This is a documentary on the work of the Ryedale mobile library. It shows the various places covered and the appreciation of villagers for the service. The North Yorkshire Mobile Library Service started in December 1966 and throughout the years has been vital in providing people with a regular supply of reading matter. The Mobile Library stocks over 2000 books, videos and audio-tapes as well as providing information on local matters. Barrie Pickering, who has been working for the Mobile Library out of Pickering for over seventeen years, is our host for the journey.
This film consists of two other films made by Charles Chislett. The first section is the last five minutes of 'New Lives for Old' (822), whilst the rest is the complete 'They Discover the Hills' on the CPSA boys camp (see catalogue entry 315).
This documentary focuses on the preservation efforts of the Yorkshire countryside made by Yorkshire Naturalists' Trust founded in 1946 and now known as Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. The film outlines the problems that project developments of roads and buildings are destroying the surrounding countryside and its skyline. Information is given about preservation and the various nature reserves in Yorkshire that the public can visit and to which they can donate funds. Explanations of the different seasons, the wildlife and plant life found in those seasons, and the effect that building development has on the countryside are strong themes in this film.
This film is part of the C.H.Wood collection and comprises a promotional film made for Wallace Arnold Tours. This film features a housewife who, when overwhelmed with her tasks and work at home, treats herself to a daytrip to Scarborough with two of her friends. The film features well-known sites in both York and Scarborough.
This film was made by amateur filmmaker Fred Brackenbury and is part of the Nowell collection. This film promotes Harrogate as a town to visit due to the variety of activities and entertainment, as well as the beautiful sights that can be seen there.
Magazine film featuring short travelogues about the Lake District, Oxford, Blackpool, Edinburgh and London. A commentary offers anecdotes about the various trips and illuminating information about the places visited.
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.
A travelogue, narrated by the South Shields born actress Flora Robson, looking at the history, culture and industry of the Tyne Valley. It contrasts the Roman heritage and rural economy of the western settlements, including Hexham and Corbridge, with scenes of life and work in the Newcastle & Gateshead conurbation. The industrial settlements between Newcastle and the coast are discussed, with a particular emphasis on the shipbuilding industry.
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.
Spoof film made by members of the Tees-Side Cine Club based in Middlesbrough, which parodies the Sherlock Holmes crime dramas. Scenes for the film were shot in various parts of Cleveland, North Yorkshire, including Great Ayton, Great Broughton, Kilton Wood, and Middlesbrough. The Jet Miners Inn, Great Broughton, and Hush’s Pawnbrokers shop, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough, feature prominently in the film as locations. It was written and produced in 1931 by Kate Brown, wife of Tom H. Brown, and photographed by Wilf Maxwell. Tom Brown takes the principal acting part as the detective, Darelock Bones, and also plays the Mayor. His father, Tom Brown Senior, plays the part of Dr Darling, and his wife, Mabel Brown, plays the Mayor’s Wife.
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.
Promotional film devised and produced by Walter Reeve showing the highlights of Jesmond Dene in Newcastle, including waterfall and banqueting hall. The film gives a history of the Dene and shows people enjoying the park such as the well-known local character, Mr Winter, who regularly feeds the birds. A record of an open-air barn dance on The Green on 12th July 1951 concludes the film.
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 overview of the North East Electricity Board's (NEEB) area of operation covering all regions in the North East, with music and commentary. Includes footage of NEEB electricity showrooms at Carliol House in Newcastle and retail activities, NEEB displays at the Yorkshire Show in Harrogate and the Durham County Show, workers leaving Rowntrees factory in York. Industries documented include open cast mining at Ashington and Monkwearmouth Colliery, Swan Hunters ship yard, manufacture of television cathode ray tubes in Sunderland, Patons and Baldwins wool factory in Darlington, and sequences on NEEB working practices.
This amateur film by Frank Wilson is a compilation of the Wallsend Co-Op Sports Club’s social events of 1955, including a dance at Wallsend's Carville Road Hall, coach trips to Bamburgh (featuring a cricket match) and Berwick for a picnic, and a men's bowling contest on Tyneside.
An amateur film made by Middlesbrough filmmaker Raymond Kitching in the 1950's of various locations around Middlesbrough, including the Transporter and Tees Newport bridges, the town centre market, and Albert Park.
An amateur film made by Edward Roberts, a Durham County Inspector of Schools and pitman's son, recording the river Tees from its rural source through to industrial areas on the banks of the river around Middlesbrough, and the estuary as it flows into the North Sea.
A comprehensive amateur travelogue through the rural and urban landscape of Northumberland and Tyne and Wear filmed by Vic Cross.
The final of a three part Tyne Tees Television documentary presented by Mike Neville, in which he journeys down the Tees. The journey takes in the source of the river and follows the it's progress through wild countryside, small villages and towns, showing how the river Tees has contributed to peoples lives and industry. The film finally reaches the mouth of the river on the east coast where towns such as Yarm, Stockton and Middlesbrough have over the years been historic ports and the site of major heavy industries on both the north and south sides of the Tees. This edition was originally transmitted on the 11 October 1962.
This 1977 compilation was made to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). It consists of extracts from the cine club’s films, documentary footage of film shoots and studio work, and presentations at the club, from the club’s first decade through to the 1960s.
This is a compilation of two films produced by amateur filmmaker Leonard Winter. The first was made in 1938 with members of the West Norwood Cycling Club and is a semi-fictional record of a camping holiday at a farm near Chiddingstone, Kent. The second film is a romantic drama filmed in Kent, south and central London. This compilation film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
This amateur film footage by an environmental health officer at Gateshead Council, Stephen Gray, documents the streets and parks of South Shields, Gateshead, and Durham. It also includes footage of diesel locomotives at Durham, Carlisle, Newcastle upon Tyne and Boldon Colliery railway stations, a visit to Whitby and a school fete, probably in Gateshead.