If you have been wondering how people in London have celebrated the Queen’s coronation over the past 60 years then wonder no further as you can see for yourself at the Hackney Picturehouse tomorrow for free.
The cinema has obtained some archive footage and will be screening images and video of Londoners celebrating the event. You can also see clips from specially commissioned films which have been obtained from several local archives.
In the collection there are also clips from the Silver Jubilee to give a picture of how things have changed over the years including images of street parties across the city and fancy dress competitions to mark the occasion.
Highlights include a fancy dress cricket match in Brent along with a ‘Miss Brent’ competition for the Coronation.
Along with getting a lesson in how people have partied over the years, the screening is also a great way to get into the spirit of this year’s events and get some costume inspiration.
As part of the cinema chain’s commitment to film education, the program has been introduced to give people a feel for how things were in the early 1950s as well as a brief (and free) history lesson.
From official ceremonies to everyday Londoners partying in the street, an impressive collection has been brought together to give you an idea of how people reacted to the coronation in 1953.
After the screening you can enjoy a hot drink and biscuits and a chat with the curators and archivists. If you want to go along it starts at 1pm tomorrow at the Hackney Picturehouse at 270 Mare Street.
Image: Hackney Picturehouse
Words – Rebecca Rutt
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