This colour holiday film with intertitles was made by Middlesbrough based amateur filmmaker Tom H. Brown. It documents a grand tour through Italy in the summer of 1949 with his wife Kate, recording their visit to Florence, Venice, Verona, Lake Garda and the departure home from Milan Airport. The film focuses on the architecture, famous landmarks and monuments that they visit.
Amateur travelogue produced by Middlesbrough dentist Tom H. Brown that documents a coach tour taken in 1960 with his wife, Kate, visiting cities in Europe and the Soviet Union during the Cold War years following the Second World War. At this time Europe was partitioned into zones occupied by Soviet or Western Allied powers. The film records the route from Ostend in Belgium, through Germany, the Soviet Union, Poland and Czechoslovakia. It provides an interesting glimpse into the architecture, life and culture of post war Communist countries in Europe, one year before the German Democratic Republic began construction on the Berlin Wall, restricting all movement between East and West Berlin.
An amateur film produced by Tom Johnson of the Billingham & District Cine Club that documents the events surrounding the Billingham Week Festival in 1964 with folk dance, music, parades and sports. This film comes with music and a commentary.
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.
A series of home movies filmed by Dr H. Brenton Porteous between 1928 and 1929 of the Newcastle and Jesmond areas. Events captured include the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary for the opening of the New Tyne Bridge on the 10th October 1928. There are scenes at the Hoppings Fair on Newcastle Town Moor and the Newcastle Quayside Sunday market. The final sections document the North East Coast Exhibition which took place between May and October 1929.
This amateur home movie documents Olive McQueen’s trip to the USA between 1958 and 1959. It features transatlantic travel to New York on the Cunard-White Star ocean liner Mauretania II, sailing from Southampton on 27 August 1958, and a return trip on the Queen Elizabeth from New York on February 28th 1959. The film includes scenes in New York, Long Island, San Francisco, Williamsburg, and locations in Virginia and California.
This amateur travelogue records the landscape, architecture, interesting monuments and occasional character from the River Tyne to Northumberland, touring the North East coast from Tynemouth to Berwick on the Borders, and locations along the Tyne, Tweed and Coquet rivers. The film opens in Newcastle upon Tyne with a focus on the Geordie anthem "The Blaydon Races", and the coal and ship building industries, but then sets out to prove to Southerners and the BBC that the North is not all about heavy industries. Includes footage of Lord Armstrong's Cragside house near Rothbury, and George Snaith, a shepherd, farmer and founder member and president of the Border Stick Dressers’ Association. This film is a George Cummin and Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
This amateur travelogue focuses on rural and picturesque (non-industrial) locations along the River Wear, from source in the Upper Weardale hills to the industrial river mouth at the North Sea, and the coastline from Tynemouth to the Roker lighthouse. Footage includes sequences on farming in Upper Weardale, fluorspar mining, quarrying for ganister stone, quilting in the dales, church architecture, Durham Cathedral, Raby and Brancepeth castles, Durham Regatta and the famous Durham Miners' Gala at its most popular. This film was a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production, probably led by George Cummin.
Compilation of miscellaneous amateur film shot between 1934 and 1938 in Scotland, including footage of the Empire Exhibition, Glasgow, in 1938, and holiday trips to Arbroath, Edinburgh and other Scottish locations. Also includes brief sequences of a military parade in Newcastle upon Tyne, and rugby union matches, possibly the 1938 Home Nations Championship, with Scotland playing Ireland in Edinburgh and England at Twickenham, London. This film is probably the work of James Cameron Senior, one of the original founder members of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA).
This amateur documentary records the changing city of Newcastle upon Tyne and surrounding areas through urban decline and renewal in 1984, and some of the special events taking place that year, including the Hoppings, the Great North Run and the arrival of the Golden Hinde on the Tyne. Footage includes the dismantling of the Old Redheugh Bridge; the repainting of the Tyne Bridge; construction of the Metro Centre, Gateshead; development of the Nissan car manufacturing plant; closures of Woolworths, Fenwicks, Callers and J T Parrish department stores, the ABC Haymarket Cinema and Wills cigarette factory; and the new Eldon Square shopping centre. Signs of industrial action at Swan Hunters Shipyard in Wallsend are also documented. The film is a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
This amateur film by Ronald Pringle shows footage taken in the centre of Paris in 1971.
Amateur filmmaker Ronald Pringle documents his trips to Paris between 1965 and 1969.
A Tyne Tees Television Today at Six news report dated the 11 February 1976 about the release of a new book on the histories of Cleveland castles by Robert Woodhouse. The film begins by following reporter Peter Holland as he visits the locations for some of the castles mentioned in the book, some of which no longer exist. These include Marske Castle, Danby Castle, Whorlton Castle near Swainby, Wilton Castle, Stockton Castle and Yarm Castle. At each of the sites, he gives a history of the place and the people who lived there from details in the book. He then interviews Mr Woodhouse about his book, the reason for writing it and why it is important.
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.
A short amateur documentary produced by Peter Dobing and George Theaker, looking back on the heyday of cinema in the town of Darlington and the problems facing the business in the late 1980s. The film begins with footage of the last day of the Odeon Cinema in Darlington which closed in 1981. This is followed by a history of cinema projection in the town using both contemporary film as well as historic images of the many cinemas. The film ends with a view of a local video shop, the latest threat to cinema attendance, but finishes on a positive note with regards plans for a new cinema for the town.
This film is an amateur promotion of the varied roles for volunteers with the National Trust Yorkshire, filmed by volunteers John Alcock, Peter Dobing, George Theaker. Includes footage of musicians rehearsing for a performance, wood conservation, Malham Tarn Nature Reserve, restoration and preservation at the Treasurers House in York, the landscape at Roseberry Topping and Rievaulx Abbey in the North Yorkshire.
This amateur compilation filmed by J.E. Baker documents a trip around York, including some famous landmarks and a look at the affects of flooding. Includes footage of a royal visit by the recently crowned George VI and Queen Elizabeth, probably in York. There is also a trip to Scotland to visit the famous Empire Exhibition in Glasgow held at Bellahouston Park from May to December 1938. . A final sequence records the building of an air raid shelter.