This filmed segment of an edition of the Tyne Tees Television current affairs series Briefing investigates the Shildon Wagon Works as it battles against closure by British Rail. Includes interviews with trades union officials and a worker as a large campaign is mounted to save the works. It ended on 29 June, 1984 with closure and the loss of 1,750 jobs. The edition was first broadcast on 24 January 1983.
An early Tyne Tees Television documentary on railway workers at the Darlington locomotive shed in North Road, commissioned by Tyne Tees Television, with music and songs by folk musicians Ewan McColl and Peggy Seeger. Influenced by the acclaimed radio series The Radio Ballads, this is a portrait of the last days of steam haulage and the progress to diesel and electric trains. The North Road works closed in 1965, a victim of the Beeching axe, with the loss of 2,150 jobs.
The son of a miner, Shildon-born author, screen writer and journalist Sid Chaplin, who started his own working life as an apprentice blacksmth at Dean and Chapter Colliery in Ferryhill, reminisces about his youth in Newfield, County Durham, in this auto-biographical arts documentary, an edition of the Tyne Tees Television series A World of My Own, first broadcast on 21 November 1969.
An edition of the Tyne Tees Television series A World of My Own, probably transmitted in February 1969, which looks at the life and views of the 90th Bishop of Durham, The Right Reverend Dr Ian Thomas Ramsey. The programme follows him in his daily work, from his home at Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland, to Durham Cathedral. On a train to Leeds, he discusses some of his views on politics and in a local clothing boutique in Handyside Arcade, Newcastle, he holds an impromptu discussion with young people on fashion and protest. Dr Ramsey is also filmed conducting a wedding service and visiting prisoners in Durham Prison.
A comprehensive record produced by Turners Film Productions of the construction of the Byker Viaduct (also known as the Byker Metro Bridge) using precast, prestressed concrete segments, designed to carry road and Metro traffic across the Ouseburn, a tributary of the River Tyne, in Newcastle city centre.
A Senior Clerk tempts fate when he puts off a task till tomorrow and has a run of bad luck. Includes footage of old-fashioned office interiors an art deco style living room. This short office-based comedy, filmed on Tyneside, is a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
An amateur film made by Victor Sidney Carman of family events taking place during 1952. There are family scenes, including a children’s birthday party, taking place in the garden of a family’s prefabricated house in Wallsend as well as a family trip to St Mary's Lighthouse and Spanish City funfair at Whitley Bay. The film includes views of the Newcastle Quayside at night with traffic crossing the lit up Tyne Bridge.
This amateur film by R. J. Purves records a journey on the Alnwick and Coldstream line of the North Eastern Railway and work taking place on the tracks, probably outside York station. The filmmaker’s father is pictured with railway workers and engineers so may have worked for British Rail.
An amateur documentary made by Peter Dobing and George Theaker in 1990 following the closure of the Shildon Wagon Works. The film includes footage shot as part of the 150th anniversary of the wagon works on the 24th September 1983 as well as film of the ‘cavalcade of steam’ taking place in Shildon in August 1975 as part of the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Stockton and Darlington railway.