An amateur film made by David Williams who was part of an educational delegation from Durham University visiting the country of Lesotho in southern Africa in 1969. The film begins with the delegation visiting a building built on top of a hill and local children making murals in the earth. The second part of the film records a re-enactment by children in a school of a local folk tale watched over and assisted by the student teachers working with the Durham delegation.
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.
An original cameral roll, possibly produced by students of Bede College, shows Conservators at work in a studio at the Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead repairing and restoring various paintings and their frames using, what was then, modern conservation equipment. This film looks at the work and techniques used in repairing and cleaning paintings, some of which are many years old. The film shows the materials and tools deployed and the dedication of the Conservators in their skilful and painstaking work.
A short humorous student film made by member of the cast and production crew of ‘Fangs for the Memory’ in the grounds of Bede College, Durham. Playing up to the camera they are filmed snatching various title cards from each other’s hands as the cards are passed around. The final part of the film shows two of the cards either being stomped on or being set on fire.
A short amateur film showing a group of animators, possibly students of Bede College in Durham, producing an animated film. From the light of a desk lamp, the group prepare to shot their film. A number of drawings are placed onto an animation board and a frame of film is taken. The exercise is repeated. The film ends with one of the animators writing down presumably the title of their production.
A short amateur film of English Civil War enthusiasts marching onto Palace Green in Durham and performing a re-enactment. There are views of the various costumed men and women as well as views of both Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle.
An amateur film showing a number of girls performing various gymnastic routines both individually, in pairs and in groups. They are also filmed using gym equipment such as a pommel horse and climbing frame.
A compilation reel containing a series of short animations in various styles believed produced by students of Bede College, under the tutelage of David Williams. Includes BEDE FILM SOCIETY: PREVIEW OF FORTH-COMING FEATURES animations for films such as 'Patton' and 'A Fist Full of Dynamite'.
A short student drama produced by member of David Williams class at Bede College in which a woman and her child come to the aid of another woman while walking along the banks of the River Wear near Durham.
An amateur film which begins with a procession of decorative floats and a juvenile jazz band parading along a road, believed to be in Sunderland. Due to the political messages of some of the floats the event may relate to a local student rag week. The remainder of the reel features views of a football match taking place in Spain and views from a hotel veranda.
An amateur film made by David Williams of the naming ceremony for a new British Rail Class 91 locomotive "Durham Cathedral" on the platform at Durham Station on the 4th May 1993. The film begins with the choir of Durham Cathedral performing on the platform followed by speeches being made by Brian Birdstall(?), Director of Intercity east coast route and John Arnold, Dean of Durham Cathedral. The name plate is revealed by John Arnold and the film ends on the choir performing again intercut with views of the locomotive.
The film begins with a large banner showing the British Rail Intercity logo.
An amateur film by David Williams that uses maps, plans, engravings, archive photographs as well as moving images to tell the story of how during the during the 19th century Durham City was connected to the railway via a series of branch lines.
An amateur film by David Williams of The Gospel Story in Flowers festival taking place inside St Nicholas' Church on Durham's Market Place in July 1996. The film begins with the church being prepared for the festival and the flowers arriving. A sermon is given in the church followed by various views of the many displays of flowers that have all been designed to tells the story of the life, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus from the St John's Gospel. A musical concert follows next and a sermon given by Fiona Castle. The film ends on a violin solo with piano accompaniment comes next intercut with more views from around the church.
An amateur film by David Williams of a memorial service taking place beside the Bede College Memorial Cross in Durham in memory of the Bede Men who fell at Gravenstafel Ridge on the 25th April 1915. The film shows various speeches being given, prayers said and hymns sung with music provided by the Burma Band of the 7th Battalion The (Durham) Light Infantry who stand nearby. Following the playing of ‘The Last Post’ , a wreath is laid and the service brought to a close. The film part of the film shows the Burah Band performing on stage.
An amateur film showing miners banners and colliery brass bands marching along Old Elvet past the County Hotel on Saturday 19th July 1958 as part of the annual Durham Miners Gala. As we well as the banners and bands, the film also records men and women dancing happily in the street as well as the large crowds that had come out to witness the procession.
