Title ID 8625Collection ID992
Title[School; Kidbrooke Park; Fire; Hoya; Gardens; Sports; Bonfire]
Date1956; 1957; 1958
CollectionHinchliff Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurFamily Home MovieNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeFamily Life Urban Life
KeywordsBuildings Dance Domestic Gardens Education Parks Schools Sport Plants
LocalForrest Row
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionA.G. Hinchliff
CameraA.G. Hinchliff
Format16mm Colour Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This collection of colour films, documents the film-maker's visit to Michael Hall - A Steiner Waldorf School, within the grounds of Kidbrooke Park, West Sussex. The films also include an event at a bonfire and a tour around a greenhouse with a selection of plants.


The film opens with several shots of the school that can be seen across the park from different angles with people in the grounds of the school possibly for an event or open day (?). Family members are seen briefly walk around the gardens together as the shot moves to the main school building.

In the next section a group perform a folk dance together dressed in brightly coloured clothing. This film then shows several students pole vaulting over a high bar and landing in a pile of sandbags. There are several shots of students jumping, whilst visitors watch the attempts.

The next shots show a group of adults (possibly teachers ?) talking and two ladies walking around the grounds of the school at dusk

A night time sequence shows a bonfire with people in silhouette in front of the fire; several shots of the fire are seen in close up.

In the final section, several Begonia, Fuscia and Hoya plants are shown growing inside a greenhouse. This is followed by shots of wildflowers n the garden and mixed roses arranged in a pot next to a wall.


[School; Kidbrooke Park; Fire; Hoya; Gardens; Sports; Bonfire] (1956-1958)

Contextual information

The Michael Hall School is a Steiner Waldorf school near the Ashdown Forest in West Sussex.