1950s family holiday on the Isle of Man

This ten minute film from British Pathé shows life on the Isle of Man in the 1950s with glimpses of island history through the eyes of the Barker family, visiting for their holidays. The commentator is Wilfred Pickles with script by Alec Bristow.

The film starts with footage of fishermen bringing in the catch and continues with a tour of the island including a visit to the kipper works, views across to England, Ireland and Wales from the highest point. The Barkers visit the Calf of Man, Castletown, the harbour and Douglas before departing by boat.

Created at the beginning of the 20th Century by the Pathé brothers, the newsreel was the world’s first televised news platform. Pioneering the technology and methods of cinema, British Pathé stayed at the forefront of filmed news for decades. Releasing three newsreels a week during that period, British Pathé was the way the people of Britain experienced world events until the advent of television.