Films


New Archive

A new Archive of MCRA Films has been created on You Tube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0q7vtrmMkD3xr3akBW0YGg

This currently contains 60 Films

Cave Diving Group - Aude Gorge Expedition – 1992

Filmed by Mark Simms. Expedition members Russell Carter, John Cordingley, Malc Foyle, Nick Williams, Dominic Sealey, Murrey Knapp, Struan MacDonald, Jenny Brooks

Length 23 minutes 28 seconds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7zv8KydN5o

Wessex in Long Churn – 1963

Filmed by Denis Warburton & Alan Surrell on standard 8 mm cine film. Commentary by Maurice Hewins

Length 6 minutes 31 seconds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGo01kwFXKI

Hunter's Lodge Inn Sink - Malcolm Cotter – 2002

Malcolm Cotter, Tony Jarratt & Trevor Hughes

Length 16 minutes 12 seconds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KrDbbqlDcc

Axbridge Ochre Cavern -1951

Length 26 minutes 33 seconds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5IDSzRdavs

NHASA At Frog Pot 1997

Filmed by Eric Dunford.

Length 10 minutes 13 seconds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0T0mf5nC0_E

Swildon's Hole – 2000

A trip to and through Sump 1 by Laurie Orr

Length 9 minutes 44 seconds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdtwSoxvz_o

Reads Cavern - Devon – 1960

Filmed by John Hooper in 16 mm Super Ansochrome. Lighting with 4 x 72 Watt 12 volt car headlamp bulbs. Cavers Martin Reynolds, Winifred Hooper, John Hooper

Length 10 minutes 37 seconds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2Rxa-MHZlM

Eastwater - A Cavers Cave - 2000

Made by Neil Wooldridge. Commentary by Phil Hendy.

Length 10 minutes 17 seconds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giDab_r4KNM

Mendip Rescue Organisation - Rescue in Swildon's Hole – 1971 The casualty had been stuck in the Oxbows. Rescuers Pete Franklin & Jim Hanwell

Length 3 minutes 54 seconds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ZvT5J7qNIs

Mendip Rescue Organisation at GB Cave – 1982

This was the largest and probably the most controversial rescue carried out on Mendip.

Length 6 minutes 46 seconds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQdxK80avJ0

NHASA Dig at Lodmore 1993-2001

Filmed on a Hi-8 Camcorder by Eric Dunford.

Length 12 minutes 20 seconds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8_31RnbjOw

NHASA Dinner - 2001

Filmed on a Hi-8 Camcorder by Eric Dunford. Singer Fred Davies. Report to shreholders by Brian Prewer.

Length 4 minutes 48 seconds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIaIMztHzIs

NHASA Veterans in W/L Cave – 2000

Filmed on a Hi-8 Camcorder by Eric Dunford. Cavers John Hamm, Richard Kenny and Albert Francis

Length 9 minutes 05 seconds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CN4VE24SNnc

MRO Sponsored Abseil at Cheddar Gorge - 1986

Filmed on 8 mm cine filmed by Gwynne Thomas

Length 8 minutes 59 seconds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vScmZp6UFSY

NHASA in Goatchurch Cavern – 1997

Filmed on a Hi-8 Camcorder by Eric Dunford

Length 11 minutes 22 seconds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkeEOkg6Xas

Cave Diving Group In Brendan Iron Mines – 1985

Filmed on V.H.S. by Nick Barrington. Divers Gavin Newman, Carol Tapley & Robin Brown

Length 22 minutes 24 seconds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSFCXyiLgEg

Grampian Tribute to Tony Jarrett - 2008

From the Grampian Annual Dinner - with Frazer Simpson, Rob Taviner & Alan (Goon) Jeffries

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2vvQcD5D_Q

Cheddar Lost River Dive -1986

The Divers – Richard Stevenson & Rob Palmer

Length 9 minutes 13 seconds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-4aGI_SKxE

Mendip Cave Rescue - Black Hole, Swildons- Rescue 1989

This was one of the MRO’s largest rescues and involved bringing the casualty back through Sump 1 in Swildon’s Hole.

