Original film of the edition of the Tyne Tees Television series Treasure in Store in which presenter Alec Taylor is given a guided tour of Beamish Open Air Museum by its founder and director Frank Atkinson. Taylor guides us around the furnished cottages and shops, transport and farm exhibits, the rebuilding of a colliery, and Rowley railway station that form this industrial and social history museum.The programme was broadcast on 16 March 1976. Beamish Museum opened in 1972 in County Durham, and was the first open-air museum of its type in the country, modeled on a Scandinavian museum.
A promotional film produced by Turners Film & Video Productions for Camerons Brewery looks at the process of producing beer at one of the North East’s most famous breweries. The film features broadcaster and botanist David Bellamy who takes the views through the processes and finishes with him enjoying a pint of Cameron’s beer at the Spotted Cow public house at Elswick, near Hartlepool.
An overview of the North East Electricity Board's (NEEB) area of operation covering all regions in the North East, with music and commentary. Includes footage of NEEB electricity showrooms at Carliol House in Newcastle and retail activities, NEEB displays at the Yorkshire Show in Harrogate and the Durham County Show, workers leaving Rowntrees factory in York. Industries documented include open cast mining at Ashington and Monkwearmouth Colliery, Swan Hunters ship yard, manufacture of television cathode ray tubes in Sunderland, Patons and Baldwins wool factory in Darlington, and sequences on NEEB working practices.
Amateur film produced as a background film for the teaching of geography. It looks at the development of Middlesbrough following the discovery of ironstone in the Eston Hills, near Middlesbrough.
An amateur film produced by Derek Mathieson between 1979 and 1980 about the restored Crakehall Water Corn Mill in the village of Crakehall, North Yorkshire. The film includes an interview with Colonel Whitaker Holmes who has restored the derelict mill to full working order. He is also filmed inside the mill grinding the corn using the power of the Crakehall Beck.
An amateur film made by Cyril Hall that focuses on a traction engine rally, possibly the Masham Steam Rally in North Yorkshire. As well as footage of the many engines no display, both full sized and models, the film records other activities taking place around the site including children enjoying the many fairground rides and a hot air balloon in the shape of a beer bottle flying through the sky. As well as steam power, including a steam powered thresher, the film also includes footage of a vintage car rally travelling along a winding road and traditional farming taking place near Holme-on-Spalding-Moor in East Yorkshire where a team of horses plough, harrow and roller a field.
An amateur film produced and narrated by David Williams comparing the postage stamps of the southern African Kingdom of Lesotho with their real-life locations visited on a trip to the country in 1972 by special invitation of King Moshoeshoe II. The film begins at the border with South Africa followed by views of the capital city Maseru including the Lesotho Royal Palace where the king is filmed being mobbed by his people. The film includes a number of excursions to visits some of the countries well known attractions including the prehistoric dinosaur tracks in the western parts of the country, the cave paintings at Ha Barona and a special excision by aircraft to see the Maletsunyane Falls. As well as a commentary, the film also features a musical track sung in the local dialect.
An amateur film made by John Martin Jackson of tree felling at Monk Wood near Whitfield in Northumberland and transportation to the filmmaker's sawmill in Hexham. Features footage of operations at J.M. Jackson's Bridge End Sawmill in Hexham and lumberjacks taking part in a number of woodcutting competitions at the Northumberland County Show, Corbridge.
An amateur film made by John Martin Jackson of a number of steam rallies taking place at Nafferton in Northumberland between 1973 and 1975. As well as steam and petrol powered agricultural machinery in action, the film also captures horses ploughing the field. Large crowds wander the site looking at the various steam powered machines on display including a large circular saw as well as a threshing machine.
An amateur film made by John Martin Jackson that focuses on his friend John Dodds of Sillywrea Farm near Hexham in Northumberland. The film shows John and others using Clydesdale horses to work the land ploughing, cultivating and harrowing the earth. Horses are also filmed mowing grass in a meadow and moving logs in a wood. As well as footage of John Dodd, the film also include film of an agricultural show, most likely the Northumberland County Show at Corbridge. In these sections cattle are displayed on a show field and two men take part in Cumberland wrestling.
Political documentary by Trade Films workshop of Gateshead about the traditional view of 'industrial Britain'. Taking the economic history of industrial Britain as its starting point, the film brings together a disparate range of material in which the individual is defined in relation to a labour force and this relationship is seen in the context of state intervention. Locations include the River Tyne waterfront and Byker estate in Newcastle upon Tyne, and the Crowley's Ironworks at Swallwell, Gateshead, on the River Derwent.