A record of the Durham Miners' Gala of 1969, filmed by the Durham Police Film Unit. Scenes include police gathering and planning for the event, miners and their families parading with union and colliery banners through the streets of Durham, and fairground scenes during the picnic at the old Racecourse.
Footage believed to have been shot by Durham Police Constabulary of pickets at Usworth Colliery near Sunderland during the miner’s strike of 1972. The film shows striking miners picketing at the colliery and negotiating with the police. They are also seen shouting at strike-breakers entering the mine and clapping at those who decide to leave. The film ends with a group of miners turning back a lorry making a delivery to the mine.
A film made by the Technical Aids department of Durham Police Constabulary of an open day at the new police headquarters at Aykley Heads in Durham City on Saturday 8 September 1973. The film shows large crowds visiting the many exhibitions and attractions around the headquarters site as well as enjoying the numerous demonstrations and displays put on by various departments within the constabulary.
This sponsored film by Turners Film Productions documents the various stages in the mining, processing of coal, and environmental restoration of the land for agricultural and leisure activities at the 2,000 acre Radar North opencast mine site, at Widdrington, near Morpeth, in Northumberland County. The mine operated under a National Coal Board contract between 1957 and 1972. The film records the operation of the UK’s largest dragline system at the time, known as 'Big Geordie,' which worked at Radar North from 1969 to 1976 for Derek Crouch Mining Limited. It also shows how production, restoration and conservation work together in this method of mining.
This sponsored film by the Turners Film Unit for Sunderland Corporation's Transport Department documents the abandonment of the Sunderland tramway system in 1954 in favour of motorbuses. It details the planning and operations of the bus transport system, and its importance for local people and businesses in Sunderland and surrounding areas. The film features good footage of trams and new buses in operation; local industries of glass making, coal mining and ship building; and of people at leisure in local coastal resorts.
This sponsored film By Turners of Newcastle provides an outline of industry and infrastructure in the Northern region as the 1960s moves into the 70s. It looks at the business opportunites available to investors in the North East, including the financial incentives available to industrialists and commercial managers intending to set up in an Assisted Area.
A documentary film produced by Turners of Newcastle for Dorman Long & Co. Ltd of Middlesbrough to commemorate the last shift at the North Skelton iron ore mine in Cleveland. Footage includes scenes of the extraction of iron ore underground.
Sponsored film produced for the Washington Development Corporation by Turners Film Productions. Washington was designated a ‘New Town’ in 1964 and expanded dramatically to house overspill population from surrounding cities. This film describes the planning background and development achieved in the first 7 years of constructing Washington’s new self-sufficient "villages," industrial estates, road communications, social amenities and its town centre. The legacy of the coal industry and derelict colliery sites also feature in some scenes. John Edmunds provides the voice over.
This Turners film production sponsored by Sunderland council highlights the advantages of the Sunderland region as a place to live, commercial centre and location for industry. The film documents Sunderland’s successful industries, such as engineering, shipbuilding, Pyrex glass manufacturing, and tailoring, and promotes Sunderland Corporation’s redesign of residential, educational and business centres. Footage includes excellent shots of Sunderland’s famous glass blowers, scenes from the launch of the 'Montrose,' slum clearance, and construction of the Derwent Reservoir. Includes voice-over and music soundtrack.
A promotional film made by Northumbria Films for the Sunderland and South Shields Water Company. The film follows a Mrs Green whose water supply is cut of due to a broken pipe. She and her daughter visits the companies office in Sunderland and are taken a tour of the Burnhope Reservoir and Ryhope Pumping Station to show the work the company does to make sure she gets ‘crystal clear’ water through her taps.
Sponsored film following the construction, launch, and sea trial of the Essi Gina bulk cargo ship. The Furness Shipbuilding Company, with shipyards at Haverton Hill on the River Tees, built the tanker for maritime company B.J. Rudd-Pedersen. The launch took place on 25th February 1963.
A social record of shipyard labour, this documentary follows the construction, launch and fitting out of the “London Prestige” tanker at the Furness Shipbuilding yards on the River Tees, Haverton Hill. A professional voice-over, rousing music and poetry inject a sense of heroism and romance.
A dramatised instructional film aimed at new apprentices of Smiths Dock, based on the South Bank of the River Tees, Middlesbrough. This is a cautionary tale of two teenage stowaways, who are caught and offered jobs as apprentice marine engineers. The film charts the progress of the "good" and "bad" apprentice. Service to the company is compared to service to country in speeches by Lt. Col. Eustace Smith and a voice over spoken by Wilfred Pickles.
An amateur film produced by the Newcastle and Gateshead Water Company showing how water is treated and delivered to domestic customers. Opening with views around Newcastle and a number of regional rivers before the film sets the scene with a series of domestic scenes in which water is important. The film then moves to a reservoir and shows the modern technologies available to help clean, purify and deliver water to the domestic householder.
Short sponsored film by Turners Film Productions about preserving the history of coal in the Washington area. The film contains a lot of footage inside the old colliery which is now part of the 'F' Pit Museum. The film is narrated by Geordie folk singer Alex Glasgow.
Through a combination of voiceover and footage, this promotional film for Ringtons Limited follows the cycle of tea production and distribution, from the Ceylon plantations to the Ringtons Tea factory in Algernon Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, and from the factory to the customer’s doorstep.
A documentary produced by the Sunderland Educational Development Association on the construction of the cargo ship "Tjibantjet". Made at Bartram & Sons yards in Sunderland, the film takes the viewer through each phase of construction from its design until its launch on the 3rd October 1951. The film uses a number of simple animations and drawings to explain many of the key stages.
A highly visual essay on the North East of England, set to a specially composed musical score. A range of images, often using time lapse, double exposure and slow motion, combine in a colourful montage to present an overview of the region's history and development.
Amateur cine club record of the Dorman Long built Tees (Newport) Bridge in Middlesbrough as it nears completion in October 1933, and of the official opening ceremony of the bridge on 28 February 1934, conducted by the Duke and Duchess of York, (later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother.) The film was made by Middlesbrough dentist and amateur filmmaker Tom H. Brown with his Teesside Cine Club colleague, W. Maxwell.
Record of the Kielder reservoir construction project in all its stages, from mapping the area by plane to the final impounding. The scheme was conceived in the mid 1960s. The reservoir was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1982.
Promotional film for Scott and Turner's Delrosa rose hip syrup, which depicts the harvesting, production and health benefits of the product. Includes footage of children paid to pick rose hips, and women working in the Delrosa factory at Coxlodge, Fawdon, on Tyneside.
A short film promoting Turners' colour photo processing service. Includes footage of Turners Pink Lane shop in Newcastle and shots of lab technicians at work developing film and printing customers' orders.
This home movie by amateur filmmaker Tom H. Brown documents stages in the construction of the Brown’s new art deco home in Walton Avenue, Middlesbrough, in 1936. Footage includes images of the finished home that provide a good example of modern English domestic architecture of the 1930s.
Amateur colour travelogue by Middlesbrough based filmmaker Tom H. Brown that records a holiday in the Scottish Highlands with his wife, Kate. The film focuses on the architecture, mountain scenery and lochs that they visit.
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.