Press Release

18 February 2014

For a third year running, Senior Lecturer in Media, Art and Design, Tim Jones, is urging for the general public to come forward with any Canterbury-based amateur film footage that they may have stored in their homes.

In 2011, Tim started a project to collect rare film footage of the City, and its neighbouring areas, to preserve it for future generations to enjoy. In previous years, Tim has been able to invite the public to watch the rare film footage, including films made by 1930s film makers, Sydney Bligh and Leslie Goulden. .

1930s film footage
1930s film footage

Tim has discovered film of Canterbury in colour that has not been seen for 70 years. The footage shows how Canterbury has been developed over time, allowing the viewers to make a connection between the ‘then and now’.

Tim said: “Over the past three years I have been doing research on amateur film. At the beginning I was not sure how interesting it would be; you think of a baby on the lawn, holiday films, and wobbly camera work, but I have found an amazing selection of film of the Canterbury area that is absolutely stunning.

1930s film footage
1930s film footage

”This has become a great project, a community project. What’s lovely about the film is that I do not know all of the answers. I show the films at regular screenings and people say ‘Oh that’s my father!’ or such like. The public often help solve mysteries related to the films that I need to solve.

“The other thing that is exciting is that it is an on-going project, there is still film out there. Only two months ago I received two amazing collections. One came from 100 metres from where I live and the other came from Australia, but both of them were films of Canterbury in the 1930s.”

The next public screenings of Tim’s collection of films will take place on Saturday 1st and 22nd March at 2pm in the Powell Lecture Theatre at Canterbury Christ Church University’s Canterbury Campus. Tickets are £5 each and can be purchased on the door or can be bought online in advance at All the profits made from ticket purchases go towards further archiving and research.

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 94% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2012 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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