Violet Austin in Public Hall, Slough - the 1910's, in the afternoon

from Untitled: Mrs. Violet Austin memoir, page 6:

Saturday was the best day of the week [....] [We played outside on summer Saturdays and had picnics]. On winter Saturdays we were allowed to go to the “pictures” in the afternoon.


Slough had no real Cinema then, so films were shown in the Public Hall, a building used for every kind of function.



There was a pianist who watched the screen, and thumped out the appropriate music for each film. It could hardly be heard, as we all booed and hissed the villains. 

cite as

Violet Austin, Untitled: Mrs. Violet Austin memoir. In Brunel University Burnett Archive of Working Class Autobiographies, number 2:22, p. 6. accessed: 10 December, 2023

location of experience: Public Hall, Slough


Violet Austin
office worker

Listening to

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piano music to accompany silent film

Experience Information

Date/Time the 1910's, in the afternoon
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Fri, 27 Jul 2018 13:27:31 +0100
Approved on Thu, 04 Oct 2018 16:57:05 +0100