An amateur film made by Milton Newton taken from an aircraft as it flies over the Hoppings Fair on Newcastle Town Moor, along the coast at Tynemouth and then west along the River Tyne from the mouth to Warden in Northumberland. The films includes views of many of the Tyne’s most iconic bridges as well several busy shipyards especially between North Shields and Newcastle. The final part of the film shows the river running though the Tyne Valley to Corbridge and Hexham and finishes on the Warden Railway Bridge.
Made by amateur filmmaker Robert Brunger, this compilation records the 1974 Skelton Carnival, which was introduced in 1966 to unite villagers in Cleveland’s ironstone mining region. Skelton teens parade in platform boots with glam rock props, and there are juvenile jazz bands and a Carnival Queen in this July parade of floats. The parade snakes down the High Street to the recreation ground, where events include motorcycle stunt riders in Native American costume and a giant hot-air balloon that takes to the skies. The compilation also includes general views of the Skinningrove Works in 1970 under British Steel Corporation’s public ownership.
A sponsored film produced by William Gray & Company Ltd, West Hartlepool, of the launch on 21 October 1949 of the cargo ship S.S.Irish Hazel for Irish Shipping Ltd, Dublin from Central Dock.
An amateur film made by South Shields-born filmmaker Lilian Wincote recording the final day of the Shields Ferry ‘Northumbrian’ on the 25th April 1972. The film shows the steam ferry crossing between North and South Shields collecting and transporting passengers and vehicles.
An amateur film by Derek Mathieson about the Lily Laundry Ltd which was based on Russell Street in Darlington.
An Industrial film produced by the Carborundum Company showing the milling, grinding and polishing processes carried out at the factory of Sir Howard Grubb, Parsons and company of Newcastle upon Tyne to transform a 98" diameter low expansion disc into a lens or concave mirror for use at the Isaac Newton Telescope being constructed at Herstmonceux in Sussex.
An amateur film made by Kenneth Douglas, Managing Director of Austin and Pickersgill of Sunderland between 1956 and 1967, showing the construction and launch of the yacht Radiant II built at the yard between 1960 and 1961. The yacht was built for Basil M. Mavroleon of Fairwinds Navigation Ltd and completed on the 16th July 1961.
A promotional film produced by Turner’s Film Productions for Doxford and Hawthorn Leslie Engineering Ltd, a new company created in June 1970 to design and build the Doxford Seahorse, a turbo-charged 2 stroke opposed piston cross-head type unit with maximum continuous rating of 250 break-horse-power at 300 revolutions per minute. The film shows the construction of this new type of engine at both the Hawthorn Leslie Engineers Ltd at Byker and the Doxford and Sunderland Ltd Pallion yard in Sunderland where it is also tested.
An amateur film made by Maurice Clyde showing the design and construction of the Doxford 'J' Engine which was a 9 cylinder, 20,000 brake horsepower engine made at the Doxford Engine Works in Sunderland between 1962 and 1964. The film also features the construction and launching of the tanker North Sands from J.L. Thompsons yard at North Sands in Sunderland on the 3rd May 1965. Following the launch, the films shows the installation of new engine into the tanker. The film ends with the fully fitted out tanker leaving the Tyne in November 1965.
A short amateur film by Maurice Clyde of views from the deck of the tankers North Sands and British Commerce, built at J.L Thompsons shipyard at North Sands in Sunderland, showing both ships and surrounding River Tyne where the tanker was being cleaned and painted.
A short amateur film by Maurice Clyde of the tanker North Sands on the slipway at J.L. Thompsons shipyard at North Sands in Sunderland and men at work inside the Drawing Office at Doxford Engine Works in Sunderland.
A film produced by Denvia Video showing the dismantling of the Doxford 670 Experimental P Engine at South Tyneside Marine College in South Shields between October 2006 and April 2007.
