A Billingham Film Unit short documentary that introduces the ICI Billingham and Wilton Works, including a brief look at salt production at Haverton Hill (off main works), the ICI Synthetic Ammonia Works and ICI Nylon Works, and the Synthonia Club. The film also documents the old Billingham and the farms that are located in the shadow of the chemical works. Includes footage of the Wilton site under construction.
Billingham Film Unit cine-magazine that celebrates the ICI Billingham Synthonia Club, covering a 1957 sports day event, the club's use by 13,000 members and its rebuilding after World War II. Includes a short evocative history of the bombing of the first Synthonia Club with the memory of the night on voice-over.
An ICI Billingham Film Unit short documentary on Billingham’s Synthonia Club Sports and Gala Day, June 1956. The film documents the annual sports day, and includes footage of the athletics, gymnastics, and Punch and Judy events, as well as views of the various fairground rides. It is accompanied throughout by music track and voice-over commentary.
ICI Billingham Film Unit highlights of the ICI Synthonia Club annual sports day in 1935, which features marching jazz bands, fancy dress, sprints, bicycle races and a tug of war.
Billingham Film Unit feature on the villages and countryside surrounding the ICI Billingham factory in Teesdale and North Yorkshire. Locations around the ICA works include Billingham, Norton, Stockton, Yarm, Croft-on-Tees, Teesdale, Stockton on Tees. Plays on the history and landscape of area.
Billingham Film Unit short on Billingham Wharf in 1935, documenting working practice and industrial infrastructure.
Billingham Film Unit work motion studies of ICI female punch card operators inputting data on the B6020 Hollerith Punch, a mechanical tabulator, illustrating the two-handed versus three-fingered operation. Sequences in slow motion included.
Billingham Film Unit production of a brief visit to two ICI factories at Billingham and Wilton on Teesside. Records different areas of production and processes including the Plastics Division making Perspex, and the Nylon Division at Billingham. Includes shots of the Synthonia Club grounds and exterior shots of the Wilton works.
This documentary, produced by Billingham Film Unit in collaboration with Ashmore, Benson, Pease & Co., was selected for screening at Harrogate Festival of Films 1957. An account of an unusual journey from Stockton to Wilton that documents the transportation of the biggest vessel ever to be carried over public roads. A nitric acid absorption tower wends it's slow and torturous way from Stockton to the new ICI Nylon Plant at Wilton, via Yarm, Leven Bridge, and Grangetown in Middlesbrough.
ICI Billingham Division Safety Department production that shows the safe way of doing routine jobs in the anhydrite mine. Miners working underground illustrate the correct methods. Each section discusses the right safety routine for the job. The film contains a false ending as a prelude to a member of the safety executive making a chatty warning speech with a broad Yorkshire accent.
This is a Billingham Film Unit production for ICI General Chemicals Division, filmed at the Billingham Cassel Works, with titles and commentary by Frank Phillips. The film documents the process for extracting sodium from sodium hydroxide, a process originally devised by Hamilton Young Castner (1858-98), as mentioned in the commentary.
Work motion study of women and men working on packing production lines at ICI Billingham works, loading and stacking jute sacks.
A tour of the moorland around Upper Teesdale and an analysis of the potential impact of the proposed Cow Green Reservoir development, required to meet the sponsor's needs at its chemical factories. The film was produced by the ICI Agricultural Division Film Unit in 1966. Examples of rare flora growing in the valley are shown and naturalists' opinions about the effect of flooding are given.
Billingham Film Unit feature on weather experiments that use ICI Billingham-made dry ice.
A short ICI Billingham Film Unit documentary that discusses how recent improvements to ICI plant machinery and chemical processes have helped to dramatically decrease pollution.
The Queen and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, visit the ICI factory at Wilton during the royal tour of Teesside on 4th June 1956 and are greeted by crowds of celebrating men, women, and children.
An artist is commissioned to paint a mural about PVC and pays a visit to ICI to see what it is. This sponsored documentary covers the discovery in 1838 of polyvinyl chloride, the history of PVC, its invention, creation of polymers in chemistry labs, and some of its applications many years later, all hung on the narrative of an artist’s investigation to inform his work.
A documentary and educational film produced by the ICI Film Unit on the role of the engineer in the development of industrial production, building on the research of the chemist and physicist and making experiments practical on an industrial scale. The film records a student's progress through university, including a whiz through non-academic activities to illustrate the benefits of university, a summer apprenticeship schemes at ICI Wilton works, and internship programme in Canada. The final continues showing the student at work with a post-graduate student, conducting an experiment with an early analogue computer, taking his final exams and eventual graduation. The film ends with him now a junior engineer supervising other students.
A short film by the Billingham Film Unit documenting the unveiling and dedication of the Billingham War Memorial, on a windy Sunday, 3rd July 1949.
ICI film promoting a work study scheme to help improve ICI efficiency during hard economic times. Includes excellent non-industrial sequences that illustrate some of the products manufactured with ICI materials, such as nylon (a woman with stockings), domestic scenes including valves for the TV, Formica tables, plastic ashtray, hoovering a carpet, scenes in Stockton market, haymaking, and men on ships during stormy weather, to illustrate "pulling together." A commentary accompanies the film.
An entertaining and informative ICI Film Unit cine magazine edition from the Panorama series, released in 1956, recommended both to general audiences and scientific film societies, with features on some of the uses of mid-century plastic, the ICI salt works at Droitwich Spa and a haute couture fashion show in London featuring clothes made with ICI synthetic fibre Terylene (used to make the fabric Crimplene).
A short film by the ICI Billingham Film Unit promoting the opening of an apprentices' training school in the grounds of the ICI Billingham works on 6 December 1957.
Amateur footage by a senior manager at ICI Billingham of young men's individual and group gymnastic displays at ICI Billingham Synthonia Club sports ground, intercut with summer gymnastics training at campsites in Gilling West and Brompton on Swale, North Yorkshire, between 1959 and 1962. Gymnastics displays take place on Billingham Gala Day in 1958 and 1961. Also includes group and individual portraits of young men and women gymnasts in June 1962, some of competing team from Scotland.
ICI Billingham Film Unit cine-magazine consisting of three items that spotlight the life and work of ICI employees. Long serving employees are served a formal dinner; sports club members gather in front of a crowd of 5000 for an athletics event; a behind the scenes look at how the weekly pay packet is calculated.
ICI Billingham Film Unit cine-magazine consisting of three short items about the social life of ICI workers. Off to Wembley: a group of young gymnasts prepare for a national celebration of athleticism and dance, the Festival of Youth at Wembley Stadium. Gala Day: crowds brave rough weather to support the Synthonia Club’s athletes at Billingham's Sports and Gala Day. The Beer Shortage: post-war rationing tightens its grip on the draught pump.