Local author, Scott Dobson, goes in search of the Geordie character. He looks at various aspects of the region that may have moulded the people - the coal mining, fishing and shipbuilding industries, and the dangers and poverty involved. Local humourist Dick Irwin contributes anecdotes and sketches. This Tyne Tees Television documentary in the About Britain series was originally broadcast on 6 August 1975.
This sponsored film By Turners of Newcastle provides an outline of industry and infrastructure in the Northern region as the 1960s moves into the 70s. It looks at the business opportunites available to investors in the North East, including the financial incentives available to industrialists and commercial managers intending to set up in an Assisted Area.
A promotional film by Turners Film Unit for the North East Development Council, which records the North East’s recent industrial, commercial, social and cultural successes to encourage businesses and families to move to the region. Includes footage of education, art and entertainment, shopping, and industry from Northumberland down to Tees Valley.
An amateur film shot in Newcastle during some of the worst winter weather recorded in the region in February 1941. The film shows various suburban and city centre streets under snow and people and vehicles attempting to negotiate them. The film also shows two well dressed women walking beside the River Tyne at Corbridge, a ladies garden party and three people exploring the ruins of a stone structure, possibly a Roman site near to Hadrian's Wall.
This time-lapse film made by a schoolboy on the 9th March 1985 documents the 45 minute train journey from Gateshead to Hexham. The film was made to coincide with the 150th anniversary celebrations of the opening of the Blaydon to Hexham section of the line.
Home movies made by Ruth Jacobson of family holidays between 1945 and 1947 that focus on her children and includes a visit to the coast at Alnmouth in Northumberland. Footage includes scenes at Wolsingham airfield (now Newcastle Airport) and the family's departure to Dinard in France.
A quirky amateur documentary that records some of the ship launches and maritime life on the River Tyne in the 1960s and 1970s. Footage includes Swan Hunter shipyard launches of the Royal Navy ship HMS Norfolk, the Tyne Pride and Esso Northumbria super tankers, river and harbour pilots on the Tyne, and the last voyage of a Fred Olsen Lines Norwegian cruise ship, Braemar. A home-recorded track of songs, actual sound, sound effects, and personal commentary accompanies the film.
An account of the life and work of the steel community at Consett Iron Company, County Durham. Filmmaker Tom Stobart presents this documentary on the history of the Consett area, the changes at Consett Iron Company since the Second World War, the importance of iron ore, the manufacture of steel and the working lives of the steelworkers. Footage includes steelworkers talking about their working and social lives in the Smelters Arms public house before starting the night shift.
A compilation of amateur films by Mr. Kenneth Osbourne-Grant that record a parade of juvenile jazz bands along Alexandra Road in Ashington, launch of the Newbiggin Lifeboat, and a Whitley Bay beauty contest and the Blackpool Illuminations.
Home movie compilation by Dr H. Brenton Porteous that captures winter scenes in Newcastle and surrounding countryside; biplanes and monoplanes at Woolsington airfield; Beadnell bay and harbour; High Force waterfall on the River Tees, and the building of an air raid shelter at Osborne Road, Jesmond, Newcastle, the home of Dr Porteous, and now the site of Whites Hotel. Also included are shots at the wedding of Dr H. B. Porteous (the filmmaker) and Dr Winifred Ormerod in 1926, with good examples of 1920s bridal wear.
An account of the wreck of the Greek ship Adelfotis II, on Hearn Sands, South Shields in 1963. The film, shot by Tyne pilot Captain G.W. Purvis, is a poetic document of the harsh winter, the busy River Tyne, the storm which saw the wrecking of the Adelfotis II - as well as its dismantling, and the arrival of spring.
Amateur travelogue that explores town, country and seascapes of Northumberland including Lindisfarne, Seaton Sluice, and Morpeth, the city of Newcastle including the Quayside Sunday market and Jesmond Dene, and the North Tyneside coastal towns of Tynemouth, Cullercoats, and St Mary's Island. Footage also features hiking and camping along Hadrian's Wall and a visit to Edinburgh in Scotland.
An animated film produced by Sheila Graber with music performed by Tom Gilfellon. The history of the River Tyne, from the source in Scotland to the mouth at South Shields, is pictured using pastel, paintings, drawings, personal photographs and documentary film footage.
This early cine club documentary pays tribute to pioneering Northumbrian railway engineers, George and Robert Stephenson. Filmed partly on 23 May 1929 at North Road Engine Works in Darlington, invited guests admire an impressive full size working replica of the most famous of all locomotives, The Rocket. Bound for the Henry Ford Museum, USA, the iconic Rocket is dwarfed by the modern Pacific Bayardo locomotive on the tracks, a dramatic illustration of 100 years of steam locomotive development. Includes shots of the Stephenson family’s early homes in Wylam and Killingworth. This film was produced by James Cameron, one of the founders of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers' Association (ACA).
