Film ID: NEFA 21313 Video of YOUNG LADIES ACADEMY 1932 Visitor TabsDescription This amateur film consists of a series of individual and group portraits of young women students. They are thought to be residents at Easton Hall in Eskdale Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, a hostel gifted to Armstrong College by Emily Easton. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection. An older woman carries a scruffy mongrel dog and speaks to camera as she tries to control the lively dog. Portrait shot of two women as more young women emerge from the college building at Easton Hall. One of the women picks up the scruffy dog and shows him off to camera. Portrait shot of two women, one dressed in white shirt and tie. Many portrait shots of the women students in pairs and threes follow, including women dressed in silver service waitress uniforms and in nurses’ uniform. Group portrait shots of three women together walking towards the camera holding hands follow. Some of the women play with the dog in a caged grass enclosure outside the hostel. They then walk out from the building, where a sign on the gate reads “Easton Hall”. Portrait shot of a young woman, walking towards camera. She then poses back in the doorway to Easton Hall. A young woman in a tweed pencil skirt suit plays with the dog and gives it a treat. Context Howway the lasses Female students from Armstrong College, Newcastle pose for a camera outside their halls of residence at Easton Hall. On the 8th June 1916, Easton Hall in Jesmond, a suburb of Newcastle, opened as a hostel for women studying at Armstrong College of Science. The hostel was built with money bequeathed to the college by Emily Easton, a woman of property as well as a Gateshead colliery owner, upon her death aged 95 in 1913. This amateur film captures students from the early 1930s posing proudly for the camera, possibly taking a break from their busy studies. Emily Easton inherited her wealth and property, including the family home of West Layton Manor near Richmond in North Yorkshire, from her brother John Easton upon his death in 1880. Emily’s interest in the education of women may have stemmed from the sad death of her niece Emma Easton under ‘regretful’ circumstance only eight months previously. Found dead in her bedroom at the age of 36, the coroner recorded Emma’s death as ‘suffocation’. The corner was critical of her father for not forcing open her bedroom door when he suspected something was wrong, potentially saving her life, instead calling for a joiner from two miles away. The trust created by Emily, Emily Matilda Easton Trust, continues to this day.