Length 7 minutes 27 seconds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jac8xkDeJ1k

Oliver Cromwell Lloyd in Gibraltar - 1960's and aged 70 with friends in Swildon’s Hole

Length 3 minutes 58 seconds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppm-wzXOEL8

A World Apart – 1973

Made on 16mm cine film, using battery lights in Box Cave and Wookey Hole. A power cable was used for some of the shots in Rickford Farm Cave. Cavers – Tom Elkins and John Spence.

Length 23 minutes 15 seconds. Filmed by Nick Barrington

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGCIUj7ffWk

UBSS In Ireland – 1952 by Professor Edgar Tratman

Length 12 minutes 40 seconds (Filmed on 16mm colour film)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrPYsX-PM_8

NHASA at Chancellors Farm – 2002

Length 6 minutes 3 seconds. Filmed by Eric Dunford.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrAFLZDZqWU

Shatter Cave – 1981

Shot on Super 8 cine film on 28 January 1981. Lighting was with a 12 volt car headlight and a bank of Nickel/Cadmium Cells. Cavers – Angela Glanvill and Sue Durston.

Length 7 minutes 17 seconds. Filmed by Peter Glanvill.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5AJKNaUBGo

Wessex at Gaping Gill 1991

Filmed on VHS. Cavers – Nick Williams, Pete Hann, Keth Fielder, Aubrey Newport, Nick Marachov, Andy Summerskill, Mark Helmore, Carmen Smith.

Length 8 minutes 52 seconds. Filmed by Mark Helmore and Carmen Smith

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onYfv09qh7w

Opening of Honeymead Hole - 27 April 1996

Filmed on Hi 8 video tape.

Length 7 minutes 23 seconds. Filmed by Pete Hann

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHlYEzwFKf0

Candlelight Party in Swildon's Hole – 1964

This unusual film was made underground with only candle light on 18 December 1964. The shots on Priddy Green were taken on the next day. Cavers – Mick Pritchard, Leon Martindale, Brian Himbury and Ray Biggs.

Length 4 minutes 7 seconds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56d17Y6qliM

Cave Diving Group 50th Anniversary - Wookey Hole – 1996

Filmed on Hi 8 video tape on 11 May 1996. The singers are the “Belfry Boys”. Also CDG at Wookey in 1982.

Length 9 minutes 1 second. Filmed by Pete Hann.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZWS0id7RfA

Opening the Mendip Nature Research Committee Hut - 1967

This film was donated by Ray Biggs. Dignataries present include Bishop Henderson, Lord Waldergrave, Dr. F S Wallis, Harry Ashworth and Fred Barrow.

Length 3 minutes 8 seconds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bL6_w_FN4z8

White Pit Cave, Priddy – 1996

Filmed on Hi 8 video tape.

Length 5 minutes 13 seconds. Filmed by Pete Hann.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCkCaPpTxVI

Wessex Cave Club – MRO Rescue Practice in Box Mines - 1994 Filmed on Hi 8 video tape.

Length 5 minutes 42 second. Filmed by Pete Hann.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dx0Nig83_Xs

Wessex Cave Club Dig at Clay Holes - 1993

Filmed on VHS tape. The tractor driver is Jim Young.

Length 12 minutes 41 seconds. Filmed by Judy Hewins

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HU4UhOcbOiE

Wessex Cave Club - Caving in Ireland - 1960 & 1964

Filmed on standard 8mm cine film. Underground lighting with a Bauer lighting unit.

Length 15 minutes 59 seconds. Filmed & Commentary by Maurice Hewins

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxGjDJE5_zU

Cave Diving Group Training at Wookey Hole – 1974

Filmed on Super 8 cine Film.

Length 4 minutes 37 seconds. Filmed & Commentary by Phil Hendy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiTaDfJsrHY

Digging at St. Lukes Hole – 1996

Filmed on Hi 8 video tape. Caver – Max Midlen, winch operators Bob & Ann Scammell.

Length 2 minutes 56 seconds. Filmed by Pete Hann.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fa8G4Q9auMk

Discovering Mendip - 1970

Black & White with sound. Made by the ACG&AS. Directed by David Bromwich, narrated by John Craven, sound by Bernard Roughton. c. 1970. (For full description see bottom of page).

