This is one of a large collection of British Rail, and some pre- British Rail, films inherited by the track renewals company Fastline in 1996, and passed on to Fastline Photography when they folded in 2010. This one has condemned wagons being used to test various types of buffers by being propelled into them at different speeds, probably taking place in the railway yard at Great Horton in Bradford.
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 film, made by the photographic unit of the NE Region of British Rail, shows new hydraulic gates being installed on the level crossing at the junction of Spring Bank West and Walton Street in Hull in December 1963.
This is one of a large collection of British Rail, and some pre- British Rail, films inherited by the track renewals company Fastline in 1996, and passed on to Fastline Photography when they folded in 2010. This film shows extensive demonstrations to a party of schoolchildren of very many kinds of modern track equipment, including a Morris Tracklayer and a Plassermatic Tamper, at Ponteland Goods depot, Northumberland.
This is one of a collection of films made by the Selby Cine Club. This film provides a wonderful overview of the town of Selby as it was in 1965 and is accompanied by an interesting historical commentary. It shows pedestrians and traffic in the town centre, many of the shops, and includes the Toll Bridge, the Monday market, the Reverend John Kent giving a tour of the Abbey, the shipyard, the BOCM Mill, and a Council meeting.
This is a film made by three members of the Mercury Movie Makers – Alan Sidi, Ken Leckenby and Reg White – which explains in detail how they added soundtracks to films using a sophisticated system designed by Alan Sidi. Sidi also provides the commentary to the film. The men give a demonstration showing the audience how to add sound to the film 'On Every Child's Shoulder.’ The film takes place in Sidi’s personal editing room in his house, Val D’or.
This is a film showing some of the construction of the new NCB colliery being built at Wistow around 1982.
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 process of spinning wool into yarn at their factory in Wakefield, showing the workers at work, including those hand knitting designs for testing.
This film is part of a collection of mainly family films made by a G.H. Clarke, a family who lived on the outskirts of Horsforth. The film features an electrical shop in Leeds which was owned by Fred Reynolds. It shows customers taking their radios in for repair and includes a whimsical section with two children causing mayhem as they try to help repair the radios.
Every day at Fylingdales, the Early Warning Missile Base high on the North York Moors near Whitby in North Yorkshire, 5000 space objects come under the day-and-night questioning of 100-ton radar scanners. The basic function of Fylingdales is to alert the West to possible Russian nuclear ballistic attack. Three 'golf-balls' dominate Fylingdales, along with a smaller listening-ear dome which analyses interference from unwanted radio and television signals. This documentary provides a fascinating insight into the function of Fylingdales. We visit the operation room, accessed by a secret 800 metre long tunnel, and find out about the 700 people who man this highly-secret, self-contained township. Peace protestors and CND supporters have their say too.
The Festival of Human Power in Milton Keynes is Britain's most bizarre road race - pedal-powered tricycles compete for an £8000 prize. Scientist Heinz Wolff reports from the big race and meets some of the competitors, including world-class cyclist Phil Webster. This is a Yorkshire Television programme includes interviews with various competitors, including world-class cyclist Phil Webster.
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 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.
Catterick Garrison is a major garrison and town three miles south of Richmond, North Yorkshire. It is the largest British Army garrison in the world with a population of around 13,000 and measuring over 2,400 acres. This film was taken during an open day and features military displays using helicopters, tanks, and aeroplanes.
This film features an educational demonstration in Sheffield to late primary or early secondary school students about how to properly care for their teeth. The exhibition space is decorated with posters outlining proper dental care as well as features demonstrations using a dentist’s chair and tools.
Michael Clegg visits the Lower Don Valley and meets Geoff Cartwright and Keith Clarkson who are both involved in the conservation and revitalisation of this area of Sheffield. The Lower Don Valley is full of derelict ex-industrial sites and mills, but Sheffield has a plan to revitalise Blackburn Meadow, near Tinsley, on the remains of former medieval forests.
In this episode of Calendar Magazine, Robert Hall looks at the way Calderdale overall, and specifically Halifax, is set for revival and renovation. The programme was first broadcast on 3rd December, 1987
The following is a 1966 advertisement for Waddingtons science-themed activing set called ‘Future Scientists’. The science kit contains the following tools and instruments: a microscope, empty slides, insect specimens, dissecting instruments and a user manual.
The film depicts several highlights of the filmmaker’s holidays in 1934. The majority of the film was made in Torquay, but it also features shots recorded in a number of areas near the south coast in Britain.
This is a Billingham Film Unit production for ICI General Chemicals Division, filmed at the Billingham Cassel Works, with titles and commentary by Frank Phillips. The film documents the process for extracting sodium from sodium hydroxide, a process originally devised by Hamilton Young Castner (1858-98), as mentioned in the commentary.
Billingham Film Unit feature on weather experiments that use ICI Billingham-made dry ice.
A short ICI Billingham Film Unit documentary that discusses how recent improvements to ICI plant machinery and chemical processes have helped to dramatically decrease pollution.
An artist is commissioned to paint a mural about PVC and pays a visit to ICI to see what it is. This sponsored documentary covers the discovery in 1838 of polyvinyl chloride, the history of PVC, its invention, creation of polymers in chemistry labs, and some of its applications many years later, all hung on the narrative of an artist’s investigation to inform his work.
A documentary and educational film produced by the ICI Film Unit on the role of the engineer in the development of industrial production, building on the research of the chemist and physicist and making experiments practical on an industrial scale. The film records a student's progress through university, including a whiz through non-academic activities to illustrate the benefits of university, a summer apprenticeship schemes at ICI Wilton works, and internship programme in Canada. The final continues showing the student at work with a post-graduate student, conducting an experiment with an early analogue computer, taking his final exams and eventual graduation. The film ends with him now a junior engineer supervising other students.
ICI film promoting a work study scheme to help improve ICI efficiency during hard economic times. Includes excellent non-industrial sequences that illustrate some of the products manufactured with ICI materials, such as nylon (a woman with stockings), domestic scenes including valves for the TV, Formica tables, plastic ashtray, hoovering a carpet, scenes in Stockton market, haymaking, and men on ships during stormy weather, to illustrate "pulling together." A commentary accompanies the film.