River Tees On Film - our day on the river

On Saturday 29th June, our intrepid archivists ventured out onto the River Tees for a very unusual film screening with the River Tees Rediscovered team.

RIVER TEES ON FILM was a unique film show which presented some of the Archive’s cinematic treasures on board the Teesside Princess, travelling upriver to Yarm and downriver to the Tees Barrage.  The programme told the story of the River Tees using precious film footage dating back over one hundred years and drawn from home movies, local documentaries and Tyne Tees Television productions.

The show included excerpts from  ABOUT BRITAIN: MR COCKSHOTT'S JOURNEY DOWN THE TEES (1981),  YOUR HERITAGE: THE RIVER TEES (1962),  COME TO SOUTH WEST DURHAM (1965), YARM FAIR: EGGLESCLIFFE GARDEN FETE 1948 (1948),  IRONOPOLIS (1957), BIRDS OF TEESMOUTH (1966) and OPENING OF THE MIDDLESBROUGH TRANSPORTER BRIDGE (1911).

Our adventurous audience onboard enjoyed the show:

“An excellent way to learn more about our local history and how the river has changed.”

“I enjoyed seeing everyone create new friendships and exchanging information re history.”

“Experimental adventure for [the Archive] and us – fun, informative, generous.”

“The humour mixed with the information - great mix!”

“I enjoyed being near some of the locations of the films - also very relaxing being on the boat!”

“The combination of river cruise and film was very instructive in pleasant surroundings.  Industry details made me feel very proud.  Excellent.  Thank you so much!” 

“Thank you for a pleasant afternoon – even got the weather right!”

Taking our films out to the community is really important to our work and we were thrilled to be able to meet new people and tell them about our work.  Thanks to the River Tees Rediscovered team for bringing us along for the adventure!

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This unique and once-in-a-lifetime event was presented as part of the North East Film Archive’s North East on Film project, connecting the people and communities of the region with their film heritage through special screenings and events and online activities. 

This programme is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.