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MOMENTS IN TIME

THE JERSEY FILM ARCHIVE

They are moving pictures from another age. In 1990, Jersey Heritage asked islanders to scour attics and cupboards for forgotten film. The response was overwhelming – and the Jersey Film Archive was born. Today, it contains hundreds of hours of unique footage. Alastair Layzell narrates the first of eight volumes of Moments in Time…

Volume 2 of Moments in Time includes rare footage of The Battle of Flowers before the Occupation. It was held not on Victoria Avenue but at Springfield...

The people of Jersey have long had a love affair with the beach. Amateur films from the first half of the twentieth century are filled with scenes of swimming at favourite spots around the Island, surfing at St Ouen, picnics in the shelter of a seawall. No wonder we called Volume Three of Moments in Time On the Beach… 

Some of the most interesting films in the Jersey Film Archive came from the States Tourism Department. Every four years, from 1945 onwards, the department commissioned promotional films from professional film-makers. These ‘shorts’ were shown in cinemas the length and breadth of Britain in an attempt to persuade those watching that Jersey really was ‘Britain’s South sea Island’ or – in the case of this film – the ‘Island of the Long Summer’…