A travelogue, narrated by the South Shields born actress Flora Robson, looking at the history, culture and industry of the Tyne Valley. It contrasts the Roman heritage and rural economy of the western settlements, including Hexham and Corbridge, with scenes of life and work in the Newcastle & Gateshead conurbation. The industrial settlements between Newcastle and the coast are discussed, with a particular emphasis on the shipbuilding industry.
Local author, Scott Dobson, goes in search of the Geordie character. He looks at various aspects of the region that may have moulded the people - the coal mining, fishing and shipbuilding industries, and the dangers and poverty involved. Local humourist Dick Irwin contributes anecdotes and sketches. This Tyne Tees Television documentary in the About Britain series was originally broadcast on 6 August 1975.
A promotional film for Ringtons Tea Ltd, showing the arrival of tea at the Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, tea blending and packing at Ringtons headquarters and factory in Algernon Road, Byker, Newcastle, and its distribution by horse drawn and motorised vans to the doorstep. A commentary is spoken by Alan Howland, who was later the voice of British Movietone News, and music also accompanies the film.
A promotional film by Turners Film Unit for the North East Development Council, which records the North East’s recent industrial, commercial, social and cultural successes to encourage businesses and families to move to the region. Includes footage of education, art and entertainment, shopping, and industry from Northumberland down to Tees Valley.
A promotional film made by Turners Film and Video Production for Portsmouth and Sunderland Newspapers Limited that shows how and why the Sunderland Echo newspaper is important to the local communities in and around Sunderland. The film also shows the production of an edition from the writing of a story to the printing and distribution of the finished product. The film shows how the paper uses the latest computer technologies and how it is printed using the offset lithographic printing process.
A quirky amateur documentary that records some of the ship launches and maritime life on the River Tyne in the 1960s and 1970s. Footage includes Swan Hunter shipyard launches of the Royal Navy ship HMS Norfolk, the Tyne Pride and Esso Northumbria super tankers, river and harbour pilots on the Tyne, and the last voyage of a Fred Olsen Lines Norwegian cruise ship, Braemar. A home-recorded track of songs, actual sound, sound effects, and personal commentary accompanies the film.
A celebration of the potential for business growth in Sunderland with its attractions of housing, schools, cultural facilities and beauty spots, linked with a celebration of Sunderland Football Club winning the Football Association Cup in 1973.
This amateur home movie documents Olive McQueen’s trip to the USA between 1958 and 1959. It features transatlantic travel to New York on the Cunard-White Star ocean liner Mauretania II, sailing from Southampton on 27 August 1958, and a return trip on the Queen Elizabeth from New York on February 28th 1959. The film includes scenes in New York, Long Island, San Francisco, Williamsburg, and locations in Virginia and California.
This amateur home movie documents the McQueen family travel to the USA in 1955 and 1956 aboard Cunard-White Star ocean liners Mauretania II and the Queen Mary. The film features many family scenes with friends in New York, Long Island, and locations in Virginia, with interesting footage of a children’s Halloween Day parade.
A documentary in two parts that covers the life and industry on the River Tees, with footage of Middlesbrough, Stockton, the Transporter Bridge, Furness Shipyards and aerial shots of the Tees from Stockton to the river mouth
An amateur film by Betty Cook from the Cleveland Cine Club of the Cleveland Youth Association first Riverside Carnival taking place on and around the river Tees at Stockton-on-Tees on the 1st July 1978.
A comprehensive amateur travelogue through the rural and urban landscape of Northumberland and Tyne and Wear filmed by Vic Cross.
Comprehensive amateur city documentary on Newcastle upon Tyne, filmed in the 1950s. The film records Newcastle's historical architecture and monuments; annual ceremonies such as Remembrance Day and a church parade; health services; shopping and the Sunday morning market on the Quayside; factories; colliery; transport and Central Railway Station; industry and docks on the River Tyne; sporting events such as Newcastle United at St James' Park, Gosforth races, the Newcastle Race Week Festival, known as the Hoppings on the Town Moor; and Newcastle nightlife featuring rock and roll dancers at the Walkerdene youth centre.
Amateur travelogue that explores town, country and seascapes of Northumberland including Lindisfarne, Seaton Sluice, and Morpeth, the city of Newcastle including the Quayside Sunday market and Jesmond Dene, and the North Tyneside coastal towns of Tynemouth, Cullercoats, and St Mary's Island. Footage also features hiking and camping along Hadrian's Wall and a visit to Edinburgh in Scotland.
A film made by Donald Raymond Clark of the Middlesbrough College of Education Cine Club begins with a trip across the Transporter bridge in Middlesbrough with views around the docks which evolves into a mini drama. The filmmakers then explore some of the many old streets in the town centre and finally look at some aspects of public transport in the town.
