Billingham Film Unit cine-magazine featuring three news items: VIPs and ICI board members attend a screening of the ICI cine-magazine production "Just Billingham" at the Gaumont Theatre in London's Wardour Street. A second feature looks at ICI workers using Durham County Council's Mass Radiography Unit for health checks. The final part looks at the work of the Anhydrite Mine. Anhydrite was mined in the Billingham area from 1928, located in the Casebourne division of the works.
Billingham Film Unit cine magazine 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 documentary profiles the North East comedian and club entertainer Pauline Patricia Brennan (nee Petty), better known under her stage name, Scarlet O'Hara. She reminisces about her impoverished post-war childhood in the working class Rye Hill area of Scotswood, in Newcastle’s West End, her husbands, and the start of her career working as a singer and stand-up comic at working men’s clubs and pubs in the region. The programme was originally broadcast on 12th March 1981 as part of the series Northern Scene, later featuring as part of the networked About Britain series.
Amateur home movie compilation that records family visits in North Yorkshire and the Pennines, produced between 1952 and 1953. The film includes scenes of a stonemason at work on the Frank Elgee memorial stone and the dedication ceremony at Rosedale Head on the North York Moors in 1953. Frank Elgee was an archaeologist, geologist and naturalist, and former curator of the Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough. There is also footage of travel in Belgium and Germany with scenes filmed at Brussels, Lake Constance, and Rothenburg in Bavaria.
This Tyne Tees Television documentary was originally broadcast on 14 October 1963, the first year of the newly formed Newcastle University. The production follows two students, Christine Hughes and Derek Sutton, as they throw themselves into student life: academic life in the lecture room and laboratories, examinations, graduation ceremony and leisure time. The film contrasts traditional elements of student life such as buying academic gowns, residential halls and dining etiquette, along with student clubs and recreation - Morris dancing, sailing, sports, the student newspaper, the Courier. Includes footage of the Fine Art, Naval Architecture, and Physics departments, along with shots of the new Herschel physics building, designed by Sir Basil Spence and opened in March 1962.
A promotional film by Turners Film Unit for the North East Development Council, which records the North East’s recent industrial, commercial, social and cultural successes to encourage businesses and families to move to the region. Includes footage of education, art and entertainment, shopping, and industry from Northumberland down to Tees Valley.
A promotional film made by Turners Film and Video Production for Portsmouth and Sunderland Newspapers Limited that shows how and why the Sunderland Echo newspaper is important to the local communities in and around Sunderland. The film also shows the production of an edition from the writing of a story to the printing and distribution of the finished product. The film shows how the paper uses the latest computer technologies and how it is printed using the offset lithographic printing process.
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.
A film made by amateur filmmaker Betty Cook of the annual medieval fair taking place in Sedgefield on the 22 May 1976. The film shows festivities taking place on the town green with many people in costume. There are views of various activists and stalls including a medieval barbecue, craft stalls and a man being dunked into a pool of water. The film also includes a juvenile jazz band performing as well a race between three pantomime horses.
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 film made by students of Bede College looking at the North East alternative newspaper “Muther Grumble”. The film show views of young people walking around Durham City and shots of various pages from the newspaper. The film also includes shots of young people seated in a room, possibly the office of 'Muther Grumble', smoking and talking.
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.
Compilation of outtakes and trims from various films produced by George Cummin with members of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) between 1952 and 1967. Also contains brief production scenes from two ACA productions: “A Fishing Tale” and “Sound Effects”.
The Lambton Film Group made this amateur film about adults who join a course in filmmaking at Lambton Castle Adult Education College, including a man who is endlessly late for everything. Contains footage of the students filming courses taking place at the college including cookery, dance and archery classes. The students are tutored by veteran amateur filmmaker George Cummin, a member of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA).
An amateur film made by Michael Gough of events and activities taking place in and around the city of Durham as part of the 800th anniversary of the granting of a charter to the city by Bishop Hugh de Puiset in 1079. The film includes a history of the city, a parade of marching bands and people in historic costumes, an event at Durham Racecourse, a hog roast, English Civil War re-enactment, a Mystery Play and a medieval market. On Palace Green Durham University’s graduation ceremony takes place. The final scenes are of Durham Miners Gala featuring Prime Minister James Callaghan.
An amateur film by Betty Cook of Cleveland Cine Club looks at the craft of lapidary, which involves the polishing of stones and the mounting of them for costume jewellery, trophies and other decorative items. The film looks at the finding of suitable stones out in the field and the various processes involved to produce a finished item for display.
An amateur ghost story and morality play based on Charles Dickens' “A Christmas Carol’ made by members of the Elvet Youth Club in Durham with the assistance of David Williams. The story follows a young boy who visits a local youth club where he causes nothing but trouble. He falls asleep and a ghost appears to show him the error of his ways. After being terrorised by the ghostly images of those he has wronged, the film ends with the boy returning to the club and making good his bad deeds.
A compilation reel containing a series of short animations in various styles believed produced by students of Bede College, under the tutelage of David Williams. Includes BEDE FILM SOCIETY: PREVIEW OF FORTH-COMING FEATURES animations for films such as 'Patton' and 'A Fist Full of Dynamite'.
Amateur footage shot in 1951 by George Pennington, the owner of Cosy Coaches in Meadowfield, which records a celebration of folk dancing organised by the Women's Institute at Brancepeth Castle. Includes Morris dancing and Horn Dancers wearing antlers, one of the ritual rural customs that survive today.