Reference Number:
GB 3075 VIB
Films of Vic Bray
(1964) 2012
Creator Name 1:
Bray, Stanley Roy George, (1930-) known as Vic
Biog/Admin History:
Bray was born in 1930 in Weymouth where he also spent his childhood and attended school. He joined the RAF in 1947, being apprenticed for four years in Halton before being stationed around the world. It was here that his nickname was given based on a popular song of the time. Bray also started climbing in 1947 after reading Colin Kirkus' book Let's Go Climbing amongst others; predominantly in North Wales before transferring to the Alps in 1950-1951 and heading overseas for two and half years following that. Bray was a member of the RAF Mountaineering Club and also the Climbers' Club for a short while whilst in the UK. Bray also served with the RAF Valley Mountain Rescue team under Johnnie Lees leadership in the 1950s, playing a prominent part in the Craig yr Ysfa rescue in 1958 for which Lees was awarded the George Medal.

Bray first met Pete Henry at the Pen y Gwyrd Hotel whilst with Johnnie Lees in 1959 and mentioned his interest in becoming involved with cinematography. Almost two years later Henry visited Bray to see if he would be interested in joining the first Patagonian expedition to the Towers of Paine in 1960/61 as film maker, which he accepted. Other members on this expedition were Dave Clarke, Barrie Page and Derek Walker. Bray went to Patagonia again in 1962, with Chris Bonington, Ian Clough, Barrie Page, John Streetly, Derek Walker and Don Whillans, when he filmed the first ascent of the Central Tower. This film was released to the public in 2008 to wide acclaim with the help of Leo Dickinson.

Bray left the RAF in 1960 and personal circumstances resulted in the selling off of the film equipment after making five films in total. He started work as an aircraft engineer in Saudi Arabia and Nigeria, continuing until 1972 when he began building WWI replica aircraft at Lands End until 1976. He then moved to an electronics factory in Weymouth before being made redundant at the age of 62.

Bray stopped climbing in 1964, concentrating on mountain walking instead.
Archival History:
Arrangements for original film material to be digitised by S R G Bray
Acquisition Source:
Donated by D Walker
Accession Number:
Scope and Content:
Digital copy of two films. The first features climbing on Gordale Scar with Don Whillans and Ian Clough plus a rough cut of a climbing training film made for the RAF with Johnnie Lees and Derek Walker. 22 mins each in duration
Imposed by format
Access Conditions:
This collection is open for consultation. Readers are advised to contact the Mountain Heritage Trust in advance of their visit in order to make an appointment.
Reproduction Copyright:
Copyright held by S R G Bray
Finding Aids:
Ext and Loc of Originals:
With S R G Bray
Ext and Loc of Copies:
With family of I Clough
Related Material:
Papers of Johnnie Lees (GB 3075 JRL) held by MHT
Description compiled by Maxine Willett, Archivist,
Access Points:
Bray, Stanley Roy George (1930-) known as Vic
Clough, Ian Stewart (1937-1970)
Goredale Scar
Lake District
Lees, John Rodney (1927-2002)
Middlefell Buttress
Peak District
Walker, Derek (1936-)
Whillans, Donald Desbrow (1933-1985)
Related Entities:
Clough, Ian Stewart (1937-1970)
Whillans, Donald Desbrow (1933-1985)
2012-09-28 00:00:00
M willett