Billingham Film Unit cine-magazine that celebrates the ICI Billingham Synthonia Club, covering a 1957 sports day event, the club's use by 13,000 members and its rebuilding after World War II. Includes a short evocative history of the bombing of the first Synthonia Club with the memory of the night on voice-over.
An ICI Billingham Film Unit short documentary on Billingham’s Synthonia Club Sports and Gala Day, June 1956. The film documents the annual sports day, and includes footage of the athletics, gymnastics, and Punch and Judy events, as well as views of the various fairground rides. It is accompanied throughout by music track and voice-over commentary.
A documentary and educational film produced by the ICI Film Unit on the role of the engineer in the development of industrial production, building on the research of the chemist and physicist and making experiments practical on an industrial scale. The film records a student's progress through university, including a whiz through non-academic activities to illustrate the benefits of university, a summer apprenticeship schemes at ICI Wilton works, and internship programme in Canada. The final continues showing the student at work with a post-graduate student, conducting an experiment with an early analogue computer, taking his final exams and eventual graduation. The film ends with him now a junior engineer supervising other students.
Amateur footage by a senior manager at ICI Billingham of young men's individual and group gymnastic displays at ICI Billingham Synthonia Club sports ground, intercut with summer gymnastics training at campsites in Gilling West and Brompton on Swale, North Yorkshire, between 1959 and 1962. Gymnastics displays take place on Billingham Gala Day in 1958 and 1961. Also includes group and individual portraits of young men and women gymnasts in June 1962, some of competing team from Scotland.
ICI Billingham Film Unit cine-magazine consisting of three items that spotlight the life and work of ICI employees. Long serving employees are served a formal dinner; sports club members gather in front of a crowd of 5000 for an athletics event; a behind the scenes look at how the weekly pay packet is calculated.
ICI Billingham Film Unit cine-magazine consisting of three short items about the social life of ICI workers. Off to Wembley: a group of young gymnasts prepare for a national celebration of athleticism and dance, the Festival of Youth at Wembley Stadium. Gala Day: crowds brave rough weather to support the Synthonia Club’s athletes at Billingham's Sports and Gala Day. The Beer Shortage: post-war rationing tightens its grip on the draught pump.
An incomplete edition of the Tyne Tees Television current affairs series Briefing on ethnic minorities in the North East region, first broadcast on 25 April 1983, with the focus on Newcastle and Middlesbrough. Footage includes Chinese New Year celebrations for the Year of the Pig in Newcastle in 1983; learning the Koran in a Middlesbrough mosque; and interviews with various education and community leaders involved in improving race relations in Tyne and Wear and Cleveland. The programme includes commentary.
An incomplete edition of the Tyne Tees Television programme First Edition following a group of ‘hot-rod’ car enthusiasts from Middlesbrough. The film shows them driving around the Cleveland area and working on their cars in a garage. They are seen taking part in a drag race and attending a rally in Chorley in Lancashire as part of Street Machine UK Tour ‘87.
Home movie compilation by Middlesbrough dental surgeon and amateur filmmaker Tom H. Brown that combines footage of his baby daughter Helen, outings and holidays in England and Scotland, and family activities on the bowling green. A brief record of Middlesbrough Mayor’s Sunday Procession in 1935 and a long sequence of an all-in wrestling match are included. The film also features a staged comic scene of a tooth extraction with his dentist father, Tom Brown Senior, and dental surgery staff, and the short drama 'A Picnic On The Green Sward,' made for 15 shillings in 1929 with friends from Tees-Side Cine Club. His future wife Kate plays Rita Carbo.This amateur melodrama is a send-up of British film acting in the 1920s with a lover’s quarrel, gun-toting villain, and happy ending.
Home movie compilation made by Middlesbrough dentist and amateur filmmaker, Tom H. Brown, that focuses on the life of his first child, Helen, as she grows into adulthood and marries. The film spans the 1930s to the 1950s and features family life in Middlesbrough, trips to Berwick-upon-Tweed, the Tees Valley, Durham, Llandudno in Wales, Holland and Switzerland. Footage in Durham shows Helen rowing on the River Wear as a member of a university women’s boat crew.
A Tyne Tees TV documentary following Middlesbrough Football Club under the management of Jackie Charlton in 1974 (the year they won the second division championship). Film shows the team training, and includes shots of the manager's team talk where Charlton discusses tactics. The film also shows the team relaxing, coverage of the match itself, celebrations, and crowd scenes.
