Title ID 4160Collection ID505
Title[Battle of Hastings; Bentley Wildfowl]
Date[ca. 1960s]
CollectionHarry Colley
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionAlbum/Journal
ThemeRural Life Leisure
KeywordsPerforming Arts Cultural Events Local History Outings Animals Armed Forces Fancy dress Sport
LocalBattle Lewes
RegionalEast Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionHenry (Harry) Colley
CameraHenry (Harry) Colley
FormatColour Silent
Duration16 min. 4 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Scenes filmed at a Battle of Hastings reenactment event in Battle, which include a jousting competition and a helicopter display. The next sequence shows a pair of black swans, ducks and geese at Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum in Lewes, as captured by Henry (Harry) Colley in the 1960s.


Men in medieval costume walk over a grassy hill, at Battle Abbey on to the Battlefield re-enacting the battle from 1066. (army at bottom of hill) fire arrows towards (the other) at the top. They charge up the slope and fight where they meet. Horses are seen, ridden by participants with flags and weapons. A group of mounted participants are seen standing together and riding across the grass. Further battle sequences between participants on foot follow, all seen from a distance. They are seen gathered around a caravan at the side of the site. Women in medieval costume stand on a platform dressed with flags. A yellow rescue helicopter takes part in a display, hovering above the field as spectators look on. A man is lifted from the field by another in a harness, lowered from the aircraft. Mounted men, playing knights preparing to joust, parade for spectators. A woman at the platform ties a scarf around one of the jousts, held out to her by a knight. The joust competition begins, seen from the side of the long track. The camera pans across the mass of spectators, watching from the slop of the hill behind. Scenes filmed at Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum in Lewes close the film. Black swans, geese and ducks are seen in close up and from a distance, showing the birds in their environment, walking, cleaning, eating and swimming on the grass and in the river. Two kittens are seen, looking down from a tiled roof.