681 SPRINGFIELD MISCELLANY
11.25 min B/W 16mm Silent
Informal footage shot on various occasions and showing typical Scout activities, such as cooking, washing, etc, plus the inauguration of a large brick-built oven. Besides football, sports include archery, deck tennis, and a splendid game of hosepipe tag. Parents’ Day is also featured, with Mums, Dads and little brothers all joining in.
682 SCOUT CAMPS
Brocklesby (Newsome Lake) 1930s
10.75 min B/W 16mm Silent
Camp-site scenes, including reveille sounded on a cow horn, washing (and washing up!) kit-inspection, the preparation, cooking and eating of meals, fetching water, gathering fuel (including chopping down a tree), football, swimming in the lake, and being ‘Red Indians’.
683 SCOUTS CROSS COUNTRY RACE & CAMP SCENES
Grimsby & Brocklesby (Newsome Lake)
5.25 min B/W 16mm Silent
The start and finish of the Scout cross-country races in Clee Crescent and Clee Road, followed by familiar camping scenes, this time with rather younger boys.
684 SCOUT EVENTS
Grimsby & Brocklesby (Newsome Lake)
13.25 min B/W 16mm Silent
Scenes from the Scout Show performed at the hut in Carr Lane in front of parents; the finish of further cross-country races in Clee Crescent and Clee Road; and a camp for Cub Scouts. A Scout Sports Day is shown briefly, followed by more formal field-trip activities in traditional uniform.
685 SCOUT RALLY & VISIT OF DEPUTY CHIEF SCOUT
15.5 min B/W 16mm Silent
The North Lincolnshire Scout Rally, attended by the Deputy Chief Scout, Sir Robert Messervy. Scouts, Sea Scouts, Girl Guides and Cub Scouts all take part. After a march past the saluting base, there are displays of gymnastics, marching, putting up tents, semaphore, manoeuvring a trek cart over a ‘river’, and various team games. A further march past by Cubs dressed in a wide range of national costumes is followed by a wonderful game of bicycle football with the referee on a motorbike.
686 VISIT OF CHIEF SCOUT (Lord Rowallan)
14.25 min Colour 16mm Sound*
Lord Rowallan insisted on shaking hands with every single boy attending the rally, but disliked formal parades, preferring to move round and meet the groups where they were encamped. As in 1949, the Cubs dress up in national costumes, but this is followed by an informal training display, and the main emphasis is on the Scout Games including bicycle football, netball without a net, chariot races without chariots, a variety of relay races, and a good-natured but aggressive game of ‘Bang the Bear’ involving piggyback riders and the bursting of balloons. After being presented with an illuminated manuscript of Grimsby as a souvenir of his visit, Lord Rowallan presents Long Service and Distinguished Service decorations. Finally, Mums and Dads provide a picnic tea for the participants.
687 CONCRETE EVIDENCE
25 min Colour 16mm Sound*
At first, the general desire to ‘get as wet as possible’ means having boisterous water fights, but enough funds become available to buy the materials to build a swimming pool, provided the Scouts do all the work themselves. The film follows every stage of the job from the surveying to the final triumphant opening in 1953.
A 16 minute Show version is available
688 THIS SPRINGFIELD: A STUDY IN ENTHUSIASM
Scartho 1930s & 1953-55
26.5 min B/W & Colour 16mm Sound*
In 1934, Scouts undertake the work of turning two empty fields belonging to the Earl of Yarborough into their own dedicated headquarters and camp site, levelling the ground, mowing the grass, erecting fences, planting trees and building a large wooden cabin. By the 1950s the site is well established, but regular maintenance is still required to keep it running. We also see such familiar scenes as kit inspection, cooking with and without utensils, preparing and eating various meals, and informal games of several kinds. More formal skills such as tracking, tree recognition and bird watching are seen, and the film ends with extensive footage of swimming, life-saving, etc, in the recently opened pool.
689 THIS SPRINGFIELD (Part 2)
Scartho c 1955
16 min Colour 16mm Sound*
A continuation of the previous film, including winter scenes, and marvellous mud and water fights. The main emphasis is on the Seniors, who learn lifeline throwing, tree-climbing, the commando crawl, and practical pioneering, building lifting gear, a Monkey Bridge and various aerial runways with only ropes and poles.
