OFF THE RAILS Online Exhibition: Sunday 24th January – Saturday 20th March
FILM – Newport to Havenstreet 1971
Newport to Havenstreet, 1971
Archive film, 6 min 42 sec
This short film shows the final move from Newport to Havenstreet on Sunday 24th January 1971. It shows an incredibly important day, a day of spectacle, as families gathered to watch the last steam train rumble across the Medina Drawbridge, Newport, high above the river and its quays, ending a chapter in the Island’s transport history, and thus, the Isle of Wight Steam Railway was born.
Filmed on 16mm by Ron Stanbrook, Ron was a teacher at Priory Boys School in Newport. He was member of the Isle of Wight Cine Club in the 1970s and made lots of films of local interest. Unfortunately, when he died, all of his films were dumped in a skip as he had no living relatives. Luckily a near neighbour rescued a few and this was one of them. John Bartlett and Bob Ennis are the trustees of the Isle of Wight Film Archive and were aware of this film as they screened it at Medina Theatre in the 1990s. There is also a film of the last days of steam from Ryde to Shanklin, which was also screened at Medina Theatre, but unfortunately this has been lost.
EXHIBITION TALK WITH JOHN PATON
Exploring the works on loan and the artists and school’s responses, Quay Arts’ Visual Arts Manager Georgia Newman and Havenstreet’s Museum Curator John Paton recorded a discussion, highlighting some of the works in the exhibition and its wider themes.