Timereel Studios

Archive film of Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Kent, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire & London, Ipswich, Norwich and Great Yarmouth

Timereel studios bring quality archive film onto DVD from the 1940's, 1950's, 1960's and 1970's covering Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk,Kent, London, Norfolk Broads, Ipswich, Norwich, Chelmsford, Colchester, Southend and Great Yarmouth.

Also visit the lost age of the steam railways, farming and life during the second world war.


A Time Gone By: Life In The 1930's Part 2

More of London in the 1930's

The second half of the 1930's is even more tumultous than the first. The Cable Street riots of 1936 are just the start. Unemployment is still a curse on the nation, but the Government considers removing trams and horses to make room for an increasing numbers of car drivers.

To top it all the King abdicates and as the decade draws to a close, events in Munich bring the country to the brink of war.

The unique footage of this film takes you to the heart of this remarkable period in British History.

Previously released as London in the 1930's: Part 2

Bringing The Empire Home

London's Docks

The sight, sounds, and chaotic hustle and bustle of the worlds busiest port are captured on this unique and engaging film.

Britannia literally ruled the waves, as well as a quarter of the world which formed the old empire. It was the combination of these two factors that made London Docks centre of commercial activity. The riches of the Empire were brought to the UK on a constant stream of ships that had the capital city as their destination.

See the sights of a forgotten age come back to life once more.

Previously released as London's Lost Docks

Cambridgeshire & The Fens : Part 1

Archive film of Cambridgeshire and the Fens from 1912 to 1939

From the first years of film, journey back in time to see Cambridgeshire and the Fens as it used to be from 1912 to the eve of the Second World War.

Featuring -
Street Scenes in Wisbech
Rowing & river skating in Cambridge
The Annual Sawston pea picking tradition
Papworth Hospital in the 1930's
Chivers jam factory at Histon
Floods at Littleport in 1937

Cambridgeshire and the Fens : Part 2

Cambridgeshire during and after the war

1939: another devastating war threatens Britain.

Look back at how WW2 and the post-war years shaped life in Cambridgeshire from the 1940's to the 1960's.
See how people lived worked, including :

Ely and the life of Fenland marshmen.
Cambridgeshire University and the street scenes in the 1950's
The air force in Peterborough
Pye and the arrival of Anglia TV
Cambridge to Mildenhall railway.


Carnaby Street and Beyond: Life in the 1960's Part 2

More of London in the swinging Sixties

Swinging London is the centre of the world, Class and tradition are being challenged by a groovy new youth culture which embraces music, drugs and risque fashion.

It is one of the most exciting times to live in Britain. But underneath the surface, old problems like housing and racial tension persist.

From the 1966 World Cup to the anti - Vietnam riots, the Swinging Sixties saw everything from mini - skirts to the Rolling Stones.

Previously released as London in the 1960's: Part 2

Colchester & Chelmsford in the Sixties

Colchester and Chelmsford in the Sixties

The 1960's: Steam trains can still be seen at Chelmsford station, and the streets of Colchester are filling up with scooters and Ford Angia's.

The Military Tattoo is an annual crowd pleaser, the new University has opened its doors and Colchester United is still playing at Layer Road.

Journey down memory lane and see what life was like in both Colchester and Chelmsford, including:
Kings Road Junior school and Chelmsford Girls High School.
Essex police trialling their new helicopters.
Studentrebellion at University of Essex

East Anglia's Steam Years

Take a journey back in time to experiance the nostalgia of the heyday of steam.

Using a collection of documentary footage and amateur film, East Anglia's Steam years looks back at our region's railway lines.

See the story of the M&GN Railway from its foiundation through to its closure, told by the men who worked the line, Watch the last days of the Cambridge to Mildenhall branch come back to life in stunning period colourfilm.

Relive the elegant magic of the Scottish Express which rumbled through East Anglia en route from London.

Essex Past Part 1

Essex 1916 to the 1930's
Essex, 1916, The first generation of children to ba captured on film will live through thirty years of immense social change. Journey into a bygone age and see Essex as it used to be including, Theydon Bois in 1916, Frinton On Sea, Southend On Sea, Tilbury and Clacton On Sea, Chelmsford & Colchester in the 1930's, Braintree, Halstead, Terling and Thaxted, Dagenham, Wanstead, Leytonstone and Romford.

Essex Past Part 2

Essex 1945 to 1960's

Essex 1945, the Second World War is over, Years of rationing lie ahead, but so too does free healthcare and full employment, holidays by the sea, motorbikes and rock n roll. From 1940's to 1960's see how Essex was changed almost beyond recognition.

