Amateur film footage by a senior ICI manager, Mr Bridger, that records ICI ammonia factories at Low Prudhoe, Northumberland, set up to produce agricultural fertiliser and explosives for the war effort, the Tyne at Ovingham and Thomas Berwick’s grave, the pond at Norton, and footage of social events and sports days in the 1950s at a variety of ICI clubs, in Prudhoe, Billingham in 1956, and Clitheroe, Lancashire.
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 of the Guisborough Grammar School Scout Troop summer camp to Howick in Northumberland in August 1939.
An amateur travelogue of visits to various Northumberland locations including Howick Hall, Dunstanburgh Castle, Seahouses, the Farne Islands and Bamburgh.
This amateur film by J.H. Lawson that shows the preparations and the sights of the Northumberland County Show at Corbridge in 1964. Farmers, manufacturers and distributors of agricultural machinery do business while other visitors enjoy a day out at a major event.
A Tyne Tees Television news magazine feature, an entry in the 1967 Rank Awards for British Television News Film. The models are filmed in and around buildings by architects Ryder and Yates, Norgas House and the British Gas Engineering Research Station at Killingworth in North Tyneside, combining new modernist architecture with the latest 1960s fashions.
A comic advertising film that uses a mixture of live action and Monty Python style animation to describe the importance of television adverting in the Tyne Tees Television region. Featuring Clive Dunn as the ‘plain advertising man’ and Johnny Vyvyan as a waiter in a restaurant, also the film features the voice of Richard Wattis who helps put across the message of the film.
This early cine club documentary pays tribute to pioneering Northumbrian railway engineers, George and Robert Stephenson. Filmed partly on 23 May 1929 at North Road Engine Works in Darlington, invited guests admire an impressive full size working replica of the most famous of all locomotives, The Rocket. Bound for the Henry Ford Museum, USA, the iconic Rocket is dwarfed by the modern Pacific Bayardo locomotive on the tracks, a dramatic illustration of 100 years of steam locomotive development. Includes shots of the Stephenson family’s early homes in Wylam and Killingworth. This film was produced by James Cameron, one of the founders of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers' Association (ACA).
This amateur newsreel of important local events in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1933 was produced by members of Newcastle Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). The film covers the official opening by HRH Prince George, Duke of Kent, of the new Poor Children’s Holiday Association building at 66 Percy Street, Newcastle, headquarters of a charitable organisation that ran numerous projects for underprivileged children. Another item records the Northumberland Plate event at Gosforth Park Races 20 June 1933. The final documentary shorts are of the British Hospitals Air Pageant at Cramlington Aerodrome on Saturday 12 August 1933 with aerobatic displays by, amongst others, Flight Lieutenant Charles William Anderson Scott, AFC, and aerial footage of Newcastle upon Tyne and surrounding countryside flmed from one of the special passenger flights taken at the air pageant.
Young women volunteers attend a BRCS (British Red Cross Society) camp at Longhoughton in 1944 to train up for roles as Red Cross nurses and support for the medical services during the Second World War. In 1945 women are trained at a Red Cross Youth Movement of Northumberland campsite in the Coquetdale valley (possibly in the grounds of Rothbury Cottage Hospital), their third annual camp at Rothbury. Footage includes trainee nurses during leisure time, swimming on the Northumbrian coast, playing netball and table tennis. This amateur documentary footage was shot by Peter Beatty, a member of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers' Association (ACA), the Rothbury footage probably filmed in summer 1945, just after World War Two.
This amateur travelogue records the landscape, architecture, interesting monuments and occasional character from the River Tyne to Northumberland, touring the North East coast from Tynemouth to Berwick on the Borders, and locations along the Tyne, Tweed and Coquet rivers. The film opens in Newcastle upon Tyne with a focus on the Geordie anthem "The Blaydon Races", and the coal and ship building industries, but then sets out to prove to Southerners and the BBC that the North is not all about heavy industries. Includes footage of Lord Armstrong's Cragside house near Rothbury, and George Snaith, a shepherd, farmer and founder member and president of the Border Stick Dressers’ Association. This film is a George Cummin and Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
This amateur film with humorous commentary documents the first all night car trials for the St Andrew's Trophy that took place on Saturday 26th June 1954. A number of cars and motor cycles take part, including vintage British marques such as Singer, Standard, Jaguar, MG, Vauxhall and British Fords. All drivers test themselves against the clock through the countryside of Northumberland, Cumbria and the Scottish Borders. This film was commissioned by St Andrew's Motors (SAM) of Newcastle and produced by George Cummin with members of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA).
