This amateur film by Stephen Gray includes part two of a record of a trip on the Weardale Railway Steam Special from Darlington to Eastgate and Stanhope through the North Pennines on Sunday, 28 March 1993, the start of a campaign to keep the line open with the formation of the Weardale Railway Preservation Society. Footage also includes a record of a NENTA Train Tour: Weardale Valley Ghost.
This amateur film by Stephen Gray is a record of a trip to Washington Waterfowl Park. The film opens with a close-up of the sign to the park and continues with shots of the birds on the reserve.
This is an amateur 'trainspotting' film made between 1978 and 1979 by Stephen Gray that records various British Rail diesel locomotives arriving and leaving Newcastle Central Station and York Station, plus footage of Gateshead Motive Power Depot in the snow and Boldon Colliery Station.
This amateur film footage by an environmental health officer at Gateshead Council, Stephen Gray, documents the streets and parks of South Shields, Gateshead, and Durham. It also includes footage of diesel locomotives at Durham, Carlisle, Newcastle upon Tyne and Boldon Colliery railway stations, a visit to Whitby and a school fete, probably in Gateshead.
A home movie of a family believed to from the Spennymoor area of County Durham begins with a woman and small girl walking through sand dunes looking at a colony of Terns. This is followed by a school sports day in which boys take part in various sporting and gymnastic events on the lawn of a large house. The final part of the film made after the 18th February 1941 following the worst blizzard conditions since 1888 shows the effects of heavy snow around the Spennymoor area including people walking past huge banks of snow and men working to clear the streets.
A home movie made by Daniel Webster, believed a vice-principle of Bede College in Durham, of his family made between 1947 and 1957. The focus of the film is his two children who are seen growing from children to adults. The film records a number of domestic scenes of the family such as Christmas and holidays to the Lake District, Scotland and Ulster. The film includes a number of acted sequences featuring family members as well as shots 50's domestic scenes. The film also includes views from two Durham Miners Gala (1952 and 1955?) as well as motorbikes at Belmont Park and the Durham Regatta showing rowers on the river Wear.
An amateur public awareness film made by Durham City Council with the assistance of Durham Rotary and Round Table to remind residents and visitors to the city to pick up litter and dispose of it correctly. To illustrate the point, the film follows a family on a day out in Durham who drop litter wherever they go. They even manage to flaunt good practice when eating and drinking near a litter bin. The film features views of some of Durham’s well known locations.
A short amateur film that features views of a number of steam locomotives crossing the Durham Viaduct into Durham railway station, including the A4 class locomotive ‘Falcon’. The film also features a de-railed steam train being removed from an embankment.
Amateur footage of steam trains travelling along various branch lines around Durham. Trains are filmed passing though stations and through urban and rural landscapes.
A short amateur film believed made as part of a training exercise by students of Bede College in Durham. The film shows crowds of shoppers walking around the many stalls set up on Chester Market in Chester-le-Street, County Durham. One salesman sells shoes from the back of a van.
A short amateur comedy produced by pupils of Caldercote Junior School in Leicester with the assistance of David Willams. The film tells the story of a boy who finds a pair of magic pair spectacles and uses them to cheat at maths. However, the glasses are broken and he fails miserably in an exam and has to go to the local library to learn maths.
A short stop motion animation believed made by pupils of Caldercote Junior School in Leicester with the assistance of David Williams. Made from cardboard, the film shows a knight with a lance on horseback charging at a number of bowmen. The film ends with the bowmen shooting the knight off the horse.
A short amateur film of mistaken identity produced by pupils of Caldercote Junior School in Leicester. The film tells the story of a schoolboy who believes he sees a man loading a gun in a car beside the school. He tells his teacher who doesn’t believe him. The following day the teacher, after seeing newspaper headlines of a gunman on the loose, speaks with the police offering them the car registration written down by the boy the previous day. Going to the house where the car is registered, the police expect to find the gunman, but instead discover that the gun seen by the pupil is in fact a toy belonging to a small child. The film ends with the pupil receiving a letter of thanks from Leicester City Police. The teacher in the films is believed to be David Williams who assisted with this production. The film also features David’s son Simon as the small boy playing with the toy gun.
A home movie produced by David Williams featuring his family begins with his wife and son Simon on the beach at Crimdon Dene near Hartlepool. This is followed by a day travelling Hadrian’s Wall visiting Corbridge Roman Station, the Temple of Mithras and Housesteads Roman Fort. Another day trip to Upper Weardale follows with the family enjoying the moorland landscape and visiting the then derelict Killhope lead mine. The final part of the film features the family walking a section of the river Tees from Barnard Castle, through Startforth to High Force waterfall near Middleton-in-Teesdale where the film ends.
