Film Studio

When thinking about the filmmaking industry you wouldn’t really think of Shoreham as being part of it.

Around 1913 a scenic artist named Francis Lyndhurst, Grandfather of the actor Nicholas Lyndhurst (Gary Sparrow, Goodnight Sweetheart), brought filmmaking to Shoreham.  Apparently he chose the location of Shoreham Beach because of its pure, smog free air making the quality of light clearer.

Four or five films were made at the fort before Francis went on to build a huge glass studio down the other end of Shoreham Beach behind the Church of the Good Shepherd.  Due to the experimental nature of this new venture, Francis decided to use Shoreham Fort for a number of reasons; with high walls and ramparts it meant less wind would disturb the canvas – a ripple effect on the canvas which would ruin the film; it was secure in a perimeter which was designed to keep people out.

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Film studio looking west
The first film made at the Fort using a backdrop

The first film made by Sealite, Francis’ company, starred a music hall star and Shoreham Beach resident Will Evans and was called: The Showman’s Dream.  The Showman’s Dream was filmed at Shoreham Fort, by erecting a canvas backdrop on the west side of the barracks front point just offset from the fort entrance in 1914.

Film making continued in the Glasshouse Studio from 1915.



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We're always in need of equipment, tools, and items at the fort... here's a few things on our wish list:

Projector

Purchased with funding raised through a week of community fundraising in Shoreham Branch

A big THANK-YOU to Santander for the donation!

Door and window for Food for Fort

We were very fortunate to have been donated the doors to the Nissen hut and Food of Fort by Vivo Vision in Worthing. Unfortunately, with the break in, the door and window to Food for Fort is damaged and has been boarded up since September. It would be incredible if there was anyone out there who could help us with the replacement of these broken items.

Sponsors

We have four main events of the year, the biggest being our Military History Weekend - Sponsors of any of our events would be very welcome - please contact us

Expertise

Bid writers / Architects / Fundraisers

Hand tools

We are getting to the end of the useful life of our trowels, hand garden forks and equipment that we use for carefully weeding around the Scheduled Monument. Any small hand tools would be gratefully received. As would kneeling mats and gloves.

Barrack Block

The Dream........ We really are working on this but relying on others is a very frustrating process ;)

Newly equiped classroom facility

This year we were able to purchase 40 chairs, 40 clipboards, an A Frame easel and dry marker pens to complete our classroom facility in the Nissen hut. This was all made possible by the Shoreham and Southwick Rotary who we help when we can with book donations and especially at Christmas with our very own version of Elf and Safety lol Thank you for your continued support

A big THANK-YOU to Rotary Club of Shoreham & Southwick for the donation!

Renewal of IT/presentation equipment

With a partial award for an application to Sussex Community Foundation we have been able to increase our outreach and education programme; therefore increasing word of mouth of our project and engaging the wider community in a positive and proactive manner.

A big THANK-YOU to Sussex Community Foundation for the donation!

Volunteers

People are genuinely surprised when we tell them how few volunteers we have that come on site on a regular basis to help maintain and conserve the site for the enjoyment of the public. If you think you would like to get involved with this amazing project then please do get in touch or come down on one of our volunteer days. It may look like it's all hard, manual work but there really is a job for all.

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