An amateur film made by John Martin Jackson that focuses on his friend John Dodds of Sillywrea Farm near Hexham in Northumberland. The film shows John and others using Clydesdale horses to work the land ploughing, cultivating and harrowing the earth. Horses are also filmed mowing grass in a meadow and moving logs in a wood. As well as footage of John Dodd, the film also include film of an agricultural show, most likely the Northumberland County Show at Corbridge. In these sections cattle are displayed on a show field and two men take part in Cumberland wrestling.
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.
This film is a meditative look at activity on the river Tees, split into three sections. The first and longest section looks at the work of the famous Transporter Bridge which links Middlesbrough on the south bank of the Tees with Port Clarence on the north bank. The next section follows the work of Foyboatmen, who assist with the mooring of large vessels coming into port. The final section looks at the area of Greatham Creek on the north side of the Tees with its fishermen and associated houseboats.
An industrial film by Cygnet Films commissioned by Phillips Petroleum Company, which looks at the oil industry on Teesside, in particular the large Phillp's Petroleum refinery development on the north bank of the Tees in the 1970’s. The film shows in detail the location of the Ekofisk oil platform off the coast of Norway and the two pipelines which run from it, one to Emden in northern Germany and the other to Seal Sands and Greatham on Teesside. The film shows the construction of the refinery acknowledging the sensitive environment in which it is being built.
Tyne Tees Television filmed inserts for a Northern Life news report broadcast on 22 February 1977. The cast in a play called 'The Amazons' showing at the Theatre Royal, possibly in Newcastle upon Tyne, perform strengthening exercises. A woman in a colourful leotard lifts weights in a gym. Other women are also doing training, including winding and unwinding a weight on a rope, and hanging upside down on gym ropes.
Tyne Tees Television Northern Life news feature, originally broadcast on 28 January 1977, on 81 year old Sarah Maguire who has run her bakery in North Shields for 45 years. Roderick Griffiths reports.
Tyne Tees Television filmed report on a fire service exercise in decontamination in Durham, originally broadcast on 28 January 1977. Includes an interview with a fire station chief. The reporter mentions the mercury emergency at the Shiny Row primary school recently.
Tyne Tees Television mute film insert on a strike by the Cleveland ambulance drivers, possibly at Middlesbrough General Hospital, which features footage of picketing outside the ambulance station. This item was originally broadcast on 28 January 1977.
This film by amateur filmmaker John Percival Staddon looks at places and events mainly around the Sunderland and South Shields area. The film begins in Sunderland with Billy Smarts circus parading through the town followed by a study of traffic in the town centre. A visit to a local attraction at the coast is Marsden Rock at South Shields. A brief visit to the night lights in Manchester, then to the North East coast at Seaburn. Next, south to Aysgarth Falls in North Yorkshire is followed by celebrations at a church in Houghton le Spring. Transport finishes the programme with the final remnants of the tram service in Sunderland and rare footage of the 'Halfpenny' Ferry on the river Wear.
This amateur film by R. J. Purves records a journey on the Alnwick and Coldstream line of the North Eastern Railway and work taking place on the tracks, probably outside York station. The filmmaker’s father is pictured with railway workers and engineers so may have worked for British Rail.
Filmed Tyne Tees Television Northern Life news insert of Waller cattle auctions featuring general views of sheep and cattle in pens, unloading sheep from a truck, cattle auction with bulls in ring surrounded by farmers and bidders. This news item was originally transmitted on 9 May 1977.
Promotional film for British Shipbuilders about the delivery of bulk carriers Hupeh, built at the Deptford Yard, and the Sunderland Venture, the last SD-14 built at the Austin & Pickersgill Southwick yard, Sunderland. The ships are delivered to clients in Hong Kong, the Wahkwong Line and Taikoo Navigation Company, at a time of economic gloom for British industry.
An amateur documentary made by Peter Dobing and George Theaker in 1990 following the closure of the Shildon Wagon Works. The film includes footage shot as part of the 150th anniversary of the wagon works on the 24th September 1983 as well as film of the ‘cavalcade of steam’ taking place in Shildon in August 1975 as part of the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Stockton and Darlington railway.
An amateur film produced by Peter Dobing and George Theaker of the Darlington Cine Club recording an open day for visitors at the volunteer-led Tees Cottage Pumping Station, a Victorian waterworks in Darlington, which also has a blacksmith's workshop.
Amateur travelogue around Teesdale in County Durham filmed by Peter Dobing and George Theaker, members of Darlington Cine Club, which won an Institute Of Amateur Cinematographers Ten Best competition Gold Star Award. Footage includes High Force waterfall and sheep herding in the snow.
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.
Tyne Tees Television Northern Life news magazine report by Tony Cook about the hard life of a remarkable elderly woman farmer at an isolated farm in Northumberland, Miss Anderson, who runs the farm alone. This item was originally broadcast on 22 April 1977.
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.
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 film is a meditative look at activity on the River Tees, split into three sections. The first and longest section looks at the work of the famous Transporter Bridge, which links Middlesbrough on the south bank of the Tees with Port Clarence on the north bank. The next section follows the work of foyboatmen, who assist with the mooring of large vessels coming into port. The final section looks at the area of Greatham Creek on the north side of the Tees with its fishermen and associated houseboats.