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Hi

I mentioned in a thread about a month ago about the fact that I had some of my grandfathers cine film footage of the Broads dating from the late 40's or early 50's. Well, I dug out the film from mums loft and have just started going through it this afternoon. So far I have come across about 6 or 7 minutes worth of Broadland footage. Not entirely sure of locations yet as it goes past so quick!! Once it's transfered to DVD it will be a lot easier! The film is very old and fragile.... already had one breakage in watching it so I'm going to have to wait until it's transfered to see it again as I don't want to risk losing any of it. I'll continue to trawl through the rest of the films in the hope that I may come across some more!


Oh boy.... the boats - and lots of them!! Beautiful old wooden motor cruisers and yachts - I really hope that I can get this sorted and put up on the forum for you all to see! I know that if any one can pinpoint the locations and come up with a date for the footage, then you lot can.... that's if you can stop drooling over those gorgeous boats for long enough!

Quick question for Craig if he's watching ( or anyone else that might know). The boat that my grandparents were on had the Reg number B547. I've obviously checked out the database but that number now belongs to a modern boat, so can anyone tell me what it was?

Happy Christmas to you all.... I hope that everyone has had a great day!

Off to hide behind the sofa and watch Dr Who now!!  Gasp


Carol  Cheers

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Carol

Interested to read your thread.  I did a similar exercise to you and transferred all of my father and uncle's cine on to video some 5 years ago, (no DVD's then).  It is such a worth while thing to do.  Ours does not go back as far as your grandfather's (mostly 60's sailing I'm afraid on Hunter's yachts), but it all needs saving.

Would be interested to know if any body else as got any old cine film of the Broads yachts and cruisers.

Do we need to be considering holding a achive of some discription if it has not already been done?  

Trust everybody had a good Christmas Day.............how are the turkey sandwiches going???

Kind regards

Paul H

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The Ludham Community Archive has been operating for several years now and has put together a huge collection of archive material about Ludham and the surrounding area. This includes text, audio, film, and thousands of photographs.
The Archive Group would be very interested in any film relevant to the Ludham area. If anyone has any, we would be interested in a copy and would help to preserve it.

The Ludham Community Archive is a not for profit group. We try to make the material available for everyone to use rather than being stuck in someone's attic. So far we have produced two computer CDs and a DVD of interesting video. More are in production along with two books.

Tranfering cine film to video can be expensive if done by a professional, but it produces the best results. I had some 9.5mm film of the Scouts taken in the 1930s copied and the result is fantastic. For more modern super 8, I just project the film and point the video camera at the screen. This is much cheaper and produces a tolerably good result. Use the best quality format available. DVD and Mini DV tape are OK, but VHS is low quality and is on it's way out.
The professional copiers clean the film first and deal with dodgy splices and film that has lost its flexibility.
After copying, I spent hours going through the film frame by frame, removing all the poor frames, spliced joints etc. This gives a much more watchable result and really brings the films to life.

The archive group might be able to help in identifying places on the film. Let me know if this is of any interest.

Nigel
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I hope ypu are all aware of the East Anglian Film Archive.

http://www.uea.ac.uk/eafa/pages/home.html

They are interested in all archive film material relating to E.Anglia and Broadland. They also have material for sale, and viewings of archive material can be arranged in certain circumstances.

We are not the owners of the Broads, any one of us. We have a far more important duty as guardians of this very precious region for the generations which will succeed us.

Poppy

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Hi - Thanks for the response.

Paul H - I think that a forum archive would be a wonderful idea! There must be plenty of old Broadland cine films out there - I (and I'm sure plenty of other members) would be fascinated to see your 60's footage.

Nigel - having looked at the film, I think it's unlikely we have any footage of the Ludham area. My mum seems to think that we may be talking Southern Broads as she thinks one of the boats they used to go out on was based at St Olaves. (She could be entirely wrong though!!). Once it's transfered we'll be able to study it more closely and hopefully the forum members will be able to identify the locations for us.

Poppy - yes I had intended to send copies of the films of to the film archive. My father let them have a lot of the films, must have been over 20 years ago though, and at that time they were not that interested in family/holiday type material but I know that has changed now. I've got to continue sorting out what we want to get transfered as there is quite a lot of various Norfolk footage dating from the 40's onwards.

Sadly there should have been an awful lot more film as my grandfather was a real cine buff! He died in 1970 (I was only 4) and I really don't know what happened to the rest of his collection. I'm lucky to have the films that I do.

I'll let you know how things go!


Carol  Cheers

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Carol don't forget we have a member who is involved in 'The way we were' he may be able to help and might also be interested in some of the bits which are not strictly 'Broads based'

A Happy New Year's Boating to all forum members  Bill...

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Hi

I've just uncovered a further 12-15 minutes worth of Broads footage dating from the late 1940's, I believe. OMG!! It's in pretty good condition and includes a short section of colour footage. It's definately on the Bure featuring Wroxham and Horning, stacks and stacks of wonderful boats and a few boatyards including Jack Powles. I've got a total of about 20 minutes worth of film now so I will definately be getting this transfered as soon as I can.

In the meantime I have attempted to take some stills. The quality is not that good as it was done with a fairly cheap digital camera set up on a tripod in front of the screen!! The footage is much better focused - honestly! It will hopefully give you a taster of what's on the film though.  Smile   Smile

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