A highly visual essay on the North East of England, set to a specially composed musical score. A range of images, often using time lapse, double exposure and slow motion, combine in a colourful montage to present an overview of the region's history and development.
Record of the Kielder reservoir construction project in all its stages, from mapping the area by plane to the final impounding. The scheme was conceived in the mid 1960s. The reservoir was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1982.
An amateur film shot in Newcastle during some of the worst winter weather recorded in the region in February 1941. The film shows various suburban and city centre streets under snow and people and vehicles attempting to negotiate them. The film also shows two well dressed women walking beside the River Tyne at Corbridge, a ladies garden party and three people exploring the ruins of a stone structure, possibly a Roman site near to Hadrian's Wall.
A documentary film that follows the campaign organised by the miners and citizens of the villages of Blackhill and Scremerston in Northumberland to fight the National Coal Board's decision to close the Blackhill Colliery. Following their defeat the film then follows them in their efforts to open a private drift mine at Allerdean.
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, by the civil engineers.
This time-lapse film made by a schoolboy on the 9th March 1985 documents the 45 minute train journey from Gateshead to Hexham. The film was made to coincide with the 150th anniversary celebrations of the opening of the Blaydon to Hexham section of the line.
A promotional film made for Northumberland County Council to encourage people to move to Northumberland. The film uses case studies of three families recently moved to the area. These include the Richardson family from Whitley Bay, the Target family from Killingworth and the Randall family from the Tyne Valley near Hexham. The film explores issues of housing, industry, shopping, nightlife, leisure activities and education.
A travelogue produced by the Planning Department of Northumberland County Council that documents Northumberland’s rural landscape, history and culture.
An amateur film made of a visit to Newcastle and Northumberland by a delegation from Czechoslovakia. The film records their visits to schools and colleges, an opencast mine and power station, the new town of Killingworth, and to the construction sites for Newcastle Civic Centre and the Tyne Tunnel. They also visit a number of tourist attractions including the Farne Islands.
An amateur film showing various street scenes around Hexham dating from around 1960. It is possible the film was made as part of a re-development and pedestrianisation project in the town at that time.
Amateur footage in the Armstrong family collection of the parade at Rothbury Carnival, Northumberland, in 1931.
This home movie features a garden fete held in the grounds of the Watson-Armstrong family home at Bamburgh Castle in 1931.
This amateur home movie footage features Baron Watson-Armstrong and Lady Armstrong at Cragside House, near Rothbury, Northumberland, as they entertain friends and survey their estate's grounds. The film also contains footage of the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, which was built with funds bequeathed by William George Armstrong in 1901.
This home movie documents the 1937 birthday celebrations for a member of the Armstrong family, held at Cragside, near Rothbury, Northumberland. The focus is on extended family and friends who attend and pose in the Cragside gardens for this commemorative film.
Home movie footage of the Armstrong family spending leisure time with friends at their Bamburgh Castle home in Northumberland.
Home movie material from the early 1930s that features the Watson-Armstrong family at home at Bamburgh Castle and Cragside, Rothbury, Northumberland. The film includes footage of a child’s Highland dance performance.
This early actuality film of local topical news items features highlights from the Berwick Infirmary Cup football final between Eyemouth Rangers and Belford, played at the Stanks on June 29th 1929, and scenes from the Berwick May Fair in 1928. The film also includes an evocative 'phantom ride' through Walkergate Lane, a back street in a poor area of Berwick, during May Fair celebrations. In the final scene, fish merchants gather at an auction on the Berwick quayside, including a member of the Holmes family, fish merchants in Berwick since the 1800s. The film of the Berwick Infirmary Cup was due to be screened that same week at the Berwick Playhouse.
Home movies made by Ruth Jacobson of family holidays between 1945 and 1947 that focus on her children and includes a visit to the coast at Alnmouth in Northumberland. Footage includes scenes at Wolsingham airfield (now Newcastle Airport) and the family's departure to Dinard in France.
A home movie made by Ruth Jacobson of her family between 1953 and 1954. The film shows daughter Valerie with friends on holiday in Bamburgh in Northumberland as well as scenes of the family at home in Gosforth, Newcastle playing with their pets (including their dog Beano). The final section of the film shows various scenes around Central Park in New York City during a trip to the United States of America in 1954.
Tyne Tees Television North East Newsview sports item on a veteran motorcycle rally, with vintage BSA, Norton, Raleigh and Scott bikes in competition, from Durham City to Blanchland in Northumberland. This news report by Tom Phillips was originally broadcast on 1 June 1964.
A quirky amateur documentary that records some of the ship launches and maritime life on the River Tyne in the 1960s and 1970s. Footage includes Swan Hunter shipyard launches of the Royal Navy ship HMS Norfolk, the Tyne Pride and Esso Northumbria super tankers, river and harbour pilots on the Tyne, and the last voyage of a Fred Olsen Lines Norwegian cruise ship, Braemar. A home-recorded track of songs, actual sound, sound effects, and personal commentary accompanies the film.
A home movie showing various scenes in and around Newcastle, North Shields, Holy Island and Lindisfarne in Northumberland as well as Housesteads Roman Fort along Hadrian’s Wall. The film includes footage of both the Hoppings Fair taking place on the Newcastle Town Moor as well as the horse-drawn Blaydon Bus seen during the centenary celebrations of the Blaydon Races in 1962. The film also includes footage of fishing boats and the market at North Shields Fish Quay and a visit to Lindisfarne and Lindisfarne Priory.
Early silent Empire News Bulletin newsreel that depicts the annual pilgrimage to Lindisfarne Priory on the Holy Island, Northumberland, reached by a causeway at low tide.
An account of the life and work of the steel community at Consett Iron Company, County Durham. Filmmaker Tom Stobart presents this documentary on the history of the Consett area, the changes at Consett Iron Company since the Second World War, the importance of iron ore, the manufacture of steel and the working lives of the steelworkers. Footage includes steelworkers talking about their working and social lives in the Smelters Arms public house before starting the night shift.
Documentary by the Durham University Film Group on working class Northumbrian poet Tom Pickard and the international centre for poets in Morden Tower, Newcastle, founded by the poets Connie and Tom Pickard in March 1964. A narrator describes Pickard’s move to Northumberland, survival as a poet, his influences and events at the Morden Tower poetry centre. The venue has hosted readings by celebrated poets that include Basil Bunting in 1965 and the American beat poets, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Gregory Corso. Footage includes a performance by Alan Jackson and the Living Mythology blues jazz group