A series of short films made by Maurice Clyde of various activities and events taking place with members of the Doxford Engines Friends Association (DEFA). Events recorded include a visit by Dr Thomas Knudsen to the South Tyneside Marine College in South Shields to see the Doxford Experimental Engine, visits to the Pallion Shipyard and Doxford's Old Works and a visit to Beamish, the North of England Open Air Museum to see their new museum stores. The film also includes extracts of a number of BBC North East and Cumbria and Tyne Tees Television news items relating to the items on this film.
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.
An amateur film made by Cliff Lyon of an open day at the Sunderland Maritime Heritage centre on Church Street in Sunderland in 2008. The film follows those in attendance looking around at exhibits and listening to members of the society talking about the history of shipbuilding in the city. The film includes an informal interview with a one of the visitors, George Jackson a former shipbuilder from Glasgow who talks about his experiences working on Royal Navy vessels built on the Clyde in the build-up to and during World War Two.
This tongue-in-cheek promotional film was produced for the North East Region of the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers (NERIAC), which hosted the national IAC Annual General Meeting and film festival in Newcastle in October 1987. It was written and directed by Michael Gough, a member of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers’ Association. Includes time-lapse footage of South Shields-born animator Sheila Graber at work.
An amateur film by Bob Wrightson filmed over a number of years between 1966 and 1972 focusing on those who work and use a Joshua Wilson and Brothers Ltd VG Food Store in the village of Murton in County Durham. As well as the day-to-day activities, the film also records some of the changes that take place at the shop including the changing advertising signs pre and post decimalisation. The final part of the film shows the construction of a flat roof extension to the shop.
An amateur film by Bob Wrightson recording various events and activities taking place in the village of Murton in County Durham during the 1970s. Events recorded include a costume parade as part of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977 and the dedication of a memorial plaque in 1976 to local Victoria Cross recipient William McNally. The film also records a number of important local events such as the construction of the new A19 motorway around the village and the demolition of the Rex Cinema on Knareborough Road. The film also records a number of winters when the village was covered in snow.
This film from amateur filmmaker Ronald Pringle shows a mixture of holidays in Scotland, visits to Cumbria's Steam Gathering, demolition of a chemical plant, and flying demonstrations from military and other aircraft.
A compilation films of air shows taking place in Paris and Scotland, mostly from the 1960’s, produced by amateur filmmaker Ronald Pringle. The film includes the Paris Air Show for 1965, 1967, 1969 and 1971 as well as the Prestwick Air Show for 1967 and 1969.
An amateur film by Ken Christie of the sea trials of the yacht Marco Polo built at Clelands Shipbuilding Company at Wallsend. The yacht was launched on the 29th May 1961 and completed August 1961.
An amateur film made by Ken Christie showing the sea trails of the cargo ship Manchester Progress built at the South Bank yard of Smiths Dock Company near Middlesbrough for the Manchester Liners Ltd. The ship was launched on the 16 September 1966 and completed February 1967. Mr Christie worked for DECCA Marine Radar and was on board representing his company as part of the ships' sea trials.
A promotional film made for Palmers Hebburn Co. Ltd highlighting the various products and services offered by the company. The first part of the film shows their constructional engineering works at Hebburn and steel frames under construction for a building. The second part of the film documents the ship repair and construction yards at Jarrow including the construction of a new cargo ship, the ‘Afghanistan’.
A compilation of events and activities recorded by members of the Middlesbrough Fire Brigade showing demonstrations, exercises and presentations taking place in and around their headquarters on Park Road South in Middlesbrough. The film also shows various parades of vintage and modern appliances travelling around Middlesbrough.
An amateur film made by John Parsons showing the construction of steel jackets for the Forties Bravo oil platform built for British Petroleum and the Thistle Alpha platform built for Burmah Oil. Construction work took place at the Graythop yard of Laing Offshore near Hartlepool between May 1975 and May 1976. Mr Parsons was a Mechanical Draftsman at Laing Offshore during the production of this film.