This is a film of the Calder & Hebble Canal during the winter of 1947. There is footage of the canal frozen as well as extreme flooding which occurred after the thaw. Barges, some horse-drawn, are try to make their way along the frozen canal using various means, such as men breaking the ice with poles from the edge of a barge and by rocking a barge from side to side. The canal has flood-damaged banks and locks, and a factory area is flooded.
This film shows the first few years of a new concept in British agriculture – co-operative farming. Three farmers from the Rotherham area have integrated their farms into the Thrybergh Farming Company. The film includes footage of those three farms as well as the various livestock they look after and the many crops which they plant and harvest.
This film comprehensively documents the production of Rowntree's Fruit Gums, predominantly focusing on the cultivation of its main ingredient - Gum Arabic. Gum Arabic is mainly produced in Sudan (where the Acacia Senegal tree grows), and the filmmaker follows a Sudanese family embarking on a new business venture that eventually will lead to them to producing Gum Arabic for Rowntree's factory in York.
This is a film made by Chapeltown dentist Willie Thorne which documents Wentworth outcrop coal mine near Sheffield whose coal would have been utilised by many of the different industries in the local area.
This is a film which dramatises the history of the textile industry and its effects on the city of Halifax complete with narration, music, and commentary.
Filmed at Arras Farm, Market Weighton, this film is mainly about farming and everyday farming life involving: sheep, pigs, cows, harvesting, green houses, hedge cutting and bulldozing. Also included is brief footage of air show and many aerial views from a plane.
This is a film that shows the process of making Wenslydale cheese at a dairy in Hawes, North Yorkshire. It was made by a student at Sheffield Poly and has since then been used in adverts to help promote traditional cheese making.
This film documents an agricultural show at Market Weighton. Included are competitions for the best livestock as well as a gymkhana and sheep herding competition.
This film documents an agricultural show at Market Weighton as well as working the land at Arras Farm.
This film documents an agricultural show at Market Weighton. Included is footage of livestock competitions as well as different sporting events which have been organized for the families in attendance.
A film made by Roger Hateley, this film documents the entire process of making a wooden horse cart, beginning with the wheels, to the finished article. The carriage is to be used for the annual Hayride, one of the largest processions of horse-drawn vehicles in England.
This is a film made by Harry Burgess, the owner of Thornton Mill in Thornton le Dale. It shows scenes around Middlesbrough, baking and a York City football match at Bootham Crescent.
This is a compilation of four films spanning several years, made by Halifax Cine Club member Ted Warburton. It includes Hollingworth Lake, a trip along the Knottingley and Goole Canal and the Aire and Calder Navigation from Goole to Salterhebble, the Warburton family having a picnic at Semer Water, and a whimsical short film starring Peter Warburton on which came first, the chicken or the egg.
This is the second part of a four part film highlighting major tourist sites in Northern Ireland (the first and last parts are missing). The film follows two couples as they visit, among other places, the Belfast Ropeworks Company, Bellevue, Hazlewood, Belfast Lough, Whitehead and Carrickfergus.
A documentary using archive photographs and readings from the period which portrays the decline of lead mining in Swaledale in the second half of the nineteenth century, painting a bleak picture of the lives of the lead miners who bargained as individuals for work. It also focuses on the efforts of Sir George Denys to keep lead mining going. The programme was orginally transmitted 18/04/1976.
This YTV documentary, first broadcast on 18th January, 1982, was made just two years before the Great Miners’ Strike of 1984/85, giving an optimistic view of the future of coal mining in South Yorkshire. The new £400 million coal complex of Selby is nearing completion, and interviews with the local council, the NCB and miners reveal high hopes that it will lead to more coal fields opening and more jobs for the area. It includes interviews with miners, NCB representatives and other interested parties.
This 1981 dramatization of the autobiography of Fred Kitchen focuses on his first year as a farm labourer aged 13, in 1904. The drama paints a vivid portrait of life as a farm labourer and as a navvy on the railway at the turn of the century. Fred has an extremely harsh time at the hands of his widow employer, but soon becomes capable in his farming tasks, finding comfort with the shire horses he looks after. At the end of the year he has matured enough to bargain a wage at the Hire Fair. The Yorkshire Television programme was adapted for TV by Stephen Wakelam.
This film from the Billingham Film Unit Just Billingham cine magazine series shows ICI Billingham's dependency on local water supplies, with a look at the Tees Valley reservoirs.
This is an edition of the About Britain series produced by Tyne Tees Television and first broadcast on 9 April 1974. In the old lead mines of Weardale, Durham miners are now looking for fluorspar that is used in the steel and aluminium industries. The film features footage of mining underground at Blackdene Mine and of the fluorspar grotto model of a mine created by a miner.
The first episode of a two-part Tyne Tees Television feature that looks at the landscape, industry, history and traditions of the North East coastline from Whitby to South Shields and the River Tyne, presented by Austin Steele.
An edition of the Tyne Tees Television programme A World of My Own first broadcast on 3 January 1969 in which the Easington MP Emanuel ‘Manny’ Shinwell reflects on his 35 years career in politics as he prepares for retirement and travels around his County Durham constituency.
The son of a miner, Shildon-born author, screen writer and journalist Sid Chaplin, who started his own working life as an apprentice blacksmth at Dean and Chapter Colliery in Ferryhill, reminisces about his youth in Newfield, County Durham, in this auto-biographical arts documentary, an edition of the Tyne Tees Television series A World of My Own, first broadcast on 21 November 1969.
Amateur home movie compilation with intertitles made by the Middlesbrough filmmaker Tom H. Brown. Covering the years 1930-1933, the film records a family tour of the Scottish Borders from Berwick-Upon-Tweed to Edinburgh, Melrose and Gretna Green. Includes footage of the salmon fishing industry in Berwick Upon Tweed and of the arrival of HRH Prince of Wales for the official opening of Constantine College, Middlesbrough, on 2 July 1930. The racing personality, Sir Henry Segrave, and his boat the 'Miss England II' feature in scenes from the Lake District. This material was probably filmed shortly before Segrave set the water speed record at Windermere on 13 June 1930.
This sponsored film by Turners Film Productions documents the various stages in the mining, processing of coal, and environmental restoration of the land for agricultural and leisure activities at the 2,000 acre Radar North opencast mine site, at Widdrington, near Morpeth, in Northumberland County. The mine operated under a National Coal Board contract between 1957 and 1972. The film records the operation of the UK’s largest dragline system at the time, known as 'Big Geordie,' which worked at Radar North from 1969 to 1976 for Derek Crouch Mining Limited. It also shows how production, restoration and conservation work together in this method of mining.
This sponsored film by the Turners Film Unit for Sunderland Corporation's Transport Department documents the abandonment of the Sunderland tramway system in 1954 in favour of motorbuses. It details the planning and operations of the bus transport system, and its importance for local people and businesses in Sunderland and surrounding areas. The film features good footage of trams and new buses in operation; local industries of glass making, coal mining and ship building; and of people at leisure in local coastal resorts.