Sponsored film by Turners Film Productions for the Washington Development Corporation (WDC) that highlights the design, benefits, and regeneration opportunities of the New Town development of Washington. Includes interviews with residents, an ex-coal miner's reminiscence of Washington's former mining industry, and Princess Anne opening "The Galleries" shopping centre.
A film produced by Tyne Tees Television and broadcast on 28 November 1967 of Dawdon Colliery to the south of Seaham in County Durham. The film opens with a view of the colliery during the early morning shift change. Men prepare for their working day underground and the film shows them and their machinery hard at work at the pit face. The film ends with both the coal and miners coming up to the surface; the coal being taken away by train or the men heading home.
A film made by the British Coal Video Unit in March 1994 to celebrate the retirement of the four pit horses still working at Ellington Colliery near Ashington in Northumberland. The film shows the horses at work underground at Ellington before being brought to the surface to the waiting media. The film ends with them being taken to their new stables not far from the mine itself.
This short amateur film by Stephen Gray documents a trip to Tanfield Railway (the world's oldest railway and a former colliery waggonway). This standard gauge heritage railway opened up to passengers in 1982. The line runs from a southern terminus at East Tanfield, Durham, to Sunniside, Gateshead, with the main station at Andrews House, near Marley Hill engine shed.
Amateur footage of the Durham Miners Gala in 1953 including the crowds at the Old Racecourse, gathering at the Cathedral for the special service and general views shot from Durham Cathedral tower.
Amateur 1950s documentary about Craghead in County Durham by the Headmaster and Assistant Master of Bloemfontein School, Craghead, Stanley, George Wheldon and Carol Reed. The film was as an educational aid in the classroom with £20 funding from the Miners Welfare Trust with sections on industry, work, school and leisure in the town. Footage includes workers at Craghead Colliery with coal transportion to Dunston Staiths, Gateshead, and women workers at the local Webwear factory.
This National Coal Board (NCB) industrial documentary (post nationalisation) looks at the coke production in County Durham, from the use of Whinfield beehive coke ovens at Rowlands Gill (built 1860) to later developments such as the waste heat by-product ovens (built 1904) at Ottovale Coke works, Blaydon-on-Tyne, Gateshead, and Bank Foot Coke Works, Crook, County Durham.
This industrial documentary by the National Coal Board shows the operation of the Monkton Coke Works at Mill Lane, near Hebburn on Tyneside, built by John Bowes and Partners Ltd in 1936.