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Your home movies of the 1960s
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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 1960s.

We've had a fantastic response with hundreds of written memories, family photos, and, below, videos of the time submitted through the BBC's modern history YouTube group.


This was shot by Fred Collinson, an engineer from Hull who made many hours of family film with one of the few cine cameras in Goole at that time.

This one was submitted by his nephew Robert Ward, whose father Bruce is painting the front gate of their home in Dunhill Road, Goole, with Robert's mother, Molly. Fred's wife Dorothy is watching with her young daughter. The older man is a family friend, Billy Espin.

Robert Ward recalls: "The double gates were new and had been installed after a neighbour had agreed that the privet hedge between the two houses could be taken up and the two paths concreted over to make a drive."


This was cine footage filmed by Harold Watson in 1965 and later copied to video. It records when he and his brother Dave, then 21, returned to their hometown to see their family. "Hope you enjoy this little movie. It always brings back fond memories for me," says Dave.

"Open heart surgery was being performed on a unsuspecting close- knit society as they were slowly moved from their terraced homes to high rise flats which changed the face of Liverpool and I believe the character of its people forever," says Dave.

"My brother and I realised that what we were seeing through our cheap but trusty cine cameras was the beginning of the end of an area of Liverpool that we were born in."


This was submitted by David Fieldsend and records when Hipper Primary School in Chesterfield was being closed down and moved to Hady.

Above are just three of several home movies of the 1960s uploaded by you to

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 counter-culture to holidays, and there are photos too. See it all 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 60s 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 (see internet links, right)

  • 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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