Over 100 feet of footage of the Queen Mother’s visit to Stonehaven is sitting, in pristine condition, waiting to be watched. However there is one issue and that is the lack of a 16mm projector to watch it on.
Following the revelation of footage uncovered at The Tolbooth Museum, Bill Emslie, a keen amateur fil maker who filmed the original footage contacted history enthusiast, Phil Mills-Bishop, and presented him with a film roll which contains 16mm footage of the Queen Mothers visit to open the museum. Phil is now appealing to anyone who has a 16mm projector to come forward so that the footage can be viewed for the first time in almost fifty years.
Along with the footage of the royal visit, Mr Mills-Bishop was presented with twenty five reels of film which have within them a unique view of history.
Many of the reels depict the Braemar gathering with some containing footage of a young Prince Charles.
There is also footage of actor James Stewart, who was the protagonist in the film, It’s a Wonderful Life, who was grouse shooting near Banchory. Some of the footage contains US President Eisenhower in Banchory. Mr Mills-Bishop explains that this footage has caused him to do some research as he cannot find any official documents about the Presidents visit to the Town. However he believes it may have been a private visit by the President which just happened to be caught on camera, and therefore has found it’s place in history. These are just some of the things which are on the film reels in Mr Mills-Bishop’s possession. He explained that Bill Emslie no longer has a 16mm projector, which is required to view the films, and so handed the reels over in the hope that he can see what is on them.
Mr Mills-Bishop said: “He wants to see it (the film) in a digital form. Then we can preserve it and hopefully protect the film by placing it onto a CD.
“I would also like everyone to get a chance to see this wonderfully preserved piece of history.”
Looking at the original reels of film, the clarity of the pictures, even though they are small, is incredible. Carefully handling the film you can clearly see the Queen Mother in the first few stills. And with over a hundred feet of footage, who knows what wonders could be seen on the film, which has not been viewed in nearly fifty years. If you have a 16mm projector which could show the film, contact us here at the Leader.