This is a training film by the London Midland and Scottish Railway, with a realistic demonstration of how to deal with a mustard bomb attack on the railway.
This is one of a large collection of British Rail, and some pre- British Rail, films inherited by the track renewals company Fastline. This film shows the huge blizzards on the South Durham & Lancashire Union Railway running through Stainmore in the winter of 1947. The closed line is being cleared by gangs of men with shovels, snow ploughs and rail-mounted Rolls Royce Derwent jet engines blasting the snow. It also shows severe flooding on the railway at Barlby near Selby.
This educational film explores the history and development of Saltaire, the Victorian model town established by Titus Salt in 1851. The film follows Melanie Hall and Nancy Brearley as they walk around the village and learn about its sights.
This is a West Riding Civil Defence exercise that took place on Sunday 14th March 1965, around Aireworth Street, Keighley, filmed by amateur filmmaker Michael Lockwood. It was based on a scenario of Keighley having just suffered an airburst nuclear attack, between a megaton and a kiloton. It was a large scale exercise involving in total 350 people, including many young people from local schools: Eastmoor Approved School, Leeds, the Army Apprentice School, Harrogate, and Tong Park House School, Baildon.
This is part of a collection of films made by butcher and amateur filmmaker Henry Foster of Acomb. The film shows the old cattle, or livestock, market located near where the York Barbican is today. It also shows members of the York Butcher’s Association, the National Federation of Meat Trades Associations annual conference at Harrogate, and Remembrance Day in Harrogate.
This is a film of herring fishing in Whitby, focusing on the Fortune family and their kipper business, as told by one of the local fishermen. The film includes footage of Whitby Harbour, fishing, and preparing kippers for smoking.
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.
This documentary looks at Denby Grange Colliery which is closing for two weeks while its workers go on a club trip to Scarborough. The documentary follows the workers while they are on their holidays including: one group who have a boozy day out at Scarborough, a competition involving a local allotment society display at the Wakefield Show, Harold Blessard hustles the local darts players for pints in a pub in Bridlington, and face worker Ted Pickles who spends his two week holiday with his family in Mablethorpe with a Punch and Judy show and performs as a clown in the James Brothers Circus.
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.
A documentary using archive photographs and readings from the period which portrays the decline of lead mining in Swaledale in the second half of the nineteenth century, painting a bleak picture of the lives of the lead miners who bargained as individuals for work. It also focuses on the efforts of Sir George Denys to keep lead mining going. The programme was orginally transmitted 18/04/1976.
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 YTV documentary, first broadcast on 18th January, 1982, was made just two years before the Great Miners’ Strike of 1984/85, giving an optimistic view of the future of coal mining in South Yorkshire. The new £400 million coal complex of Selby is nearing completion, and interviews with the local council, the NCB and miners reveal high hopes that it will lead to more coal fields opening and more jobs for the area. It includes interviews with miners, NCB representatives and other interested parties.
At 77, shipping magnate Victor Waddington is a most unusual and modest millionaire. Estimates put his business fortune at over £40 million, but in true Yorkshire fashion he refuses to discuss it. There is no high-society, champagne lifestyle for the man who controls his multi-million pound empire from a canal-side boatyard in Swinton, mid-way between Rotherham and Doncaster. He is in the office before his workers in the morning, and doesn't leave until long after they have gone home at night. He is just as happy pulling his weight in the boatyard as he is taking his annual cruise on the QE2, and there is another side to this man. He may count the pennies coming in, but Victor Waddington has been the anonymous benefactor to countless good causes, giving away a fortune to churches all over the North of England.
From the very first drilling through the entire ten year building process, this documentary details the construction of what proved to be the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world for 17 years - the Humber Bridge. The documentary includes the entirety of the Queen’s opening speech and was originally broadcast on 17th July, 1983.
This is the second of a series of four themed programmes made by Yorkshire Television that aired in 1987 about life on the Manor Estate of council housing in Sheffield, consisting of events on the Estate and interviews with, mostly unidentified, residents. This one focuses on residents who have been made redundant and who are trying to move on. It shows four unemployed steelworkers trying to renovate a tool making workshop, Mal Middleton, who has written a script, ‘Bird Fancier’, produced by the BBC, unemployed workers who are scavenging the derelict houses, and Sheffield Wednesday footballer Mel Sterland. It was first transmitted on 10th August, 1987.
This 1981 dramatization of the autobiography of Fred Kitchen focuses on his first year as a farm labourer aged 13, in 1904. The drama paints a vivid portrait of life as a farm labourer and as a navvy on the railway at the turn of the century. Fred has an extremely harsh time at the hands of his widow employer, but soon becomes capable in his farming tasks, finding comfort with the shire horses he looks after. At the end of the year he has matured enough to bargain a wage at the Hire Fair. The Yorkshire Television programme was adapted for TV by Stephen Wakelam.
This is a film sponsored by the Textile Department of the University of Leeds which shows the process of the production of yarn in several West Riding woolen mills. Through the extensive use of intertitles, each stage of the process is explained in great detail and shown in operation.
This is one of many films made by amateur filmmaker John (Jack) E Dyson of Leeds. This is a documentary showing the old process of making an iron piece of machinery using a handmade mould. The film mostly filmed in close to mid shot focusing on the equipment and process rather than the workers. A voiceover accompanies the film explaining each stage of the process. There is also a musical soundtrack taken in part from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. The film was made in the Frederick Dyson & Sons Ltd., Steander Foundry in Leeds. The foundry was located on Steander Lane, off East Street, and the foundry’s Director was Dyson’s brother Fredrick who was also a local filmmaker.
This is a promotional film about Slingsby Aircraft Ltd, based in Kirkbymoorside. It shows many of the gliders that they make and has an interview with the Managing Director, Bill Slater.
This is film of the Yorkshire County cricket team’s tour to Jamaica in February and March, 1936. The first part of the film is of the team on board their ship playing various games, including a hand ball tournament on the deck, showing some of the rounds with Sutcliffe, Verity, Wood, Bowes, George Hirst, Fisher, and Leyland. Also included is some action from the game vs. combined schools at Sabina Park, and some practising, and a tour of a sugar cane plantation. It states on the reel, E.J.W. Popplewell, who is expected to be the filmmaker.
This film shows the manufacture of high-quality Effingham Steel Strip in Sheffield in the 1930s. Using copious intertitles, the film gives a detailed description of the process, from hot rolling through the finished product of steel strip, with brief film of each stage being shown along the way.
Kellingley Colliery was a deep coal mine located near Selby, North Yorkshire, and officially closed in December, 2015. The Miner’s Strike was one of the most bitter industrial disputes Britain has ever seen and affected communities across the country. The strike ended on 3rd March, 1985 nearly a year after it began. This short film features the workers of Kellingley Colliery as they carry their banners and return to work following the strike.
Part of the Fastline Collection, this film was made in the mid-1940s at Hulands Quarry near Bowes and Barnard Castle in County Durham. The film shows the various stages of work at the limestone quarry and ballast production from iron furnace slag at Lackenby used on railway tracks.
A Billingham Film Unit short documentary that introduces the ICI Billingham and Wilton Works, including a brief look at salt production at Haverton Hill (off main works), the ICI Synthetic Ammonia Works and ICI Nylon Works, and the Synthonia Club. The film also documents the old Billingham and the farms that are located in the shadow of the chemical works. Includes footage of the Wilton site under construction.