Length 12 minutes 53 seconds. Filmed by Clive North.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6N1pbvEL-CA

Netherworld Journey – 1951

Black & White, no sound. Title – Netherworld Journey – A Bridge Studios Production. Made by the ACG&AS. Cavers – Mr Young (who farmed the land on which GB Cave is situated) in army steel helmet. The entrance to GB is before the “blockhouse” was built. Cavers on the ladder are climbing from the Gorge into the Ooze.

Length 26 minutes 19 seconds. Filmed by Ev Humphries.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-KfxgFkYwQ

Hunters’ Lodge Inn Sink

Length 10 minutes 2 seconds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDM_Ktmh81c

Opening Eighteen Acre Dig – 1991

This film was made on VHS Tape. The digger was operated by Dave Gibbons. Dave Morrison was supposedly in charge despite interference by others on site!

Length 12 minutes 3 seconds. Filmed by Mark Helmore & Carmen Smith.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wg4Kv1YhZu4

Opening Hymac Hole - 1991

This film was made on VHS Tape. The digger was operated by Dave Gibbons. Dave Morrison was supposedly in charge despite interference by others on site!

Length 8 minutes 49 seconds. Filmed by Mark Helmore & Carmen Smith.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=737mVqprzwM

Wessex Cave Club in South Wales & Yorkshire – 1958 & 1962

Wessex “8mm home movies” taken by Maurice Hewins. Commentary later added by Maurice Hewins. The short opening sequence was taken on 27/2/1960 on a trip to Aggi Aggi. The cavers shown are Julia James, Terry Lamport, Bill Brooker, John Thomas and Pete (Griff) Greenfield.

The next sequence was taken at the Bradford Winch Meet and at Alum Pot in June 1962. The cavers shown are Keith O’Mahoney, Dave King, John Thomas and Titch Hall. The rather primitive winch is interesting.

There is further un-accessioned footage of a caving party from Young Farnham Youth Club, camping at Maine’s Farm, Priddy 19-20/4/1958 and a trip to the old South Wales caving cottages in November 1959.

Ref: Maurice Hewins Caving Log, MCRA.

Wells and Mendip Museum/Cave Cine Archive No. 15 plus some un-accessioned footage

Length 10 minutes 1 second.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFsnYMf07xo

Wessex Cave Club Activities – 1968

These 5 sequences were shot in 8mm cine by Maurice Hewins. The commentary was later made by Maurice Hewins in 2006.

The opening sequence was taken at G.B. on 8-6-68. The locations were: The blockhouse, entrance passage, Mud Passage and on the Balcony. The cavers were Mike Dewdeny York (with beard) and John Thomas. The film was black and white Perutz 400? and the lighting was a Kine-Bauer BL 1 commercial lighting set.

The next sequence was taken during Dave Drew’s water tracing project to test the Mendip sinks to their risings, using licopodium spores. It was shot at Easter 1968 at Banwell . Film and lighting as above. The cavers were: Pete Cousins (with helmet), Jim Hanwell, (with black hair) and Judy Hewins.

Third sequence. Black and white shots of Wessex dig at Hillgrove Swallet 1968. The ruined Hillgrove Sanatorium can be seen, and the underground sequence was taken with the Bauer light and the film was Perutz 400. The diggers were John Cornwell (looking up the shaft) and Titch Thompson (underground).

This is followed by a further sequence at Hillgrove in colour, taken on 21-4-68. The cavers were: John Cornwell (carrying the bang), James Cobbett (wearing characteristic scarf), Titch Thompson and John Church.

The final sequence shows experiments with georesistivity gear in the field opposite the lime kiln in Eastwater Lane, Priddy. 21-4-68. Cavers shown are: John Church (taking notes) Judy Hewins, James Cobbett, Chris Hawkes, Phil Davies and Carlton (Atty) Attwood. Ref A.J. Surrell.

Refs. W.C.C. Journal, Vol. 9, No 110, Feb, 1967, p. 150 and Maurice Hewins Caving Log, MCRA.

Wells and Mendip Museum/UBSS Cave Cine Archive Numbers 7, 8, 9, 11, 10.

