Film ID:
YFA 310

HARROGATE COLLEGE

1948

Visitor Tabs

Description

This film by Charles Chislett records the events of an open day at his daughter's school, Harrogate College.

Teachers, parents and some pupils are gathered under a marquee, which is pitched on the school field along with other marquees. Inside there is a raised table with speakers. Some are sitting on benches outside. A woman and a boy walk across a field. Dignitaries emerge from the marquee, followed by school children, along with Mr Chislett's wife, Grace, and their two children - Rachel and John. They both wear their school uniforms - Rachel is dressed in a green cotton dress with white collar; and John wears a cap, shorts and blazer.

The guests form a circle, sitting on chairs in the field. This is followed by a display by the pupils - the girls perform a display of exercises and country dancing for the spectators. A teacher, standing on top of the school entrance canopy, directs them with a megaphone. The pupils then return in their gym wear and put on a display of gymnastics, including vaulting. Grace and her son chat with a man. Rachel and a friend run towards the camera.

Rachel is seen talking with a friend in the school yard, wearing her award ceremony gown. Parents and school pupils mix together in the yard of the school, along with a playful dog. Rachel looks through a portable slide viewfinder. Mr Chislett examines the viewfinder with two of Rachel's friends. There is a close up of Rachel and three friends in a line with their arms linking. The family take a stroll around the school grounds. Rachel and John then play a ball game in the grounds with some large water pipes. The film finishes with a man holding up a billboard (this is inverted).