This is a film made by three members of the Mercury Movie Makers – Alan Sidi, Ken Leckenby and Reg White – which explains in detail how they added soundtracks to films using a sophisticated system designed by Alan Sidi. Sidi also provides the commentary to the film. The men give a demonstration showing the audience how to add sound to the film 'On Every Child's Shoulder.’ The film takes place in Sidi’s personal editing room in his house, Val D’or.
This is a promotional film made by Harrap Brothers to promote their Sirdar brand of knitting yarn. Accompanied by a commentary, the film takes us through the process of spinning wool into yarn at their factory in Wakefield, showing the workers at work, including those hand knitting designs for testing.
This is a promotional film made by Harrap Brothers to promote their Sirdar brand of knitting yarn. Accompanied by a commentary, the film takes us through the new designs for woollen clothing for children aged between 2 and 4, using still photographs of small girls modelling the designs, and striking some odd poses. This is the first part of Sirdar Fashion Kaleidoscope, 5765.
This is a promotional film made by Harrap Brothers to promote their Sirdar brand of knitting yarn. Accompanied by a commentary, the film takes us through the new designs for woollen clothing for children aged between 2 and 4, and also for women, using still photographs of small girls modelling the designs, and striking some odd poses. The first part of the film corresponds to ‘Sirdar Sophisti-Tots’, 5764. The second part features the ‘Sirdar Sophisticats’ range.
This is a promotional film made by C.H. Wood for the company of Firth Fabrics, located at the Old Mills, Drighlington, on the outskirts of Bradford. It explains how they make bespoke carpets and seat fabrics for cars and coaches. The film includes extensive industrial footage of the weaving machines in action and the final products illustrated with the help of a glamorous model.
Made by George Holden, this is a film of a butcher who demonstrates how to make polony. Polony is the name for a large sausage created from a mixture of beef and pork which was very popular in Britain, though it is now eaten less often.
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 documentary that investigates the conflict between environmentalists and limestone and gritstone companies quarrying in the Yorkshire and Derbyshire National Parks. It is presented by comedian, folk singer and environmentalist Mike Harding and includes interviews with interested parties for and against the quarrying. A number of quarries are seen and discussed: Ribblehead, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Ingleton Quarry, Giggleswick, Kilnsey Gray, Arcow Quarry and Helworth Quarry, both at Helmworth Bridge, Swinden Quarry near Grassington and Cool Scar Quarry at Kilnsey, in Yorkshire; and Topley Pike Quarry and Eldon Hill Quarry in Derbyshire.
This is a promotional film made by C.H. Wood for the Miraclean system produced by Thomas Hill Engineering of Hull. It provides an overview of the revolutionary cleaning machine they designed in the early 1980s for bottle cleaning, the Miraclean. Here it cleans Hammond sauce bottles (Shipley), soft drink bottles from Bradford, Guinness bottles from Liverpool, wine bottles, vials for medicines and bottles of pop.
This is a Yorkshire Television documentary, part of the Northern Line Series, on the Laundry at Halifax General Hospital which is under threat of closure due to privatisation of the Health Service. The programme focuses on interviewing four of the women who work in the laundry, who talk about the importance of what they do, their working conditions and pay, their pride in their job, but their anger at the Government for privatisation.
This is a fascinating portrait of former miner Jim Bullock at the time of his retirement as President of the British Association of Colliery Management in 1969, in extensive interviews with Austin Mitchell. Bullock recounts his life and rise from working in Fryston coal mine to becoming pit manager and then a farmer and landowner, whilst remaining a socialist. Made by Yorkshire Television, the programme was first broadcast on 22nd July, 1969.
This is a film sponsored by the Textile Department of the University of Leeds which shows the process of the production of yarn in several West Riding woolen mills. Through the extensive use of intertitles, each stage of the process is explained in great detail and shown in operation.
This is one of many films made by amateur filmmaker John (Jack) E Dyson of Leeds. This is a documentary showing the old process of making an iron piece of machinery using a handmade mould. The film mostly filmed in close to mid shot focusing on the equipment and process rather than the workers. A voiceover accompanies the film explaining each stage of the process. There is also a musical soundtrack taken in part from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. The film was made in the Frederick Dyson & Sons Ltd., Steander Foundry in Leeds. The foundry was located on Steander Lane, off East Street, and the foundry’s Director was Dyson’s brother Fredrick who was also a local filmmaker.
A promotional film produced by Trident Television for Tyne Tees and Yorkshire Television to illustrate the vast consumer markets in the North East and Yorkshire regions and to attract commercial advertisers. The film uses various montages showing industry, housing and retail across both the Yorkshire, Teesside, Durham and Tyne and Wear areas.
This is a 1970 promotional film made by Turners Film Productions in Newcastle for Jackson the Tailor Limited, one of the most famous English menswear brands of the sixties and seventies. The film shows the mass production of quality suits in the factory tailoring industry, where wages were paid 'on piece rates', or paid by the garment. Footage depicts the craftsmanship involved in producing a hand cut, individually tailored garment.
Through a combination of voiceover and footage, this promotional film for Ringtons Limited follows the cycle of tea production and distribution, from the Ceylon plantations to the Ringtons Tea factory in Algernon Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, and from the factory to the customer’s doorstep.
A promotional film produced by Turners Film Productions for C.A. Parsons Company. The film looks at the different types of turbine generators produced by the company for both conventional as well as nuclear power generation within the UK as abroad. The film also goes into detail looking at how Parsons turbine generators are produced and installed at various sites around the UK, Canada and Australia.