An amateur home movie in the McQueen family collection that documents family and friends gathered for the christening of Tony Neasham.
Local topical newsreel showing the weddings of Una Victoria, Olga and Sybil Lishman, daughters of Mr & Mrs John Lishman, at St Michael’s Church in Houghton-le-Spring between 1926 and 1927. John Lishman was a Houghton entrepreneur who opened the Coliseum and Grand theatres. The film shows guests, the bride and her father arriving at the church, followed by shots of the happy couples leaving the church.
A catalogue of work and play at the Linskill Girls High School in North Shields, filmed by the staff and students of the school. The film documents all aspects of the school day, and after-school activities such as sport, drama, music, and gardening.
Film footage shot for William Gray & Company Ltd of the launch of the cargo ship Irish Elm on the 29th July 1953, built for Irish Shipping Ltd., Dublin. The first film shows dignitaries arriving at the launch platform and the ship blessed by a Catholic priest. Mrs E.T. McCarron performs the naming of the ship with the customary bottle of champagne. The second film, shot from a different viewpoint, includes dignitaries enjoying pre-launch drinks and the launch ceremony of the Irish Elm.
Record of the launch of the cargo ship Irish Larch from the William Gray shipyard in West Hartlepool on 11th June 1956. The film was commissioned by William Gray & Company Ltd. The ship receives a Catholic blessing and is named and launched by sponsor Mrs F H Boland, wife of the Irish Ambassador to London. The Managing Director William Talbot Gray also attends.
Filmed Tyne Tees Television news item (mute) that records a Sunday school parade for St John’s Presbyterian Church (later St Pauls and St John's United Reformed Church) in South Shields, 1961.
Amateur film that records a single day in the life of young members and officers of the Newcastle Battalion of the Boys Brigade camping at Alwinton, Northumberland, in 1959. Their activities combine drill, sports, music, hiking and a religious service in the open air.
Amateur film of the Brunswick Methodist Church parade in 1961, which covers the area around Northumberland Street, Brunswick Place and Pilgrim Street in Newcastle.
An amateur recording the meeting of the international council of Boys Brigade officers in Newcastle in 1956. Many of the areas featured in the film, including Haymarket and surroundings, no longer exist.
An amateur documentary film that shows the different activities of the Newcastle Battalion of the Boys Brigade's Life Boys, and may have been used in recruitment campaigns.
Amateur film recording events around the 40th Anniversary Service of the Boys Brigade.
An amateur film showing the opening of the Durham County Constabulary headquarters at Aycliffe and the Harperley Hall training college at Harperley Hall near Crook by the Rt. Hon. James Charter Ede on the 19th April 1947.
Compilation of amateur home movies of the Bond family from Newcastle upon Tyne and Whitley Bay, which include visits to the Hoppings fairground at the Town Moor in Newcastle upon Tyne, Alnwick Fair and a daughter's First Holy Communion in Whitley Bay.
An amateur film made by John W. McHugh and Robert Wilson for the County Borough of Gateshead of various coronation celebrations taking place around the borough in 1953.
An amateur mystery drama by members of the Tees-Side Cine Club, filmed around the Cleveland countryside.
Amateur film of activities at the Maccabi Youth Club, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, probably in the late 1930s. Includes footage of gas mask and protective clothing practice sessions. This film is one in a collection of films recording life in the Jewish community of Newcastle, made by five independent film-makers between 1937 and 1962.
Amateur film footage by Monty Rosen and Jack Messing, that records the dedication and official opening of the new Maccabi House sports and social club at Windsor Crescent by Lord Nathan, and some of the traditional and general cultural activities taking place, including table tennis, football match and dancing. This film is one in a collection of films recording life in the Jewish community of Newcastle, made by five independent film-makers between 1937 and 1962.
This amateur film documents a Catholic wedding, believed to have taken place at St Aidan’s Catholic Church, Benton, Newcastle upon Tyne, and a reception at a convent following the ceremony. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
Amateur film that records a religious vocation exhibition in the Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, organised by the Roman Catholic Church, which took place between 15th and 22nd June, 1952. The film was shot by a member of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) and includes footage of the Pontifical High Mass on the last day of the event.
This amateur cine club production is a film within a film within a film. The Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) hold a meeting at their cine club headquarters down Ship’s Entry, off Cloth Market, Newcastle upon Tyne. The members are bereft of ideas for their new production. The Secretary floats the bare bones of an idea about a new member joining the club, a story which subsequently plays out in this film as a series of flashbacks. The story recounts the member’s secret search for ‘treasure’ hidden in the cellar of the club house, following the lead of a letter written centuries ago, discovered in an old diary. A short, colour costume drama insert pieces together a dark story of religious persecution and murder, which took place at the club house at Ship’s Entry in the 17th century. Includes location footage of a delapidated Quayside area in the 1950s.
A compilation of amateur film that follows the annual Roman Catholic Corpus Christi festival parade through the centre of Middlesbrough along Albert Road and Borough Road, heading towards the grounds of Newlands Convent School. The second film shows hundreds of junior school children from schools in Middlesbrough attending a large country dance festival in Stewart Park. This was also an annual event during the school summer term. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
This costume drama was produced by Arthur G. Greaves and the Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). It tells the story of the tragic romance of Lady Olga Rivers and Paul Beverley, friends since childhood. In the 16th century, during the reign of Henry VIII, Lady Olga’s father is executed and an evil Duke seizes her home and land, and demands that she marries his son. Lady Olga instead seeks refuge in a convent with her lady companion and sends word to Paul who has taken up his post as Admiral in the King’s fleet. Paul Beverley returns to rescue his lover. Locations used in the film include Durham Castle and Cathedral.
An amateur film made by Michael Gough of events and activities taking place in and around the city of Durham as part of the 800th anniversary of the granting of a charter to the city by Bishop Hugh de Puiset in 1079. The film includes a history of the city, a parade of marching bands and people in historic costumes, an event at Durham Racecourse, a hog roast, English Civil War re-enactment, a Mystery Play and a medieval market. On Palace Green Durham University’s graduation ceremony takes place. The final scenes are of Durham Miners Gala featuring Prime Minister James Callaghan.
This film by the Chester-le-Street Amateur Cine Society records rehearsals and, perhaps, part of a performance of the Pageant of Chester le Street, which took place nightly at Lumley Castle between 26 June and 1 July, 1967. The event marked the Septecentenary of the Parish Church 1267-1967 and was a presentation by the Restoration Committee of the Parochial Church Council. The focus is on performers, many of them children, in the grounds and on the balconies of the castle. The scenes include many casual moments and a recreation of the legend of the Lambton Worm.
This is a film by South Shields filmmaker Lilian Wincote showing the sights and attractions in Bruge in Belgium.