Title ID 8413Collection ID1190
Title[The Country Show] or [A Country Cattle Show] or [Country Sports]
CollectionEarly Films
ThemeEarly film in the South East Rural Life
KeywordsSport Communities Rural Areas
RegionalBrighton and Hove
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionCharles Goodwin Norton
DirectorCharles Goodwin Norton
FormatBlack & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


The high jump, sack race and obstacle course are interspersed with footage of spectators in this film by Charles Goodwin Norton from the mid to late 1890s.


Scenes of the high jump, sack race and obstacle course are interspersed with footage of spectators, some filmed individually from the middle distance. A man with a movie camera is seen walking past, speeding up when he realises he is in shot.

Related resources


Barnes, John. The Beginnings of the Cinema in England 1894-1901. Five Volumes, n.p. University of Exeter Press

Date: 1996-1998 John Barnes’s archaeological study of early cinema charts its development between 1894 and 1901. Barnes founded the Barnes Museum of Cinematography with his brother William in the 1960s. The collection provided primary material for Barnes’s study of early cinema.

Low, Rachael. The History of the British Film 1896-1906 n.p. George Allen & Unwin

Date: 1949


The Barnes Collection

Location: Hove Museum and Art Gallery Twins John and William Barnes founded the Barnes Museum of Cinematography in the 1960s. After the closure, the early part of the collection moved to Hove. The collection includes cameras, projectors and material relating to the Brighton School of film pioneers.


Location: BFI National Archive, British Film Institute, London Holds films made by Goodwin Norton.

Further Information on File at Screen Archive South East

BFI National Archive, copies kept on file SASE 950000.


Who’s Who of Victorian Cinema: Charles Goodwin Norton

Biographical overview and further reading.