Billingham Film Unit cinemagazine edition featuring two short documentary items. The first is a visit to the Teesside Engineering Club at Hartburn to meet some of the “failed engine drivers” who turn their hands to model making, and model railways. In the second part of the film, a group of Billingham boys participate in outward bound activities on Commondale Moor in the autumn.
This Tyne Tees Television edition of the ITV series About Britain was first broadcast regionally on 1 May 1973. The documentary follows the Braes of Derwent Hunt along the borders of County Durham, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland where R. S. Surtees, the creator of Jorrocks, once rode. It was acclaimed by some as the finest film on foxhunting ever made at the time. Includes arguments for and against this traditional blood sport.
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.
Amateur home movie of family holidays spent in a cottage in Weardale, County Durham, with trips to Northumberland locations. The film features footage of a cattle market, dog racing, men’s gymnastics, a gymkhana, and a children’s parade of marching juvenile jazz bands in Allendale.
A film produced by Durham Police Constabulary of the Country Land & Business Association (CLA) Game Fair at Raby Castle in County Durham on the 28th and 29th July 1971. The film shows police directing traffic through Staindrop towards Raby Castle where the fair is being held. The film also includes views of visitors walking around the site as well as views of various exhibition and service marquees.
This Turners film production sponsored by Sunderland council highlights the advantages of the Sunderland region as a place to live, commercial centre and location for industry. The film documents Sunderland’s successful industries, such as engineering, shipbuilding, Pyrex glass manufacturing, and tailoring, and promotes Sunderland Corporation’s redesign of residential, educational and business centres. Footage includes excellent shots of Sunderland’s famous glass blowers, scenes from the launch of the 'Montrose,' slum clearance, and construction of the Derwent Reservoir. Includes voice-over and music soundtrack.
An educational film produced by Durham County Educational Authority that follows pupils from Tanfield Lea County Junior Mixed and Infants School over the period of a year as they learn rural studies. The films show pupils taking part in a husbandry project and looking after rabbits, pigeons and chickens in a field beside the school, and growing vegetables and flowers in their own garden. The final part of the film shows the younger pupils in the school being introduced to and learning about some of the animals the older children are taking care of.
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.
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.
Promotional film for The North East Industrial and Development Association that looks at North East England. Deals mainly with industry but also looks at the landscapes of rural areas and the coast..
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.
Educational film produced as part of the Ministry of Education Visual Unit on Local Studies by Basic Films in October 1945, and released in 1949. The film describes how a group of school children in Bishop Auckland become interested in local studies, and follows their progress as they plan, organize, and begin their studies of the locality, co-ordinating the results of their work in an exhibition of maps, models, graphs, records, charts, diagrams, plans and photographs. The film includes casting in steel at Wilson’s Forge, panoramic views of the rural landscape from Brusselton Hill, south of Bishop Auckland, footage of activities at Grange Hill Farm, and of parts of the Roman fort at Binchester.
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.
An amateur film made by Edward Roberts of traditional working life on a hill sheep farm in Weardale. The film includes footage of lambing season and sheep shearing with hand clippers. The filmmaker, son of a miner from Mount Pleasant, was at the time County Inspector for Schools in the Durham City, Spennymoor and Weardale areas.
A compilation of home movie footage and commercial films produced or compiled by William Gargate, a policeman from Leadgate near Consett. Includes sequences of a family feeding lambs on a farm, and exploring rugged countryside and waterfalls in the Thorpe Thewles or Teesdale area.
The second of three Tyne Tees Television documentaries about the three main rivers of the north east presented by Mike Neville. This film looking at the River Wear, begins in the upper reaches of Weardale and follows Mike as he travels downstream. On his journey he visits the villages of St Johns Chapel, Witton-le-Wear and Escomb as well as the towns of Stanhope and Wolsingham. While at Wolsingam he visits a local timber mill as well as steel foundry which is celebrating its centenary.
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 amateur travelogue focuses on rural and picturesque (non-industrial) locations along the River Wear, from source in the Upper Weardale hills to the industrial river mouth at the North Sea, and the coastline from Tynemouth to the Roker lighthouse. Footage includes sequences on farming in Upper Weardale, fluorspar mining, quarrying for ganister stone, quilting in the dales, church architecture, Durham Cathedral, Raby and Brancepeth castles, Durham Regatta and the famous Durham Miners' Gala at its most popular. This film was a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production, probably led by George Cummin.
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 short narrative holiday film is by amateur filmmaker and member of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA), George Cummin, and his wife Norah Cummin. George and Norah take a week’s holiday at a cottage in Weardale, County Durham. George decides to make a film of the holiday and settles down to write the script, but is not inspired. Whilst his wife rambles, gardens and does the housework, George repeatedly falls asleep in a deckchair and fails to script the film. On the last day he finally decides on the title and rewards himself with a nap.
This short fiction film features Oakenshaw Welfare Drama Group as members of the cast and was produced by amateur filmmakers Keith Venn and George Coates. A group of local picnickers are enlisted as sleuths when a villainous gamekeeper and his accomplice are discovered to have stolen an aristocrat’s necklace and try to escape. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection. Keith Venn was a long standing member of Newcastle ACA and the IAC (Institute of Amateur Cinematographers).
An amateur film made by Bob Wrightson filmed over a year showing the changing colours in nature around the region and Lake District.
A home movie showing a family taking a trip by car into the County Durham countryside around High Force waterfall. The family are then filmed in Northumberland visiting Cragside and Bamburgh before finishing in Seahouses watching the fishing boats being unloaded.
A home movie of a family believed to from the Spennymoor area of County Durham begins with a woman and small girl walking through sand dunes looking at a colony of Terns. This is followed by a school sports day in which boys take part in various sporting and gymnastic events on the lawn of a large house. The final part of the film made after the 18th February 1941 following the worst blizzard conditions since 1888 shows the effects of heavy snow around the Spennymoor area including people walking past huge banks of snow and men working to clear the streets.
An industrial film that shows the construction, opening and extended use of the Derwent Reservoir in County Durham. The film includes the opening of the reservoir by Princess Alexandra in July 1967 and then goes on to examine the reasons for building it and some of the technical innovations and difficulties that had to be developed or overcome. The film ends showing how the reservoir, as well as providing water for the region has also developed into a leisure facility with fishing and sailing now well established.