621 FARMING AT ASWARDBY
Aswardby (Nr Spilsby) 1960-61
13.5 min Colour Std 8mm Silent
Bulldozing tree stumps; ploughing some very muddy ground; clearing out a dyke with a dragline; lifting and washing sugar beet; and building a Dutch Barn using pre-cast concrete uprights and asbestos roofing.
622 GRANTHAM SILVER JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS
31.5 min Colour Super 8mm Sound
Two different films of the same events. Extensive footage of children’s Maypole and Scottish Country Dancing, a Judo match, street decorations, street parties, fancy dress, OAP parties and a parade of floats. Also seen are shop window decorations, a torchlight procession, and various other outdoor events. Notable for the strong sense of public and personal commitment shown, and the enthusiastic community participation which such occasions still aroused in the 1970s.
An 8 minute edited Show Version is available.
623 GRANTHAM: A GLIMPSE INTO THE PAST
18.5 min Colour Super 8mm Sound
A tour of the town’s oldest surviving features and buildings such as Grantham House, King’s School (with Isaac Newton’s name carved into a windowframe), the Angel & Royal Hotel, and many others. Of greatest interest, perhaps, is the chained library at St Wulfram’s church. Also scenes of the old Tannery and Maltings, now demolished.
624 COLEBY OLD FOLKS
Coleby (Nr Navenby) c 1961
17.75 min Colour Standard 8mm Silent
For this project, all OAPs in the village were filmed outside their homes. Children at the local primary school also feature briefly by way of contrast, and the film ends with a party at the village’s Senior Citizens’ Club. Now an item for study rather than for showing to audiences, the wealth of detail makes this item a goldmine for the social historian.
625 THE BLANKNEY HUNT
2.75 min Colour Standard 8mm Silent
The usual scenes of red-coated huntsmen, hounds, etc., first gathering in the village, then riding out into the countryside.
626 COLEBY ROSE QUEEN
Coleby (Nr Navenby) 1967 & 68
8.25 min Colour Standard 8mm Silent
An apparently short-lived attempt to establish the coronation of a Rose Queen as a children’s event for the village. In the grounds of Coleby Hall, primary school children perform various dances in pretty costumes, watched by parents, and the Rose Queen is crowned. The format for the second year seems almost identical to the first.
627 LINCOLNSHIRE SHOW
4.5 min Colour Standard 8mm Silent
Various types of livestock, exhibited and paraded. Some Show Jumping.
628 LOVED RIVER
Stamford area 1938 + later additions
21.75 min Colour & B/W 16mm Silent
An angler’s tribute to the River Gwash near Stamford. Besides the general angling scenes, there are two ‘comic’ sequences of an angler pursued by a bull and suffering various other humiliating accidents and disasters. Of greater interest nowadays are the sequences showing maintenance of the river, clearing debris, etc, and re-stocking it with fish The bulk of the footage dates from the later 1930s and the main compilation clearly took place in 1938, but there are some later inserts dating from the 1960s, including. one showing the removal of coarse fish after first stunning them using electric probes in the water (also seen in Acc No 618).
629 BEACH SCENES
Sutton on Sea 1935
4.75 min B/W & Dufaycolor 16mm Silent
Young children have donkey rides and build a sand castle. Delightful in itself, but chiefly of interest for providing a comparison between almost identical scenes in black & white and the (then) recently introduced Dufaycolor.
630 CHILDRENS DANCING DISPLAY
2 min Dufaycolor 16mm Silent
A large group of young children from a dancing class (dressed as flowers, etc) perform an elaborate dance out of doors, watched by parents. Another example of Dufaycolor.
631 DANCING CLASS DISPLAY
1.75 min B/W 16mm Silent
Both younger and older children performing indoors in costume, ballerina dresses, etc.
632 PROIRY SCHOOL SPORTS DAYS
Stamford 1937, 1938, 1939
4.25 min Colour 16mm Silent
Held annually in the grounds of Stamford School, and featuring fairly young children competing in typical events such as egg and spoon races, three-legged races, etc.
633 SKATING ON BURGHLEY LAKE
2.25 min Colour 16mm Silent
A small family group take to the ice during the very harsh winter of 1939-40. Father and mother seem fairly competent, but the younger children hang on for dear life while the oldest strikes out tentatively on her own.
634 STAMFORD HIGH SCHOOL SWIMMING SPORTS
1.5 min Colour 16mm Silent
A typical event of its day, held in the Stamford Town open air pool.
635 JUNIOR TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS & COACHING
5.75 min Colour 16mm Silent
The Girls’ Junior County Championship Final at Lincoln, with the winner receiving individual coaching from Fred Poulson, who was Dan Maskell’s tennis partner.
636 SLINGSBY GRASSHOPPER GLIDER
2 min Colour 16mm Silent
Air cadets at Stamford School assemble and fly this rudimentary training glider, launched by two groups of boys pulling on elastic ropes. Flights are brief, but some of the pilots stay airborne for several seconds, just long enough to count as successful.
637 RAF CRANWELL PASSING OUT PARADE
4.25 min Colour 16mm Silent
Air Chief Marshall Sir Dermot Boyle reviews the Parade and presents the Sword of Honour to the parade commander – his son. He also presents the Queen’s medal to the cadet who came first in the Entry – the cameraman’s son!
638 THIS ENGLAND
Stamford area etc 1939
12.75 min Colour & B/W 16mm Silent
A compilation of pleasing rural scenes, including winter floods at Stamford, snowballing and tobogganing, the arrival of spring, the Spalding tulip fields, angling for trout in the River Gwash, harvesting wheat, and children gathering blackberries as the autumn leaves begin to fall.
639 REED THATCHING
Norfolk Broads c1948
2.25 min Colour 16mm Silent
The thatcher mows some suitable reeds, loads them onto his boat and rows it home. Later, using the dried and prepared reeds, he works on the roof of a house.
640 TURNILL RESERVE COLLECTION
c300 min B/W/Colour 16mm Silent/Sound
A large collection of family material by the noted Stamford photographer Gordon Turnill, filmed in Anglesey, Norfolk and various other places as well as Lincolnshire. Much of it is concerned with angling in various locations. Too diverse to be readily catalogued, but well worth trawling through for its many gems – for example, in 1929, Gordon’s newborn daughter being weighed with her father’s fishing scales.