This Open University and BBC production looks at the legacy of the decline in coal mining in County Durham. It looks at the history of specific communities all within a few miles of each other and how the rise and fall of coal mining affects them and what it has meant for their future.
A documentary that commemorates the West Stanley colliery explosion of 1909 in County Durham. The use of still photo's, newspaper archives plus soundtrack which includes the voice of Jack McGregor the last remaining rescue party member, give poignancy to the story of the tragedy.
Incomplete Tyne Tees Television news report for Northern Life broadcast on 20 September 1976 about the closure of the Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge until funds are raised for repairs. The item is mainly a piece to camera with the Transporter Bridge in the background, but contains some general views of the bridge. Report by Peter Holland.
Amateur record by Vic Cross of a snowy winter's day in Jesmond Dene park in Newcastle upon Tyne.
A 30 second television advertisement for Vaux Breweries filmed at The Queen public house in Hartlepool where young ‘Vaux fans and beat fans’ enjoy pints of Vaux Beer while watching local pop group ‘The Hartbeats’ performing on stage. The advertisement features ITV sports commentator Kent Walton.
A 30 second television advertisement for Vaux Breweries filmed at The Fairfield public house at Stockton-on-Tees featuring both English professional wrestler Jackie Pallo and ITV sports commentator Kent Walton helping with a delivery of beer to the pubs modern conditioned cellar.
A 30 second television advertisement for Vaux Breweries filmed at The Continental Hotel, Sunderland. Inside at the hotel bar ITV sports commentator Kent Walton enjoys pints of beer with local musicians David MacBeth and Helen Russell alongside other patrons.
A report from the BBC documentary series ‘Look Stranger’ on the use of Percheron draft horses by Vaux Breweries in Sunderland. The film shows horses being prepared before being sent out onto the streets of the town to deliver the locally produced beer. The film ends back in the tack room at Vaux were young apprentices polish the bridle brasses and leathers ready for the following day.
An amateur instructional film produced for landlords of Vaux Breweries public houses to help them with the daily maintenance of their establishment both outside and in. The first part of the film focuses on the landlord of The Duke of Albany in Washington walking around the outside of his establishment making notes on a clipboard. Inside he does the same. In the second part of the film a barmaid and landlady work to clean and prepare the bar area of The White Lion pub in Houghton-le-Spring in readiness for opening. The film also includes exterior views of other Vaux pubs in the Sunderland area.
A 30 second television advertisement for Vaux Breweries to promote Norseman Lager based in part on science fiction film ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’. Two men are attracted by a bright light in the sky that leads them to a pub selling Norseman Lager.
Filmed Tyne Tees Television Northern Life news report on a demonstration by staff at Newcastle's Worswick Street bus station over the increase in bus fares. Reporter Tony Cook interviews a union representative at the protest. This item was originally broadcast on 25 April 1977.
Filmed inserts for Tyne Tees TV news programme Northern Life featuring general views of the Crown Cinema at the corner of Grange Road and Burns Street, Jarrow, (now demolished) and the vicinity. This news item was originally transmitted on 9 May 1977.
Tyne Tees Television Northern Life news report on Tesco supermarkets cancelling their offer of Green Shields stamps to customers as an incentive to shop there. Includes interviews with a petrol station owner and vox pops with shoppers. The North Eastern Co-op in Newcastle continues to operate the reward scheme to customers. Tony Cook reports. This item was originally transmitted on 9 May 1977.
Filmed Tyne Tees TV news insert of building work commencing at the College of Education, Flatts Lane, Normanby on Teesside, broadcast on 13 November 1972.
Tyne Tees Television reporter Charlotte Allen interviews local author Scott Dobson in the Cloth Market cafe in Newcastle upon Tyne, which is closing down as redevelopment is planned in the area. The report was broadcast on 24 April 1975.
An amateur film made by Chris Anderson along with his sisters Susan and Carol that looks at their home town of Bishop Auckland. The films shows many of the town attractions and shopping facilities as well as sporting and leisure activities. The final part of the film highlights the educational facilities available, from infants to adults.
This 1970s amateur film by students at the Teesside College of Art Visual Communication Course looks at the life of Middlesbrough steel plater, Bert Earl, who works as a local chimney sweep in his spare time. This portrait contains footage around South Bank, including Harcourt Road.
An amateur cinemagazine compilation of events and street scenes around Newcastle upon Tyne and Tyneside between 1929 and 1935, documented by members of Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA).
A day in the life of a city in an amateur film portrait of Newcastle upon Tyne by an early Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association member, S. J. Rosslyn Smith.
This amateur cinemascope footage by Doug Collender shows Newcastle upon Tyne in the 1960s with architecture and street scenes in and around the city, including street decorations at Christmas and Newcastle Airport.
Amateur travelogue by Harry A Soloman, an early member of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association, featuring scenes at Newcastle upon Tyne, Cullercoats, Whitley Bay, Wylam and Durham.