Amateur footage made by Richard Annand of a Red Cross parade taking place on Palace Green in Durham in 1953, possibly related to the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The film also includes views of Richard’s family at home near Durham.
An amateur film made by the Neesham family of Redcar of a visit to London during the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on the 2nd June 1953. The first part of the film shows various views across the city of some of the decorated buildings along The Mall, outside Westminster Abbey and along Oxford Street. The second part of the film shot from the crowds waiting for the Royal procession to pass captures some of the various military bands, platoons of soldiers and other personnel marching past. The final part of the film captures the Gold State Coach passing, and the young Queen inside waving at the crowds.
An amateur film recording a wedding taking place in Redcar on 7th February 1955 begins with the bride and her father posing for a photographer outside the church. Following the service, a small crowd watches the happy couple as they pose for official photographs along with their friends and family. At the reception views of the cake as well as the groom making a speech. The film end with the couple leaving the reception venue and arriving at their new home together.
A home movie made by the Neesham family of Redcar begins in Nottingham with views of the Trent Building of Nottingham University and a Scottish marching band performing in the grounds of Nottingham Castle. A visit to the grounds of Wollaton Hall is followed by a procession of decorative floats, costumed youngsters and juvenile jazz band march through a street in Redcar. The film ends with the family on the beach at Redcar.
This home movie made by the Neesham family of Redcar predominantly featuring the young family playing with their children, alongside family and friends, in the gardens of a number of houses. The film also features the family taking a walk through a new housing estate and participating in a schools sports day. The film also features a wedding that not only features the couple posing with the families for photographs, but also the reception taking place inside a hall. The final part of the film shows the family visiting Flamingo Land in North Yorkshire and views of the many animals there.
A home movie made by the Neesham family of Redcar that begins with a young family at home enjoying a day in the garden. The remainder of the film shows a coach trip through Europe taking in the cities of Vienna, Venice, Pisa and Paris as well as some of the surrounding countryside. The final part of the film shows airplanes taking off from an airport and views of an aircraft travelling through the sky.
A home movie made by the Neesham family of Redcar recording a number of Roman Catholic processions, events and services relating to Sacred Heart Church in the town. The film begins with views from possibly two Corpus Christi Processions taking place both in the countryside as well as a town. This is followed by a group of women attending a religious garden party of event in the grounds of a large house. A procession of civic dignitaries and religious leaders are filmed entering the Church of the Sacred Heart, possibly in Redcar, as part of a religious service. Views show a number of Catholic clerics leaving a church are followed with another religious service taking place in the ruins of a church or abbey where the film ends.
A home movie made by the Neesham family of Redcar begins with a woman taking her new-born child to show colleagues at ICI Wilton near Redcar. Women at work in a laboratory and office are followed by a visit to the Wilton site by Princess Margaret and views of the women waiting to see the Royal visitor. The film also features a hockey match between men and women taking place in a field near Wilton and a visit to Scarborough. The remainder of the film consists of a series of weddings that generally begin with the bride and her father posing for the camera followed by the couple after the service posing for photographs. The final wedding also features the reception and the film ends with the couple and other guests leaving the venue, some carrying section of wedding cake.
A home movie made by the Neesham family of Redcar begins with them beside a lake in the Lake District. The film then shows various views of the family together at home or with relatives that focus on their youngest child who starts the film as a baby, and grows into a toddler. The family are also seen visiting Albert Park in Middlesbrough where the father and toddler take a ride on a miniature railway. The final part of the film features dancers performing country and western routines as well as one individual performing various native American dances. The film ends with views of some of the exotic animal at Twycross Zoo.
A compilation of outtakes from the Tyne Tees Television Today at Six news programme broadcast on 5 August 1976 documenting official celebrations for athletes Brendan Foster, Dennis Coates and David Jenkins on their return from the Montreal Summer Olympics. Coates competed in the men’s 3000 metres steeplechase, Jenkins in the 400 metres final, and Foster won a bronze medal in the 10,000 metres.