This documentary is a promotional film that profiles the Newton Chambers Factory, based in the Thorncliffe Valley near Sheffield. It closed down in the early 1970s but was an important manufacturing works that was involved in producing ironwork such as tanks, gas holders, and even domestic range ovens. It also had a large chemical output often used as a base for disinfectant products. Through a combination of voiceover and footage that captures life at the factory, the film tells the story of Newton Chambers history to present day 1953, and how it was at the heart of the community employing most of the people from the surrounding area.
A hundred years on from a ground breaking investigation into unemployment, Richard Bilton turns detective and uncovers a moving story of one family's journey from grinding poverty in a York slum to undreamt of success as a Hollywood actor.
This is a promotional documentary on the steelworks of Samuel Fox & Co at Stocksbridge, part of United Steel Companies Ltd.. It gives an in depth view of the workings of the factory, leisure activities of the employees and its relation to Stocksbridge, showing and naming some of the key workers at that time. The United Steel Companies were a steelmaking, engineering, coal mining and coal by-product group based in South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
Made by Dennis Leather, a member of Vixen Films, this is a film of two typical days in the life of the Smithy Moor Playgroup, Stocksbridge. It shows the various activities of the children from their arrival to their departure.
This is the third of a series of four themed programmes made by Yorkshire Television that aired in 1987 about life on the Manor Estate of council housing in Sheffield, consisting of events on the Estate and interviews with, mostly unidentified, residents. This one focuses on what residents do in their spare time, including pigeon fanciers, fishing, gardening, youth playing on slot machines, boys boxing and down the pub on a Friday night. It was originally transmitted on 17th August, 1987.
An incomplete edition of the Tyne Tees TV current affairs programme Briefing about the Jewish community in Newcastle, also broadcast as part of Tyne Tees Television's "About Britain" series. Subjects covered include celebrations for the annual festival of Purim, traditional food, education and study, and the dwindling Jewish population in Newcastle and Gateshead.
A documentary drama produced by Brunner Lloyd Productions for the National Savings Committee (a quasi-government agency) that depicts social mobility in the North East. The story follows a ship yard worker's dreams of putting to sea in a ship he has helped build, but finds his savings better spent on helping his son through merchant naval college. The film features footage of the ocean-going liner, Ocean Monarch, built on Tyneside by Vickers Armstrong in 1951.
A Tyne Tees Television documentary, broadcast in 1969, about the importance of local government in Newcastle and the workings of the city council at the new landmark Civic Centre. Includes footage of the opening of Newcastle Civic Centre in 1968 by King Olav V of Norway. The film looks at the 'big business' of local government and focuses on a number of departments within the council including housing, education, public health and social services.
A promotional film made for Northumberland County Council to encourage people to move to Northumberland. The film uses case studies of three families recently moved to the area. These include the Richardson family from Whitley Bay, the Target family from Killingworth and the Randall family from the Tyne Valley near Hexham. The film explores issues of housing, industry, shopping, nightlife, leisure activities and education.