A home movie made by David Williams begins with a visit to the Uffington White Horse in Oxfordshire in 1966. The film changes to show the family in a garden with his wife Rosemary playing with a group of small children. Christmas celebrations in 1965 follow which includes a visiting African family and a model railway. A visit to Lindisfarne or Holy Island comes next with views from a car crossing the causeway and the family walking around the island and looking at rock pools. While on the island they see signs advising visitors that Roman Polanski's film ‘Cul-De-Sac’ is currently in production there. The final part of the film shows the family visiting High Force waterfall near Middleton-in-Teesside in County Durham.
An amateur ghost story and morality play based on Charles Dickens' “A Christmas Carol’ made by members of the Elvet Youth Club in Durham with the assistance of David Williams. The story follows a young boy who visits a local youth club where he causes nothing but trouble. He falls asleep and a ghost appears to show him the error of his ways. After being terrorised by the ghostly images of those he has wronged, the film ends with the boy returning to the club and making good his bad deeds.
An educational film made by Bede College, Durham, for Durham County Educational Committee to show how drama can be used as an educational tool in primary schools. Filmed at Tanfield Lea Primary School in County Durham, the films show pupils recreating a wagon train crossing the American West using only pieces of school equipment and their own imaginations. The pupils develop their own story and act out the trials and tribulations of a wagon train making its way across the vast and sometimes hostile landscape of the American West. While some of the pupils play the setters, others become Native Americans.
A sombre film made by students of Bede College in Durham about memory and death. The film is played to Adagio in G Minor by Tomaso Albinoni with a commentary given by two men reading from Dostoevsky and the short fable ‘The Invention of the Devil’ by Franz Kafka. Filmed at night, views of Durham Cathedral are followed by a young woman walking through a churchyard. She looks at a gravestone before going inside and sits at a pew looking mournful. The film ends with her getting up and leaving.
A short student film, a homage to Blue Peter showing a pair of hands making a model of a stone house from the sleeve of a matchbox, Polly filler and paint. The film shows the five stages needed to create the model.
A short paper animation devised and filmed by a R. Wilcock, showing the interior workings of an electric bell.
An amateur film made and narrated by David Williams of an educational visit by a delegation from Durham University to the country of Lesotho in southern Africa in 1968. The film begins with the delegation flying to Johannesburg in South Africa and, due to delays with this flight, some of the group had to find alternative travel arrangements. There are views around Johannesburg and a steam train that takes them onto Bloemfontein, the capital of South Africa. The group enter Lesotho from the north via the Caledon River and stay in bungalows near a college campus in the counties capital Maseru. In the second part of the film, a group from the delegation go on an excursion to the Roma Valley before travelling onto Semonkong Falls by horseback and aircraft. The film ends with aircraft returning to Maseru and one of the delegation drinking a local beverage and watching a group of boys perform a dance.
An amateur film produced and narrated by David Williams of a delegation from Durham University visiting Lerotholi Technical Centre in the capital of Lesotho Maseru where they help to educate a group of student teachers in how to teach primary school children. The film shows the student teachers participating in a variety of activities both scientific and artistic around the college and listening intently at lectures. They also participate in a dramatization of a local folk story by designing and painting their own costumes and props. Some of the delegation also participate in a school lesson with local children which is watched by the teachers. The film ends with the delegation saying goodbye and crossing the border out of Lesotho.
An amateur film made and narrated by David Williams of an educational visit by a delegation from Durham University to the country of Lesotho in southern Africa in 1968. The film begins in Maseru, the capital of Lesotho, with student teachers and members of the delegation waiting to go inside a large building to attend the official opening of the course by Lesotho’s Permanent Secretary of Education. The film then changes to a show a group of local schoolchildren visiting Maseru railway station as part of an environmental study into the effects of the railway on that area designed by some of the student teachers. Back at the school, pupils build their own railway from mud, stones and twigs. The school holds it’s own opening ceremony attended by all the pupils and teachers. The final section of the film is a special excursion arranged for the children by train from Maseru to Marseilles in the Free State. For many of the children, this would be their first experience of travelling by train.
An amateur film made by David Williams of an educational visit by a delegation from Durham University to the country of Lesotho in southern Africa in 1968. The film begins with a group of adults playing in a field beside a school followed by the pupils being conducted in song. This is followed by a group of men and women working together to build a wall, part of a building on top of a hill. A school visit to a government agricultural farm follows next with pupils being shown around and looking at the various plants and animals there. A tree planting ceremony featuring King Moshoeshoe II and a second VIP is followed by a garden party taking place for he delegation at the Blue Mountain Inn in the town of Teyateyaneng. The film ends at an airport with the delegation leaving to fly back to the UK.
An amateur film made and narrated by David Williams of three Durham University educational visits to the Kingdom of Lesotho in southern Africa between 1967 and 1969. In the first part of the film shot during a visit in 1967, a delegation visits a number of primary schools both in the country's capital Maseru and surrounding countryside. The delegates visit in 1968 takes them back to some of the rural schools visited the previous year, to see what if anything has improved. The final part of the film made during a visit in 1969 records a school community project in which pupils build a hut for a new nursery school. As well the building, the pupils are also given maths lessons by their teachers.