A Governor's Notebook

A Governor's Notebook

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Balmoral Showgrounds, Coleraine, Derry, Stormont, Various






14min 37sec





black and white


National Film and Television Archive


British Film Institute

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British Film Institute, Lord Wakehurst

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A personal record by Lord Wakehurst of some of his activities since becoming Governor of Northern Ireland in 1952.


John de Vere Loder, 2nd Baron Wakehurst, KG, GCMG (February 5 1895 – October 30 1970) was a British Conservative politician and administrator. The only son of Gerald Walter Erskine Loder, 1st Baron Wakehurst, he was born in London and educated at Eton. Although intending to go to Cambridge University, Loder was instead commissioned into the 4th Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment, and later joined the Intelligence Corps, seeing service throughout the First World War in Gallipoli, Egypt and Palestine. For his services, he was mentioned in dispatches, and left the British Army in 1919 with the rank of Captain.

Shot List

Lord and Lady Wakehurst in the grounds of Government House, Belfast. Opening of Northern Ireland Parliament. Governor driving to Parliament from Government House and walking up steps of Parliament building. Ministers pose before the camera. Map showing Ulster. Scenery, agriculture, digging peat. Beauty spots - Giant's Causeway, relics of St Patrick in Armagh, 12 July celebrations in Belfast (133-164). Scenes of Queen's visit to Northern Ireland soon after her coronation (165-400). Tourist trade. Farming, harvesting flax. Irish linen being produced. Show-jumping and stands at Royal Ulster Show. Industry in Ulster. Aircraft production. Ship building. Lady Wakehurst launching a ship. Lord and Lady Wakehurst making tour of Ulster, meeting the people. Open day at Government House. Girl-pipers marching (533ft). Source: SIFT - NFTVA database.


Drector - John de Vere Loder



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