Length 11 minutes 10 seconds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHATYFKmWSo

Horseshoes with Rings - A Study of Bats in Devon Caves 1958

This was one of two very similar films made by John Hooper, showing pioneering work studying bats in Devon Caves. It was shot at 16 f.p.s and the other films, “Rings on Their Wings” was shot at 24 f.p.s. Filmed between 23/7/1957 and 6/12/1958.

The locations were ;- Virtuous Lady Mine, (Tavy Valley), Rock House Cave, Rift Cave, Reeds Cave Buckfastleigh, Underground stone quarry tunnels at Beer, roof of Hawson Court (Buckfastleigh), Roof of barn in Rock House Quarry (Buckfastleigh).

The cavers are: Chris and Martin Reynolds, Paul Jeffery, Wilfred Joint, Tim Morland, Win, Alison and John Hooper.

The original film of this film and others made by John Hooper were donated to the Wells and Mendip Museum by Alison Moody, John’s daughter and held in their archive.

Ref. Correspondence between Hooper and Hewins 1996. Copy in Wells and Mendip Museum.

Wells and Mendip Museum / UBSS Cave Cine Archive No. 46.

Filmed on 16mm cine film.

Length 18 minutes 16 seconds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BZBF0smT24

Jack Duck in Lamb Leer – 1969

Jack Duck and Lord Waldergrave return to Lamb Leer Cavern in 1969. Jack Duck made the original survey.

Length 18 minutes 16 seconds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_lJThKBrMQ

Swildon's Hole – 1964

This film was made on six trips to the cave in 1963-4. It was shot on 8mm Kodachrome IIA film using two 25 volt airfield spotlights powered by two banks of four motorcycle batteries and a commercial Baur lighting set. The original sound track was made on a tape recorder, synchronized to the projector. Although this tape was lost, Keith O’Mahony’s commentary survived and it has been supplemented by sounds recorded in Swildons.

Length 22 minutes 53 seconds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5wj9zWwvss

UBSS - Manor Farm Swallet, GB Cave and BOS Swallet

Three short 16mm films made by Edgar Tratman between 1960 and 1968. Apart from the Manor Farm dig, there are shots of Gaping Gill, experiments with a May Pole, the dig at Bos Swallet and at the UBSS hut at Burrington.

Captions by Chris Howes.

Length 13 minutes 15 seconds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXqQftx2FXw

Thrupe Lane Swallet – 1974 The cave was first entered by ATLAS diggers in 1974 and this film shows a descent in that year. Cavers – Simon Meade-King, Tony Dingle and Ricard Witcombe.

Filmed in 16mm by Clive North

Length 2 minutes 18 seconds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NI_1szuKAkc&t=28s

How To Explore A Cave – 1958

This comedy film was made by John Hooper between 21/4/1957 and 15/3/1958. It was alternately known as Hooper’s Squire. It portrays Wilfred Joint in the role of Ebenzer Greywacke, Squire of Penn Recca.

Locations were: Church Hill, Buckfastleigh, Baker’s Pit Quarry Buckfastleigh, (before it was filled in) and Bakers Pit Cave (using the original entrance).

A piano accompaniment was made in 2006 by Jonathan Jevans

Refs. Amateur Cine World ”In a Cave With a Camera”. Vol 22, No.3, p.259. 1958 Correspondence between Hooper and Hewins. 1996. Copy in Wells and Mendip Museum.

Wells and Mendip Museum/UBSS Cave Cine Archive No. 42

Filmed in 16mm, using two 12 volt car headlight bulbs powered by two motorcycle batteries. Flares were used for long shots.

Length 16 minutes 32 seconds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HDzsZ_3tFc

Wessex Hut, Thrupe Swallet & Cow Hole 1961-2

Wessex “home movies” shot on 8mm cine film by Maurice Hewins and Tony Dingle in 1961-62. Commentary added later by Maurice Hewins. The opening subject was filmed at the Hillgrove Hut on three separate occasions. (The first two by Maurice Hewins and those of George Pointing and the fox by Tony Dingle.)

Tony also took the footage of a train on the old Somerset and Dorset Line and the dig at Thrupe Swallet. The first footage at Cow Hole was taken by Maurice Hewins and the final shots of the “Forth Bridge” by Tony Dingle.

