The son of a miner, Shildon-born author, screen writer and journalist Sid Chaplin, who started his own working life as an apprentice blacksmth at Dean and Chapter Colliery in Ferryhill, reminisces about his youth in Newfield, County Durham, in this auto-biographical arts documentary, an edition of the Tyne Tees Television series A World of My Own, first broadcast on 21 November 1969.
A documentary-drama produced by The Home Mission Department of the Methodist Church of Great Britain on the importance of faith, and in particular the Methodist faith, in the daily lives of miners. The film begins with footage of working life down the mine and then life for the miner at home. This is followed by two scripted sequences that look at the history of Methodism and why Methodism is important for today’s miners in comparison to Communism. The final section of the film shows Methodist minsters and preachers at work in local communities around County Durham and South Wales and includes footage from a Durham Miners Gala.
Record of the launch of the cargo ship Irish Larch from the William Gray shipyard in West Hartlepool on 11th June 1956. The film was commissioned by William Gray & Company Ltd. The ship receives a Catholic blessing and is named and launched by sponsor Mrs F H Boland, wife of the Irish Ambassador to London. The Managing Director William Talbot Gray also attends.