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Holiday on the Scilly Isles in 1966

This vintage home movie was taken during a holiday on the Scilly Isles in 1966.

In fact there is a bit of a mystery about the date the film was taken. On the box is a clear, hand written note which says, ‘Scillies II 1966’, but the develop before date on the box is Jan 1959.

Now it’s possible of course that the photographer used expired film, but in my experience using a film which is 6 years out of date would result in pretty poor colour rendition and definition. Although the film shown here is over 50 years old and therefore doesn’t look as good as it did when first taken, I wouldn’t say it looks like it was taken on expired film.

Anyway, I’ve assumed the note on the box is correct and that this film dates from 1966.

The film shows scenes around the Scilly Isles during a holiday there by the photographer and the fact that the film was noted as Scillies II suggests this was a favoured holiday destination.

The opening sequence is taken looking out to sea through some rocks which I think may be near Peninnis head. At least, that rock came up in my search for locations on the Islands where the film could have been taken, and I think there is a similarity.

There is also a shot of a boat arriving on the island, which makes me wonder how the photographer and her family arrived on the Scilly Isles. It would probably have been by boat I suspect.

I know the Scilly Isles was a favourite holiday destination of Harold Wilson and I half expected to see him in this film, but of course he didn’t appear!

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A software developer by profession and an amateur photographer by hobby I've been interested in all things photographic since I was a teenager some 40 years ago. Many of my interests centre around vintage film photography and cinematography.

  1. Stuart Pratt says:

    Yes, Peninnis Head is right for the opening sequence, and the boat is the Scillonian (forerunner of the current one) coming in to St Mary’s. The middle part of the garden is the Abbey gardens on the island of Tresco, and then towards the end are pictures of the island of St Agnes and The Gugh (cut off at high tide). I’m not sure any helicopter or plane service was running at this time, so I expect they arrived on The Scillonian. The smaller boat coming in is probably a day boat bringing holiday makers to an off island.

    1. Thanks for all this additional information Stuart.

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