Title ID 1119Collection ID46
Title[Canford School]
CollectionBarnes Brothers
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
KeywordsAnimals Armed Forces Buildings Education Hunting Rivers Rural Areas Schools Sport Swimming Youth Youth Organizations
LocalWimborne Minster
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionA Barnes Brothers Production
CameraBill Barnes; John Barnes
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration13 min. 10 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Two pupils of Canford School record events at the public school in Dorset, including sporting events and a fire, as well as images of the surrounding area.


The film opens with images of the impressive house and grounds of Canford School. Men are seen tending to the graveyard of a village church and a fast-flowing swollen river floods the Dorset farmland. On 19th October 1936 the film-makers record a nighttime fire in the School's Gisborough Hall - the extent of the damage is obvious on the following day. Numerous school sporting activities are filmed, including rugby, hockey and cricket matches. There is also footage of athletics events, and of rowing and swimming races on the river. A platoon of cadets parades and is inspected, and parents and pupils are treated to a horse-riding acrobatics display.