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.
Made by dance band musician George Cummin, this is a compilation of both amateur and commercial footage that documents a year of personal and national events in 1937, using occasional staged scenes. These include a wedding in Newcastle upon Tyne attended by George Cummin, and his own marriage in July, a picnic outing with his wife, Norah, and a friend, the Northumberland Plate festival at Gosforth Park Racecourse, Newcastle, and a fox hunt in Scotland. George and Norah Cummin were members of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association.
An amateur film made by D.M. Paulin of the Northumberland Boy Scouts showing activities and events taking place at their permanent camp site at Gosforth Park near Newcastle upon Tyne between 1957 and 1961. The film also records the visits by two Chief Scouts to the region. The first is of Thomas Corbett who visited Humshaugh near Hexham in Northumberland in June 1957 to dedicate a stone cairn built on the site of the first scout camp in 1908. The second visit is of Sir Charles Maclean who took part in the Northumberland and Durham Scout Rally at Gosforth Park in July 1961. The film also records the participation of the Northumberland Boy Scouts at the 9th World Scout Jubilee Jamboree which took place at Sutton Coldfield in August 1957.
A home movie showing civic decorations to streets and buildings in Gateshead and Newcastle as part the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in June 1953. The film also features a parade of bagpipers making their way through another town, probably in the Scottish Borders.
A mixture of amateur and commercial newsreel footage believed purchased or produced by Wylam physician Dr Swindale. The film begins with newsreels relating to the construction and launch of the RMS Queen Mary on Clydeside in 1934. This is followed by amateur footage filmed in around 1937 of children on a farm feeding lambs and boys taking part in a race along the river Tyne near Newcastle in the same year. The final part of the film shows is of a visit to Durham possibly made in around 1946 shot on both colour as well as black and white featurng a group posing alongside Durham Cathedrals famous Sanctuary Knocker.
An amateur film believed made by Wylam physician Dr Swindale, begins with a wedding taking place at an unknown church. King George V Silver Jubilee celebrations take place around Newcastle and Wylam followed by film of the Royal Agricultural Show as it takes place on the Newcastle Town Moor in 1935. The final part of the film shows a military camp believed to be in a field near Ripon in North Yorkshire. General activities around camp are filmed as well as the men and officers taking part in both official ceremonies and other less formal events watched by civilians. Although the regiment featured is not known, Dr Swindale did serve as an officer in the Royal Army Medical Corp.