Collection Tomes Family
A collection of travelogues and family films taken in the UK and abroad made by the Tomes family in the 1950s and 1960s; featuring, among other events, the Festival of Britain and 'Atoms for Peace' conference.
|Collection ID||1232||Reference code||SE 100716|
|Dates||1950s - 1960s|
|Production||Gilbert Tomes Richard Tomes|
|Materials||VIDEO FILM 16mm DOCUMENTATION|
|Access status||Contact Screen Archive South East for details|
The Tomes family made many amateur travelogue, documentary and social history films featuring locations from the UK and abroad from the 1950s to late 1960s. Films include: a record of a visit to the 1951 Festival of Britain on the South Bank in London; compiled highlights of the first 1955 'Atoms for Peace' Conference in Geneva, Switzerland and several films featuring the Sanderstead Youth Fellowship from their local United Reformed Church.
Gilbert Tomes kept many diaries, with the family later compiling the entries into one volume entitled: 'Jumbo's Diary'.
Gilbert Tomes was born in Dulwich, London but lived in several towns in the South East of England including Croydon, Bromley, Tunbridge Wells, Brighton and Bournemouth. Tomes had been interested in film from an early age, working with John Logie Baird on Baird's development of television; he studied at the School of Kinematography, at the Polytechnic Institute (now part of University of Westminster); later becoming a BBC cameraman. Gilbert Tomes founded 20th Century Electronics in 1945 (with Alec Tidmarsh - later to be known as Centronic Ltd), developing and producing Cathode ray and Geiger-Muller tubes for radiation detection and optical sensing. Gilbert Tomes was also one of the founding members of the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers, London. In 1965 Gilbert Tomes was made a Freeman of the City of London.
Gilbert Tomes' son Richard attended the Whitgift Independent Boys School, South Croydon, becoming a member of the Whitgift Players (theatrical society) and Whitgift School Combined Cadets. Upon leaving school, he attended Battersea College of Technology studying Human and Physical Sciences graduating in 1967 (now the University of Surrey), and joined the Photographic Society of Great Britain. In addition to creating his own films, which focused on activities at school with the Whitgift Film Unit and later documenting student life at college, Richard also assisted his father on many of his films.
Films in this collection:
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This colour travelog style film shows highlights of the Tomes' visit to Athens. The family also stop to buy souvenirs at the local street markets and meet people from local communities and rural villages. The film has a voice over narrative and music soundtrack throughout.
Peep Behind the Curtain
|Date||18 June 1960||ID||9733|
This colour travelog style documentary film shows highlights of Gilbert Tomes' three week trip to Moscow for the British Science Industry exhibition and conference. The tour includes several monuments and buildings and a visit to the exhibition of the American U2 spy plane. The narration also discusses the impact of Communism on the USSR as viewed by the film-maker.
This black and white school newsreel film, shows highlights of significant school events during the Lent Term as produced by The Whitgift Film Unit. The film is narrated and accompanied by music throughout, with opening and closing titles.
Portrait of Penge
This amateur travelogue style documentary explores the town of Penge, on the fringes of South East London. Made as part of the Penge Rotary Club's exchange with a US Club, it shows the town, its people and local life prior to being swallowed up by boundary changes in Greater London. Included are views of the neighbouring Crystal Palace Park, BBC transmitters, gardens and the Lyceum Ballroom with Frank and Peggy Spencer's Ballroom Dancing team.
|Date||1st February 1964||ID||9734|
This colour film with music soundtrack shows highlights of the Battersea College Rag Week with celebrations, pranks and events around London. The film was recorded by Richard Tomes during his first year as a student. Highlights include events on the River Thames between Barnes and Battersea and then on to London Regent Street, Sloane Square, Knightsbridge and Trafalgar Square.
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