781 CLEETHORPES SCENES
1.25 min Colour Standard 8mm Silent
A brief fragment showing the sea front with the pier in the background, followed by scenes outside the Theatre Royal.
Note: For reference only, due to technical imperfections.
782 BELMONT TV MAST UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Donington on Bain 1965
1.5 min Colour Standard 8mm Silent
Scenes showing the bare mast and guy cables in place, without antennae, etc, or buildings at ground level. It came into service on 20th December 1965. At this time it was the tallest structure of its kind in the UK, but it was later shortened in connection with the digital switch-over.
783 LINCOLN SCENES
Lincoln late1940s/early 50s
3.5 min B/W 9.5mm Silent
Various brief but interesting snippets including the Burton Hunt Boxing Day Meet leaving Sobraon Barracks; young children with delightful period doll’s pram and pedal car, then playing in a sandpit; fairground scenes, motorbike races at Nettleham Field; and the Carholme Races.
784 MABLETHORPE SCENES
13 min B/W 9.5mm Silent
Family beach scenes filmed over several years. Of particular interest is the 1953 footage, with the ‘Sand Train’ renamed the Coronation, and BBC TV filming at the beach for the nationwide review of recreational activities broadcast on the evening of Coronation Day.
785 RAF STRIKE COMMAND
Wattisham (Suffolk) 1968
15.5 min Colour Standard 8mm Sound**
Despite some physical damage and the unfortunate deterioration of the sound track, there is useful footage of Lightning aircraft taking off and in flight, with good scenes of the control room, maintenance workshops, a fire drill following a ‘crash’, the airmen’s and officers’ messes, the crew room, the medical centre, and the NAAFI. [** N.B. Sound track subject to deterioration.]
786 GAME KEEPER TED
Spondon (Derbyshire) 1967
6.75 min Colour Standard 8mm Sound
Gamekeeper Ted Steel (a Lincolnshire man) at work on the four thousand acre estate at Locko Park. As well as rearing pheasants and waging an endless war against predatory vermin which end up hanging in rows along the fences, his responsibilities include the pursuit of poachers, who a century earlier might have fared little better than the vermin.
Woodbridge (Suffolk) & Gautby 1978
4.25 min Colour Super 8mm Silent
Featuring two giant spreaders whose hoppers can hold up to ten tons of dressing each, but fitted with huge terra tyres which distribute the weight so efficiently that they are claimed to be able to run over a man’s foot without injuring him. Don’t try this at home. At first we see the crew at Woodbridge learning how to set up and drive these vehicles. To check correct adjustment of the spread pattern they drive over ground set out with small collecting trays. After each pass, comparison of the tray contents shows whether or not the distribution is sufficiently even. We then see the machines in use on farmland at Gautby, spreading ground chalk to counteract the acidity of the soil.
788 QUARRY AT SOUTH THORESBY
South Thoresby 1978
5.5 min Colour Super 8mm Silent
This quarry (now closed) produced aggregates for road building etc. Useful scenes of blasting and of the screens and conveyor belts used for batching the product according to size.
789 SILVER JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS
6.5 min Colour Super 8mm Silent
After a lunch party at the Village Hall for residents of Candlesby and Gunby, there is a children’s fancy dress parade, followed by traditional games for children and adults in a nearby field – sack race, three-legged race, wheelbarrow race, egg and spoon race, and slow bicycle race (winner comes last). A Dance in the Village Hall rounds off the day.
790 MILK RACE
Gunby c 1979
3 min Colour Super 8mm Silent
Held annually from 1958 to 1993, and sponsored by the Milk Marketing Board, this was the most prestigious event in the British Cycling calendar. It was a multi-stage race held over several days in a variety of locations. This film shows the entire convoy passing Gunby Roundabout, complete with support vehicles, police motorcycle outriders, an ambulance and, at last, the competitors.
791 SPALDING TULIP PARADE
3 min Colour Super 8mm Silent
Typical scenes of floats elaborately decorated with tulip heads.
792 LOCKED UP
17 min B & W 16mm Silent
A fiction film produced by two teachers at Spalding Grammar School, and featuring a class of 14 year old boys whose attempts to retrieve a lost football lead to a series of unforeseen predicaments. Having ingeniously ‘borrowed’ a key giving them access to the school roof where the ball lies, they find themselves accidentally marooned up there with – apparently – no way down.
793 HAEC OLIM MEMINISSE JUVABIT
6 min Colour Std 8mm Sound
An entertaining spoof promotional film for Spalding Grammar School produced by a VI Form film-making class in response to a recently launched slide show for new parents. The school motto translates as ‘One day this will be enjoyable to look back on’ but is a misquotation of Virgil’s original which begins ‘Forsan et haec....’, and means ‘Perhaps one day even this...’
794 MEDIEVAL SIEGE ARTILLERY
9.25 min B & W 16mm Sound
A class of thirteen year olds at Spalding Grammar School demonstrate the basic principles using everyday objects from their schoolbags. Then, with large realistic models of trebuchets, mangonels and catapults, they show how the principles were applied in practice.
6.5 min B & W 16mm Silent
A story film produced by a VI Form film-making class at Spalding Grammar School. A strike by teachers prompts the boys to follow suit, but an unexpected development changes everything.
796 DOUBLE TAKE
10 min B & W 16mm Sound
An instructional film produced by two teachers at Spalding Grammar School for use in English lessons. A story about the theft of a watch from the gym changing room is acted by a class of fifteen year olds. But the same story is told twice. The first version is little more than an outline, which lacks interest and leaves too many questions unanswered. The second version shows how the addition of significant detail not only brings interest and credibility but gives the viewer a sense of personal involvement. Since the same principle applies to a written story, the hope is that after watching the film a class would better understand how to develop stories of their own.
797 SCHOOL PRESS
12.5 min B & W 16mm Sound
Fifteen year olds at Spalding Grammar School run a small hand-operated printing press, producing a wide range of everyday items such as tickets and programmes for the School Play. We follow a typical job from start to finish, as the boys set up the type, prepare the machine, and carry out the print run. In the days before computers and photo-copiers, there was a constant demand for short run printing jobs that were scarcely worth the while of commercial printers but for which a hand press was ideally suited. So the boys were never short of work.
Details of 798-802 are not yet available.