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'Bumps' On the River Cam
Tense scenes from Cambridge's unorthodox boat race.
Sport 1927 1 mins Silent
Bumps racing is an old Cambridge tradition, a boating contest devised to overcome the narrowness of the river, which hampers side-by-side racing. Crews start evenly spaced along the river, and at the starting gun try to catch the boat in front before being caught by the boat behind. This 1922 newsreel suggests that little has changed in the competition's roughly two-century lifespan. Towpaths may once have been wider, slides shorter and coxes more smartly dressed, but the joy of victory, the pain of defeat and the chaos of supporters on the bank are the same as ever.
New Computer to help Animators
News 1981 3 mins Location: Cambridge
Character animator Chris James, a Grierson Award nominee, chats to Anglia TV at the Cambridge Animation Festival in 1981.
Tennis - The new VASSS Points System
News 1968 5 mins Location: Cambridge
American Real Tennis champ Jimmy Van Alen insists that his new scoring system VASSS-tly improves the game! Anglia TV remain unconvinced.
News 1975 4 mins Location: Cambridge
Judy Finnigan, early in her career as an Anglia TV reporter, interviewing 'real tennis' pro Brian Church.
Cambridge and Oxford
Travelogue 1953 10 mins Location: Cambridge
Time has taken an interesting toll on this contrasting portrait of Oxbridge by pro-am filmmaker Mathew Nathan
Multi-cultural Fortnight in Cambridge
News 1978 4 mins Location: Cambridge
Welcome to the Multicultural Fortnight in Cambridge where children learn to banish cultural stereotypes learned from TV.
Poppy Day Rag in Cambridge
Amateur film 1951 6 mins Silent Location: Cambridge
Outrageous behaviour that’s all for a good cause. Cambridge students ‘rag raid’ on Poppy Day in 1951. Captured on 8mm by student C.D. Cooper.
Grounded on the Platters: HMS Conway
Home movie 1953 7 mins Silent Location: Anglesey/Ynysmôn
A sorry end to any ship: timings, tide and wind played their part in pushing HMS Conway onto the Platters rocks in the Menai Strait on 14/4/1953.
Exeter Real Ale Festival
News 1975 3 mins Location: Exeter
The wet and warm ale goes down a treat as aficionados gather to celebrate real ale.
Home movie 1955 8 mins Silent Location: Llanddwyn Island/Ynys Llanddwyn
Sea pinks and samphire, lighthouses and church ruins – Llanddwyn’s charms are many and varied.
News 1979 2 mins Location: Plymouth
Experimentation with a coat for two leaves couples with really no escape.
Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music
News 1970 2 mins Location: Shepton Mallet
Progressive gathering of festival goers hits the blues.
Dawson: Lower Penn Show
Home movie 1954 4 mins Silent Location: Lower Penn
Another blustery summer day in the 1950s and it's Lower Penn's carnival parade.