Amateur footage by a senior manager at ICI Billingham of young men's individual and group gymnastic displays at ICI Billingham Synthonia Club sports ground, intercut with summer gymnastics training at campsites in Gilling West and Brompton on Swale, North Yorkshire, between 1959 and 1962. Gymnastics displays take place on Billingham Gala Day in 1958 and 1961. Also includes group and individual portraits of young men and women gymnasts in June 1962, some of competing team from Scotland.
Home movie compilation by Middlesbrough dental surgeon and amateur filmmaker Tom H. Brown that combines footage of his baby daughter Helen, outings and holidays in England and Scotland, and family activities on the bowling green. A brief record of Middlesbrough Mayor’s Sunday Procession in 1935 and a long sequence of an all-in wrestling match are included. The film also features a staged comic scene of a tooth extraction with his dentist father, Tom Brown Senior, and dental surgery staff, and the short drama 'A Picnic On The Green Sward,' made for 15 shillings in 1929 with friends from Tees-Side Cine Club. His future wife Kate plays Rita Carbo.This amateur melodrama is a send-up of British film acting in the 1920s with a lover’s quarrel, gun-toting villain, and happy ending.
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.
Home movie compilation by Tom H. Brown, with comic intertitles throughout. The film captures leisure time fun and games with Tom and Kate Brown, family and friends in the countryside and coastline around North Yorkshire and County Durham, including Kilton Woods, Hutton Rudby and Blackhall Rocks on the North Sea coast. The film includes a brief trick film sequence entitled 'Levitation By Professor Shampooski,' and dancing with the filmmaker's great grandmother, Mary Ann Corby. A record of the 1930 Mayor’s Sunday procession through Middlesbrough concludes the compilation.
Home movie compilation by amateur Middlesbrough filmmaker Tom Brown. In the first part, Tom, wife Kate, and their friends demonstrate a series of sports through the ages using makeshift props found on their rambling trip in the North Yorkshire countryside. The sports theme continues with a record of the Middlesbrough Constantine Technical College Rag Sports Day in 1933. The 'Rogues Gallery' is an experimental, comic 'quiz' film made with the Teesside Cine Club that features family members and friends in a series of spoof mug shots of "shady" characters.
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.
This amateur home movie compilation records family visiting an uncle in summer 1938, horse riding in Monkseaton in 1938 and holiday visits to the seaside resorts of Scarborough and Brighton. Footage includes scenes from the 24th Newcastle Girl Guides camp at Mitford in Northumberland, and an open air dance performance at Hunmanby Hall Boarding School in North Yorkshire.
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.
Amateur film of the Flinton family during leisure time, probably on holiday in the North Yorkshire moors and Scarborough in 1955.
A home movie made by Ruth Jacobson featuring the family taking a holiday cruises aboard the cruise ship “Chusan” in 1955. The film mainly focuses on the activities and friends made onboard ship. The final part of the film shows the family visiting their daughter Pamela at Harrogate College for speech day as well as the whole family in the garden at home at Leasyde in Newcastle.
This is an ICI Billingham Film Unit travelogue with an unusual premise and title. The film promotes the North East as a marvellous place to live and work and includes footage of engineers, scientists and draftsmen at the ICI Billingham chemical works and the many social pursuits available for workers: sports at Billingham Synthonia and Wilton Hall Clubs, rowing and sailing on the Wear,Yorkshire Gliding Club at Sutton Bank and rock climbing. The film also tours around local Teesside villages and towns such as picturesque Norton and Stockton-on-Tees on a busy market day. The coastal towns of Saltburn, Staithes (including women in traditional Staithes bonnets) and Whitby are explored as well as the iconic cities of Durham, York and Newcastle (including night time Hoppings scenes on the Town Moor). The final scenes capture the remote landscapes of Weardale and the world of the hill farmers.
A film in the Hartlepool Council collection that documents a holiday visit to Scarborough in 1977 by a group of students with learning disabilities from the Lynn Street Adult Training Centre. The film also features the students at a sports day in Clairville Stadium in Middlesbrough.
Amateur home movie by Betty Cook, the President of the Cleveland Cine Society and the North East Cine Society. The film consists of footage of motor sports on the Croft Circuit at Croft-on-Tees, near Darlington.
