Home movie compilation made by Middlesbrough dentist and amateur filmmaker, Tom H. Brown, that focuses on the life of his first child, Helen, as she grows into adulthood and marries. The film spans the 1930s to the 1950s and features family life in Middlesbrough, trips to Berwick-upon-Tweed, the Tees Valley, Durham, Llandudno in Wales, Holland and Switzerland. Footage in Durham shows Helen rowing on the River Wear as a member of a university women’s boat crew.
Travelogue by Middlesbrough based dentist and amateur filmmaker Tom H. Brown. This film documents one stage of a grand tour through Italy in the summer of 1949 with his wife Kate, with travel by boat from Naples to the island of Capri, and visits to Pompeii, Cassino and Siena. The film focuses on famous landmarks, monuments and architecture. Footage includes the ruins of Pompeii, the more recent World War II damage in Cassini, and a Roman Catholic funeral procession in Siena.
This is a compilation of colour home movie footage, filmed between 1946 and 1947 by Middlesbrough based dentist and amateur filmmaker Tom H. Brown. The film consists of portraits of the filmmaker’s father, Tom Brown Senior, and his son and daughter, Tony and Helen, and an interesting scene in which Tom Brown performs a tooth extraction on his six year old son in the garden. Another sequence captures aerial views of the coastline and urban Teesside region, filmed in 1947 from a British light aircraft, the Auster Autocrat. Footage includes family travel in Switzerland and the Alps in the summer of 1947, and holidays in North Yorkshire, Cumbria, and the Scottish Border.
Home movie compilation by amateur Middlesbrough filmmaker Tom H. Brown that records the young Brown family enjoying a wartime holiday at home in Middlesbrough during the Second World War. After the war has ended, there are visits to the seaside resort of Redcar in 1945 and extensive travel in North Wales in 1946. The closing colour film sequence documents the demolition of air-raid bomb shelters in a Middlesbrough street during October 1946.
Colour home movie compilation made by Middlesbrough dental surgeon Tom H. Brown recording family travel in England, Italy, Spain and Sweden between 1949 and 1951. The film features scenes and events from a family holiday in the seaside resort of Redcar, North Yorkshire; visits to London; a garden fete in the grounds of the Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle in County Durham; Easby Abbey and Farndale in North Yorkshire. Lord Barnard and Lord Londonderry appear in footage of the Bowes Museum event. There are various short scenes of the Browns on holiday in Rome, Venice, San Sebastian and at one Swedish location. Tom Brown demonstrates his Bolex camera at an Italian airport in one scene.
Amateur home movie compilation that records family visits in North Yorkshire and the Pennines, produced between 1952 and 1953. The film includes scenes of a stonemason at work on the Frank Elgee memorial stone and the dedication ceremony at Rosedale Head on the North York Moors in 1953. Frank Elgee was an archaeologist, geologist and naturalist, and former curator of the Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough. There is also footage of travel in Belgium and Germany with scenes filmed at Brussels, Lake Constance, and Rothenburg in Bavaria.
This colour home movie by amateur Middlesbrough filmmaker Tom H. Brown records a ten day family skiing holiday in Wengen, in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland at Christmas,1950. The Browns learn how to ski on the nursery slopes and film professional ice skating, ice hockey and ski jumps.
This home movie by Middlesbrough amateur fillmaker Tom H. Brown consists of close-up sequences of a variety of British land birds, from egg to adult.
This black and white amateur travelogue was filmed by dentist Tom Brown (Senior.) It records a trip to Scotland with his wife, Mabel Brown, and family friends Herbert and Agnes Punch.
A colour travelogue of a family holiday in North Wales taken in the year following the end of World War II, made by Middlesbrough based amateur filmmaker Tom H. Brown.
Spoof film made by members of the Tees-Side Cine Club based in Middlesbrough, which parodies the Sherlock Holmes crime dramas. Scenes for the film were shot in various parts of Cleveland, North Yorkshire, including Great Ayton, Great Broughton, Kilton Wood, and Middlesbrough. The Jet Miners Inn, Great Broughton, and Hush’s Pawnbrokers shop, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough, feature prominently in the film as locations. It was written and produced in 1931 by Kate Brown, wife of Tom H. Brown, and photographed by Wilf Maxwell. Tom Brown takes the principal acting part as the detective, Darelock Bones, and also plays the Mayor. His father, Tom Brown Senior, plays the part of Dr Darling, and his wife, Mabel Brown, plays the Mayor’s Wife.
Home movie made in 1937 by Middlesbrough dentist and amateur filmmaker Tom Brown (Senior) that records a holiday in the Swiss and Italian Alps with his wife. Footage includes scenes in Lucerne and Lugano, locations on Lake Maggiore and Lake St Moritz and in the surrounding mountains.
Home movie by amateur Middlesbrough filmmaker Tom Brown (Senior) that records a holiday in Scarborough in August 1934 with family and friends, including his son Anthony and future wife.
Colour travelogue of a cruise around communist Yugoslavia in the summer of 1955, made by Middlesbrough amateur filmmaker Tom H. Brown. The film records the architecture, monuments and local landmarks that he visits with his wife. Footage also includes a focus on national dress outside the Western fashion system, and this film offers examples of cultural contrasts in examples of dress.
