This is one from a set of films from the Baron family of Leeds made by Jewish tailor and amateur filmmaker, Alec Baron. This starts with the first experiments of colour film made by Alec baron in 1935, and then turns to family films made after the war, including a trip to Scarborough and Robin Hood’s Bay, and finally to the Edinburgh Festival of 1959 and to Expo 58 in Brussels.
This is a film by Michael Lockwood of the annual Gala in Keighley.
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 another whimsical film by Wakefield couple Doug and Norah Brear showing that, even with very limited resources, the average amateur filmmaker in the 1960s could still produce an inventive light hearted animation. Using stop-motion animation, a pipe cleaner takes on a life of its own and dances when as it becomes transformed into the figure of a person.
This whimsical stop-motion animation by Wakefield couple Doug and Norah Brear wonderfully shows off the inventiveness of many amateur filmmakers in the 1960s. It was the days when milk was delivered to everyone’s front door, as well as given to all school children, and beer was considered to be “good for you”; and so, what could be more healthy than the marriage of the two?
This is a rare film by Mavis Spence of Aberford, Leeds, wife of keen amateur filmmaker Roger Spence. It is possibly the only extant film of 'Gilligan's Galloping Carousel', a horse drawn roundabout that husband and wife pair Lawrence and Hilda Gilligan made famous, taking to fairs, as well as the streets of their native Castleford, for forty years.
This is a film by Leeds Mercury Movie Maker Alan Sidi that covers many of the events at the Leeds Gala of 1968 in Roundhay Park, including the Queen of Queens Beauty Competition. The film is accompanied by a commentary provided by Alan Sidi.
This film features a garden party for both the Zion Men and Ladies. It also includes the Men’s supper night and Ladies Evening in 1936 and 1937. Each group have their own entertainment for their evening.
This short film shows an exhibition of hobbies organised by Shipley Rotary Club, with members’ pastimes such as model making and rope knots on display.
This charming short film by Eric Hall looks around various English gardens in full bloom, mostly in Yorkshire and the Lake District.
This film by Eric Hall takes a brief look at the world of miniature cars, boats and aeroplanes and the hobbyists who race them.
Journalist Bill Mitchell's job is to chronicle the lives of the people who inhabit the landscape he loves - the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. His magazine, The Dalesman, has a circulation of 56,000 but it is estimated to be read by more than half a million people every month. These readers are scattered not just throughout Yorkshire, but can be found in Bhutan and the Falklands. Now, after forty years as reporter and editor, Bill Mitchell - one of the best-loved characters - is to retire. Alan Bennett narrates and Richard Whiteley reports on Bill's travels as he meets shepherds, farmers and other true Dales folk.
This is a film in two parts. Made by Eddie Percy of Settle, the film features the Settle Conservative Association Donkey Derby in July, 1964 as well as a traction rally at Harewood House.
This is a film of the newly opened Clarke Hall in West Yorkshire as a “living museum,” explaining the educational rationale of the museum and showing children interacting with the 17th century items that were typically used in that period of history. The Museum closed in July 2012 due to Council cuts.
This is the third of three films made by Edwin Scaife, an electrical engineer from Leeds, of his daughter Alison. This shows the family on a holiday to the Isle of Wight, and possibly in Blackpool, as well as at home.
This is one of many films made by amateur filmmaker J E Dyson of Leeds. This film shows a student rag day procession in Bradford, including floats, students collecting money for charity, and the crowds who have turned out to watch.
This is a compilation of three films made by amateur filmmaker John (Jack) E Dyson of Leeds. The first focuses on Blackpool, t the second autumn, and the third shows the Dyson boys going out collecting “penny for the Guy.”
This film is a snapshot of Leeds in the mid-1960s including footage of the Student Rag Parade, construction of the ring road and high rise buildings in the city centre, and a number of well-known city centre venues lit up in the evening.
This is a film showing some of the attractions and events at the Otley Show in 1977.
This is film of several performances in a theatre, filmed from somewhere in the stalls. It includes a Christmas show, song and dance routines, and comedy.
The performance starts with performers seated in a long line on the stage. They are singing and suddenly stand up and display the letters spelling “Christmas”. There is then an act with a man in shorts and a long white beard on a tricycle. This is followed by a routine involving the singing of 'Good Pull-Up For Cyclists' – a popular variety feature written by Ernest Longstaffe – holding up the lyrics for the audience to sing along to. The act seems to involve cycling and the boy scouts. There are women dancing in formation and comedy acts, as well as, presumably, excerpts from musicals, as well as a school performance and a performance of ukulele players.