An amateur film made by Betty Cook of the Cleveland Cine Club of a hunt taking place in the Cleveland or North Yorkshire countryside in January 1966. The film begins with the hunt preparing to depart from a large house, possibly at Great Ayton or Newham. With the hunt underway, the film changes to show Betty’s son Martin sitting beside a stuffed head of a fox that is in a hole in the ground. The film ends with the hunt passing and Martin waving goodbye to the fox.
A detailed sponsored documentary by Turners Film Productions for Vaux Breweries on pigeon fancying and pigeon racing in the North East of England covering Northumberland, Tees Valley, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and North Yorkshire. Experts and participants explain breeding, selection, training, exhibition, racing and diet as the voice-over commentary gives an overview of the sport or hobby, and its importance to the largely male membership of the 'Up North Combine'. Footage of races include the Vaux-Usher International Gold Tankard Pigeon Race cross-channel from Beauvais in France, and scenes at the North of England Homing Union Show, held in Newcastle, are featured.
Amateur film of a range of Boys Brigade activities in Newcastle in the 1950s, which includes an annual camping trip at Dalton in 1956, taking a religious exam, the visit of the Hawick Boys Brigade Pipe Band, and sports in Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Home movie footage produced by Dr H. Brenton Porteous recording the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) 2nd (1st Northern) section training at the No. 8 Casualty Clearing Station, Chester-le-Street, (possibly the Hermitage) before the outbreak of war. Recruits are also shown drilling in uniform following the start of World War II and taking part in a sewing competition at a garden fete. The film-maker was a lieutenant in the RAMC.
An amateur film made by Walter Gowland of Hartlepool of his family visiting the countryside, Clifford's Tower in York and York Racecourse.
Amateur home movie compilation by George Pennington, owner of Cosy Coaches in Meadowfield, County Durham, filmed around 1952. Includes footage of celebrations in Brandon, either as part of the touring 1951 Festival of Britain, or the Brandon Gala; a portrait of the Browney Juniors A.F.C. and their awards; a wedding and reception at the Redhills Hotel, Durham; the visit of H.R.H. Princess Margaret to Durham; the Reading of the Proclamation at Durham; the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the restoration of the Durham monument to the Third Marquis of Londonderry in Durham featuring Bernard Montgomery, 1st Vicount Montgomery of Alamein; a trip to York during the week of the Mystery Plays; Durham College's rag week parade and a family trip to Blackpool Illuminations.
An amateur film produced by George Cummin in which his character 'SAM' (based on the acronym for St. Andrews Motors) looks back at various motorcycle and car rallies that took place around the region in 1955: a veteran and vintage car rally from Whitley Bay to Newcastle upon Tyne, Weardale’s Arthur Emerson Memorial Trial motorbike scramble event, the first ever Catterick Garrison Hill Climb, North Yorkshire, featuring racer Angela Brown in an Aston Martin and the Belmont Senior Grand National Scramble at Belmont Park, Durham.
Made by George Cummin, this is a compilation of miscellaneous amateur and commercial footage, which includes an outing to Warkworth, Northumberland, with the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA), of which he was a member, and holiday footage of Devon featuring his wife, Norah Cummin, and friends. Footage of professional and women’s cricket matches are also included. The professional games featured may document the West Indian cricket team’s tour matches in England in 1950.
A compilation of documentary and holiday film shot during the early 1930s by members of the Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). Footage includes a civic event in Newcastle upon Tyne, possibly an annual Mayor’s Sunday; an international rugby match between England and Scotland at Twickenham Stadium, London; an Air Show at Cramlington Aerodrome, home of the Newcastle Aero Club, with shots of famous women aviators, Amy Johnson and Constance Ruth Leathart, who later flew with the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) during World War Two; and general views of Scarborough including the Grand Hotel.
This Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) compilation consists of miscellaneous commercial and amateur film, offcuts and outtakes, and short productions shot between 1933 and the early 1950s. There is one brief sequence of archive footage of a fairground ride from the early 1900s. The amateur sequences include a sports event and silver wedding presentation in the seaside town of Whitby in 1948; a Northumberland Lawn Tennis County Open Championship in Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, during the 1930s; a Newcastle & District ACA short comedy about a packet of Brand X cigarettes; and a Newcastle & District ACA picnic outing.
An amateur film made by Betty Cook of the Cleveland Cine Club of motor racing taking place at Croft Circuit near Dalton-on-Tees in North Yorkshire. The film features two races that include both Formula 3 and sports cars. The film also shows preparations before each race and action from the pit lanes.
An amateur film by Eddie Nelson of the Cleveland Cine Club showing various leisure activities taking place in and around the Teesside area.