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..
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.
Amateur film that records the northern region Boys Brigade Life Boys holiday at a camp at Hawthorn Towers, County Durham, in the early 1930s. Activities that are shown include morning kit inspection, washing, prayers, eating, and sports. Hawthorn Towers was demolished in 1969.
Amateur film documenting a Newcastle Boys Brigade trip to the High Force waterfall in Teesdale, County Durham.
Home movie compilation by Dr H. Brenton Porteous that captures winter scenes in Newcastle and surrounding countryside; biplanes and monoplanes at Woolsington airfield; Beadnell bay and harbour; High Force waterfall on the River Tees, and the building of an air raid shelter at Osborne Road, Jesmond, Newcastle, the home of Dr Porteous, and now the site of Whites Hotel. Also included are shots at the wedding of Dr H. B. Porteous (the filmmaker) and Dr Winifred Ormerod in 1926, with good examples of 1920s bridal wear.
Educational film produced as part of the Ministry of Education Visual Unit on Local Studies by Basic Films in October 1945, and released in 1949. The film describes how a group of school children in Bishop Auckland become interested in local studies, and follows their progress as they plan, organize, and begin their studies of the locality, co-ordinating the results of their work in an exhibition of maps, models, graphs, records, charts, diagrams, plans and photographs. The film includes casting in steel at Wilson’s Forge, panoramic views of the rural landscape from Brusselton Hill, south of Bishop Auckland, footage of activities at Grange Hill Farm, and of parts of the Roman fort at Binchester.
An amateur film made by Edward Roberts, a Durham County Inspector of Schools and pitman's son, recording the river Tees from its rural source through to industrial areas on the banks of the river around Middlesbrough, and the estuary as it flows into the North Sea.
An amateur film made by Edward Roberts of traditional working life on a hill sheep farm in Weardale. The film includes footage of lambing season and sheep shearing with hand clippers. The filmmaker, son of a miner from Mount Pleasant, was at the time County Inspector for Schools in the Durham City, Spennymoor and Weardale areas.
A compilation of home movie footage and commercial films produced or compiled by William Gargate, a policeman from Leadgate near Consett. Includes sequences of a family feeding lambs on a farm, and exploring rugged countryside and waterfalls in the Thorpe Thewles or Teesdale area.
A compilation of home movie films documenting the Morton family picnics, walks, and visits to towns and attractions around the north of England. The film includes a trip to Seahouses beach, the Farne Islands, rambling along the Cleveland coast between Saltburn-by-the-Sea and Staithes, spring-time walking in Farndale Nature Reserve, and a visit to Bishop Auckland Castle Park.
A film made by Turners Film Productions for the North East Development Council that looks at the merits of living and working in the North East. The film is presented by George Chetwynd, the director of the North East Development Council as a guide. The film assesses road, rail, sea and air transport communications, new building developments and showcases the new industrial estates. The film finishes with a look at the natural amenities of the region, which might tempt newcomers to explore further.
The second of three Tyne Tees Television documentaries about the three main rivers of the north east presented by Mike Neville. This film looking at the River Wear, begins in the upper reaches of Weardale and follows Mike as he travels downstream. On his journey he visits the villages of St Johns Chapel, Witton-le-Wear and Escomb as well as the towns of Stanhope and Wolsingham. While at Wolsingam he visits a local timber mill as well as steel foundry which is celebrating its centenary.
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 amateur student film was made by the Bede College Film & TV Department of Durham University in the late 60s. It is a fantasy film based on a boy meets girl story. A younger and older photographer meet in Durham for a press job. The two symbolise one man, as his younger self, and as the older, more experienced man he will become.
An amateur film produced by George Cummin in which his character 'SAM' (based on the acronym for St. Andrews Motors) looks back at various motorcycle and car rallies that took place around the region in 1955: a veteran and vintage car rally from Whitley Bay to Newcastle upon Tyne, Weardale’s Arthur Emerson Memorial Trial motorbike scramble event, the first ever Catterick Garrison Hill Climb, North Yorkshire, featuring racer Angela Brown in an Aston Martin and the Belmont Senior Grand National Scramble at Belmont Park, Durham.
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.
In October 1961, 75 hardy motorcycle riders gear up for the rough-and-tumble of the national Travers Trophy cross-country motorcycle trials (also known as Travelers Trophy) from St John’s Chapel, Weardale, organised by the Newcastle and District Motor Club. One of the earliest “scramble” competitions, the Travers started up in 1921, with endurance trials and hill climbs pictured here in old lead mine country, the riders on now classic British machines. The film was commissioned by the promoters, St Andrew’s Motors, and produced by George Cummin (Conway Films) and members of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). The commentary is by George Cummin.
This short narrative holiday film is by amateur filmmaker and member of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA), George Cummin, and his wife Norah Cummin. George and Norah take a week’s holiday at a cottage in Weardale, County Durham. George decides to make a film of the holiday and settles down to write the script, but is not inspired. Whilst his wife rambles, gardens and does the housework, George repeatedly falls asleep in a deckchair and fails to script the film. On the last day he finally decides on the title and rewards himself with a nap.
This short fiction film features Oakenshaw Welfare Drama Group as members of the cast and was produced by amateur filmmakers Keith Venn and George Coates. A group of local picnickers are enlisted as sleuths when a villainous gamekeeper and his accomplice are discovered to have stolen an aristocrat’s necklace and try to escape. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection. Keith Venn was a long standing member of Newcastle ACA and the IAC (Institute of Amateur Cinematographers).
Amateur compilation of 1950s holiday footage, which includes scenes filmed in Morecambe, at the Hoppings fair on the Town Moor in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tynemouth, various locations in Scotland, and on the Holy Island, in Northumberland. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
Compilation of amateur film from various trips in the 1950s and early 60s. Includes footage shot in London at a visit for an Institute of Amateur Cinematographers (IAC) national event and at Heathrow Airport, family outings to Brancepeth Castle, County Durham, and Matfen in Northumberland. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
Miscellaneous amateur film footage from the 1950s and 1960s in the collection of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). Includes outtakes of a Durham Miners’ Gala in the late 50s and the Centenary of the Blaydon Races in 1962, and surreal staged scenes (suggested as “dreams”) including a chess game in a suburban road between two women, which may be sequences from ACA film production shoots.
An amateur film made by Milton Newton of the 140 mile Blaydon Course as part of the British Cycling Federation National Road Race Championship. Starting from Blaydon Rugby Club the film shows riders completing four laps of the course travelling through Blaydon-on-Tyne then west to Riding Mill, south to Kiln Pit Hill and Carterway Heads and then north and east to Shotley Bridge and back to Blaydon. The final part of the film shows various prizes being awarded to the winner by Newcastle United Football Club centre-forward and Scottish International player Frank Brennen. The winner of the race is Bill Bradley from South Port (West) who is given a bicycle frame as a prize.