This is a film made by a local man of a year in the life of his household and neighbours in the village of Acaster Malbis. The film features his house and the camping and caravan site which both back onto the River Ouse. There is also footage of the river flooding and his family at Christmas. Throughout the film, the filmmaker provides running commentary, usually in a humorous fashion.
This is a three part film tracing the path of wheat from field, through the process of milling and baking, and finally to the shop. The film was commissioned by Harry Burgess, the owner of Thornton Mill in Thornton le Dale. It also shows the Derwent hunt, a point to point race meet at Charm Park and Pickering Carnival. The second part shows the grain arriving at Hull docks and being taken to the mill where it is ground, and is used as animal feed for chickens at Spinks Farm in Easingwold. The third part shows the hatching of chicks, and animal feed being used for pigs and cattle. It also shows flour being delivered to shops around Middlesbrough, and baking, including at the Jacobs biscuit factory. Footage was shot between 1947-1953.
This is a film from a collection of home movies made by Jack Johnson of Pontefract. It shows Jack and his wife visiting various places in Yorkshire as well as includes an Armistice Day parade Pontefract.
This is a documentary on a farming family in Eskdale, part of the Yorkshire Television series Once In A Lifetime, originally broadcast on 3rd April, 1973. It shows the daily life of the Raw family – John and his wife Dot, and their three daughters and two sons – on their fifty acre farm in Fryup Dale, North Yorkshire. The main story is of the children’s wish to have a pony, but there is also tension between mum and eldest daughter, emerging from adolescence.
Made by amateur filmmaker Ken Leckenby, this short travelogue offers a look at some of Yorkshire’s most scenic countryside and towns, including Knaresborough and Kilburn, along with exploration of the curious myths and legends associated with them.
This short film by Eric Hall takes a look round the CLA (Country Landowners’ Association) Game Fair held at Raby Castle, County Durham, in 1972. Along with various stalls offering equipment for country pursuits, there are demonstrations of clay pigeon shooting, fishing, archery and falconry.
This short film shows a day at a trotting race. A jovially narrated commentary explains the history and practice of racing horses with sulkies, the single-seater carts seen in the film.