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Oxford on Film: From Attic to Archive

In this series we seek to rediscover film footage of Oxford’s past and make it available for public viewing. How has Oxford changed? How has it remained the same? What important events have happened at Oxford University? Each episode in the series makes use of archive films to explore when, where and how the films were taken, and what they can tell us about the history of the University, the city of Dreaming Spires and the surrounding Oxfordshire countryside. The series will include films ranging from the 1930s to the present day, featuring life in Oxford before and during World War Two, life as a student at the University, visiting dignitaries, the evolution of the city centre and much more.

The Oxford on Film series of videos is an output of the Dreaming Spools initiative. Dreaming Spools is a University of Oxford film archive project managed by the Educational Media Services team. The team are searching for lost film footage to bring old film and video footage out of the attics and into the archives and the wider community. More on the Dreaming Spools blog: http://blogs.it.ox.ac.uk/dreaming-spools/.

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Varsity Trip: The Oxford and Cambridge Ski Trip In 1949, filmmakers Guy L. Coté and Hugh Wyn Griffith directed the film ‘Sestrieres’ for the Oxford Ski Club, about their trip to the Italian ski resort, Sestriere. We compare this with film of a recent trip, highlighting obvious changes in student life! Peter Robinson, Hannah Lucas 15 Dec 2014
2 A Yank Abroad: Visiting (and re-visiting) the Oxfordshire countryside Rare 16 mm film footage from the mid-1930s of american tourists touring the Oxfordshire countryside by bike, and also footage shot by US airforce crew in 1944 visting Wallingford and Aylesbury. Peter Robinson, Hannah Lucas 15 Dec 2014
3 Mesopotamia: An Oxford Archaeological Expedition Film of the joint expedition to Kish, Mesopotamia, by Oxford University with the Field Museum of Natural History, of Chicago, Illinois, from 1920-29. The 16mm footage reveals the immense scale of the archaeological dig involving hundreds of people. Peter Robinson, Hannah Lucas 15 Dec 2014
4 Oxford At War: Footage from Mount Farm Airbase World War Two arrives in Oxford in this episode, using never before seen Oxford footage from a US Flight Surgeon for the 14th Photo Reconnaissance Unit at Mount Farm Airbase, Dorchester. Includes colour and monochrome film from 1944. Peter Robinson, Hannah Lucas 03 Oct 2014
5 A Day on the River: The Oxford Steamers Salter’s Steamers have operated since 1858, and we revisit them in the 1940s as an American U.S.A.F Unit make use of a break from their war service to enjoy a leisurely day on the Thames to Wallingford. Includes rare colour 16mm film from autumn 1944. Peter Robinson, Hannah Lucas 03 Oct 2014
6 Oxford: Then and Now We compare and contrast locations in and around the city from the 1940s, and the present day. How have the places and people changed? How present is the Second World War in 1940s Oxford? After 70 years how different is Oxford? Peter Robinson, Hannah Lucas 01 Oct 2014
7 Attic to Archive - Welcome to the Dreaming Spools Project In this episode we take you on a trip through time as we introduce a selection of the archive film footage that the Dreaming Spools project has discovered. Peter Robinson, Hannah Lucas 01 Oct 2014