A film produced by the R.S.P.B.[Royal Society for the Protection of Birds] Film Unit from the footage shot by local filmmaker James Monro shows the wealth of bird life and other wildlife living in close proximity to some of the largest chemical and heavy engineering industrial sites in Europe around the mouth of the River Tees near Middlesbrough. The film also illustrates the challenges that such an environment creates where land is reclaimed for the use of man; if birds and other wildlife are to survive and thrive how do we ensure that their habitat is protected?
Sponsored film by Turners Film Productions for the Washington Development Corporation (WDC) that highlights the design, benefits, and regeneration opportunities of the New Town development of Washington. Includes interviews with residents, an ex-coal miner's reminiscence of Washington's former mining industry, and Princess Anne opening "The Galleries" shopping centre.
A film produced by Tyne Tees Television and broadcast on 28 November 1967 of Dawdon Colliery to the south of Seaham in County Durham. The film opens with a view of the colliery during the early morning shift change. Men prepare for their working day underground and the film shows them and their machinery hard at work at the pit face. The film ends with both the coal and miners coming up to the surface; the coal being taken away by train or the men heading home.
This amateur film looks at a wood products manufacturer in the docks area of Hartlepool. The firm specialises in pit props. The film concentrates on the wood yard and its environment, and provides panoramic views of Hartlepool Docks, Headland and coastline.
A Turners Newsreel Service film of the launch of the TSS Principe Perfeito on the 22nd September 1960 from Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd Neptune Works at Walker-on-Tyne. The ship (used for passenger and troop services) was built for Companhia Nacional de Navegacao (CNN), Lisbon. The film shows views of the ship, arrival of guests, blessing and launching.
A film produced by Turners Film Productions showing the launching of the HMS Exeter from the Neptune Yard of Swan Hunter Shipbuilders Ltd at Walker-on-Tyne on the 28th April 1978. Sponsor is Mrs Joan Mulley wife of the Rt. Hon. Frederick William Mulley, Secretary of State for Defence. Large numbers of guests and dignitaries attend, including representatives from the Royal Navy.
A sponsored film by Turners Film Productions for Dorman Long & Co. Ltd about a new painted plastic coating.
An amateur city travelogue of Newcastle upon Tyne during the late 1950s. The film includes footage of the Newcastle Quayside Sunday market, traffic passing around Grey's Monument, Eldon Square, and ships on the River Tyne including the hopper barge ''Bessie Surtees' travelling up river through the opened Swing Bridge. The film also shows activities night and day at the Hoppings annual travelling fun fair, taking place during the last week of June.
An amateur travelogue of visits to various Northumberland locations including Howick Hall, Dunstanburgh Castle, Seahouses, the Farne Islands and Bamburgh.
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 amateur film documents the official opening of the New Tyne Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, on the 10 October 1928 by King George V and Queen Mary. The film includes footage of the arrival of the royal train at Jesmond and the procession along Northumberland Street. This film was one of the earliest productions by the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA).
Compilation of two short amateur industrial films, which document the repair and extension of the oil tanker Wellfield at the Smiths Docks & Co Ltd dry docks at North Shields, beginning in August 1931 and the sea trials of HMS Bulldog, which was built at Swan Hunters at Wallsend. The North Sea trial takes place off the coast of the Tyne on the 8th April 1931. The films were produced by James Cameron, one of the founders of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers' Association (ACA).
This documentary compilation of events from 1933 was filmed by members of Newcastle Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA), including George Cummin. Includes footage of the aftermath of a gas explosion in Carville Street, Gateshead; the Tyneside launch of the first all welded ship, the Peter G. Campbell, a tank barge constructed by Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd at their Wallsend Shipyard, unusual footage in that it is filmed from a boat on the river; the (Northumberland) County Amateur Golf Championship at High Gosforth Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne; model boat steering trials at Paddy Freeman's boating lake in Jesmond Dene in mid-summer, and women's snowball fights at Jesmond Dene in winter; barrow sellers and shops in the run up to Christmas on the Newcastle streets. The final sequence represents Christmas Day through a series of staged shots of food, drink and Christmas traditions.
This amateur film records the construction of a graving or dry dock at Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson's shipyard at Wallsend. Filmed over a number of months, it shows men and steam cranes at work clearing the site, laying foundations, pouring concrete, installing dock gates and testing them. The first ship is towed into the new dock and other ships undergo repair and maintenance. This film was a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
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.
A Turners Film Unit production sponsored by William Gray showing the launch of the cargo ship Cristallina at William Gray's yard, West Hartlepool, on 15 February 1949, only a few years after World War Two. A second part follows the fitting out at Gray's Central Marine Engine Works of an engine for the cargo ship Carona, launched in 1948.
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.
An industrial film produced by the British Gas Engineering Research Station that looks at the work of the test facility at Bishop Auckland in County Durham. The facility is equipped to carry out various tests for safety and reliability including evaluation, calibration and assisting in the development of components in the gas industry. The films follows the procedures carried out in preparing for a specific test.
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.
Filmed by James Cameron in 1938, this amateur film documents travels in Scotland with the Cameron family. Includes footage of the fishing industry in Arbroath; a grand rally of the Cameron clan at Achnacarry Castle on 24th June 1938; the Empire Exhibition, an international exposition held at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow from May to December 1938; and an entertaining Canadian logrolling performer at North Berwick Open Air Pool. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
Promotional film produced for Reyrolle Technology, part of Rolls-Royce Industrial Power Group, and their British Short Circuit Test Station at Hebburn. The film shows testing carried out at the centre and it's international accreditation, its confidentiality and independence in the testing of electrical equipment. The final part of the work looks at other work done at Hebburn, including the development of new industrial standards, and being able to work off-site.
This amateur drama contrasts the lives of two brothers employed in marine engineering on Tyneside, with heavy industry such as shipbuilding hit hard by the Depression in 1930s Britain. One brother shirks work and evening classes, and turns to womanising, gambling and crime. The other works hard and is successful. The film includes footage of the annual Hoppings travelling funfair held on the Town Moor, Newcastle upon Tyne, the new Brough Park Greyhound Stadium in Byker, and of Whitley Bay. This fiction film is a Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
This amateur documentary records the changing city of Newcastle upon Tyne and surrounding areas through urban decline and renewal in 1984, and some of the special events taking place that year, including the Hoppings, the Great North Run and the arrival of the Golden Hinde on the Tyne. Footage includes the dismantling of the Old Redheugh Bridge; the repainting of the Tyne Bridge; construction of the Metro Centre, Gateshead; development of the Nissan car manufacturing plant; closures of Woolworths, Fenwicks, Callers and J T Parrish department stores, the ABC Haymarket Cinema and Wills cigarette factory; and the new Eldon Square shopping centre. Signs of industrial action at Swan Hunters Shipyard in Wallsend are also documented. The film is a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
Two friends driving on the Team Valley Trading Estate in Gateshead are annoyed by a rattle in their car. Attempts to trace the problem result in one of the men being trapped in the boot and an escapade with an opportunist thief. This short fictional film was made in the 1960s by a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production team.
An amateur film by Ken Christie of the sea trials of the fishing trawler Japonica in 1961. The trawler was built by T. Mitchison Ltd of Gateshead and launched on the 22nd November 1960, completed February 1961. Mr Christie worked for DECCA Marine Radar and was on board representing his company as part of the ships sea trials.