This film by railway enthusiast and filmmaker Chris Lawson of a visit to Cardiff made by Prince Charles and of railway enthhusiasts on the platform of Cardiff Central. The final part of the film shows the Sir Nigel Gresley steam locomotive.
A short home movie that concentrates mainly on the County Durham area includes visits to famous landmarks such as Raby Castle and Bowes Museum. The film ends with a royal visit to the region.
A home movie showing preparations for and crowds waving as Queen Elizabeth, the future Queen Mother, as she is driven through Gateshead on the 18th March 1948. She is on her way to Gateshead Maternity Hospital where she is to open a new extension. The final part of the film shows views of Bamburgh Castle.
A home movie showing civic decorations to streets and buildings in Gateshead and Newcastle as part the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in June 1953. The film also features a parade of bagpipers making their way through another town, probably in the Scottish Borders.
An amateur film of Queen Elizabeth II coronation celebrations taking place in Stockton-on-Tees in June 1953 made by local toyshop owner Leslie Brown. The film includes the coronation of the Stockton Coronation Queen at the Globe Theatre and festive decorations in Stockton town centre. At Ropner Park, Stockton’s Coronation Gala takes place, the parade led by the Stockton Coronation Queen. The final part of the film records a Mayor’s Sunday parade on Stockton High Street.
An amateur film of the visit to Stockton-on-Tees by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh on Monday 4th June 1956 made by Leslie Brown, owner of a record and toy shop on the High Street. The film records the arrival of the royal couple, a civic reception taking place outside the town hall watched by patriotic crowds, and a drive through the streets. At Stockton Racecourse the 1st Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment march on to the course and are inspected by the Queen. The final part shows the Royal Yacht Britannia anchored at Tees Dock before sailing out to sea.
An amateur film made by David Williams of an educational visit by a delegation from Durham University to the country of Lesotho in southern Africa in 1968. The film begins with a group of adults playing in a field beside a school followed by the pupils being conducted in song. This is followed by a group of men and women working together to build a wall, part of a building on top of a hill. A school visit to a government agricultural farm follows next with pupils being shown around and looking at the various plants and animals there. A tree planting ceremony featuring King Moshoeshoe II and a second VIP is followed by a garden party taking place for he delegation at the Blue Mountain Inn in the town of Teyateyaneng. The film ends at an airport with the delegation leaving to fly back to the UK.
An amateur film produced and narrated by David Williams comparing the postage stamps of the southern African Kingdom of Lesotho with their real-life locations visited on a trip to the country in 1972 by special invitation of King Moshoeshoe II. The film begins at the border with South Africa followed by views of the capital city Maseru including the Lesotho Royal Palace where the king is filmed being mobbed by his people. The film includes a number of excursions to visits some of the countries well known attractions including the prehistoric dinosaur tracks in the western parts of the country, the cave paintings at Ha Barona and a special excision by aircraft to see the Maletsunyane Falls. As well as a commentary, the film also features a musical track sung in the local dialect.
An amateur film made by the Neesham family of Redcar of a visit to London during the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on the 2nd June 1953. The first part of the film shows various views across the city of some of the decorated buildings along The Mall, outside Westminster Abbey and along Oxford Street. The second part of the film shot from the crowds waiting for the Royal procession to pass captures some of the various military bands, platoons of soldiers and other personnel marching past. The final part of the film captures the Gold State Coach passing, and the young Queen inside waving at the crowds.
A home movie made by the Neesham family of Redcar begins with a woman taking her new-born child to show colleagues at ICI Wilton near Redcar. Women at work in a laboratory and office are followed by a visit to the Wilton site by Princess Margaret and views of the women waiting to see the Royal visitor. The film also features a hockey match between men and women taking place in a field near Wilton and a visit to Scarborough. The remainder of the film consists of a series of weddings that generally begin with the bride and her father posing for the camera followed by the couple after the service posing for photographs. The final wedding also features the reception and the film ends with the couple and other guests leaving the venue, some carrying section of wedding cake.
An amateur film made by John Martin Jackson recording Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee celebrations taking part in Hexham, Northumberland in 1977. The film records a procession of decorative floats travelling through the town as well as a large street party. As well as footage of the jubilee, the film includes rural scenes filmed in and around Derwent Reservoir in County Durham where small pleasure boats are filmed on the water.
