HEPWORTH COMES HOME
Riverhouse Barn in association with the BFI, Birds Eye View, RC Sherriff Trust and HWM Aston Martin presents a Celebration of Cecil Hepworth’s legacy to Walton-on-Thames
Exhibition: ‘Hepworth Comes Home’ Exhibition at the Robert Phillips Gallery – May 23 – June 10
Multi-media displays about the work of Cecil Hepworth and featuring the story of the lost film of “Helen of Four Gates”, discovered in America just over a year ago, previously thought to have been melted for it’s silver content when Hepworth went bankrupt. The Exhibition will also display photographs and memorablia from the BFI and local collections.
Screenings “Helen of Four Gates” – at the Riverhouse on Friday May 25 and at Walton Everyman Cinema on Saturday May 26
Accompanied by specially commissioned music from the Elysian Quartet – who have worked with the BFI on other silent movies and performed to ‘My Best Girl’ last year at the Riverhouse.
This is the gritty story of a gutsy Yorkshire lass, who suffers domestic violence The actress playing the title role, Alma Taylor, was one of the first to have the title of 'star', Helen's story is based on the real-life experience of its author, Ethel Carnie Holdsworth. She was one of Britain's first authentically working-class novelists, earning international fame with her 1925 book ‘This Slavery’ which was reviewed glowingly everywhere – the then Manchester Guardian called it "remarkable and distinctly original".
Champagne Reception and Talk Sat 26th – Champagne Reception at Riverhouse Barn – with music from Surrey Brass and private view of Exhibition followed by open top Vintage Bus ride around Hepworth ‘s Walton to the Cinema for a Talk by Simon Brown (Kingston University)
Silent Film Competition
The Film will be preceded by a showing of the Winning Entries of our Silent Film Competition. The Film Competition Details are available in a separate document and from
Hepworth ‘Antiques Roadshow’ – missing memorabilia!
We are also launching an appeal to locate Hepworth Memorabilia that was sold off when the Nettleford Studios were closed – please let us know by email if you have something of interest to bring – email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information email email@example.com
Or Contact Gemma on 01932 254198 or Emily on 07803 168190
List of Memorabilia Donated for the Exhibition
Cecil Hepworth Memorabilia
Came the Dawn (Book) - Memories of a Film Pioneer - Cecil M Hepworth
Photo Album of photographs taken during the filming o “Wuthering Heights” by A V Bramble in the Bronté country. April, May, June 1920. Plus 2 loose photographs
Poster The Sunday Society Regent Picture House “The Filming of Wuthering
Script - John Forrest Finds Himself. Hepworth Silent Film October 1920
Possible Captions for Hepworth Film Company photographs used for Wendy Hughes Book of Walton on Thames
Cigarette Box “ Presented to Veteran C M Hepworth by President E G Turner to commerate the Jubilee of the Cinematograph and his own Jubilee in the Industry 1896 - 1946
Supplement to Illustrated London News April 17th 1920. Filming Miss Anna Taylor in a scene from Anna the Adventurous at the Hepworth Studio (original plus copy)
“Mrs Erricker’s Reputation” from the novel by Thomas Cobb produced by Cecil M Hepworth
Walton Film and Television Archive
Various letters: Murray Brazier (not relevant to Hepworth); Dialstone Newsheet of Walton & Weybridge Local History Soc re a talk Fred Lake gave re Cecil Hepworth ((+ 1 copy); F Smalley re ‘Helen of Four Gates” ((+ 1 copy); John Reed Wales Film & Television Archive re Hepworth Company Research (+ 1 copy) Hepworth’s Cabinet Reviews and other Silent Film Activitis;; Letters to and from Bob Geoghegan
RPS Historical Group Newsletter 19 – August 1975. Alma Taylor A Cinema Genius – Nash’s & Pall Mall Gazette May 1915; Copies of details of Chrissie White ie Date of birth, Date of death; filmography. The First British Film Star – Chrissie White (1895-1989).; Career of Chrissie White(2) – Esher News & Mail Aug 1989; Remember Chrissie White (x2); Chrissie White Remembers Hepworth Film Studios in Walton (x3);
Hepworth Picture -Play Paper (Magazines)
The Hepworth Magazine
The Poster Stamp Report included in The Cinderella Philatelist Vol 43 (Oct 2003) ‘Gone and Probably Forgotton Silent Movie Stars’. Portrait of Cecil Hepworth
Hepworth People with Dates of Films A-Z (original plus copy and handwritten)
Newspaper Article Wednesday 15th March 1997 (“News Shopper”).
Town pays Tribute to
Small booklet : ‘Souvenir “Barnaby Rudge” containing over 60 photographic reproductions. One of three booklets photocopied in July 1996s from an original which maybe the only survivor. Loose stills located st Elmbridge Museum and in a Hepworth Photo Album at the Museum of the Moving Image.
Article from The Cinema January 14th 1915 “Barnaby Rudge” plus several copies. Souvenir of Britain Greatest Photo Play Banaby Rudge plus several articles by ‘The Bioscope’ on Barnaby Rudge.
Article on ‘The Chimes – The Bioscope August 17 1914
Picture Frame – English Picture Favourites (Hepworth Sock Co)
Bottom Row: Miss Violet Hopson;
Mr E Hay-Plumb(Plummie); Miss Ivy Close; Miss Madge Campbell; Mr Jack Hulcup;
Miss Alma Taylor; Mr Alec Worcester; Mrs Marie De Solla.
Box of Photos: Loose - Albert Chevalier,Louis Calvert (1 of ea); Garrard, Gill, Halston & Leslie Hanson (11 missing Halston & Hanston); Martin Harvey, Miss N De Silva (57); Martin Harvey, Miss N De Silva (42); Martin Harvey, Frank Harvey, Muriel Martin Harvey, Miss De Silva, Plays (49); Photocopies Henry Ainley, Martin Harvey (65); Gwynne Herbert (empty); Violet Hopson & Nicholas Hopson (49 + 1); Lionelle Howard (27); Peggy Hyland (empty); Jean the Dog (1); May-Moore (3); O-P Arthur Roberts (6); Rome-Royston (31); Alma Taylor 1 of 2 (36); Alma Taylor 2 of 2 (34); Florence Turner (16); Chrissie White 1 of 2 (27); Chrissie White 2 of 2 (19); Howett Worcester (1) Fred Wright (6)
Album Photographs of Walton on Thames: The Centre, Walton on Thames; Hepworth Way Walton on Thames; New Zealand Avenue showing Regal Cinema; Ashley Park, Walton on Thames; The Anglers, Walton on Thames; The Swan Hotel, Walton on Thames; High Street (corner Winchester or Churchfield Road?) Walton on Thames; Ashley Road, Walton on Thames; New Zealand Military Hospital (Mount Felix) Walton on Thames (6); River View of Rosewell’s Boatyard and Walton Bridge; Rosewell’s Boatyard and Walton Bridge, (closer view); View of Backwater from the hospital; View of Rosewell’s Boatyard downwater; View of Rosewell’s Boatyard across the River; The Backwater and River Thames x 4; Walton Brtidge; St Nicholas Church, Shepperton; Church Square, Shepperton x 2;