Made by George Holden, this is a film of a butcher who demonstrates how to make polony. Polony is the name for a large sausage created from a mixture of beef and pork which was very popular in Britain, though it is now eaten less often.
A documentary about the fate of Dean Clough Mill in Halifax in becoming a business centre after its closure as a factory for Crossley Carpets in 1982, part of Yorkshire Television’s Northern Line series. The programme features interviews with many of those involved in the Mill and its new venture, especially Ernest Hall who started it. It also includes the launch of UK 2000 job creation scheme in 1986 with Richard Branson, and a visit by Prince Charles to Chair the inaugural session of Business in the Community.
Michael Clegg provides the natural history of Windy Hill in the Pennines and visits Stott Hall Farm, 1100 feet up, situated between the two sets of carriageways on the M62. He talks to the farmer Ken Wilde and his wife Beth about what it is like to live there, and the sheep farming they do.
This is a Yorkshire Television documentary, part of the Northern Line Series, on the Laundry at Halifax General Hospital which is under threat of closure due to privatisation of the Health Service. The programme focuses on interviewing four of the women who work in the laundry, who talk about the importance of what they do, their working conditions and pay, their pride in their job, but their anger at the Government for privatisation.
This is a fascinating portrait of former miner Jim Bullock at the time of his retirement as President of the British Association of Colliery Management in 1969, in extensive interviews with Austin Mitchell. Bullock recounts his life and rise from working in Fryston coal mine to becoming pit manager and then a farmer and landowner, whilst remaining a socialist. Made by Yorkshire Television, the programme was first broadcast on 22nd July, 1969.
This is a film sponsored by the Textile Department of the University of Leeds which shows the process of the production of yarn in several West Riding woolen mills. Through the extensive use of intertitles, each stage of the process is explained in great detail and shown in operation.
This is one of many films made by amateur filmmaker John (Jack) E Dyson of Leeds. This shows the Swillington Miners Welfare Gala and Sports Day, and also a trip to Scotland.
This is one of many films made by amateur filmmaker John (Jack) E Dyson of Leeds. The film features a tram journey through Leeds as well as some work on widening the A1 near Boroughbridge.
This is one of many films made by amateur filmmaker John (Jack) E Dyson of Leeds. This is a documentary showing the old process of making an iron piece of machinery using a handmade mould. The film mostly filmed in close to mid shot focusing on the equipment and process rather than the workers. A voiceover accompanies the film explaining each stage of the process. There is also a musical soundtrack taken in part from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. The film was made in the Frederick Dyson & Sons Ltd., Steander Foundry in Leeds. The foundry was located on Steander Lane, off East Street, and the foundry’s Director was Dyson’s brother Fredrick who was also a local filmmaker.
A promotional film produced by Trident Television for Tyne Tees and Yorkshire Television to illustrate the vast consumer markets in the North East and Yorkshire regions and to attract commercial advertisers. The film uses various montages showing industry, housing and retail across both the Yorkshire, Teesside, Durham and Tyne and Wear areas.
This is a 1970 promotional film made by Turners Film Productions in Newcastle for Jackson the Tailor Limited, one of the most famous English menswear brands of the sixties and seventies. The film shows the mass production of quality suits in the factory tailoring industry, where wages were paid 'on piece rates', or paid by the garment. Footage depicts the craftsmanship involved in producing a hand cut, individually tailored garment.
Through a combination of voiceover and footage, this promotional film for Ringtons Limited follows the cycle of tea production and distribution, from the Ceylon plantations to the Ringtons Tea factory in Algernon Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, and from the factory to the customer’s doorstep.
A promotional film produced for Joshua Wilson & Brothers Ltd by Turners Films Production that looks at the VG Foodstores network of small food retail shops and supermarkets in the North East of England. The region is served by the Joshua Wilson food distribution company, located in Durham, and is the largest in Europe. All aspects of running a VG grocery store are covered, not only food distribution, but layout, architecture, and advertising