This 1977 compilation was made to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). It consists of extracts from the cine club’s films, documentary footage of film shoots and studio work, and presentations at the club, from the club’s first decade through to the 1960s.
Made by dance band musician George Cummin, this is a compilation of both amateur and commercial footage that documents a year of personal and national events in 1937, using occasional staged scenes. These include a wedding in Newcastle upon Tyne attended by George Cummin, and his own marriage in July, a picnic outing with his wife, Norah, and a friend, the Northumberland Plate festival at Gosforth Park Racecourse, Newcastle, and a fox hunt in Scotland. George and Norah Cummin were members of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association.
In 1934, the distinguished members of the gentlemen’s Pen and Palette Club, Newcastle upon Tyne, enjoy trips to the Farne Islands bird reserves off the coast of Northumberland, and to the Northumbrian country mansion. Kirkley Hall, located just outside Ponteland. This amateur film was shot by a member of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers’ Association (ACA).
This 1930s 3-reel compilation contains random footage of a fox hunt meeting, Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling, and a horsewoman practising jumps and amongst cattle, probably filmed in Northumberland, and a record of a pageant held in Warkworth Castle where men, women and children re-enact significant events in Borders history. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
A promotional film made for British Gas about the work done at their Spadeadam test site for hazard related experiments within gas industry. The facility in Cumbria works to industrial standards to record conduct as well as record information from various highly dangerous experiments relating to possible failures within the gas industry. The results are used in the design, construction and operation of the transportation and use of natural and liquid gas as well as other petroleum products.
This compilation of 1930s documentary film includes a short piece on a Hexham Point-to-Point horse race for hunting horses and amateur riders, which took place on 4 April 1931 at Stelling, near Newton, Northumberland. Also included are landscape shots of the waterfall on Devil’s Water, near Hexham; holiday footage in the Lake District; and a record of a grouse shoot, which may have taken place in the North East. This amateur film is part of the Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers’ Association (ACA) collection.
Amateur footage of a caravan holiday in the 1930s filmed by a member of the Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). Includes trips to Warkworth, Northumberland, and probably the Lake District.
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.
This film compilation documents two sports events: an automobile and motorcycle race meeting at the two-mile Charterhall circuit, near Greenlaw in Scotland, on 29th April 1956, which features Ninian Sanderson and Ron Flockhart of the Edinburgh-based Ecurie Ecosse race team in D-type Jaguars; and the St Andrew’s Motorcycle Trial, which took place in Northumberland on a Sunday in October 1956, organised by the Newcastle and District Motor Club. The film was commissioned by St Andrew’s Motors (SAM) and produced by George Cummin and colleagues of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA).
An amateur record of the national motorcar racing events held at the Winfield circuit in Berwickshire, Scotland in 1951, which describes the types of cars involved, the background of some of the drivers, and gives several post event commentaries. Includes footage of well-known racers such as Reginald Parnell and Gillie Tyrer. This film was commissioned by St Andrew’s Motors, Newcastle upon Tyne, and produced by George Cummin and colleagues of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA).
A promotional film produced by Hi-Tech Video for the British Gas Engineering Research Station about the British Gas Subsea Engineering centre at Blyth in Northumberland. The centre, a complex of dry docks in the harbour, is where full-scale underwater testing is carried out for North Sea oil and gas exploration. The film shows some of the types of testing involved.
This compilation of amateur film fragments, partly filmed by George Cummin, a member of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA), consists of random clips from a caravan holiday, a trip to Oxford and other family holidays, home life and on the set of cine club film productions. Some sequences feature his wife, Norah Cummin.
This amateur film documents a car rally with treasure hunt clues at locations from Newcastle upon Tyne, through rural loactions, to Cresswell on the Northumbrian coast, organised and filmed by members of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) in 1963. Competitors drive a wide variety of 1950s and 60s cars along the course.