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Tennis as the monks played it: Oxford University's real tennis is a million miles away from the professional circuit.
News 1980 3 mins
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Real tennis is the original form of the racquet game that evolved into the familiar sport of lawn tennis. A craze that spread across Europe from France in the 16th century, this indoor version was once played by the British royal family until the Puritans put a stop to it. By the 20th century the sport was kept up by enthusiasts such as the club at Merton College in Oxford visited here by Geoff Meade of ATV Today who finds out how to play the game that also inspired squash.
Tennis on Film
Sue Barker plays Evonne Goolagong
Sport 1971 9 mins Location: Torquay
A young pretender takes on the Wimbledon Champion
Tony Mottram - Tennis Tutorial
Instructional film/TV programme 1960 7 mins
Light on his feet, Tony Mottram shows why he's one of Britain's most influential tennis coaches following a successful career as a tennis pro.
Sport 1951 22 mins
Extended highlights from the 1951 Wimbledon Tennis Championships
Surbiton Lawn Tennis Club
Non-Fiction 1920 7 mins Silent
Newsreel coverage of the finals of the 1922 Surrey County Championships in tennis at Surbiton
Scenes at the Walton-on-Thames Lawn Tennis Tournament Finals Day
Amateur film 1934 3 mins Silent Location: Walton-on-Thames
Amateur film of the final day of play at the Walton-on-Thames Tennis Tournament 1934.
How to Improve Your Play
1947 20 mins
Patrick Hughes shows how to become a better tennis player.
Town and Gown
Documentary 1937 17 mins Location: Oxford
Focusing on each town’s university colleges, main streets, gardens, statues and memorials with a narration of the history of the buildings, notable scholars, and traditions.
Glimpse of Oxford
Amateur film 1930 2 mins Silent Location: Oxford
Sydney Martin takes us on a whistle-stop tour of the landmarks of Oxford and surrounds including an occasional wry eye.
Current affairs 1982 5 mins Location: Oxford
Against the odds, same sex couples in Oxford get the right to register for council housing, but for how long?
Safety all the Way
Instructional film/TV programme 1953 16 mins Location: Oxford
Hair-raising scenes of weaving cyclists, dopey drivers and pedestrian near-misses caught on camera during a typical day in 1950s Oxford.
Travelogue 1928 19 mins Silent Location: Oxford
Student's-eye view of 1920s Oxford
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
Comedy 1919 35 mins Silent
A protective father masquerades as an automatic doll in this bonkers interwar comedy.
Spirit of Mayday
1937 11 mins Silent
May Day – a significant day for the labour movement – is covered by the cameras of the Film and Photograph League.
Cornelius Cardew 1936-1981
Performance 1986 55 mins
An exploration of the life and work of the controversial British composer.
1935 9 mins
Let it bleed? This exemplary education film gets to the heart of the matter.
U.A.B. (Workers Newsreel No.3)
Non-Fiction 1935 12 mins Silent
Punchy political film capturing mass protests against unemployment.
The Merry Month of May
1937 15 mins Silent
A spirited satire on the coronation of George VI made by members of the Film and Photograph League.
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