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Your home movies of the 1980s
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The Magazine is compiling a people's history of your memories, pictures and videos
Revisit the 1980s this Friday here on the Magazine
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The Magazine is compiling a people's history of modern Britain - featuring your written memories, photos and home movies. This week we asked for your recollections of the 1980s.

We've already received hundreds of written memories and family photos, which will be published on Friday. But here's a taster of some of your home videos from the time, submitted through the BBC's modern history YouTube group.


"Like everyone that night I was woken by the noise and as it got light I decided to go around the village, which is Thurlow, near Haverhill in Suffolk, and record its effect on the village," says Richard Crooks, who is now 40 and lives near Norwich.

"I was one of the early few with a video camera in those days, as I used it mainly for creative purposes. Thurlow was without power for five days, and that week I used to visit a friend so I could live in the 20th Century before returning to Thurlow, which had been flung into the 19th for a while. Well, that's how it felt at the time."


Nick Fletcher, 15 at the time, and his brother filmed this on a Super 8 cine camera, on the family farm near Hovingham, North Yorkshire.

It also features his father, uncle and neighbouring farmers helping out with the harvest.

"I liked the farm and in some ways still miss it," he says. "I now live in Malton. Unfortunately a lot of friends left the area but I still see an odd one from Hovingham. I liked the summer and the harvest - I think those days were the best years of my life."

Above are just two of several home movies of the 1980s uploaded by you to
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the BBC's modern Britain group on YouTube.

If you want to see more, go to the group by clicking on the link, right.

You also sent in hundreds of written memories of the time, on themes from the credit boom to the dole queues and the legwarmers, and there are photos too. See it all on Friday by clicking here.


You can now upload your videos of the past to the BBC's modern history group on YouTube. This could be a home video of the 80s or an interview today of someone talking about the past.

How to upload to the BBC's modern history YouTube group:

  • You'll need a YouTube account. If you've not got one, go here and sign up.

  • Your videos need to be on YouTube before you can send them to us. So if they're not already, go to this page and follow the instructions.

  • You need to join our YouTube group, so go here and hit "join this group" on the top right.

  • Now it's time to send us your videos. There's more than one way, but the easiest is to hit the "add to groups" button shown under each YouTube video, select "BBC History of Modern Britain", and hit "add to group".

  • When we approve the videos, they'll appear on this page. So get uploading!

How to convert cine film/VHS to digital:

  • If you have any old home movies on cine film, the quickest way to convert them to a digital format would be to project the films on to a blank white wall or screen and record the output on video.

  • Fill as much of the frame as possible.

  • Make sure the video camera is still - don't hand-hold it.

  • Alternatively, you can take your cine film into a photographic specialist in your High Street and pay for it to be converted. Some websites also do the same

  • If you have VHS you may be able to transfer the film straight into your computer, or specialists can put it on to DVD first.

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