Title ID 766Collection ID179
TitleThe New Civic Centre
Date1965 - 1967
CollectionKen and June Paine
KeywordsBuilding Construction Buildings Local Government
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionA Jaykay Joint Production
ProducerKen Paine; June Paine
FormatStandard 8mm Colour Silent
Duration18min. 3sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


The new Civic Centre is seen over the course of its construction in this amateur silent film. The mayor is seen conducting a 'topping off' ceremony on the roof. As the building nears completion the old borough departments are transferred to the new building. Guests of honour are met by the mayor and officially open the new building.


The film opens with shots of the building site; trenches are being dug for the foundations. Close-up of signs: "Warning Guard Dogs Patrol" & "Costain". A man uses a chain saw to cut up felled trees; a digger works on the site removing soil. Men work in a hole, laying concrete foundations; cement mixer: "Nickolls Ready Mixed Concrete Ltd" pours concrete into footings.

Shots of a cement mixer and steel reinforcements in ground. Dark shots of men laying tar; bricklayers working and close-up shots of the building being constructed. Title: "November 1965". Shots of the building covered in scaffolding; the Mayor conducts a 'topping off' ceremony on the roof of the new building; a photographer takes photos. Shots of the town and countryside from the roof. General shots of the building site and the partially completed building. Title: "Moving Day 1966". Shot of old office buildings; a removal van is parked outside one of them: "Walters of Folkestone House Furnishers, Removals". Sign: "Borough of Folkestone, All departments transferred to Civic Centre, Castle Hill Avenue". Dark shots of men working at drawing boards; panorama of the new Civic Centre from the roof. Shots of building work and men on the roof talking. A lady sits at a typewriter and men hold up laboratory equipment. Shots of workmen cleaning and fixing stonework; the building is seen partially completed. Sign: "Official Information Centre". A gardener mows the lawn; the civic crest is attached to an exterior wall. Sign in window: "Official Information Centre Open". A marquee is erected on site; a Union Jack flies. Police officers look on as cars arrive for the official opening. People line the road as the procession passes, including the mayor, mace bearer and other distinguished guests. Shots of the reception party inside the Civic Centre; the council chamber. The film ends with the guests leaving with a police escort. Title: "The End"