Collection John Clague
John Clague was a keen amateur filmmaker who was based in Herne Bay. From 1934 to 1970 he produced annual newsreels showing events that had occurred in the Kent coast town and surrounding area, including the Pier developments, local fetes and carnivals.
|Collection ID||1509||Reference code||K 141125 / 8|
|Dates||1934 - 1970|
|Materials||Digital Film 16mm|
|Access status||Copyright and access restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
John Clague was a keen amateur filmmaker who was based in Herne Bay. From 1934 to 1970 he produced annual newsreels showing events that had occurred in the Kent coast town and surrounding area, stopping production only during the war years. He used 9.5mm film at first but by the 1950s had adopted 16mm film, and the collection forms a lively chronicle of life in Herne Bay over several decades. Most of the post war films are over 20 minutes in length and have accompanying sound on tape. An architect by profession, John set up his own company in the 1930s, working on a diverse range of projects including the replacement of Herne Bay's Grand Pavilion, which was destroyed by fire in 1970. The Pier Pavilion, was officially opened in September 1976 and was demolished in 2012.
Included within this collection is a fascinating film about the ARP showing the preparations for the war. He also made a few films about Canterbury that are also important records of the city including a colour film of the Festival of Britain in 1951. Within his collection is also a very large number of holiday films.
Films in this collection:
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Herne Bay Newsreel 1939
This is one of a series of local newsreels made by John Clague, featuring events in the town of Herne Bay. The film includes Regatta Day, 'Men of Kent and Kentish Men' luncheon, and Herne Bay covered in snow and the frozen sea.
This film shows the work of the Herne Bay A.R.P. service during the early years of the Second World War. ARP Members train for bomb and gas-attacks; practising extinguishing incendiary devices and simulating the treatment of casualties. The film also shows a large-scale dress rehearsal for a gas attack and a multi-service parade.
Festival Celebrations In Canterbury
|Date||18 July - 10 August 1951||ID||11628|
This film shows events celebrating the Festival of Britain in Canterbury during July and August 1951, including a festival service at the Cathedral, scenes of the exhibition in the City centre, and finally a procession of historical tableau and scenes from Kent's history.
The Herne Bay Newsreel 1953 Coronation Year
This is one of a series of newsreels made by John Clague, featuring events in the town of Herne Bay. Thjs film includes major events of 1953 including the Great Storm early in the year, Herne Bay Golf Club, the town carnival, Coronation celebrations, the Conservative garden party and finishes with the 'Cripplecraft' charity fete.
Using a loose narrative, this film shows aspects of photography via a camera shop, a photographer at a wedding, and films being developed from negatives to photographic prints at Erricks camera shop in Bradford.
The Herne Bay Newsreel 1963
This is one of a series of newsreels made by John Clague, featuring events in the town of Herne Bay in 1963. The film includes Winter scenes, St Bart's Church Fete, the hospital fete, the making of the movie 'French Dressing' , The Carnival and the last sailing of the paddle steamer 'Medway Queen'
[Ramsgate to Richmond]
This film shows a family boat trip from Ramsgate around the North Kent Coast, through central London to Richmond Pier on the River Thames.
[Canterbury Cricket and Wedding]
This film shows a match at the Kent County Cricket Club's ground at St Lawrence, Canterbury. The film focuses on the spectators rather than the match showing the crowds arriving, watching in deckchairs and in the hospitality tents. There are also scenes of a family wedding in Canterbury, where some of the guests where eye-catching hats.
The Herne Bay Newsreel 1969 
One of a series of newsreels featuring events in the town of Herne Bay in 1969 and 1970. The film includes coastal protection works, the Hospital Fete, the Archbishop of Canterbury at a Reculver ceremony, then in 1970 sailing, the Carnival, the destruction of the pier pavilion, a Fete, Road development, an exhibition and market, tennis, and shops.
[The Construction of the Pier Pavilion at Herne Bay]
This film shows the various phases in the construction of a new Herne Bay Pier Pavilion, designed by the film-maker - Architect John Clague. The film includes scenes of the work being carried out, views of the structure, the opening ceremony and of the finished pier filmed from the shore.
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