This amateur newsreel of important local events in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1933 was produced by members of Newcastle Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). The film covers the official opening by HRH Prince George, Duke of Kent, of the new Poor Children’s Holiday Association building at 66 Percy Street, Newcastle, headquarters of a charitable organisation that ran numerous projects for underprivileged children. Another item records the Northumberland Plate event at Gosforth Park Races 20 June 1933. The final documentary shorts are of the British Hospitals Air Pageant at Cramlington Aerodrome on Saturday 12 August 1933 with aerobatic displays by, amongst others, Flight Lieutenant Charles William Anderson Scott, AFC, and aerial footage of Newcastle upon Tyne and surrounding countryside flmed from one of the special passenger flights taken at the air pageant.
This amateur film documents a car rally with treasure hunt clues at locations from Newcastle upon Tyne, through rural loactions, to Cresswell on the Northumbrian coast, organised and filmed by members of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) in 1963. Competitors drive a wide variety of 1950s and 60s cars along the course.
Produced by the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) in 1931, this amateur underworld thriller about a foiled industrial espionage plot was filmed at Blyth and around the River Ouseburn and Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne. The film features an exciting car chase, rescue scenes with the 1st Tyne Troop Sea Scouts, and a daring aeroplane escape by the gang’s devious femme fatale.
Compilation of miscellaneous amateur home movie footage documenting holidays in Northumberland and trips to the Tyneside coast. Locations include Rothbury, Elsdon, Cullercoats and Tynemouth. Also includes footage of an air display or pageant, possibly taking place at Cramlington aerodrome, which features two planes that were part of Alan Cobham’s Flying Circus. This film is part of the Newcastle Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
An amateur film made by Milton Newton taken from an aircraft as it flies over the Hoppings Fair on Newcastle Town Moor, along the coast at Tynemouth and then west along the River Tyne from the mouth to Warden in Northumberland. The films includes views of many of the Tyne’s most iconic bridges as well several busy shipyards especially between North Shields and Newcastle. The final part of the film shows the river running though the Tyne Valley to Corbridge and Hexham and finishes on the Warden Railway Bridge.
This tongue-in-cheek promotional film was produced for the North East Region of the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers (NERIAC), which hosted the national IAC Annual General Meeting and film festival in Newcastle in October 1987. It was written and directed by Michael Gough, a member of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers’ Association. Includes time-lapse footage of South Shields-born animator Sheila Graber at work.
A home movie believed to have been made by Victor Sidney Carman focusing on a young family between 1968 and 1975. The film follows the progress of a girl and boy from babies showing them often playing on a swing or a slide in a children's play area at Heaton in Newcastle. They are also filmed with their mother at Hexham and South Shields. The film also records a number of steam rallies as well as a visit by the Sir Nigel Gresley steam train to the region.
This film made by railway enthusiast Chris Lawson, although concentrating on activities in and around Newcastle also includes footage of a restored horse drawn mail coach, and the launch of a large tanker, possibly the Esso Northumbria. Footage also includes some film taken of stations on the well known North Tyneside railway loop, north of Newcastle.
This film by railway enthusiast and filmmaker Chris Lawson records the dwindling steam rail traffic of the mid to late Sixties in the North East region. In the first half of the film there is an emphasis on the engines working for the National Coal Board at a time when the mining industry was beginning to shrink. The second half of the film looks at the streamlined grace of the A4 Pacific locomotives and also the famous Flying Scotsman.
An amateur film by John Percival Staddon which shows off the attractions of North East of England. A church fete begins the film (possibly St Chads in Herrington, Sunderland), followed by visits to North Yorkshire, including Newby Hall near Ripon and Staithes on the North Yorkshire coast. Back up to Northumberland, the work of fishermen at Seahouses is documented. Views show Christmas lights in Sunderland, and the Shields Ferry service between North Shields and South Shields. The film ends with footage of the Borgsten, at the time of filming the largest ship to be built on the Wear.
An amateur film made by Raymond James Paiton showing members of the Northumbrian Motor Club taking part in races around a circuit as well as their annual driving tests at Gosforth Park in Newcastle. The film begins at a racing circuit with cars speeding past as part of a race. Following a Morris Minor driving up and down a country road or track, members take part in a timed driving test near to a large latticed metal building. The film ends with vehicles driving along a country road and a vintage car turning into a field where other cars are parked.