This is a promotional film made by Harrap Brothers to promote their Sirdar brand of knitting yarn. Accompanied by a commentary, the film takes us through the new designs for woollen clothing for children aged between 2 and 4, and also for women, using still photographs of small girls modelling the designs, and striking some odd poses. The first part of the film corresponds to ‘Sirdar Sophisti-Tots’, 5764. The second part features the ‘Sirdar Sophisticats’ range.
This is a promotional film made by C.H. Wood for the company of Firth Fabrics, located at the Old Mills, Drighlington, on the outskirts of Bradford. It explains how they make bespoke carpets and seat fabrics for cars and coaches. The film includes extensive industrial footage of the weaving machines in action and the final products illustrated with the help of a glamorous model.
Made by George Holden, this is a film of a butcher who demonstrates how to make polony. Polony is the name for a large sausage created from a mixture of beef and pork which was very popular in Britain, though it is now eaten less often.
A documentary about the fate of Dean Clough Mill in Halifax in becoming a business centre after its closure as a factory for Crossley Carpets in 1982, part of Yorkshire Television’s Northern Line series. The programme features interviews with many of those involved in the Mill and its new venture, especially Ernest Hall who started it. It also includes the launch of UK 2000 job creation scheme in 1986 with Richard Branson, and a visit by Prince Charles to Chair the inaugural session of Business in the Community.
Magazine film by Eric Hall on various sporting themes, including cricket, golf, model aeroplanes, fishing and, most prominently, motorcycle racing.
This short film shows an exhibition of hobbies organised by Shipley Rotary Club, with members’ pastimes such as model making and rope knots on display.
This charming short film by Eric Hall looks around various English gardens in full bloom, mostly in Yorkshire and the Lake District.
This film by Eric Hall takes a brief look at the world of miniature cars, boats and aeroplanes and the hobbyists who race them.
Journalist Bill Mitchell's job is to chronicle the lives of the people who inhabit the landscape he loves - the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. His magazine, The Dalesman, has a circulation of 56,000 but it is estimated to be read by more than half a million people every month. These readers are scattered not just throughout Yorkshire, but can be found in Bhutan and the Falklands. Now, after forty years as reporter and editor, Bill Mitchell - one of the best-loved characters - is to retire. Alan Bennett narrates and Richard Whiteley reports on Bill's travels as he meets shepherds, farmers and other true Dales folk.
This programme takes looks at the Yorkshire Cricket League and the Bradford Cricket League, focusing on Pudsey St Lawrence Cricket Club. The documentary features interviews and some cricket action.
This is a Yorkshire Television documentary, first broadcast 28 August 1975, which marks the centenary of Leeds University, written and presented by one of its esteemed graduates, Richard Hoggart. Using interviews with students, alumni, and some of the major players at the University, Hoggart situates the University within its historical and social context and examines some of the issues facing universities in the 1970s. He particularly focuses on the relationship that the University has to the wider community in Leeds.
This documentary is part of the Yorkshire Television Destination Mexico series which was first transmitted in the summer of 1968. This episode focuses on the show jumper Harvey Smith who, it was expected, would be selected for the Olympic Games in Mexico of that year. It mainly features Harvey Smith talking about his horses, his training methods and various aspects of his career and life, as well as interviews with others who know him.
This is a Calendar Special on the British paraplegic athletic squad in training for the National Championships taking place later that year at Stoke Mandeville. The programme includes footage of the athletes in training, mainly wheelchair racing, at Cleckheaton athletics track in West Yorkshire. There are interviews with competitors and others including Kevin McNicholas, Paul Cartwright, Moira Gallagher (National Track Coach), Mark Agar (British Record Holder 800/1500 meters) and Dorothy Ripley (British Record Holder, shot put and javelin).
This is a Yorkshire Television documentary that investigates the conflict between environmentalists and limestone and gritstone companies quarrying in the Yorkshire and Derbyshire National Parks. It is presented by comedian, folk singer and environmentalist Mike Harding and includes interviews with interested parties for and against the quarrying. A number of quarries are seen and discussed: Ribblehead, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Ingleton Quarry, Giggleswick, Kilnsey Gray, Arcow Quarry and Helworth Quarry, both at Helmworth Bridge, Swinden Quarry near Grassington and Cool Scar Quarry at Kilnsey, in Yorkshire; and Topley Pike Quarry and Eldon Hill Quarry in Derbyshire.
Michael Clegg provides the natural history of Windy Hill in the Pennines and visits Stott Hall Farm, 1100 feet up, situated between the two sets of carriageways on the M62. He talks to the farmer Ken Wilde and his wife Beth about what it is like to live there, and the sheep farming they do.
This is a Yorkshire Television documentary about Chapeltown, Leeds. The programme focuses on the deprivation and lack of jobs, especially for young black men, in the light of the new Task Force that has been established to create jobs. It consists mainly of interviews with locals in Chapeltown, as well as the head of the Task Force, the local police chief, and Employment Minister Kenneth Clarke. A follow up programme was made the next year, also by Yorkshire Television, titled, Chapeltown One Year On.
This is a follow up programme on a documentary made the previous year by Yorkshire Television titled, Task Force Chapeltown. The film is mainly composed of interviews with locals in Chapeltown about the area and their prospects of getting a job. This is in reference to the Government initiative of the previous year of establishing Task Forces in rundown areas in five cities to help create jobs. The majority of those interviewed express the view that the project has not achieved anything so far.
This is a promotional film made by C.H. Wood for the Miraclean system produced by Thomas Hill Engineering of Hull. It provides an overview of the revolutionary cleaning machine they designed in the early 1980s for bottle cleaning, the Miraclean. Here it cleans Hammond sauce bottles (Shipley), soft drink bottles from Bradford, Guinness bottles from Liverpool, wine bottles, vials for medicines and bottles of pop.
This is a documentary of Henry Moore looking back at his childhood, aged 83. In it Henry Moore discusses the influence of where he was brought up in Castleford, his parents and teachers. Throughout the film a boy represents the reflections of Henry Moore as a boy, wandering around Castleford and doing activities to illustrate Henry Moore’s recollections. The film also features pupils from Castleford High School.
This is a Yorkshire Television documentary, part of the Northern Line Series, on the Laundry at Halifax General Hospital which is under threat of closure due to privatisation of the Health Service. The programme focuses on interviewing four of the women who work in the laundry, who talk about the importance of what they do, their working conditions and pay, their pride in their job, but their anger at the Government for privatisation.
This is a fascinating portrait of former miner Jim Bullock at the time of his retirement as President of the British Association of Colliery Management in 1969, in extensive interviews with Austin Mitchell. Bullock recounts his life and rise from working in Fryston coal mine to becoming pit manager and then a farmer and landowner, whilst remaining a socialist. Made by Yorkshire Television, the programme was first broadcast on 22nd July, 1969.
This is a film in two parts. Made by Eddie Percy of Settle, the film features the Settle Conservative Association Donkey Derby in July, 1964 as well as a traction rally at Harewood House.
This is a film of the newly opened Clarke Hall in West Yorkshire as a “living museum,” explaining the educational rationale of the museum and showing children interacting with the 17th century items that were typically used in that period of history. The Museum closed in July 2012 due to Council cuts.
This is a film of the play bus, part of a scheme run by the Playbus Association charity, operating in Wakefield in West Yorkshire. It was set up in January 1977 and stopped in 2005. A Playbus was used for providing a mobile facility for a variety of activities surrounding entertainment and education, usually for children of pre-school or school age.
This is the first of three films made by Edwin Scaife, an electrical engineer from Leeds, of his daughter. This shows the family on holiday, possibly in Blackpool, as well as at home.