Film ID: NEFA 21699 Video of TRANSPORTER BRIDGE, TOWN HALL AND ALBERT ROAD, ACKLAM HALL, CENOTAPH & ALBERT PARK c.1947 Visitor TabsDescription An amateur film by Maurice Brunton that shows a number of locations around Middlesbrough. A number of boys appear in the film some from a local Scout troop, others as schoolboys at a local school. The opening view is filmed on Middlesbrough's Transporter Bridge. Boy scouts find adventure as they walk along the top gangway. General views show the boys on the Transporter's gondola, enjoying views from the top of the bridge looking down. An overhead shot follows onto a boat moored along the riverside. More views follow of the Transporter Bridge. The films cuts to show Middlesbrough Town Hall from Victoria Square and the town hall clock, looking north along Albert Road. An 'S' corporation bus travels past. Cars are parked along Albert Road next to Victoria Square and buses travel past heading north along Albert Road. Another view of the town hall clock tower follows. General view of St Mary's Church in Acklam, Middlesbrough, with Acklam Hall in the background. A group of schoolboys come out of the church gates. General view of the gated entrance to Acklam Hall Secondary School. A sign for the school is attached to one of the pillars. At the school's opposite gate with another notice, which reads 'Middlesbrough Education Committee'. At the rear entrance to the school, the camera pans left to show a group of schoolboys and behind them a wooden hut, possibly the school dining hall. A group of schoolboys stand beside their bicycles, a wooden building in the background, probably taken on the eastern side of the hall. Again on the eastern side of the school, a group of boys stand next to a tree. The camera pans left to show the south facing facade of Acklam Hall. A flagpole stands in the foreground. Shots follows of the cenotaph outside Albert Park, Middlesbrough and the gates to Albert Park. The film cuts to a view inside the park along one of the paths, and of the Henry Bolckow sun dial. A model aeroplane is put through its paces by a man or boy. The plane is tethered to the end of a wire or string, and is being flown in an open area of Albert Park. Context A Scouting adventure in Middlesbrough The daily commotion of busy post-war Middlesbrough featuring a school with a remarkable past. In 1947, Maurice Brunton arrived in Middlesbrough and captured some of the hustle and bustle of the town and River Tees with his 8mm camera. Accompanied by members of the Avenue Methodist Scouts, views from the top of the world-famous Transporter Bridge show ships on the river, and the bridge’s gondola packed with locals on their way to work. The film also records boys coming and going from what was then Acklam Hall Secondary School. Acklam Hall, Middlesbrough only Grade 1 listed building, was built between 1680 and 1683 by William Hustler in the fashionable ‘Dutch’ style. It remained in the Hustler family for more than 200 years, becoming a place of education in September 1935 as a Grammar School for boys. Like the house before it, the school expanded over the years eventually becoming part of Middlesbrough College before closing in 2008. Following extensive renovations, it reopened in 2016 as a wedding venue, spa and conference centre. Maurice Brunton’s history with the Scouting movement goes back before his time in Middlesbrough, and continues to this day. In 2016 he was awarded an OBE for ‘voluntary service through Scouting’.