|Title ID||962||Collection ID||420|
|Keywords||Building Construction Children Interiors Music Religious Activities Religious Buildings Schools Tourism Trades Urban Areas|
|Format||16mm Black & White Sound|
|Duration||21 min. 30 sec.|
|Copyright & Access||Copyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details|
This professional film was produced as an educational record of Canterbury Cathedral. It has a commentary which supplies historical facts about the images captured on film.
Canterbury Cathedral is filmed from a great distance - it sits proudly amongst the smaller buildings which encircle it. The camera approaches, filming the architectural details of the imposing building. A congregation of pilgrims watch a procession of clergy walk past the nave of the Cathedral. The interior and exterior spaces of the Cathedral are explored - tourists tour the crypt and the grounds which contain the cloisters, the chapter houses and King's School. The city of Canterbury lies beyond the Cathedral's walls and the camera captures images of Mercery Lane, the Falstaff Chorus Hotel and shops in the High Street. Visitors enter the Cathedral through the West Gate (?), passing below the scaffolding erected on its facade - stonemasons are filmed busily renovating part of its exterior. The Dean walks with the verger to the Cathedral - he conducts a service and the choir sing exaltations. The choristers are later seen in school, being taught maths and music, playing cricket and practising with the choirmaster. As the sun sets over the Cathedral, interior and exterior shots of the darkened building bring the film to a close.
Cathedral City (1949?) was made by Gaumont British Instructional (GBI), one of the filmmaking arms of Gaumont British. GBI produced documentaries and specialized in making films for the educational market. Cathedral City (1949?) would therefore have been exhibited in formal and informal educational settings and institutions, providing information on the history, architecture and activities of the country's foremost cathedral city. Screen Archive South East houses two other films which tour Canterbury and its cathedral, namely [The Canterbury Tour] (ca. 1923) and [Canterbury and Miscellaneous Scenes] (1929).
The rich history of Canterbury Cathedral dates back to 597 AD. Screen Archive South East holds several films that record notable 20th century events which took place at the Cathedral, including The Lambeth Conference (1948) and Lambeth 1958 (1958) and The Pope's Visit to Canterbury (1982), an amateur record of the first ever visit by a pontiff to Canterbury Cathedral.
The Cathedral has undergone various rebuilds throughout its life and the conservation of its architecture and artefacts remains a central concern today. In the Screen Archive South East film The Making of Kent (1976) apprentice stonemasons are seen working on the Cathedral's facade.
The temporal history of King's School, Canterbury mirrors that of the Cathedral. Today this public school offers a co-educational environment to almost 800 pupils. In 1972 the schooling for the Cathedral's choristers, who are typically 8-14 year olds, shifted slightly when they were integrated into St Edmund's School in Canterbury. The choir itself is internationally renowned - in the 1980s an amateur film-maker captured the choir on tour in North America in the Screen Archive South East film Canterbury Cathedral on North America Tour (1987 - 1989).