RESTORATION OF IONA ABBEY

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Places:

  • Argyllshire
  • Inner Hebrides

Subjects:

  • Architecture and buildings
  • Ceremonies
  • Construction and engineering
  • Employment, industry and industrial relations
  • Fish and fishing
  • Leisure and recreation
  • Religion
  • Sporting activities
  • Transport
  • Water and waterways

Genres:

  • Amateur

Decade:

  • 1950s

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Title: RESTORATION OF IONA ABBEY

Reference number: 2349

Date: 1938 - 1959

Director: [filmed by Dr. George MacLeod]

Sound: silent

Original format: 16mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 22.00 mins

Description: Amateur footage shot during twenty years of restoration work on the Abbey and buildings on Iona.

Some of the footage from this film possibly edited and incorporated with commentary into A SERMON IN STONE see ref. 0473

Shotlist: [Please note, Roll 2 only, the version with intertitles has been transferred to Digital Video for access]

ROLL 1

No credits. The Iona Community We Set Sail and put up hut ,1938. We start rebuilding, 1939. Scenes of transportation of materials and workers to the island of Iona. (2.55) We move towards Church Unity gvs derelict abbey, rebuilding work (5.11) Reredorter and refectory restored, 1940-47 Craftsmen at work; men unload materials from boats (7.52) Men find and recover timber washed up on the shore. (8.30) Further views of the partly restored abbey buildings; constructing a roof (10.53) Youth must be served young men have lunch, play about (11.27) Services and special ceremonies at the abbey. A wedding at the abbey; piper; wedding couple leave on a ferry (12.20) Young men eat steak; two African couples in national dress (12.43) hanging up nets; young workers go for a dip in the sea; gvs coast and beach (13.53) The Abbey takes shape, 1947-55 stone masons at work; gvs exterior of Abbey (15.20) The Cloisters are completed, 1956 till now Service to commemorate the erection of the bell (?). Eternity and Time Interior of the chapel. (dark) Help Us Rebuild, Become a Friend of the Iona Community (22.00)

ROLL 2

No credits. As Roll 1 with some editing and captions (19.00)