This unique production includes Chelmsford, Clacton On Sea, the new town Harlow, Saffron Walden, Hockley and Finchingfield, Waltham Abbey, Epping, Romford and Rayleigh

Feeding The Nation: How Farming Changed Forever

Farming the land from 1914 to the 1960's

On the outbreak of WW1, farming was on the brink of ruin, By the 1960's it was thriving once more. Events in Britain and beyond changed agricultural life. After half a centuryomic slump and feeding the nation through two world wars, farming emerged much stronger, but it had been changed forever.

Using rare footage, this charming documentary looks back at the age of the family farm, with stories from farm workers and the land army, this film is a window into a world that has vanished.

Previously released as Yesterdays Farm: East Anglia And Beyond

Floods Of East Anglia

Floods Of East Anglia

January 1953, the sea surge above the coast, flooding whole areas of East Anglia, it is the worst disaster in peacetime Britain.

Freak weather has caused havoc in East Anglia, drowning hundreds of people and sweeping away homes and livelihoods.

Using rare, original film discover the stories behind the disastrous floods, including -

Norwich in 1912 Norfolk in 1938 Cambridgeshire in 1947 Suffolk,Norfolk & Essex in 1953

GI Airmen in East Anglia

East Anglia, 1942 The US Air Force has invaded, bringing Jeeps, gum, candy & nylons, charming and friendly the GI's quickly become part of the locals scene.

For the next three years, bombers will fly from East Anglia into the enemy's heartland.

Using rare original film, discover the story behind the men who risked extraordinary danger to win the peace.

Narrated by Dick Glover

Haunted London

A phantom at Hampton Court Palace, footsteps on an empty Underground platform, a misty figure in a West End Theatre.

London has always been rich in tales of the superantural, now using documentary footage and interviews with eyewitnesses, explore the real ghost stories of the city.

Narrated by Dick Glover

Haunted London: True Ghost Stories

Ghosts Of London

A city that has been in existence for many hundreds of years should have its share of ghost stories and London does not disappoint.

This mysterious film tells the extraordinary tales of spine chilling events in West End theatres, the Underground and the Tower Of London.

From Royal Palaces to ordinary suburbs, eyewitness accounts offer a glimpse into the world of the unseen.

Watch It If You Dare !!

Home Front

Life at home during the Second World War

East Anglia is at war, evacuees have flooded in from the cities.

The home guard patrols the countryside, the land army work the fields.

Blackouts, air raids, gas masks and rationing have become part of everyday life.

Using dramatic, rare film, discover how ordinary people in the East of England endured a war that changed their lives forever.

Ipswich In The 60's

Ipswich in the swinging Sixties

Ipswich meets the swinging sixties, Ransomes is a key employer and the port is bustling with activity.

Alf Ramsey is guiding the Tractor Boys to Football League glory.

But the town will be changed forever, as street are demolished and office blocks spring up.

Trolley buses and cattle markets will not survive the decade.

See the town as it was including - The Beatles performing at the Regent, A drive through the town street, Stock car racing at Foxhall Stadium, Motorbike racing at Shrubland Park.

Narrated by Dick Glover

Ipswich Past

Ipswich Past from 1912 to 1960's

Relive the story of Ipswich as the town's past comes to life before your eyes.

Using variety of archive film discover how people lived and worked from 1912 through to the 1960's.

Highlights include Street Scenes from the 1930's, Ransomes Works, Ipswich Airport and the Docks, Rare feature on the cartoonist Giles, Ipswich Town FC and Alf Ramsey.

Narrated by Dick Glover

Kent At War

Kent during World War 2

In the summer of 1940, the white cliffs of Dover lay within sight of Hitler's army.
Kent was now at the vanguard of British defences.
For the next five years, the country would be shelled by long range guns and bombed both day and night.
More than 20,000 civillian's were killed and injured but the people of Kent remained defiant.
From the Battle of Britain to the terror of the V weapons this is the story of England's front line county

Kent Past

Kent in the 1920's
In the 1920's Kent was a very different place, steam trains brought holiday makers to Margate and in the countryside, Cockneys picked hops on the farm.
By the early 1960's mechanised farming had emptied the land and foreigh travel was becoming more popular.

London's East End: 1900's - 1930's

East End of London 1900 to 1930's

The East End in 1900: a world of cobbled streets and thick fog. Thousands of Londoners live in cramped, sooty tenements. Their homes are lit by gas and infested with lice.

Amidst this dire poverty is a close - knit community defined by resilience, kindness and humour. Children play in streets and the men crowd to the dock gates for work.

From the match factories of Bow to the hop fields of Kent, see how London's East End lived in the years before the Second World War.