An amateur film made by the Northumberland County Fire Brigade in the winter of 1954 of a civil defence exercise carried out in Kyloe Wood in Northumberland.
This film documents a test launch of the Cullercoats Lifeboat 'Isaac and Mary Bolton' which was in service between 1951 and 1963. [Some brief sequences are running fast.]
A record of a large scale civil defence exercise carried out in Newcastle and Gateshead with the participation of Durham County Fire Brigade. The film was produced by Newcastle & Gateshead Joint Fire Service.
A detailed promotional film of the construction, launch and fitting-out of the Shaw Savill cruise liner, the Northern Star, at the Vickers-Armstrongs Shipyards, Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne. Footage includes the start of manufacture (the laying of flat keel plates) on April 28th 1960, the naming ceremony and launch performed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, on June 27 1961, and extensive shots of the interior decoration of the ship.
A sponsored film by Turners Film Productions of the ceremony at the launch of the cargo ship MS Katherine at William Doxford & Sons Ltd (Sunderland Shipbuilders Ltd) on 16 March 1964 from the Pallion yard. Includes footage of the construction of her sister ship in the next berth.
Sponsored film that records the 1960s Skarne industrialised building system used by Crudens of Musselburgh in modern prefabricated housing construction. It shows the casting in moulds of concrete panels and slabs and their assembly on site. In the final scenes, a mother and children enjoy their modern interiors and new domestic lifestyle. T Dan Smith acted as an agent for Crudens during the late 1960s.
Sponsored film by Turners Film Productions that promotes the modernised shipbuilding operations of Austin & Pickersgill at their Southwick and Wear Dock Yard in Sunderland, where large assembly shops and prefabrication processes were introduced in 1960. Footage includes the launch ceremony of the Scottish Trader. The film features music and a commentary that stresses good labour relations at the yard. The yard was demolished in 1990.
Sponsored film that documents the construction of the Shell Refinery at Teesport, begun in 1964 by the contractors Press and Costain. The film contains detailed footage of construction work from reclamation of tidal mud flats near the mouth of the River Tees to the finished refinery. Includes many aerial shots of the site.
An overview of the North East Electricity Board's (NEEB) area of operation covering all regions in the North East, with music and commentary. Includes footage of NEEB electricity showrooms at Carliol House in Newcastle and retail activities, NEEB displays at the Yorkshire Show in Harrogate and the Durham County Show, workers leaving Rowntrees factory in York. Industries documented include open cast mining at Ashington and Monkwearmouth Colliery, Swan Hunters ship yard, manufacture of television cathode ray tubes in Sunderland, Patons and Baldwins wool factory in Darlington, and sequences on NEEB working practices.
A promotional film by Turners Productions for the Norwegian firm Kavli, the Primula cheese makers. The film elaborates on the historical links between Norway, Scarborough and the North East of England. It documents the Kavli chain of cheese production from Norway to the UK base for Primula cheese manufacture in Gateshead’s Team Valley, opened in 1959. Includes footage of the Festival of Norway in Scarborough in 1966, which celebrated the founding of the town by Viking settlers 1,000 years previously, and the automated production process for Primula cheese and Kavli crispbreads in the Kavli factory at Team Valley Trading Estate, Gateshead. Kavli first set up operations in Cramlington back in 1936.
A promotional film produced by Turners Film Production that looks at the activities of Hugh Mackay Carpets, a historic and long standing firm famous for the production of high quality carpets in Durham. The film follows aspects of carpet selling and manufacture from the choosing of a carpet in a showroom, to its design and manufacture for an overseas order. Many of the design and manufacturing processes shown are from a pre computer era.
A documentary in two parts that covers the life and industry on the River Tees, with footage of Middlesbrough, Stockton, the Transporter Bridge, Furness Shipyards and aerial shots of the Tees from Stockton to the river mouth
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.
Record of the construction and launch of the Mocamedes from Bartram and Sons shipyards at South Dock, Sunderland. The ship was launched on the 26 September 1946 and completed in March 1947. The film includes a portrait of shipyard workers with more than fifty years experience of building ships at Bartrams.
