Reg Valentine's 1935 cine films

In 1935 Reg Valentine’s father, Arthur Charles Valentine, was in the fortunate position to own a cine camera. He also owned a holiday home called 'Mabeldene' In the Tewkes Creek area on Canvey Island for which he paid the grand sum of £300. Shortly after these films were taken Reg’s father lost his job and the camera had to be sold. The reels of film stayed in the family and in 1991 they were offered to the Archives in Colchester. The films because of their age and the fact they were stored on Canvey during the floods meant they were in a very poor condition. The Archive however managed to salvage the best parts and transferred them to VHS tape. It is this tape that Reg’s bother-in- law Charlie Fautley has lent to Canvey Archive and we are currently extracting short clips to upload to the site.