Appeal for film footage of Canterbury from 1950s

For the last five years, Senior Lecturer in Film at Canterbury Christ Church University, Tim Jones, has been collecting and archiving unseen amateur film footage of the local area for his research and to share with the public.

Much of Tim’s work explores how Canterbury and the surrounding towns and villages used to be, including Barham, Herne Bay and Whitstable.

Now, Tim is researching the Canterbury Amateur Cine Society Film Unit who built their own studio and cinema in the basement of what is now the Ebury hotel in Canterbury.

The group made a number of amateur films throughout the 1950s and members include retired local filmmakers John McCallum and Peter Mills. The pair has been helping Tim search for any old footage that the society may still have. Tony Fields was another filmmaker in the group but sadly passed away in 2001. Tim is appealing for anybody who may still have footage made by the society to come forward.


Tim said: “Peter and John have been incredibly helpful in providing me with films that they have stored for over 50 years. I am now looking for a documentary about Canterbury, made in approximately 1947, which could have been kept by Tony Fields. I found the offcuts to this film which are a fascinating glimpse of the ruined landscape of Canterbury and it would be truly fantastic to find the full version.

“If anyone has information about the documentary, please do get in touch. It would be a great pleasure to speak to people that knew Tony and his family members about the work he did. I have a number of photos of him making his films that I would love to share with his family too.”

Tim’s project is ongoing and welcomes any amateur film footage produced in Kent to be brought forward to help his research. Tim can be contacted via email or phone (01227) 782350.

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 17,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 95% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2013/14 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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