Sheffield University Film Collection: itemised list of films

FM 2

2/1
Title: B/w, silent 5 mins
/a Betacam SP copy
/b VHS copy
King Edward VII opens Sheffield University, 1905 This film was shot by Mr Frank Mottershaw of the Sheffield Photo Co. Ltd. The copy presently held appears to have been reworked with the title “Now a Surprise for the Prince” in 1933. This film was transferred from 35mm film in the possession of the National Film and Television Archive onto Betacam SP for the University in 1997, and from which the VHS viewing copy was made. Footage includes the arrival of the Royal Train in Sheffield, the progress of the Royal carriage through Sheffield city centre, an address by the King at the University, including views of the Firth Court quadrangle, and the presentation of new colours to the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry in Weston Park.

Conditions of access: Internal research only. Other restrictions apply

Copyright: Licence for any other use must be obtained from the National Film and Television Archive

2/2
[Three titles:] VHS copy
/a Betacam SP copy
/b VHS copy
1. Visit of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip to the University, October 1954 B/w, sound 7 mins.
The visit was to inaugurate the Jubilee session of the University, founded in 1905. Included is some footage of Firth Court, and the presentation of a Masque by students.
This copy was made from a 16mm film owned by Mr Jessop of Crookes.

Copyright: Copyright may be vested in the Master Cutler
2. Freshman’s Week B/w, sound 14 mins
An overview of the experience of Freshers’ Week, 1960, which begins with the arrival of students at Sheffield Midland station and ending with the Freshers’ Ball. Included are shots of the new Main Library before the Arts Tower was built, and work at foundation level on the new Students’ Union building. The Vice-Chancellor, J.M. Whittaker, is shown shaking hands with all new students at a ceremony in Firth Hall. The sound track consists of ‘swing’ music interspersed with interviews with new students. This copy is from a 16mm film shot by Sheffield University Students’ Union.

Copyright: Sheffield University Students’ Union Film Unit
3. The Undergraduate: a Student’s Eye View of Life at a Redbrick University Colour, sound 23 mins
Intended to show potential students what life is like for undergraduates, circa 1965. It follows four students (3 male, 1 female), through all aspects of the undergraduate experience. This film aims at a ‘professional’ standard, and a full credit list is provided. This copy is from the 16mm film shot by Sheffield University Union of Students Film Unit.

Copyright: Sheffield University Students’ Union Film Unit

2/3
Title: B/w, sound 8 mins
/a Betacam SP copy
/b VHS copy
Sheffield University Rag Day A record of typical Rag Day scenes, here taking place in November 1952. Included are orphan children and elderly people whom the Rag is intended to benefit, students entertaining people in the crowd, the parade through Sheffield city centre with floats and fancy dress, the Lord Mayor, the ‘Boat Race’ on the River Don, and scenes of students counting the Rag takings. The commentary is read by McDonald Hobley. This film was transferred from 35mm film in the possession of the National Film and Television Archive onto Betacam SP for the University in 1997, and from which the VHS viewing copy was made.

Conditions of access: Internal teaching and research. Other restrictions apply

Copyright: Not established. Script is credited to Nigel Seely, and the production is by Danny Carter, but these names have not been traced in University records. Licence for any other use must be obtained from the National Film and Television Archive.

2/4
Title: B/w, sound 9.5 mins
/a 16mm film
/b VHS copy
Visit of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh to the Department of Fuel Technology and Chemical Engineering The opening of the Fuel Technology and Chemical Engineering Building in Newcastle Street by the Duke of Edinburgh on 2nd November 1961. Among those present are Professor Thring, Head of Department, and R.A. Butler, Chancellor. The VHS copy was made from the 16mm film donated to the Collection by Dr Mike Wilde, Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, December 1997. The film was made by University technicians and narration was by a lecturer in Chemical Engineering.

Conditions of access: Internal teaching and research

Copyright: University of Sheffield

2/5
Title: Colour, sound ? mins
/a 16 mm cinefilm
/b VHS video 11 mins (incomplete)
Astronautical Fuel Technology A film made by the Department of Fuel Technology and Chemical Engineering, University of Sheffield, [? 1968] (FM4)

Credits:
Research: J.M. Jenkins, PhD, J. Swithenbank, B.Sc.
Photography: B. Speight
Sound: E.W. Moseley
Script: J. Swithenbank, B.Sc.
Narrator: M.G. Perry
Music by Sheffield Recreation Band

The film describes preparations, centered on the Research Laboratories of the University of Sheffield’s Department of Fuel Technology and Chemical Engineering near Buxton in the Peak District of Derbyshire, for the firing of a rocket motor, including engineering of the motor and preparation of the laboratory complex. Unfortunately, because of the fragile quality of the original cinefilm, the VHS video copy is limited to the first 11 minutes, at which point copying of the cinefilm was curtailed by the film’s breaking. The visual quality and sound commentary are quite good, though the background music (which includes excerpts of Beethoven and Tchaikovsky) is poorly reproduced. The VHS copy was made from a cinefilm supplied by Mr M.Wilde of the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Sheffield. Copying to VHS was carried out by Screen Vision Ltd, Sheffield.

Copyright: University of Sheffield