An original DVD video production created from old picture postcards and other photographs.
View the town as it was over a century ago in greater depth than has ever been seen
before. Watch as we zoom in to the people, their costumes and even their faces in
this remarkable production.
Compare modern-day Burnham with the way she used to look. As we move the camera around,
the changes take place before your very eyes. The video uses a “virtual camera” to
create moving shots from still photographs. These are set to the piano music of Edward
Elgar as played by David Owen Norris and make this video something that you will
want to watch over and over again.
The postcard historian, Michael Head, has amassed a tremendous collection of pictures
of Burnham over the years. Many of his postcards dating from around 1900 were printed
at a much higher quality than could ever be seen with the naked eye. This was discovered
during digital restoration work carried out by Matt & Gloss photography. Combining
these techniques with those of digital video production, we have created a DVD that
brings to life this early visual record of Burnham-on-Crouch in a way that has never
been seen before.
On the Waterfront
The river and its surrounding area have changed dramatically over the years. This
first section of the DVD looks in detail at life on the quay side as it was all these
years ago. From working boats through shops on the Quay to people dressed in their
finery just taking a stroll along the river, see what it used to be like.
Zooming in to these photographs reveals the faces of the people from Burnham's past
history. As so many families have a long and strong connection with Burnham, it is
likely that most of these people will be direct ancestors of folk living in Burnham
today. Can you spot the resemblance?
Faces from the past
Using modern day photographs taken from precisely the same spot as the old ones we
can see exactly what has altered - and what hasn't. We can see both how the general
view and the details have changed. The areas shown include the High Street, Station
Road and the Quay amongst many others.
Not as old as the other pictures in this DVD but still a part of Burnham's history
long gone. They were an amateur group that used to stage performances twice a year
in the old Queens Hall, which has also gone forever.
In the early days of the twentieth century, there was no public broadcasting, not
even radio. However one form of public entertainment was the parade. At the time
there were three musical bands in town and they would regularly take to the streets
to entertain the people of Burnham.
Back to the present
An evocative look at Burnham-on-Crouch as she is in the present day. This is still
one of the prettiest towns on the Essex coast. These photographs were taken in the
"golden hours" of evening and early morning and reveal the beauty of Burnham-on-Crouch
in all its wonderful glory.
The music of Elgar perfectly complements these pictures and is used throughout this
video. The producers would especially like to thank The Elgar Society for allowing
them to use the music from their CD "David Owen Norris plays Elgar" Volume 1 for
the soundtrack of this DVD.