The final of a three part Tyne Tees Television documentary presented by Mike Neville, in which he journeys down the Tees. The journey takes in the source of the river and follows the it's progress through wild countryside, small villages and towns, showing how the river Tees has contributed to peoples lives and industry. The film finally reaches the mouth of the river on the east coast where towns such as Yarm, Stockton and Middlesbrough have over the years been historic ports and the site of major heavy industries on both the north and south sides of the Tees. This edition was originally transmitted on the 11 October 1962.
An amateur film made by Eric Parr of the South Tyneside Movie Makers on the history of the Shields Ferry service between North and South Shields and the last of the steam ferries; the Northumbrian. The film uses interviews with a number of people who have fond memories of either using or working the ferries intercut with both historical photographs as well as archive footage including film from THE PASSING OF THE TYNE FERRY produced by Lilian Wincote in 1972.
An amateur film showing various locations along both sides of the river Tyne at Newcastle and Gateshead including the Dunston Staith and the Joseph Rank flour mill in Gateshead and the Elswick lead works and view from the roof of The Sycamores high rise flats at Cruddas Park. The film also features the passenger ferry “Kronprins Frederik” departing Newcastle Quayside.
This documentary compilation of events from 1933 was filmed by members of Newcastle Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). Includes footage of the aftermath of a gas explosion in Carville Street, Gateshead; the Tyneside launch of the first all welded ship, the Peter G. Campbell, a tank barge constructed by Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd at their Wallsend Shipyard, unusual footage in that it is filmed from a boat on the river; the (Northumberland) County Amateur Golf Championship at High Gosforth Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne; model boat steering trials at Paddy Freeman's boating lake in Jesmond Dene in mid-summer, and women's snowball fights at Jesmond Dene in winter; barrow sellers and shops in the run up to Christmas on the Newcastle streets. The final sequence represents Christmas Day through a series of staged shots of food, drink and Christmas traditions.
This amateur record of celebrations marking 900 years since the founding of Newcastle upon Tyne was produced by members of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). The Newcastle 900 events took place between April and December, 1980. This film includes general views of the city, the official opening by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, footage of a children’s festival on the Town Moor, a parade, the opening of the first phase of the Tyne & Wear Metro, and a water pageant on the Tyne that took place on 26th July.
Produced by the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) in 1931, this amateur underworld thriller about a foiled industrial espionage plot was filmed at Blyth and around the River Ouseburn and Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne. The film features an exciting car chase, rescue scenes with the 1st Tyne Troop Sea Scouts, and a daring aeroplane escape by the gang’s devious femme fatale.
Set in 1850, this ambitious period drama is based on an old Tyneside sea-faring tale. A single mother and her daughter survive by luring sailors on shore leave to their boarding house to rob and murder. This film received a special commendation in the annual Amateur Cine World (ACW) magazine Ten Best competition. Scenes were filmed on board a sailing vessel at Dunston on the River Tyne and around the oldest locations in Newcastle upon Tyne, including Sandhill. The film was a Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
This amateur drama contrasts the lives of two brothers employed in marine engineering on Tyneside, with heavy industry such as shipbuilding hit hard by the Depression in 1930s Britain. One brother shirks work and evening classes, and turns to womanising, gambling and crime. The other works hard and is successful. The film includes footage of the annual Hoppings travelling funfair held on the Town Moor, Newcastle upon Tyne, the new Brough Park Greyhound Stadium in Byker, and of Whitley Bay. This fiction film is a Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
This amateur documentary records the changing city of Newcastle upon Tyne and surrounding areas through urban decline and renewal in 1984, and some of the special events taking place that year, including the Hoppings, the Great North Run and the arrival of the Golden Hinde on the Tyne. Footage includes the dismantling of the Old Redheugh Bridge; the repainting of the Tyne Bridge; construction of the Metro Centre, Gateshead; development of the Nissan car manufacturing plant; closures of Woolworths, Fenwicks, Callers and J T Parrish department stores, the ABC Haymarket Cinema and Wills cigarette factory; and the new Eldon Square shopping centre. Signs of industrial action at Swan Hunters Shipyard in Wallsend are also documented. The film is a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
A compilation of amateur footage filmed in and around Sunderland by amateur filmmaker Bob Wrightson. Beginning in 1972 the film opens with views of the Winter Garden followed by the aftermath of a fire at Shares Furniture store on Bridge Street. There are various views around the centre of Sunderland showing the Bridges Shopping Precinct and central streets. The second part of the film shows a procession of decorated floats along Holmside and through the city centre. Footage in 1949 shows similar views of central Sunderland. The final part of the film features activities along the River Wear including shipbuilding at William Doxford and Sons and the massive crane at the Southwick Engine Works.