A social record of shipyard labour, this documentary follows the construction, launch and fitting out of the “London Prestige” tanker at the Furness Shipbuilding yards on the River Tees, Haverton Hill. A professional voice-over, rousing music and poetry inject a sense of heroism and romance.
Black and white home movie compilation by Middlesbrough based dentist Tom Brown (Senior) of holiday trips with family and friends to Blackpool, the Lake District, Stratford-upon-Avon and Redcar.
This home movie by amateur filmmaker Tom H. Brown documents stages in the construction of the Brown’s new art deco home in Walton Avenue, Middlesbrough, in 1936. Footage includes images of the finished home that provide a good example of modern English domestic architecture of the 1930s.
Amateur home movie compilation, made by Middlesbrough dental surgeon Tom Brown (Senior), which shows members of the Brown family and their friends at holiday locations around the North of England. The film includes visits to Ruswarp, Richmond, Knaresborough, Runswick Bay, Great Ayton and locations around Yarm in North Yorkshire. Members of the Tees-Side Cine Club are pictured in costume at the rehearsals of the production of 'The Adventure of the Kiltoun Cup' in 1931. Also included at the end of the compilation are short sequences of the 1933 Mayor’s Sunday procession in Middlesbrough and the opening of the Tees (Newport) Bridge by the Duke and Duchess of York in 1934.
Amateur film of the Flinton family during leisure time, probably on holiday in the North Yorkshire moors and Scarborough in 1955.
Tyne Tees Television Newsview magazine item, originally broadcast on 11 September 1964, about a party organised the night before at Scorton Station by local octogenarian, Bridget Talbot of Kiplin Hall, celebrating the Richmond to Darlington line remaining open. At the time, the village was still awaiting a decision on the railway closure from Conservative Minister of Transport, Ernest Marples. Includes interviews with Bridget Talbot, who led the local campaign against closure, and Mr Tim Kitson, MP for Richmond.
Tyne Tees TV news magazine items on RAF Fylingdales (known affectionately as "the Golf Balls"), the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS) located on Snod Hill on the North Yorkshire Moors. Includes aerial shots and interesting shots inside and outside the military base. An interview with Colonel Gilbert W. Hunt of the United States Air Force conveys the futility of the base in offering any protection to Britain in the event of nuclear attack from the Soviet Union. Fylingdales was designed by the USA to give the radar coverage necessary to counter an inter-continental nuclear missile attack for the entire northern hemisphere during the cold war with Russia and the Eastern Block. The footage may have been shot in 1963 when the base became fully operational. The item was broadcast on 11 November 1964.
Amateur filmmaker and Egglescliffe Cine Club member, Tom Hudson captures scenes from the 1948 Yarm Fair, an annual event when the High Street is transformed into a fairground for three days in October, and from a traditional English garden fete held in the grounds of the Egglescliffe Rectory, Butts Lane, in the summer of 1948. The film records some of the surviving traditions from the days when Yarm Fair was primarily a commercial agricultural fair for farmers and traders, such as the Saturday morning running of horses for sale up and down the High Street, known as the “Riding of the Fair.” The filmmaker focuses much attention on recording the camera conscious visitors who attend both events, and there are good examples of 1940s women’s fashion in the sequence on Yarm Fair.
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..
A film in the Hartlepool Council collection that documents a holiday visit to Scarborough in 1977 by a group of students with learning disabilities from the Lynn Street Adult Training Centre. The film also features the students at a sports day in Clairville Stadium in Middlesbrough.
Home movie compilation of different Taylor family visits and holidays. Footage includes many shots of the Taylor's young daughter Sue.
An amateur film made by Betty Cook of the Cleveland Cine Club of a hunt taking place in the Cleveland or North Yorkshire countryside in January 1966. The film begins with the hunt preparing to depart from a large house, possibly at Great Ayton or Newham. With the hunt underway, the film changes to show Betty’s son Martin sitting beside a stuffed head of a fox that is in a hole in the ground. The film ends with the hunt passing and Martin waving goodbye to the fox.
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 promotional film by Turners Productions for the Norwegian firm Kavli, the Primula cheese makers. The film elaborates on the historical links between Norway, Scarborough and the North East of England. It documents the Kavli chain of cheese production from Norway to the UK base for Primula cheese manufacture in Gateshead’s Team Valley, opened in 1959. Includes footage of the Festival of Norway in Scarborough in 1966, which celebrated the founding of the town by Viking settlers 1,000 years previously, and the automated production process for Primula cheese and Kavli crispbreads in the Kavli factory at Team Valley Trading Estate, Gateshead. Kavli first set up operations in Cramlington back in 1936.
A detailed sponsored documentary by Turners Film Productions for Vaux Breweries on pigeon fancying and pigeon racing in the North East of England covering Northumberland, Tees Valley, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and North Yorkshire. Experts and participants explain breeding, selection, training, exhibition, racing and diet as the voice-over commentary gives an overview of the sport or hobby, and its importance to the largely male membership of the 'Up North Combine'. Footage of races include the Vaux-Usher International Gold Tankard Pigeon Race cross-channel from Beauvais in France, and scenes at the North of England Homing Union Show, held in Newcastle, are featured.
Sponsored film that documents the construction and operation of the offshore Boulby rig, GEM III, for cementation exploration. Footage includes views of Staithes harbour, the Boulby Cliffs, and the Boulby potash mine.
Amateur film of a range of Boys Brigade activities in Newcastle in the 1950s, which includes an annual camping trip at Dalton in 1956, taking a religious exam, the visit of the Hawick Boys Brigade Pipe Band, and sports in Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Home movie footage produced by Dr H. Brenton Porteous recording the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) 2nd (1st Northern) section training at the No. 8 Casualty Clearing Station, Chester-le-Street, (possibly the Hermitage) before the outbreak of war. Recruits are also shown drilling in uniform following the start of World War II and taking part in a sewing competition at a garden fete. The film-maker was a lieutenant in the RAMC.
An amateur film produced by the Cleveland Cine Club looking at the heritage and landscape of the Cleveland area. The film explores Middlesbrough town centre, coastal resorts such as Redcar, Runswick Bay and Whitby, and some derelict areas along the River Tees. The film also looks at the local countryside and visits a country show. Industry in the area shows workers leaving the Cargo Fleet steelworks on Middlesbrough Road.
An amateur film made by Middlesbrough filmmaker Raymond Kitching of the North Yorkshire coast from Redcar to Scarborough.
An amateur film by Walter Gowland of Hartlepool showing various scenes around the town including the outdoor lido on the Headland and Ward Jackson Park. The film also shows family trips to Thirsk, Helmsley, Scarborough and Edinburgh. The film ends with a display of various aircraft at an airfield, possibly RAF Middleton St George, now Durham Tees Valley Airport.
An amateur film made by Walter Gowland of Hartlepool showing views in and around Ward Jackson Park in Hartlepool and Hartlepool itself, a family visit to a stately home in Derbyshire and ends at Aysgarth Falls in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire.
An amateur film made by Walter Gowland of Hartlepool of his family visiting the countryside, Clifford's Tower in York and York Racecourse.
A home movie and travelogue documenting family life as well as visits to urban and rural beauty spots around the North of England: Newcastle upon Tyne, the Lake District, and Northumberland. The film includes rare footage of the Newcastle Illuminations, showing an array of shops, restaurants, theatres, and cinemas lit-up with bright and sometimes animated neon signs.