A short film by the Billingham Film Unit documenting the unveiling and dedication of the Billingham War Memorial, on a windy Sunday, 3rd July 1949.
An edition of the About Britain series produced by Tyne Tees Television and presented by Peter Holland. The film explores the early history of Captain Cook in Cleveland and North Yorkshire and follows the Captain Cook Heritage Trail from Marton to Great Ayton, Staithes and finally to Whitby. This edition was transmitted Monday 2nd October 1978.
Colour home movie compilation made by Middlesbrough dental surgeon Tom H. Brown recording family travel in England, Italy, Spain and Sweden between 1949 and 1951. The film features scenes and events from a family holiday in the seaside resort of Redcar, North Yorkshire; visits to London; a garden fete in the grounds of the Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle in County Durham; Easby Abbey and Farndale in North Yorkshire. Lord Barnard and Lord Londonderry appear in footage of the Bowes Museum event. There are various short scenes of the Browns on holiday in Rome, Venice, San Sebastian and at one Swedish location. Tom Brown demonstrates his Bolex camera at an Italian airport in one scene.
Spoof film made by members of the Tees-Side Cine Club based in Middlesbrough, which parodies the Sherlock Holmes crime dramas. Scenes for the film were shot in various parts of Cleveland, North Yorkshire, including Great Ayton, Great Broughton, Kilton Wood, and Middlesbrough. The Jet Miners Inn, Great Broughton, and Hush’s Pawnbrokers shop, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough, feature prominently in the film as locations. It was written and produced in 1931 by Kate Brown, wife of Tom H. Brown, and photographed by Wilf Maxwell. Tom Brown takes the principal acting part as the detective, Darelock Bones, and also plays the Mayor. His father, Tom Brown Senior, plays the part of Dr Darling, and his wife, Mabel Brown, plays the Mayor’s Wife.
Amateur travelogue shot in Dufaycolor by Middlesbrough filmmaker and local dental surgeon Tom H. Brown. The film documents the Brown family’s travel in Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands in 1939. The film records the architecture, landscape and local culture of the places visited, just before the outbreak of the Second World War. Footage includes scenes of the construction of the German Siegfried Line defences, filmed in the Ardennes region around Clervaux; and of the 1939 International Exhibition of Water Technics at Liege in Belgium, including footage of the German Pavilion decorated with National Socialist insignia and flag. In some sequences filmed in the Netherlands, the filmmaker has focused on the women wearing traditional Dutch costume. The Ostend Harbour scenes were recorded amidst turmoil as people cut short their holidays at the outbreak of war.
Edition of the Tyne Tees television documentary (travelogue) series About Britain, broadcast on 25 February 1976, which first travels with the River Tyne Police, part of Northumbria Police, from Newcastle to the North Sea. Along the Tyne, the film records encounters with various workers such as the Port of Tyne harbour master, the Tyne Queen ferry crew travelling between Wallsend and Hebburn, a fisherman at the North Shields fish market, and a tug boat pilot leading the Joseph R. Smallwood tanker downriver. Workers comment on their working roles in voice-over.
A Tyne Tees Television programme presented by Philip McDonnell on life inside Durham Prison. There are views of the daily routine of prisoners from 'slopping out', being at work or education to exercise. There are interviews with the prison governor, doctor and chaplain and the film includes voice-overs of prisoners talking about life inside.
Autobiographical documentary on James Mitchell, the English author of crime fiction and spy thrillers (pseudonyms James Munro and Patrick O. McGuire) who also worked as a film and TV scriptwriter. Born during the General Strike, Mitchell returns to his home town of South Shields and reminisces about his family and childhood during the Depression era. He revisits places remembered from his youth, including the River Tyne, South Shields Town Hall, Marsden Rock and Sunderland College of Art, where he taught, and talks about the long established Muslim community in the town. This is an edition of the Tyne Tees Television series A World of My Own [no credits], originally broadcast on Wednesday 2 July 1969.
An edition of the Tyne Tees Television current affairs programme Close Up, first broadcast in 1966 about the lives of men of the 1st Battallion Royal Northumberland Fusiliers who are stationed in the port of Aden as a peace-keeping force during the years of the Radfan Uprising. Reporter Dennis Ramshaw visits Aden and speaks to both officers and soldiers from the north east region and their families who are living on this war zone. The programme also includes footage of soldiers on patrol in Aden and interviews with some wives and mothers of serving men back home on Tyneside.
Tyne Tees Television library footage of picketing outside Easington Colliery in County Durham during the 1984 miners strike. Includes the demolition of a barricade that had been built across the colliery entrance.
