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Mr R H Tucker, Former Teacher and His Lost World of India

Mr Richard Tucker was an English teacher at Ipswich School from 1967 until his retirement in 1990. In the late 1950s he travelled to India and filmed people and their daily lives with his cine camera.

The story of the films' discovery is an enthralling one and the work of Phil Wingfield who bought the ten reels from a house clearance auction, due to his love of all things relating to India. He worked tirelessly not only digitising the filmed material but also trying to find out who had shot the well edited footage.

Mr Tucker's daughter, Clare Cathcart (OI 1985-87) contacted us to share the story of her father's work and the website Phil has produced to showcase the films. These show the lives of local people in the late 1950s from various parts of India including Varanasi, Delhi, Cochin and Madurai. 

Do read the full story and watch the enthralling material at


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