This film commemorates the 700th anniversary of Bradford Market. It shows the Market during the celebrations, shoppers, and market stalls. A group of dignitaries accompany the Mayor and Mayoress as they tour the Market. After which, they gather together for dinner and speeches.
This film was commissioned by the City of York to document the restoration of Fairfax House after it had been acquired by York Civic Trust. It shows in detail the state of the building prior to restoration, the work of restoration, and how it looked on completion when it was opened to the public.
The film focuses on the markets in Doncaster and the traders who sell there. It explores the difficulties nowadays surrounding the sector including competition and accessibility issues. However, the outlook of most is positive for its future and the survival of it due to the community and personability that the market offers opposed to the supermarkets.
This is a documentary on the Fox’s Biscuit factory in Batley and the Gujarati Writer’s Circle in Batley. The film was made by Vera Media Production as part of the Yorkshire Media Consortium project. The film focuses on interviews with Khateeb Ahmed, the Process Trainer at Fox’s Biscuits, and Ismael Daji, a process worker and member of the Gujarati Writer’s Circle.
This is a film of the Waddington’s Piano Factory in Scarborough. The original film which was deposited at the Archive consisted of multiple pieces of prints making up this film and running about 36 minutes. The film catalogued is an edited version which does not consist of any duplicate scenes. Additionally, due to the nature of the original material, the production process may not have occurred in this order; however, the film does document various aspects of the piano production process from beginning to end.
This is a film of the activities and performances put on during the Newton Chamber’s Festival Week in 1951. Festivities include performing dogs, a high-wire act and a fireworks display.
Fiction feature that exposes the manipulative nature of traditional filmmaking and examines class and gender relations through the interactions of a working class and an upper middle class couple.
Made by John Anderson and Robert Fournier, this film records the pottery-making process at Soil Hill Pottery near Halifax. This film is of particular significance as, by the 1960s, Isaac Button was one of the very few potters still making clay pots using this process. Intertitles appear throughout the film providing an explanation of this particular method.
From the Eric Hall Collection, this is a documentary type film marking the passing of old crafts. The film gives examples of several old crafts, including processing wool, lacemaking, stonemasonry, dry stone walling and the woodcraft of Robert (Mousey) Thompson.
A hundred years on from a ground breaking investigation into unemployment, Richard Bilton turns detective and uncovers a moving story of one family's journey from grinding poverty in a York slum to undreamt of success as a Hollywood actor.
This is a film commissioned by Rotherham Corporation to explain and promote the work of Rotherham Town Council. The commentary provides an outline of council work with the film providing illustrations from many of its departments: education, health, home help, housing, refuse collection, entertainment and so on.
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 one of a series of films made by Sam Hanna under the heading of Old Craft films. It follows the work of Dick Eastwood, from Grassington in Yorkshire, as he makes a besom (broom) using traditional tools and materials including heather gathered from the Yorkshire Moors.
Title – The Besom Maker
Produced and photographed by S Hanna ARPS
Made by George Younger and David Dean, this film features Mrs. Margaret Beresford at Rowan Cottage, Bucken, in November, 1981 as she makes a rag rug.
This film is part of a Yorkshire Television series entitled Clegg’s People. It has Barnsley naturalist and broadcaster Michael Clegg providing a tour of Yorkshire’s gastronomic delights, including Pontefract cakes made at the Wilkinson factory, Bakewell pudding, fish in Scarborough and how Barnsley butcher Albert Hirst hand made his famous black puddings.
This is a Yorkshire Television documentary, written and presented by Michael Parkinson, presenting the culture of brass bands in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The film shows several village bands rehearsing, collecting money and entering a competition at Belle Vue, Manchester, together with interviews with band members and miners at Frickley and South Elmsall Collieries working down the pit.
Geoff Druett follows the progress of the Sheffield Barbershop Chorus, Hallmark of Harmony, as they attempt to win the National Barbershop Championships with the help of legendary barbershop singer Lloyd Steincamp.
A documentary about the fate of Dean Clough Mill in Halifax in becoming a business centre after its closure as a factory for Crossley Carpets in 1982, part of Yorkshire Television’s Northern Line series. The programme features interviews with many of those involved in the Mill and its new venture, especially Ernest Hall who started it. It also includes the launch of UK 2000 job creation scheme in 1986 with Richard Branson, and a visit by Prince Charles to Chair the inaugural session of Business in the Community.
This is a Yorkshire Television Calendar Special on the work of the glaziers at York Minster, focusing on the head glazier Peter Gibson. It was made just 18 months after the devastating fire in the South Transept in July, 1984.
This documentary looks at Denby Grange Colliery which is closing for two weeks while its workers go on a club trip to Scarborough. The documentary follows the workers while they are on their holidays including: one group who have a boozy day out at Scarborough, a competition involving a local allotment society display at the Wakefield Show, Harold Blessard hustles the local darts players for pints in a pub in Bridlington, and face worker Ted Pickles who spends his two week holiday with his family in Mablethorpe with a Punch and Judy show and performs as a clown in the James Brothers Circus.
This is the third of a series of four themed programmes made by Yorkshire Television that aired in 1987 about life on the Manor Estate of council housing in Sheffield, consisting of events on the Estate and interviews with, mostly unidentified, residents. This one focuses on what residents do in their spare time, including pigeon fanciers, fishing, gardening, youth playing on slot machines, boys boxing and down the pub on a Friday night. It was originally transmitted on 17th August, 1987.
This is one of a series of four themed programmes made by Yorkshire Television that aired in 1987 about life on the manor estate of council housing in Sheffield, consisting of events on the estate and interviews with, mostly unidentified, residents. This one focuses on a resident’s theatre group in the run up to the June General Election, reflecting both the demoralisation – because of unemployment, poor housing, poverty and untrustworthy politicians – and the fighting spirit of those living on the estate. It was originally transmitted on 24th August, 1987.
This is the second of two reels of film taken by Peter Thornton of Farsley, Leeds, most likely while stationed in Egypt towards the end of the Second World War. It features scenes of locals in a more rural area going about their everyday life.
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.
ICI Billingham Film Unit cine magazine from April 1947 that features four items: highlights of a Northern League soccer match between winners Billingham Synthonia Football Club, playing at home, and opponents, Shildon: the first Billingham dog show organised by the reformed Canine Section; presentation of long service awards to veterans at the Synthonia Club; and apprentices train in the Engineering Training Centre, opened in the summer 1946.