Amateur home movie by Middlesbrough dentist Tom H. Brown that records the early years in the life of the Browns' daughter Helen, from her christening at St Barnabas Church,Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, in 1934, to Helen at the age of 10 months. The film also documents a holiday in Bridlington, East Yorkshire, with a focus on the architecture and monuments of this seaside resort, and visits to Rudston, Sledmere, Ampleforth, and Sutton Bank.
An amateur film produced by Durham Police Constabulary to promote Durham Police Cadets. The film shows both male and female cadets at Hardwick Camp, Sedgefield and taking part in various training and outdoor activities.
Part of the Hayes home movie collection, this amateur colour film compilation features holiday visits to Canada and Belgium, a garden party in Wylam, Northumberland, and leisure time for delegates at a hotel conference centre, probaby in Scotland. Footage includes post war scenes of fighter planes at an air force base.
An amateur film showing the opening of Durham Police headquarters at Aykley Heads by Home Secretary James Callaghan on the 31 January 1969.
Footage believed to have been shot by Durham Police Constabulary of pickets at Usworth Colliery near Sunderland during the miner’s strike of 1972. The film shows striking miners picketing at the colliery and negotiating with the police. They are also seen shouting at strike-breakers entering the mine and clapping at those who decide to leave. The film ends with a group of miners turning back a lorry making a delivery to the mine.
A film produced by Durham Constabulary showing the construction of the Aykley Heads radio mast designed by Ove Arup & Partners and built by Bierrum Partners Ltd.
A film made by the Technical Aids department of Durham Police Constabulary of an open day at the new police headquarters at Aykley Heads in Durham City on Saturday 8 September 1973. The film shows large crowds visiting the many exhibitions and attractions around the headquarters site as well as enjoying the numerous demonstrations and displays put on by various departments within the constabulary.
A film made by the Technical Aid branch of Durham Police Constabulary showing all aspects of police cadet training. The film shows cadets taking part in academic studies at Durham Technical College and Durham Agricultural College as well as on assignment with various sections of the police. The film also shows cadets taking part in a number of outdoor activities including rock climbing, abseiling and canoeing as well taking part in a camping trip. The film finishes with cadet annual parade at Durham Constabulary headquarters at Aykley Heads in Durham attended by the High Sheriff of Durham.
A promotional film made for prospective Durham Police Cadets of a passing-out parade at Hardwick Camp, Sedgefield and the Police training college a Newby Wiske Hall in North Yorkshire.
An amateur film showing activities taking place during the 1977 Durham Police Constabulary Open Day at Aykley Heads in Durham.
A film produced by Durham Police Constabulary of the Country Land & Business Association (CLA) Game Fair at Raby Castle in County Durham on the 28th and 29th July 1971. The film shows police directing traffic through Staindrop towards Raby Castle where the fair is being held. The film also includes views of visitors walking around the site as well as views of various exhibition and service marquees.
A promotional film produced by The Charter Film Group to celebrate the 750th anniversary of the granting of a Charter to Hartlepool by King John in 1201. The film documents services provided by Hartlepool Council such as housing, emergency services, transport, and leisure facilities. Footage includes material on the local industries shipbuilding, fishing and magnesium production in the Hartlepool area.
An amateur film made by James Cameron of the Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers’ Association of a trip to Germany in June 1939. The film begins from a ship leaving Newcastle, crossing the North Sea and travelling along the Dutch coast to Cologne in Germany. Views of the city and its people are followed by a trip by paddle steamboat along the River Rhine to Coblenz and then Berlin. While visiting the city and nearby Potsdam he records life just before the outbreak of World War Two including what is believed to be a member of Sturmabteilung (SA) on the street handing our pamphlets. The film also includes views of the Berlin Wintergarten which was destroyed by Allied bombing in June 1944. The final part of the film records the journey back to England via Ostend and London before arriving back in Newcastle by train.
An amateur film made of events taking place to celebrate the centenary of the Blaydon Races in 1962. The film records various events including a road and bicycle race, a military band performing in Eldon Square, Newcastle as well as a procession of floats and marching juvenile jazz bands passing St Cuthberts church in Blaydon. The film also shows a sulky [harness] race taking place in Blaydon and ends with a fireworks display.
A home movie made by Ruth Jacobson of a trip to Jerusalem in Israel in May and June 1958 taken with her husband Lionel. The couple travel to Paris before board the cruise ship S.S. Theodor Herzl for the journey to Israel. While in Jerusalem they visit the Rose Wollstein Nursing and Infant School and the Weizmann Institute of Science. They also talk with Israeli soldiers.