Ref. Maurice Hewins Caving Log, MCRA.

Wells and Mendip Museum/ UBSS Cave Cine Archive Nos: 5, 13, 14, and 24.

Length 9 minutes 21 seconds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaSXCc1jJNk

Lamb Leer Cavern - 1937

This film was made by a team of UBSS and Wessex cavers in time for the 1937 B.C.A conference in Bristol. The cameraman was Prof Edgar Tratman. Captions by Chris Howes help with the explanation. The film shows the caving techniques of the day using candles etc and there are good shots of the aerial cableway across the main chamber. The filming lights were paraffin Tilly lamps. Cavers identified include J.F.Blenkinsop, John Bell, Francis Goddard and Molly Hall.

There were three slightly different versions of this film and this is a slightly edited version to include as many shots as possible of the cableway.

Ref E.K.Tratman’s Underground Cine Films, 1933-1937. by C.J. Howes . UBSS Proceedings, 1989, Vol. 18(3) 415- 421. Also to Photograph Darkness, 1989, by Chris Howes.

Wells and Mendip Museum / UBSS Cave Cine Archive No. 2, 67 and 68.

UBSS 16mm black &white cine film. The seventh caving film in the world. Lighting with Tilley lamps powered by paraffin; there was still insufficient light so the shots taken in Burrington were filmed at half speed so they would appear to move at twice the normal speed on the screen so they walked at half speed to compensate.

Length 18 minutes 37 seconds. Filmed by Edgar Tratman.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_wGnPPcGXU

Lamb Leer Cavern – 1962

Filmed in 8mm. Lighting with two 25 volt airfield spotlights. Cavers – Keth O’Mahony (lifeliner), Terry Hall (1st Man on Pitch), John Thomas (2nd Man on Pitch), Dave King.

Length 8 minutes 42 seconds. Filmed by Maurice Hewins. Commentary by John Thomas.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7M1RmI0ZVI

Grotte de Bedheilac – 1958

Filmed in 16mm. Lighting by magnesium flares.

Length 3 minutes 34 seconds. Filmed by John Hooper

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbqSZtMHrck

Full Moon Over Eastwater 1994

Film made on video tape. Cave Rescue Conference at Eastwater Farm, Priddy Mendip. Fortunately there was an absence of health & safety officers!

Length 10 minutes 21 seconds. Filmed by Mark Helmore & Eric Dunford https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuCvgoWLJmQ

MRO Swildons Rescue Training Film – 1960

This film was made on 16mm H.P.S. negative cine film in 1960-61. The commentary is by Dr Oliver Lloyd. The opening shots show Albert Maine closing the gate at Manor Farm. It also shows Oliver Lloyd. People at the Bedminster swimming pool that Phil Davies identified were David Willis (he victim), Brenda Willis, Alan Rogers, Phil Davies and Howard Kenney (not in the water.)

At the sump, Phil Davies named Alan Rogers, Struan Robertson (eating), Mike Holland (pulling rope and Phil Davies (watching pressure gauge). Mick Glenister is the second man out of the entrance at the end.

The film was shown at R.A.F. Colerne on 13/5/61 (Maurice Hewins Caving Log, MCRA) and at the 2nd Cave Rescue Conference at Bristol in Sept 1961. (WCC Journal No 83). The original film has been deposited at the Wells and Mendip Museum., together with some other MRO material.

Wells and Mendip Museum /UBSS Cave Cine Archive No. 3. Original Film is at Wells.

Length 15 minutes 02 seconds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50hPXiJhNiE

Shots of Manor Farm Priddy and Upper Swildons Length 9 minutes 58 seconds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xKdZiOjghk

Virtuous Lady Mine Devon – 1959

Length 4 minutes 46 seconds. Filmed by John Hooper.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nIFs6Ezv70

Wessex Cave Club at Cow Hole Dig

Length 7 minutes 42 seconds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4Ij91b1QW0

UBSS Camp Life at Burrington - 1933

Sequence taken on 16mm black and white nitrate film by Prof Edgar Tratman at the UBSS hut at Burrington and at Bath Swallet. Shot of hut, 4 women arrive, cooking outside hut on stove with lots of smoke, man on bike, naked men washing in bath at Bath Swallet and cavers having a meal in the hut. (With daylight and/ or Tilly lamps)

Film transferred to VHS in 1984 by Bill Shakespier for Chris Howes.

