Historic buildings are cleaned and restored in Oxford.
Panning L/S of the Oxford skyline. M/S of the church of St Mary The Virgin; C/U of architectural feature over the door of the church. Various shots of undergraduates coming out of a college and walk along the street in suits and gowns; most light cigarettes as they come out; some wear mortar boards.
L/S of a church with scaffolding around the steeple; C/Us show the deterioration of the stone and brickwork; a man's hand comes into shot and shows how easy it is to scrape away at the stone. Commentator tells us in 1957 an Historic Buildings Fund was set up to clean, restore and rebuild. Strange L/S through a garden wall archway of an old man sweeping a lawn with a broom.
Various shots of men doing restoration work on an old building, probably the church we saw earlier. Nice M/S of two men, one with a pipe in mouth, the other with a cigarette in mouth, as they lift a large stone brick into position.
M/S of Radcliffe Camera with scaffolding around it; pan right to show All Souls college and the Hawksmoor Towers; one with scaffolding. Various shots of dilapidated walls and statues, then of some cleaned and restored statues in niches on a wall. C/U of a cleaned gargoyle on a wall; pan left to show another.
Note: print is quite scratched. On file is an article from The Illustrated London News about the Historic Building Fund's work, plus an illustrated booklet about the Fund.