Film: 5806

Industry + Work | 1970 | Sound | Colour


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Work of the National Trust in the West Country of England 1970's

Flames in close up. Large country house. People enter. Chandelier. People in long dresses for classical concert in drawing room. Violinists in close up. The Dartington House string quartet. Saltram House. The headquarters of the National Trust in Devon and Cornwall. The audience. Coastal warden talks about work of the Trust. Master carpenter in Salcombe talks. Head gardener at Curteil talks. Arlington Court custodian. Aerial views of coast. Houses. Sign says: "Footpath to Bolt Head only". Family at triangulation post. Little girl plays with ball on beach. Her father throws the ball to her. Aerial of Saltram House. Major-General Julian Gascoigne chairs three-monthly meeting. At meeting, man indicates on map with pointer. Demolished bunkers at Killigerran Head. St. Anthony Head. Coastal warden Vic Heggy oversees. Second World War coastal defences. He indicates different parts of the bunker. Gorse. 150 miles of Devon and Cornwall coast controlled by National Trust. Group of wardens meet to put in new fence. Men climb over stile. National Trust van drives in field. Using Rotavator cultivator. Demolishing a stile. Digging a trench. Planting trees. "Forest Gate" woods. Tractor and trailer of logs in woods. Man on telephone. Using chain sows to cut down tree. Saw mill. Committee meeting. Wood workers using planes, wooden mallets. Erecting beams in old Cotehele House. Late medieval House. Lily ponds, flowers. Gardener with wheelbarrow. Gardener talks about the garden. Shrub garden. Rhododendrons. People enjoying the garden. The gardens in winter. Heavy tree pruning. Nature trail. River Tamar, pack-horse bridge. People on foreshore of ria with binoculars. Salmon fishermen in small rowing boat. Laying a net. The string quartet and audience again. Regional secretary looks in large stone room, he finds large kettle made of metal. The kitchens of Saltram House. Cooking utensils. Lots of copper pans, ladles, draining spoons. Bodmin, Llanhydrig House. Old dining room, now a music room. Pre-Raphaelite painting. Crown Derby tea service in glass-fronted cabinet. Music scores with decoration. Harp which belonged to Lord Seer. Cluttered attic with marionette musical doll puppet. Automaton. Snooker table. Old lights. Old brass light switches and knobs. Gardening. Burning branches. Volunteers. People using ropes to make a long bridge. Man runs across bridge. Tightening rope on pulley. Men get pushed into river. Laughter from people on bank. Arlington Court with Shetland ponies in front of it. Male peacock calling and displaying its feathers. Custodian Mr. Newman. Rhodedendrons, man walks in garden. He climbs outside stairs to front door. Flower arranging. Visitors. Drawing room. Women polishing pewter plates and candlestick. Linen on bed being changed. Chandelier. Facets of crystal glass. Candle burning. Cleaning bannisters, stairs, table. Polishing. Model ships in glass cases. Bone models made by French prisoners. Cleaning ship with brush. Shell collection of Lady Chichester. String quartet again. Committee meeting talking about machinery at mine. Mini car and mini van drive past mine with sign saying "Cornish Mine Engine". Engine House has largest cast beam in world, 52 tons. Beam Engine (not working). Man talks about recruitment to join Trust. Shops of National Trust at some properties. Trust is a charity. Gift shop. Saltram House library. Chandelier. Robert Adam designed rooms. Paintings by Joshua Reynolds. Superb ceiling. Carpenter Jim Bowman talks about making chairs from a pattern. Carpenter at work with hammer and chisel. Repairing post from four-poster bed and converting it into a stand for a candlabra. Coastline of south west England. Hanging a painting. Man uses binoculars on cliffs. Man walks down large staircase.

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