Wells and Mendip Museum/UBSS Cave Cine Archive Numbers 1 and 66.

Length 2 minutes 43 seconds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZwLWB6Ynog

Cave Diving Group at Saye's Hole Cheddar - 1960

This short film shows divers John Buxton and Oliver Wells both probably on oxygen. Buxton is using p party? With 2 cylinders, behind. Also shows Oliver Lloyd (smoking) Ref. Letter Buxton to Hewins 28/11/95. Copy in Wells and Mendip Museum/ UBSS Cave Cine Archive file.

Wells and Mendip Museum / UBSS Cave Cine Archive No. 25

Length 2 minutes 20 seconds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB-JtVOULLI

UBSS Goatchurch Cavern and Read’s Cavern – 1933

This very early caving film was made in 1933 in the Burrington caves by Prof Edgar Tratman. It shows UBSS members caving with candles. The filming lights were paraffin Tilly lamps, which can be seen in the surface sequence.

Ref. E. K. Tratman’s Underground Cine Films. 1933-1937. by C. J. Howes. Proceedings of UBSS 1989 Vol. 18 (3) 415-421. Also “To Photograph Darkness”. By Chris Howes 1989.

Wells and Mendip Museum / UBSS Cave Cine Archive No. 1

Length 8 minutes 31 seconds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbY0ZvWB2xI

Old Archive

There are currently three films in the old You Tube archive MCRAFilms. These will be moved to the new archive.

Netherworld Journey (G.B. Cave 1951) Length 26 Minutes

SYNOPSIS

Black & White, no sound. Title – “Netherworld Journey”. Frame 2 – “ A Bridge Studios Production. Reg Office 7 Binford Place, Bridgwater, Som. Telephone Bridgwater 3598”. Frame 3 – “Grateful thanks are extended to the following, whose help made this film possible:- UBSS, The 21 Club Caving Group, Wessex Cave Club”. Frame 4 – “In this mundane world it is refreshing to do something that savours of the unknown. This film is dedicated to all modern cave men who revel in the gloom of the Netherworld”. Cavers involved – Mr Young (who farmed the land on which GB Cave is situated) in army steel helmet. The entrance to GB is before the “blockhouse” was built. Cavers on the ladder are climbing from the Gorge into the Ooze.

REVIEW

Bristol Evening World. 8 December 1951. The ACG & AS organised a showing of the black and white film of GB in the Axbridge Town Hall. To quote the press “the hall was besieged. Before the programme every seat had been taken, people were standing in every possible corner, and the pressure was so great that stewards had to be instructed to prevent further admission.” Over 250 people attended this film show.

Discovering Mendip (1970) Length 15 minutes

SYNOPSIS

Black & White with sound. Made by the ACG&AS. Directed by David Bromwich, narrated by John Craven, filmed by Clive North, sound by Bernard Roughton. c. 1970. Pair walking over hill with a map, lady in a floppy hat – Marie & Russell Clarke. Jack Weare is preparing the skeleton. The archaeological clip shows excavations at Star – Mike Batt & Jim Hunt. Dig – Nettle Pot with scaffolding tripod above. Mike Ferraro is setting the explosive charge. Tony Jarratt is shown breaking through into the “new cave”. The underground sequence of the “new cave” was shot in Fairy Cave Quarry, Shatter Cave (now partly quarried away) – Erratic Passage. Terry Feltham is operating the still camera. Colin Rogers is shown in this sequence. Swildon’s diving Sump 1 – Steve Spartt. Next sequences - Double Pots, climbing the 20. Pub sequence shot in the Hunters’ Lodge in what is now the lounge bar. Man with large beard is Paul Allan. Drinking group – lower left Alfie Collins and next to him Dick Wickins.

ACG Newsletter October 1972 Page 36

It is now some 3½ years since the Committee approached David Bromwich and myself with a view to making a film on caving and archaeology.

The project, it was said, would stop the group from stagnating. Whether this has been so I cannot say, but I am very happy to announce that our film is, at long last, finished!