690 SCOUT SUMMER CAMP
Handcross (Sussex) 1953
7.25 min Colour 16mm Silent
Typical camp-site scenes, including reveille, the morning wash, kit inspection, the preparation and eating of meals, swimming, rounders and a pillow fight. There is also an outing to London by coach.
691 ST GEORGE’S DAY PARADES
Grimsby & Windsor 1954/5
10.5 min Colour 16mm Silent
Three different formal parades, with Scouts marching through the streets.
692 A DAY AT SUMMER CAMP
Frant Bottom (Sussex), etc 1955
with a short extra sequence at Handcross (Sussex) 1953.
22.25 min Colour 16mm Silent
Further typical camp-site scenes: reveille, washing, prayers, kit inspection, gathering fuel, chopping wood, swimming, tree climbing, rounders, general horseplay, and relaxation. A notable feature is the making of jam roly-poly suet puddings boiled in cloths. Understandably, perhaps, the reaction of the diners is not seen.
693 ST GEORGE’S DAY QUEEN’S SCOUT PARADE
8.25 min Colour 16mm Silent
Large numbers of Queen’s Scouts (including some from the 3rd Cleethorpes Group) march through the streets to Windsor Castle, and around an inner courtyard. Some are then seen leaving St George’s chapel.
694 P.E. CLASS, OLD CLEE PRIMARY JUNIOR MIXED SCHOOL
6.75 min B/W 16mm Silent
Outside in the school yard, boys and girls aged 10 to 11 perform simple gymnastics without any apparatus apart from mats, footballs, etc. The main activities are somersaults, cartwheels, handstands, and walking handstands. A male teacher in a track suit can be seen occasionally.
695 HUMBER FERRY
12.5 min Colour 16mm Sound
The Wingfield Castle was one of the last two remaining paddle steamers providing a ferry service across the Humber between New Holland and Hull, a service which the Humber Bridge (already under construction) was soon to make redundant. This affectionate tribute is chiefly notable for numerous shots of the engines, and for the comments of the long-serving stoker Mr Daniels. An attempt to draw comparisons betwen Hull and 19th Century Vienna is unconvincing.
696 STEAM ON THE HUMBER
9 min Colour 16mm from Super 8 Sound
Amateur footage of the Wingfield Castle, also concentrating mainly on the engines, but without the benefit of comments by the stoker.
697 JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS
Great Cotes, etc 1977
54 min Colour 16mm from 8mm Silent
A collection of five films relating to the Jubilee, of which the first is now likely to be of the most interest.
1. Great Cotes Jubilee Celebrations, a long film covering several days of events in great detail. (38 minutes)
2 Queen’s Visits to Cleethorpes, 12 July (4 mins)
3. Queen’s Visit to Grimsby, 12 July (4 minutes)
4. Street Party, unknown location (4 minutes)
5 Street Party, unknown location (4 minutes)
Items 2 and 3 include good crowd scenes but the Queen is glimpsed only briefly and in the distance. Items 4 and 5 appear to show the same event but filmed by different people.
698 THE QUEEN’S JUBILEE VISIT TO HUMBERSIDE & YORKSHIRE
1977 North Lincolnshire & Yorkshire
30 min Colour 16mm Sound
Yorkshire Television film. Apart from a couple of minutes at the start, all the locations are in Yorkshire. [Badly faded print, suitable for research only.]
699 NORTH SEA GAS PLATFORM
Strubby, North Sea c 1974
6.5 min Colour Super 8mm Silent
Mainly exterior scenes, but there are a few brief interiors showing the office, canteen, etc. Goods and personnel arriving on a tender are somewhat precariously hoisted aboard the rig using a crane. The film ends with aerial views from on board a helicopter returning from the platform to the airfield at Strubby.
700 DUKE OF EDINBURGH VISITS MABLETHORPE
4.75 min Colour Super 8mm Sound
The Duke’s helicopter lands on the playing field at Tennyson School. He then makes an informal visit to the Lifeboat Station and meets the crew. This event came thirty years – almost to the day – after his previous visit to inspect damage to the coastal defences following the disastrous floods of 1953.
There may be recent accessions for which full details are not yet available. Enquiries for further information may be made to the Archivist.