Home movie by Middlesbrough based dentist and amateur fillmaker of a holiday in Venice with his wife Kate in the summer of 1955. The film focuses on the architecture, canals, monuments and tourist sites in the city.
Travelogue by Middlesbrough based amateur filmmaker Tom H. Brown that records a grand tour through Italy in the summer of 1949 with his wife, Kate. This is the first part of three reels that record their travel by air from Northolt Airport to Milan, and by motorbus round Milan, Pisa, Rome, and on to Naples. The film focuses on the architecture, famous landmarks and monuments that they visit, and includes footage of traditional religious costume and the ceremonial costume of the Papal Swiss Guards at the Vatican. A short sequence documents a march by Italian Communist Party supporters in Pisa, and political graffiti in the town.
This home movie made in 1945 by amateur filmmaker Tom H. Brown records a family holiday in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, shortly after the end of the Second World War. The film shows many historical sites, landmarks and monuments around Berwick-upon-Tweed. These include the three bridges that span the River Tweed, the Elizabethan military fortifications around the old town and the ruins of Berwick Castle. In addition, there is good footage of local salmon net fishing in Berwick-upon-Tweed harbour.
This home movie compilation by Middlesbrough amateur filmmaker Tom H. Brown contains images of different generations of his wife Kate’s family, the Spittles, including the 1935 wedding of Walter W. Spittle to Elizabeth L. Ellerington in Darlington. Footage includes various scenes of family life in Middlesbrough, the early childhood of Brown’s daughter Helen, and holiday visits to the North Yorkshire coast and countryside. The film also features an amateur studio portrait session of a group of young fashionable women for the Tees-Side Cine Club.
Home movie compilation filmed between 1936 and 1941 in Dufaycolor by Middlesbrough dental surgeon and amateur filmmaker Tom H. Brown. The film focuses on his son and daughter, Helen and Tony. Footage includes holidays in Northumberland, Yorkshire, and a Thomas Cook tour to Belgium and Luxembourg in 1939. The compilation also includes black and white footage of the Brown family and friends attending the christening of Tony in 1940, and of Tony as a baby in 1941.
Amateur travelogue shot in Dufaycolor by Middlesbrough filmmaker and local dental surgeon Tom H. Brown. The film documents the Brown family’s travel in Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands in 1939. The film records the architecture, landscape and local culture of the places visited, just before the outbreak of the Second World War. Footage includes scenes of the construction of the German Siegfried Line defences, filmed in the Ardennes region around Clervaux; and of the 1939 International Exhibition of Water Technics at Liege in Belgium, including footage of the German Pavilion decorated with National Socialist insignia and flag. In some sequences filmed in the Netherlands, the filmmaker has focused on the women wearing traditional Dutch costume. The Ostend Harbour scenes were recorded amidst turmoil as people cut short their holidays at the outbreak of war.
A sunbather falls asleep in this silent comedy short and wakes up to discover a ghostly double has come to life to taunt him. Produced by Middlesbrough amateur filmmaker Tom H. Brown, this is an example of a ‘trick’ film where simple camera effects are used to create the impossible on screen. The film was intended to illustrate the effect of too much sun, namely dehydration and delirium.Tom Brown plays both characters in the melodramatic acting style of early silent cinema.
Amateur film with music and commentary by Jean Winter, a member of the Cleveland Cine Club, which records the Teesdale Country Fair taking place at Lartington Park, Barnard Castle, in County Durham on St George's Day (Sunday 23rd April) 1978, and first held in 1975. A number of traditional rural events are shown including clay pigeon shooting, a gymkhana and children’s fancy dress competition on horseback. A steam powered fairground organ also performs at the fair.
Local author, Scott Dobson, goes in search of the Geordie character. He looks at various aspects of the region that may have moulded the people - the coal mining, fishing and shipbuilding industries, and the dangers and poverty involved. Local humourist Dick Irwin contributes anecdotes and sketches. This Tyne Tees Television documentary in the About Britain series was originally broadcast on 6 August 1975.
Edition of the Tyne Tees television documentary (travelogue) series About Britain, broadcast on 25 February 1976, which first travels with the River Tyne Police, part of Northumbria Police, from Newcastle to the North Sea. Along the Tyne, the film records encounters with various workers such as the Port of Tyne harbour master, the Tyne Queen ferry crew travelling between Wallsend and Hebburn, a fisherman at the North Shields fish market, and a tug boat pilot leading the Joseph R. Smallwood tanker downriver. Workers comment on their working roles in voice-over.
An edition of the Tyne Tees Television Series Northern Scene originally transmitted 24th April 1980 that follows Captain George Purvis, a Tyne Pilot, who is retiring in his 70th year after 35 years working on the river. The film follows him as he pilots into Smith Docks the ferry ‘Free Enterprise 2’ and ends with him taking the gas tanker ‘Joule’ out of dock into the North East. These sequences are intercut with interviews with Captain Purvis as well as a number of his colleagues who talk about the long traditions of their families who have worked as Tyne Pilots.