A Turner Film Unit sponsored film for Robert Bowran demonstrating the manufacture and packaging of Bowran Paints in Pelaw, Gateshead, and its uses. These include the painting of ships at Teesport (now PD Ports), the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle and the Tees Newport Bridge in Middlesbrough, Dunston Power Station in Gateshead, the exterior of the Stork Margarine Works in Bromborough on the Wirral, and the Loch Sloy Hydro-Electric Scheme situated on the west bank of Loch Lomond, Scotland. This promotional film also features good footage of the steel-making process (possibly at the Shotton Steel Works in North Wales and also at Scunthorpe at John Lysaght's Normanby steelworks, part of Guest, Keen and Nettlefolds.). [Note that footage of steel production and interior at Dunston Power Station have been speeded up in this Turners production.]
This glossy sponsored film by the Turners Film Unit of Newcastle depicts the complete production and distribution process of Express Dairy milk and other products, documenting the daily supply of fresh dairy products, with fast transport from rural farm to London, a slick operation in the 50s, with bottling, testing and distribution handled at the South Morden plant, and delivery by express “milk train” from its own private sidings on the Wimbledon – Sutton line. Includes footage of early supermarket shop interiors and the experimental Express Dairies College Farm in Finchley, London. The film closes with scenes from a cookery demonstration.
A promotional film produced for Joshua Wilson & Brothers Ltd by Turners Films Production that looks at the VG Foodstores network of small food retail shops and supermarkets in the North East of England. The region is served by the Joshua Wilson food distribution company, located in Durham, and is the largest in Europe. All aspects of running a VG grocery store are covered, not only food distribution, but layout, architecture, and advertising
Sponsored film that documents the construction and operation of the offshore Boulby rig, GEM III, for cementation exploration. Footage includes views of Staithes harbour, the Boulby Cliffs, and the Boulby potash mine.
A promotional film produced by Turners Film Productions for Austin & Pickersgill Ltd Southwick Shipyard in Sunderland looking at the SD14 shelter deck cargo ship built by the company highlighting its reliability as a vessel as well as the speed at which the company can turn around construction. The film showcases the work of Austin & Pickersgill in the design, construction, fitting out and sea trials of a number of SD14 vessels built at the yards.
Promotional video in two parts for the Newcastle Chronicle and Journal by Turners Film and Video Productions, which looks at the changing role of the circulation newspaper salesman on the fictional 'Daily Bugle' as portable computer technology begins to revolutionise the promotion, accounting, and delivery of daily newspapers. The first half is a speeded-up, pre-computer comical day in the life the salesman around the Newcastle upon Tyne area.
This film depicts the building of the PPS Howdon Yard on the north bank of the River Tyne near Wallsend for the British engineering group William Press (now AMEC). A converted ship repair yard is used for the construction of power generation modules (platforms) destined for the North Sea oil and gas fields. Footage includes interior shots of Newcastle Weather Centre and Cullercoats Radio Station in operation, a history of the old Howdon dockyard, demolition and clearance of the old dockyard buildings, aerial shots of the industrial Tyne river landscape, but most of the film consists of a record of the construction of modules under contract.
A dramatised account of the re-opening during World War Two of the Tyneside shipyards closed down during the Depression. This film was a propaganda film made for the Ministry of Information in 1944, with a cast drawn from the progressive People’s Theatre in Newcastle, and a script written by Jack Common. Includes excellent footage of women conscripted into shipbuilding and heavy engineering jobs during the war, training as welders, fitters, electricians, riggers and drillers.
A record of the launch of the tanker, T.S.S. Busiris at the North Sands shipyard of Joseph L. Thompson and Sons on the River Wear in Sunderland in 1960.
A record of the 1962 ship launch of the M.V. British Cavalier, built by Joseph F. Thompson and Sons shipyard on the River Wear in Sunderland.
Sponsored film by Turners Film Productions that records the launch of a dock gate engineered by Head Wrightson at Thornaby on 15 August 1966. The giant steel structure is floated down the Tees accompanied by the tug Hutton Cross.