Collection Eric Sparks
Eric Sparks was a keen amateur filmmaker, based in Worthing in the 1930s. His films demonstrate an interest in the railways and every day scenes in his local surroundings.
|Collection ID||433||Reference code||WS 970122|
|Dates||1930s - 1980s|
|Materials||FILM 16mm Standard 8mm|
|Access status||Contact Screen Archive South East for details|
Eric Sparks was a keen amateur film-maker, and member of the Amateur Cinema League during the 1930s. Many of his films display an interest in the West Sussex railways. His films also record other forms of transport, everyday life and the work of his family firm 'Sparks and Son' in his hometown of Worthing. For example, his film [Sussex and Hampshire Scenes] (1930s) contains pre-war footage of South East locales including Midhurst, Steyning, Horsham and Portsmouth. His film, Southern Railway (1937 - 1938; 1946), provides a comprehensive record of the Southern Railway service from Brighton to Bognor Regis, and [Glimpses of Pre-War Worthing and Everyday Folk] (1938 - 1939) contains footage of transport, everyday life and the work of his family builder's firm in Worthing, during the final few months of peace.
Films in this collection:
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[Trains & Transport]
|Date||[ca. 1930s - 1950s]||ID||3375|
A compilation of amateur material recording trains, locomotives and railway stations in England and the United States of America. The film also contains footage of a Battle of Britian dogfight in which one of the pilots is forced to parachute from his plane.
Sussex and Hampshire Scenes
|Date||[ca. 1930s]; [ca. 1960s]||ID||3379|
A collection of scenes of Midhurst, Petersfield, Steyning, Horsham, Portsmouth and Worthing, made during the 1930s and early 1960s. The scenes focus on a woman (sometimes accompanied) visiting these towns, with the features of urban life - transport, shopping and leisure activities - providing a backdrop. Shop and business signage is strongly featured.
|Date||1937 - 1938||ID||3376|
Amateur film-maker Eric Sparks records the trains and stations of the Southern Railway Company, marking the moment when the first electrically powered trains traveled to Littlehampton and Bognor Regis in 1938. There is also colour footage of the Brighton Bell, images of maintenance being carried out on trains and carriages, bridge construction and the modern signal cabin at Brighton in operation.
[Glimpses of Pre-war Worthing and Everyday Folk]
|Date||1938 - 1939||ID||3377|
This silent amateur film captures numerous street scenes in Worthing, in particular those which took place during the harsh winter of 1938. It also records 'Sparks and Son Builders and Contractors' working on various local buildings.
[Old Steam Railways]
Film showing the operation of the Midhurst Railways line between Pulborough and Midhurst. The film shows passengers and staff on platforms, level crossings, scenes of the Sussex landscape filmed from the moving trains, and the locomotives themselves. Station stops include Fittleworth, Midhurst, Petersfield, and Partridge Green.
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