is the story of our busy harbours and tranquil waterways.

Tickets for the matinee event cost £6 and doors open at 1.30pm for a 2pm start. Tickets for the Anglo-French evening including half a bottle of wine or two bottles of beer and cheese cost £12 and doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. There will be a half hour intermission at the evening screening. To reserve tickets call 01702 618747 or email vic@southend.gov.uk Tickets will also be available to buy soon on the e-shop on www.visitsouthend.co.uk.

Digital Heritage’s Project Manager, Jane Jarvis, said: “These films are real gems of our social history and an invaluable part of our heritage. Southend and The Royal Pavilion is a very special destination and we are delighted to screen archive film at the end of the pier. The juxtaposition of the old and the new is particularly evident here - archive films screening at Southend’s iconic pier in the wonderful new Royal Pavilion cultural centre. We do hope that people of all ages will come along and enjoy these wonderful films from the regional archives.”

Digital Heritage is managed by Norwich’s Heritage Economic & Regeneration Trust (HEART) and is working with two major film archives from both sides of the channel, the East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) and Rouen based, Pôle Image Haute-Normandie to digitise hundreds of regional archive films. In October 2012, Digital Heritage launched its website www.archivealive.org to showcase a unique timeline of archive films from across East Anglia from as far back as 1896 to the 1980s.

This project is made possible via EU funding from the Interreg IVA Channel Programme within the scope of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).