An industrial film that shows the construction, opening and extended use of the Derwent Reservoir in County Durham. The film includes the opening of the reservoir by Princess Alexandra in July 1967 and then goes on to examine the reasons for building it and some of the technical innovations and difficulties that had to be developed or overcome. The film ends showing how the reservoir, as well as providing water for the region has also developed into a leisure facility with fishing and sailing now well established.
An amateur film made by Jim Purcell of the opening of the Tyne Tunnel by Queen Elizabeth II on the 19th October 1967 followed by views from a car as it drives through the newly opened tunnel. The final part of the film shows views of St Paul’s Monastery in Jarrow in the snow.
Amateur footage by George Pennington, the owner of Cosy Coaches in Meadowfield, that features the Queen of Durham entrants and pageant, including the parade from the Wearmouth Bridge down North Bridge Street in Sunderland, and children in royal-themed fancy dress for local Coronation celebrations in 1953. Beauty queen contestants include Miss Spennymoor and Miss Broompark, who is pictured in a field at the County Durham mining village.
An amateur film made by Alan Quinn showing a street party on Naylor Avenue in Winlaton Mill to celebrate the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer on the 29th July 1981.
Amateur film made by Bishop Auckland local Chris Anderson that records the juvenile jazz band performances and the many street parties taking place around the Woodhouse Close area of Bishop Auckland for the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. These events were coordinated by Jackie Dodds and Dave Holder of the Bishop Auckland Family Service Unit.
Amateur film by Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association member S. J. Rosslyn Smith documenting one of the joyful street parties in Newcastle upon Tyne celebrating the coronation of George VI and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon as King and Queen of the United Kingdom on 12 May 1937.
This mute Tyne Tees Television Newsview report documents the royal visit of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip to Peterlee, Durham and Newton Aycliffe on 27 May 1960.
Presented by John Grundy, this sponsored video for the Tyne & Wear Development Corporation (TWDC), an organisation started by the British government to develop and improve areas of the inner cities, promotes their completed and future flagship urban developments on the banks of the rivers Tyne and Wear. Including regeneration of the East Quayside in Newcastle, Royal Quays in North Shields, the Hylton business park and St Peter's in Sunderland. The video records the opening of the Newcastle Business Park at Elswick by the Duke of Edinburgh, and includes footage of Concorde, and a walkabout with Princess Diana.
This promotional video for the Tyne & Wear Development Corporation (TWDC), is presented by John Grundy, and records the progress of redevelopment of St Peter's Riverside, Sunderland, home of The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at the University of Sunderland on the north bank of the River Wear. It is named after the adjacent St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth. The film includes footage of Queen Elizabeth unveiling the sculpture Pathways of Knowledge, created by sculptor in residence Colin Wilbourn and scenes from the Roker Regatta.
A Turners Film Production of the opening of the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle on the 31st May 1978 by Charles, Prince of Wales. The film features Prince Charles as well as other dignitaries giving speeches intercut with views around the hospital including the new cardiothoracic centre and haemodialysis ward. After the unveiling of a plaque the Prince takes a tour of the hospital where he speaks to both patients and staff of the new hospital.
A mixture of amateur and commercial newsreel footage believed purchased or produced by Wylam physician Dr Swindale. The film begins with newsreels relating to the construction and launch of the RMS Queen Mary on Clydeside in 1934. This is followed by amateur footage filmed in around 1937 of children on a farm feeding lambs and boys taking part in a race along the river Tyne near Newcastle in the same year. The final part of the film shows is of a visit to Durham possibly made in around 1946 shot on both colour as well as black and white featurng a group posing alongside Durham Cathedrals famous Sanctuary Knocker.
An amateur film believed made by Wylam physician Dr Swindale, begins with a wedding taking place at an unknown church. King George V Silver Jubilee celebrations take place around Newcastle and Wylam followed by film of the Royal Agricultural Show as it takes place on the Newcastle Town Moor in 1935. The final part of the film shows a military camp believed to be in a field near Ripon in North Yorkshire. General activities around camp are filmed as well as the men and officers taking part in both official ceremonies and other less formal events watched by civilians. Although the regiment featured is not known, Dr Swindale did serve as an officer in the Royal Army Medical Corp.
An amateur film produced by local physician Dr Swindale of celebrations taking place in Wylam in Northumberland marking the Coronation of King George VI in May 1937.