Around 2,000 feet of film has been shot, many, many hours have been spent in cramped, wet and muddy places underground, both in pretty grottoes and harsh wet streamways; several flights over Mendip were taken and even more hours spent editing, producing sound effects, writing the commentary and puzzling over where the money would come from.

Our 12 minutes takes us on a flight over Mendip in a light plane, pausing to look at some of the places of interest and to follow the activities of various groups of cavers and archaeologists. I won’t spoil things by listing what can be seen on the film. Instead I hope members and friends will come along to the “Grand Premiere” to see for themselves.

Unfortunately, various exciting things which have occurred since the film was started, such as the Church burials, Banwell Stalactite Cave Great Chamber, Singing River Mine and Hutton Cavern have been impossible to include.

Our minute budget was decided and the script had to be followed to the letter. If new ideas had been substituted – great expense would have been incurred and the film would never have been finished.

At various times appeals have been made to members for contributions towards the cost of the film and some members in particular have been very generous.

With Group funds as they are, we cannot afford to pay for the first copy of the film and some of the final expenses involved. Therefore we earnestly appeal for donations to the fund in order that the project may be finished. The Committee also asks whether any members would consider loaning money to the project. Please contact David Bromwich on both these matters.

Secretaries of caving and Archaeological societies and other groups all over the country are being informed of the availability of the film for hire. Various film libraries have shown great interest in distributing the film for us. Bookings have already been received for the film and interest shown in buying copies.

It was, of course, impossible to credit in our film all the people who have helped in its production. Therefore I have listed as many as I can recall here and thank them most sincerely for their assistance.

Acting: Tony Jarratt, Roger Robinson, Steve Spratt, Colin Rogers, Derek Swift, Tim Bevan, Terry Feltham, Ken Jones, Alfie Collins, Marie and Russell Clarke, Jack Weare, Mike & Chris Batt, Jim Hunt.

Production: Messrs. Spratt, Rogers, Swift, Ray Cavill, John Padget, Andrew Conroy, Martin Tripp.

Narration for the film is by John Craven.

Axbridge Ochre Cavern (1951) Length 14 minutes

SYNOPSIS

Colour – Carbon Arc lamps were used to film the underground sequences which accounts for the flickering on the film. The day after the filming several of the cavers were unable to work due to “arc eye”.

SEQUENCES

Climbing Axbridge Hill to visit the Ochre Cavern – Mike Durston, Mrs Humphrey, Donald McKeand, David Weare.

At generator – Mr Pople, Jack Weare, Donald McKeand, Mr Ham.

On telephone on the surface – David Weare.

In tight rift – Percy Baker.

Taking shots in cave with still camera – Ev Humphrey

On surface – Donald McKeand, David Weare – having a discussion, which is the best - carbide or electric light.

REVIEW

Bristol Evening World. 11 April 1952. The ACG&AS made what is believed to be the first colour film in a cave in the British Isles. The 20 minute film of the Axbridge Ochre Cavern was described by the press as “ probably the finest piece of movie photography, in colour, ever to be taken underground.”

In 2009 John Chapman added an audio sound track.

