This film celebrates the centenary of Marks and Spencer in Leeds. It includes a guided historical tour, using commentary and old photographs, of Marks and Spencer and other notable places and buildings of Leeds.
This is a film showing the old Castleford’s Wholesale Fruit and Veg Market in Sheffield. The market is busy at work prior to its closure. The film also contains footage of it being demolished before showing its new replacement at Parkway.
A film from the Ibberson family collection documenting the export trade and sale of Sheffield steel goods, from their family business.
This film contains footage of the towns of Wetherby and Helmsley, showing many of their buildings and roads surrounding the town centres. The second part of the film is a record of a holiday taken in Ireland, 1980.
Made by the Wakefield Amateur Cine Club, this is a promotional film about the city of Wakefield. The film presents Wakefield as an industrious, modern, and progressive city highlighting its shopping centres, schools, parks, and gardens. There is a commentary which runs throughout the film and provides extensive detail about the film’s content.
This short film features different buildings and sites on Bootham Road in York.
Part of the Freeman collection, this film features footage of a trip to the Yorkshire Dales in 1949, Bolton Abbey, Blackpool 1949/1948, Leamington, Stratford on Avon, Chester 1946, and a Reunion at Devonshire Hall, Leeds in 1952.
Made by Henry Foster in 1937, this film documents an important and often unseen part of York’s history and areas which no longer exist in present day York. This film includes extensive footage Coronation street parties in Hungate, the former slum area of York. This film shows a procession to York Minster with a visit by a Royal, Princess Mary.
Made by local butcher Henry Foster, this is a two part film of York in the 1930s. The first part shows the Opening of West Bank Park in Holgate, on July 23rd, 1938. The park, originally the grounds of West Bank House, was established in 1936–38 and included a statue of Queen Victoria that was originally in the Guildhall. The second part of the film shows the fire brigade attending the fire that wrecked the Rialto Cinema on Fishergate in April, 1935. The cinema was owned by composer John Barry’s father, John Prendergast.
This is part of a collection of films made by butcher and amateur filmmaker Henry Foster of Acomb. This film shows families picnicking on the seafront as well as the aftermath of severe flooding in York at the Holgate Road junction of Acomb and Poppleton Roads.
This is one of a collection of films made by the Selby Cine Club. This film provides a wonderful overview of the town of Selby as it was in 1965 and is accompanied by an interesting historical commentary. It shows pedestrians and traffic in the town centre, many of the shops, and includes the Toll Bridge, the Monday market, the Reverend John Kent giving a tour of the Abbey, the shipyard, the BOCM Mill, and a Council meeting.
The filmed element of an edition of the Tyne Tees Television programme 'Access' that follows Herbie Sutherland from Newcastle Polytechnic as he enjoys a walk to work from home at High Heaton in Newcastle. With the increasing encroachment of new roads and other developments impeding his progress, he raises concerns for the pedestrian who tries to negotiate his or her way around the city.
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.
A promotional film by Turners Film Unit for the North East Development Council, which records the North East’s recent industrial, commercial, social and cultural successes to encourage businesses and families to move to the region. Includes footage of education, art and entertainment, shopping, and industry from Northumberland down to Tees Valley.
Sponsored film produced for the Washington Development Corporation by Turners Film Productions. Washington was designated a ‘New Town’ in 1964 and expanded dramatically to house overspill population from surrounding cities. This film describes the planning background and development achieved in the first 7 years of constructing Washington’s new self-sufficient "villages," industrial estates, road communications, social amenities and its town centre. The legacy of the coal industry and derelict colliery sites also feature in some scenes. John Edmunds provides the voice over.
This is an ICI Billingham Film Unit travelogue with an unusual premise and title. The film promotes the North East as a marvellous place to live and work and includes footage of engineers, scientists and draftsmen at the ICI Billingham chemical works and the many social pursuits available for workers: sports at Billingham Synthonia and Wilton Hall Clubs, rowing and sailing on the Wear,Yorkshire Gliding Club at Sutton Bank and rock climbing. The film also tours around local Teesside villages and towns such as picturesque Norton and Stockton-on-Tees on a busy market day. The coastal towns of Saltburn, Staithes (including women in traditional Staithes bonnets) and Whitby are explored as well as the iconic cities of Durham, York and Newcastle (including night time Hoppings scenes on the Town Moor). The final scenes capture the remote landscapes of Weardale and the world of the hill farmers.
An amateur film made by Harry Winship, Traffic Inspector for South Shields Borough Police, to highlight the dangers caused by people walking in between moving traffic to cross roads in South Shields. It was shot while driving around town in an Austin Somerset unmarked police car on a busy Saturday afternoon sometime after 1952. Locations include Market Place, Ocean Road and Kings Road. The first sequence is footage of Marsden Rock.
A record of the urban redevelopment of the Queens Square area of Newcastle, commissioned by Newcastle City Planning Department in 1964.
A record of the urban redevelopment of the Scotswood Road area of Newcastle, commissioned by Newcastle City Council Planning Department in 1963.
A record of the urban redevelopment of Blandford Street West in Newcastle, commissioned by Newcastle City Council Planning Department in 1963.
A record of the urban redevelopment of Pilgrim Street in Newcastle, both before and during the construction of the Swann House Roundabout, for the Central Motorway East ring road and office complex. The film was commissioned by Newcastle City Planning Department, and filmed in 1964. Footage includes shots of the construction of Swan House, designed by architects Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall (RMJM).
A comprehensive record produced by Turners Film Productions of the construction of the Byker Viaduct (also known as the Byker Metro Bridge) using precast, prestressed concrete segments, designed to carry road and Metro traffic across the Ouseburn, a tributary of the River Tyne, in Newcastle city centre.
Comprehensive amateur city documentary on Newcastle upon Tyne, filmed in the 1950s. The film records Newcastle's historical architecture and monuments; annual ceremonies such as Remembrance Day and a church parade; health services; shopping and the Sunday morning market on the Quayside; factories; colliery; transport and Central Railway Station; industry and docks on the River Tyne; sporting events such as Newcastle United at St James' Park, Gosforth races, the Newcastle Race Week Festival, known as the Hoppings on the Town Moor; and Newcastle nightlife featuring rock and roll dancers at the Walkerdene youth centre.
Amateur travelogue that explores town, country and seascapes of Northumberland including Lindisfarne, Seaton Sluice, and Morpeth, the city of Newcastle including the Quayside Sunday market and Jesmond Dene, and the North Tyneside coastal towns of Tynemouth, Cullercoats, and St Mary's Island. Footage also features hiking and camping along Hadrian's Wall and a visit to Edinburgh in Scotland.
A film made by Donald Raymond Clark of the Middlesbrough College of Education Cine Club begins with a trip across the Transporter bridge in Middlesbrough with views around the docks which evolves into a mini drama. The filmmakers then explore some of the many old streets in the town centre and finally look at some aspects of public transport in the town.