Title ID 7226Collection ID876
Title[Amberley: A Working Museum Part Two]
CollectionB. C. Suter
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeWorking Life Transport
KeywordsLabour Workers Railways Steam Locomotives Trains Local History Buildings Education Handicrafts Outings Rural Areas Cultural Heritage Trades
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionB. C. Suter
CameraB. C. Suter
NarratorB. C. Suter
ParticipantsAudrey Stevens; Kitty Shepherd; Chris Barchard; Peter Gardner; John Land; Ken Guirer
FormatColour Sound
Duration28 min. 12 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Part Two of a documentary produced by amateur film-maker B. C. Suter provides a tour of Amberley Museum circa. 1997. Workers at the museum provide demonstrations of their trades and craft skills for the camera including: Arthur Hafenden making a traditional Broom; a Stained Glass Maker's workshop; the Tools and Trades History Society exhibits; Motor Vehicles; the Wheelwrights and the Paviours Museum, among others.


A sign reads 'Wood Turners' and 'Cafe and Toilets'. 'Arthur Haffenden, the besom broom maker, is very popular with young and old,' says B. C. Suter, the film's maker and narrator. Haffenden's workshop advertises large, medium and small brooms, where he demonstrates how he makes besom brooms. 'The bench that I'm sitting on is called a horse. All it is, is a foot operated vice,' he explains, as he rolls wire round a bundle of branches on his lap. 'I'm now going to put the handle into the head,' he continues, as he drives a pointed sweet chestnut handle into the bunch of besom. 'Right, there you are!' he says, with the finished broom.

The next sequence shows the Arundel Gin Building, resurrected at Amberley in 1990 and now housing a water pump and a stained glass maker's workshop. Shots follow of several coloured stained glass window pains.

The displays of the Tools and Trades History Society are housed near the timber yard, containing tools for wood, metal, leather and stone. The narrator highlights items made by members and exhibits of note on display such as the rack of old moulding planes and other hand tools.

The Woodturner's shed is shown with lathes and steam crane (standing on standard gauge rail track) from Charlton Saw Mills, Chichester. Steps lead through the trees towards the De Witt Kilns and Pottery Shop at the start of the Grey Pit. The kilns are seen from the path. An old photograph shows a railway line passing by the kiln, where lime would be passed directly onto goods wagons, followed by shots of the modern day overgrown platforms.

Exterior views of the 'History of Concrete' exhibition follows, with photographs, models and artefacts, including bows, boats and tiles on display. Brockham's partially constructed engine house and old station platform are seen from the opposite platform, with views of the industrial lines around the grey pit area. A tunnel leading to another pit is shown, where, according to the narrator, a scene for a James Bond film "A View to A Kill" was shot. The railway men, wearing blue overalls, replace sleepers on the track. The main workshop is shown, with narrow gauge railway artefacts on display, the Miln Collection of electrical equipment is adjacent to this.

'A quick look around the Industrial Railway Collection' follows. with a Post Office Mail Train, and a wooden carriage. views of the Industrial Engine Shed, with its collection of over thirty small locomotives, follow. Railway workers take their lunch outside cheering that the 'invalid' coach awaits them on the track at Brockham following the opening ceremony. The yellow 'Polar Bear' engine pulls the carriages, loaded with visitors, along the track, then returns to Amberley station.

A curved and glass fronted Seaboard Electricity Hall is shown. Inside, a high speed steam generating set, alternator and dynamo are seen in detailed close up. Other items include a battery powered Sinclair C5, a model of a battery electric car and a full sized "Enfield" prototype.

Watercolour paintings by Audrey, are shown mounted in frames and a workers giving copperplate printing demonstrations at the museum (see also: 7236).

The film shows the brick yard drying shed from the Nightingale Brickworks in Petersfield, later rebuilt at the museum in Amberley. Inside, various objects are laid out, including bricks, chimney pots and tools used in the trade. The art of pottery is explained at the Pottery Shop, with some old equipment on display. Chris Barchard [?] sits at the potters wheel to throw a bowl. Kitty paints a pot in another part of the pottery.

A 1914 Tilling Stevens DS3 Petrol Electric Bus passes the Municipal Engine House on its way to the bus stop at Brockham. Inside, a 1929 Arobe 30hp horizontal single cylinder oil engine and compressor is used to raise sewage at Littlehampton, operated by a worker at the museum.

On to the Brewery Exhibition and the Nun's Laundry and brewing equipment is shown on display. Equipment from a local nunnery laundry is displayed next door.

The Wheelwrights and Sign Writers Shop, Horsham, was rebuilt on site. Peter Gardener measures timber inside the workshop with shots of handmade wagon wheels and spokes on display. John Land assisted by Peter Gardner and Ken Guirer explains the use of a draw knife by wheelwrights for shaping shafts [spokes]. Peter Gardener begins to shave strips of wood from a block with the knife. Another uses a chisel on wheel shafts.

The DSM bus approaches on its way to the stop outside the Southdown Garage. The office advertises trips on blackboards outside. Buses are on display beside the Cycle Shop followed by shots of the Village Garage, Petrol Station, Steamroller caravans among others.

A signpost marks the junction between Peppers Road and Osbourne Lane. Visitors sit at the Cafe. The Domestic Museum is shown, housing a selection of household appliances, including vacuum cleaners, stoves, lamps, a Pathescope 9.5 mm movie projector and other objects in cabinets. A typical 1930s worker's home is is also on display.

The Paviours Museum, houses a temporary exhibition as part of the Road Transport Museum. Inside, chairs are are arranged to allow visitors to sit and watch videos about road making and view a series of signs, equipment and machinery and photographs on display.


A colour still image taken from TID 7226 shows a close up view of the drivers open cab on 'Polar Bear' a narrow gauge steam engine on the Amberley Museum railway. a driver in dark blue overalls is stood in the drivers cab.

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See [Amberley Museum Part One] ([ca. 1997]) (TID 7236) for the first half of B. C. Suter's hour-long documentary, journeying through Amberley Working Museum, along with several other films that Suter may have intended to cut together as one longer film.