VIDEO: Academic calls for rare historic footage of Canterbury

The former Coach and Horses in St George's Lane sat opposite the bus station

Canterbury residents are being asked to check their lofts and sheds for old archive footage of the district.

The call comes from Tim Jones, a senior lecturer in the School of Media, Art and Design at Canterbury Christ Church University.

He collects and archives amateur film footage of the area and is interested in finding film which will can be preserved, digitalised, and added to the Canterbury Amateur Film Archive website.

Tim is especially interested in footage shot in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

He said: “Film has a limited life span and won’t last forever. It will gradually decay, particularly if it is stored in lofts or sheds.

“It is important that amateur film of the local area is preserved as it provides a valuable and unique window on the past.

“In many cases films have sat in lounge cupboards, sheds and lofts for the past 70 years or more waiting for a suitable home. These films are providing a unique record of the local area as it was and give an insight into the development of amateur cinema.”

Previous appeals have led to the discovery of several rare collections of early amateur films which provide a unique record of Canterbury before the Second World War – and show the early development of amateur film making.

Footage found has included T.S Eliot at the first performance of Murder in the Cathedral and unique film of Count Zborowski, the inspiration behind Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Tim began his project in 2011 and it aims to preserve footage for future generations to enjoy and learn from.

Email if you have amateur film made in the Kent area you believe would be of interest to Tim.


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