In recent months there has been a lot of 'behind the scenes' activity taking place to preserve the College archives and make them more accessible to everyone. A large batch of archive material was recently sent for digitisation including a number of rusting film cannisters. We had no idea what was on these films or even if they would be in good enough condition to be digitised. So, when the email arrived from the digitisation company stating that all the material including the films was now available to view, there was a certain amount of excitement tempered with trepidation. Were we in for an amazing discovery or deep disappointment? Well I'm delighted to say that the former was the case!
We are now the proud possesors of four short film clips of cadets from the 1930's and 40's. While it's not possible at this stage to accurately date the films, some research involving the archives photographic collection suggests that two of the clips may be from Founders Day 1941. Also in the archive treasure chest are number of Admiralty Office instructional slides from the 1940's encompassing subject such as Flag Recognition and Anchor Work. These can be found under the College History section of the site.
Other recent additions include photograph albums from the Devitt & Moore Shipping Co, featuring a number of the vessels that our divisions are named after, and a number of albums from some of the earliest Founders Day's. We've also added a huge collection of Sports photographs covering Rugby, Cricket and Tennis, with more to follow.
If you'd like to take a trip down memory lane or discover more about Pangbourne's past then please follow the link below.