Films viewable at Wells and Mendip Museum

DVD No. Index No. Titles Additional Information
11,2, 66, 67 and 68Camp life at Burrington, Lamb Leer (3 edits). Goatchurch and Read’s Cavern. Tratman’s B and W (best Copies)
258 to 65Ireland, Manor Farm dig, sundries. Tratman/UBSS colour.
348, 54 and 55Discovering Mendip, Netherworld, Axbridge Ochre Cave Axbridge Caving Group films.
448, 54 and 53 Axbridge C G films – best copiesDuplicate of DVD 3
53 and 46MRO Swildons film (best copy) and Horseshoes with Rings. MRO and Hooper
621,22 and 57MRO pool training films, B and W and colour. Rings on their Wings. MRO and Hooper.
743, 44,45, 47 and 57Smugglers Hole, Virtuous Lady Mine, Reeds Cave, Caves by the Sea and Ring on their Wings. John Hooper.
81, 2, 25, 26 and 42Goatchurch and Reads, Lamb Leer (edit 1), CDG at Cheddar, OCL on Gibraltar and How to Explore a Cave (original silent version) Tratman/UBSS and Hooper.
94 to 9, 12, 13 and 17Below the Mendips, Wessex hut, Manor Farm, Priddy and Upper Swildons, GB, Water Tracing, Hillgrove dig, Within the Limestone, Cow Hole dig, Lamb Leer. M Hewins best copies from Trilith master, (all silent)
1010, 11, 13 to 16,24 and 27Georesistivity, Hillgrove dig, Cow Hole dig, GG winch meet, Wessex in Ireland, Thrupe dig, Cow Hole and Hillgrove Hut, Clay Holes dig. M Hewins, Tony Dingle and Judy Hewins.
114 to 9, 11, 12 and 17Below the Mendips, Hillgrove hut Priddy and Upper Swildons, GB, Hillgrove dig, Lamb Leer. Within the Limestone. Water tracing. M Hewins. Some copies on DVD 9 may be better.
123Best copy MRO Swildons film plus various clips MRO (best copy)
1319 and 23A world Apart and Brendon Hills Iron Mines Nick Barrington.
1420, 38,39 and 49Diving Goughs, MRO Abseil, Aude Gorge Expedition Shatter Cave. Stevenson, Gwynne Thomas, Mark Simms Pete Glanville.
1550, 70,71Clive North’s films, News Items, Balch Cave. Collection (Clive North, TV etc.)
1651,69,73, 74,75WL Cave, Lodmore dig, NHASA Dinner 2001, Goatchurch Grotte de Bedheilac. Eric Dunford, John Hooper
1752, 53, 56, and 72Swildons Hole, Eastwater, Crane at Templeton, Full Moon over Eastwater.Laurie Orr, Neil Wooldridge, Dunford.
1833, 34, 35, 40 and 42.How to Explore a Cave (with music), Mexico 1993, Windsor Hill dig, Hillgrove dig, Upper Pitts, Rock Swallet.Hooper, Joint Services and Bob Scammell.
1912, 17 and 41Belize 1988. Lamb Leer 1962, (Best copy with original sound track). “Within the Limestone” 1964, Best copy with original commentary and added sound and music).Queen Mary college. Maurice Hewins.
2036 and 76George Comes in Lancaster Hole 1990 Upper Wharfedale Cave Rescue Film 1965NPC Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Organisation.
2129 to 33CDG at Wookey, 1975, Wessex Picos trip, 1975, Upper Pius and Hillgrove dig, 1974/5, Windsor Hill dig 1974, Cow Hole dig 1962 and filming at Long Churn, 1963.Phil Hendy, Bob Scammell and Denis Warburton
2228 and 77Digs at 18 acres and Hy-Mac Hole c. 1991 and Wessex at Gaping Gill, and Malham 1991.Mark Helmore.
2378SWETC in Norway, 1963Mike O’Connor
2479, 4-11, 13 - 16NHASA dig at Chancellors Farm Hewins and Dingles Wessex films with 2007 commentary added.Dunford, Hewins and Dingle
2580-83NHASA digs at Frog Pot, Templeton and Chancellors Farm (best copy). Ray Biggs candle light birthday 1964. Opening of MNRC hut, 1967.Dunford and MNRC?
2684 and 85Meghalaya 2003 and Meghalaya 2004Nicola Bayley
2786 - 90Films shown at “Rat-Fest” at Priddy, 15/11/08. Claonite-Rana connection, Meghalaya 2007, Grampian dinner, Hunters Lodge Sink, and Harry Potholer and the Speleologist’s Stone.Grampian S G Nicola Bayley et. al.
2829,30 and 55, 31 and 32CDG at Wookey, 1975, Wessex in Spain, 1975, Hillgrove Dig, 1975. Axbridge Ochre Cave 1952.Warburton’s Cow Hole and Long Churn with commentaries. All with new commentaries.Axbridge C. G. and Phil Hendy.
2991“New” copy of lamb Leer from BRO (much better quality)Tratman/UBSS
3092 - 96White Pit, Box Mine Rescue, Honeymeade Hole Dig, CDG 50th Anniversary in Wookey Hole, St’ Lukes.Pete Hann
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