Amateur home movie by Middlesbrough dentist Tom H. Brown that records the early years in the life of the Browns' daughter Helen, from her christening at St Barnabas Church,Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, in 1934, to Helen at the age of 10 months. The film also documents a holiday in Bridlington, East Yorkshire, with a focus on the architecture and monuments of this seaside resort, and visits to Rudston, Sledmere, Ampleforth, and Sutton Bank.
Home movie compilation by Tom H. Brown, with comic intertitles throughout. The film captures leisure time fun and games with Tom and Kate Brown, family and friends in the countryside and coastline around North Yorkshire and County Durham, including Kilton Woods, Hutton Rudby and Blackhall Rocks on the North Sea coast. The film includes a brief trick film sequence entitled 'Levitation By Professor Shampooski,' and dancing with the filmmaker's great grandmother, Mary Ann Corby. A record of the 1930 Mayor’s Sunday procession through Middlesbrough concludes the compilation.
Home movie compilation by amateur Middlesbrough filmmaker Tom Brown. In the first part, Tom, wife Kate, and their friends demonstrate a series of sports through the ages using makeshift props found on their rambling trip in the North Yorkshire countryside. The sports theme continues with a record of the Middlesbrough Constantine Technical College Rag Sports Day in 1933. The 'Rogues Gallery' is an experimental, comic 'quiz' film made with the Teesside Cine Club that features family members and friends in a series of spoof mug shots of "shady" characters.
Amateur home movie by Middlesbrough based filmmaker Tom Brown that focuses on his daughter Helen with family and friends on holiday in the popular seaside resort of Redcar, North Yorkshire. The film includes interesting scenes of synchronized group exercise performed on Redcar sands, which illustrate the fashion for health and fitness routines promoted in the 1930s.
An appeal film for assistance with a number of projects aimed at the unemployed and their families in the Middlesbrough and Cleveland areas. The film is introduced by Lord Zetland and features a visit to Middlesbrough by Prince George. The film then shows various work and recreational projects organised for the unemployed, which include an exhibition of crafts made by Cleveland unemployed; teaching of new crafts; building of greenhouses by the unemployed; training of boys as waiters; boxing matches and other entertainments; a local comedian, renovation and conversion of an old barn by the unemployed; and boys' camps. [Please note that the picture runs too fast but this was how the original film was produced.]
An amateur film made by Tom Johnson of the Billingham and District Cine Club giving a taste of the outward bound, sporting, and craft activities on offer at Billingham Technical College.
An amateur film produced by Tom Johnson of the Billingham & District Cine Club that documents the events surrounding the Billingham Week Festival in 1964 with folk dance, music, parades and sports. This film comes with music and a commentary.
An amateur film produced by the Saltburn-by-the-Sea Centenary Committee, and probably filmed by Alderman W.H. Loraine, records the many formal and informal events that took place in the town to celebrate its centenary in 1961. The film opens with a message from Sir William Worsley, Bart., Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for the North Riding of Yorkshire, followed by the crowning ceremony of the Centenary Princess, Patricia Bowers. The film also shows a visit by the Bishop of York, the Most Reverend Arthur Michael Ramey to take part in a special service and parade held at Saltburn Parish Church.
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.
A film in the Hartlepool Council collection that documents a holiday visit to Scarborough in 1977 by a group of students with learning disabilities from the Lynn Street Adult Training Centre. The film also features the students at a sports day in Clairville Stadium in Middlesbrough.
This film in the Hartlepool Council collection records a "Sports For All" sports day at Clairville Stadium in Middlesbrough, roller skating activities, and a holiday visit in 1978 of a group of students with learning disabilities from the Lynn Street Adult Training Centre.
This film in the Hartlepool Council collection records a holiday visit in 1976 of a group of students with learning disabilities from the Lynn Street Adult Training Centre, Hartlepool, and footage of an annual 'Sport For All’ day at Clairville Stadium, Middlesbrough.
Amateur home movie by Betty Cook, the President of the Cleveland Cine Society and the North East Cine Society. The film consists of footage of motor sports on the Croft Circuit at Croft-on-Tees, near Darlington.
An amateur film made by Betty Cook of the Cleveland Cine Club of a hunt taking place in the Cleveland or North Yorkshire countryside in January 1966. The film begins with the hunt preparing to depart from a large house, possibly at Great Ayton or Newham. With the hunt underway, the film changes to show Betty’s son Martin sitting beside a stuffed head of a fox that is in a hole in the ground. The film ends with the hunt passing and Martin waving goodbye to the fox.