A documentary film that follows the campaign organised by the miners and citizens of the villages of Blackhill and Scremerston in Northumberland to fight the National Coal Board's decision to close the Blackhill Colliery. Following their defeat the film then follows them in their efforts to open a private drift mine at Allerdean.
An amateur film made of a school excursion aboard the ferry “The Tyne Queen” as it travels between Newcastle and North Shields in August 1965. The original film is not edited in sequence and begins at around the half-way point in the journey and goes through to North Shields before starting at the beginning of the journey at Newcastle Quayside and ending at the midway point. The film includes views of many of the companies whose shipyards were along the river including Vickers Armstrong, Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson and Hawthorn Leslie and Company.
Camera footage of the traditional annual parade of Union banners and brass bands at Durham Miners Rally on 14 July 1984, during the tumultuous year of the national miners’ strike of 1984-1985, shot by Newcastle-based production unit, Trade Films. Support for the striking miners is much in evidence amongst the many placards and women's group banners in the crowds. The rally went ahead that year although the Gala was cancelled.
A promotional film made by Turners Film Production for Derwentside District Council in association with BSC Industry Ltd that looks at the potential development of Derwentside following the closure of BSC Consett. The film promotes both urban and rural development as well as some of the benefits for people to move and live in the area.
An amateur film of the Durham Miners Gala in 1954 with the parade passing County Hotel, a massive crowd gathering at the Old Racecourse, and outside Durham Cathedral for the special service.
A promotional film produced by Turners Film Productions film for Ruston Bucyrus documenting the construction and capabilities of the Big Geordie dragline excavator. The excavator was built by Ruston Bucyrus for Derek Crouch, contractors for the National Coal Board, at their open cast coal mine Radar North on the Northumberland coast near Ashington.
An educational and promotional film produced by the Department of Photography Kings College and co-written and directed by Bruce Allsopp looking at what is is like to be a student and what can be studied at King's College, The Newcastle Division of Durham University.
An amateur film compilation by Bill Sones showing the Durham Miners' Gala as well as home movie footage around Durham of family life and day trips.
An amateur film made at Wheatley Hill Colliery a few weeks before the it was demolished in 1969. The film includes exterior views of the colliery and winding house followed by the internal workings of the steam vertical winders with Lilly gears.
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.
A complete catalogue of Durham Miners’ Gala events and activities recorded in and around the City of Durham by Edward Roberts: the film includes footage from Big Meetings between 1951 and 1955, and shows the miners’ banners, bands, speeches, and fun fair revelry.
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 pastel animation produced by Sheila Graber and based upon the short story by Sid Chaplin. Narrated by north east broadcaster Mike Neville the film tells the story of Geordie, a miner, and his love for his pigeons and the trials and tribulations of his passion which is very popular around the region. The face of Sid Chaplin is used as Geordie.
A record of the working life and industrial landscape of ICI's Billingham Wharf, and the official opening on October 15th 1935 of the Coal Hydrogenation Petrol Plant of ICI Billingham, by former National Labour Party Prime Minister, M.P. James Ramsay MacDonald.
This is the first of three documentaries in the Your Heritage series produced by Tyne Tees Television on the region's three main rivers, originally broadcast on 6 December 1962. This programme looks at the River Tyne from source to mouth, exploring both the industrial and urban life of the river as well as its historic and rural aspects.
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.
An amateur film showing views along the Tyne from Dunston in Gateshead to North Shields filmed from locations on both sides of the river. The film includes footage of both the rivers Derwent and Team as well as views of Dunston B Power Station in Gateshead and Vickers-Armstrong factory in Scotswood. The film also features footage of both urban decay and modern housing development especially along Scotswood Road and a ferry journey from Newcastle to North Shields.
Sponsored film by Turners Film Productions for the Washington Development Corporation (WDC) that highlights the design, benefits, and regeneration opportunities of the New Town development of Washington. Includes interviews with residents, an ex-coal miner's reminiscence of Washington's former mining industry, and Princess Anne opening "The Galleries" shopping centre.
A film produced by Tyne Tees Television and broadcast on 28 November 1967 of Dawdon Colliery to the south of Seaham in County Durham. The film opens with a view of the colliery during the early morning shift change. Men prepare for their working day underground and the film shows them and their machinery hard at work at the pit face. The film ends with both the coal and miners coming up to the surface; the coal being taken away by train or the men heading home.
A film made by the British Coal Video Unit in March 1994 to celebrate the retirement of the four pit horses still working at Ellington Colliery near Ashington in Northumberland. The film shows the horses at work underground at Ellington before being brought to the surface to the waiting media. The film ends with them being taken to their new stables not far from the mine itself.
This short amateur film by Stephen Gray documents a trip to Tanfield Railway (the world's oldest railway and a former colliery waggonway). This standard gauge heritage railway opened up to passengers in 1982. The line runs from a southern terminus at East Tanfield, Durham, to Sunniside, Gateshead, with the main station at Andrews House, near Marley Hill engine shed.
Amateur footage of the Durham Miners Gala in 1953 including the crowds at the Old Racecourse, gathering at the Cathedral for the special service and general views shot from Durham Cathedral tower.
Amateur 1950s documentary about Craghead in County Durham by the Headmaster and Assistant Master of Bloemfontein School, Craghead, Stanley, George Wheldon and Carol Reed. The film was as an educational aid in the classroom with £20 funding from the Miners Welfare Trust with sections on industry, work, school and leisure in the town. Footage includes workers at Craghead Colliery with coal transportion to Dunston Staiths, Gateshead, and women workers at the local Webwear factory.
This National Coal Board (NCB) industrial documentary (post nationalisation) looks at the coke production in County Durham, from the use of Whinfield beehive coke ovens at Rowlands Gill (built 1860) to later developments such as the waste heat by-product ovens (built 1904) at Ottovale Coke works, Blaydon-on-Tyne, Gateshead, and Bank Foot Coke Works, Crook, County Durham.