9 episodes

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/.

Oxford on Film: From Attic to Archive Oxford University

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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/.

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    Oxford at War in 1944

    Oxford at War in 1944

    In this 2nd episode, we collate rare colour Oxfordshire footage shot in 1944 by US airforce officers. Film clips concentrate on the social life in Oxford city centre, Wallingford, Dorchester, Abingdon and surrounding villages. Rare world war two colour provided by William Lorton from the archive of relative James R. Savage, filmed during his time as a Flight Surgeon for the 14th Photo Reconnaissance Unit at Mount Farm Airbase in Oxfordshire. This film includes never before seen colour and black and white 16mm film of Oxford during the war in the summer of 1944. The film starts with a clip filmed by James R. Savage of a fellow officer buying a ticket for a trip on an Oxford Salters boat, to travel down the River Thames to Wallingford. The film clips were likely filmed to show relatives back home in the US, and concentrate on tourist sights and the social life in Oxford city centre, Wallingford, Dorchester, Abingdon and surrounding villages.

    • 6 min
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    May Morning, Oxford 1993

    May Morning, Oxford 1993

    Thousands gather on the High Street on May Morning, Oxford 1993. Thousands gather on the High Street on May Morning, Oxford 1993 to hear Magdalen's choristers singing. The bells of Magdalen College Tower ring at 6am, early morning revellers gather on the bridge below, as Morris dancing takes place in Radcliffe Square and Broad street. Oxford celebrates May Morning. This footage was taken by Charles Beesley, for the Oxford University Media Production Unit in 1993. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 3 min
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    Varsity Trip: The Oxford and Cambridge Ski Trip

    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!

    • 5 min
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    A Yank Abroad: Visiting (and re-visiting) the Oxfordshire countryside

    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. This episode sees American visitors to the city of Oxford exploring the surrounding area, through Cotswold provincial towns such as Chipping Campden and Stratford-upon-Avon, to places in Oxfordshire such as Wallingford. These films date back to the 1930s and 40s, and as 16mm film was more readily available in the USA during this time, these clips of American tourism have allowed such places to be captured on camera.

    • 5 min
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    Mesopotamia: An Oxford Archaeological Expedition

    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.

    • 4 min
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    Oxford At War: Footage from Mount Farm Airbase

    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. World War Two arrives in Oxford in this episode, in which William Lorton – producer and director of the short documentary, ‘Spitfire 944’ – talks about the 16mm footage that his great-uncle, James R. Savage, filmed during his time as a Flight Surgeon for the 14th Photo Reconnaissance Unit at Mount Farm Airbase in Oxfordshire. This film includes never before seen colour and black and white 16mm film of Oxford during the war.

    • 7 min

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