An amateur film recording the stone laying ceremony for the Tynemouth Technical School on Preston Road in North Shields on the 26th February 1958. The film begins with general views of the school under construction followed by the arrival of dignitaries as well as a group of school boys onto the snowy site. There is a short dedication service by a priest followed by the stone being officially put into position by the Mayor of Tynemouth, Councillor A.R. Vella. A second man makes a speech and followed by everyone leaving. The film ends on a view of the stone inscription.
A home movie produced by William Taylor of Tynemouth that focuses of his daughter Janet from a small baby to her 1st birthday. The film begins with a family Christmas with William and his wife opening presents while Janet sits in a chair nearby. The remainder of the film features both parents playing with their daughter around the family home and garden as well as the mother bathing and feeding the child on a number of occasions. The film also uses some brief stop motion sequences to show babies bottles appearing and disappearing. The film ends with Janet’s first birthday party which features a birthday cake.
A home movie made by William Taylor of Tynemouth begins with two girls enjoying a Christmas at home with their parents. The film changes to show two boys sitting at a table eating their breakfast followed by them visiting a fairground, possibly Spanish City at Whitley Bay, where they are seen taking a number of rides. The film changes to show views of a trip to Sweden which focuses on the two girls seen previously playing on a number of rides in a playground and visiting a zoo. The family take a journey to the Arctic Circle and the girls go sledding. The film changes to show the two girls swimming together in an outdoor pool and the film ends on the ferry journey back to the United Kingdom.
An amateur film of the wedding of John Dixon and Mavis Jackson taking place at All Saints Church in Lanchester, County Durham on the 7th September 1968. The film begins with the groom and best man arriving at the church followed by guests, bridesmaids and finally the bride and her father. Following the service, the wedding party poses for photographs for before leaving for the reception-taking place at the Freemason's Arms in nearby Consett where they are seen arriving and going inside. The film also shows inside the venue, but is very dark. The film ends with a woman working in a small kitchen.
An amateur film produced by John Dixon of the wedding of Susan and Peter Goodwin at The Church of St John the Baptist in the village of Quebec, County Durham. The film begins with guests arriving at the church including the bride and her father. Following the service, the film shows the happy couple being directed for their official wedding photographs while other wedding guests stand around watching.
An amateur film by John Dixon recording views in and around the hamlet of Quebec and village of Lanchester in County Durham. As well as views around each locations, the film also shows the surrounding countryside shot from nearby hills. Lanchester is also filmed in snow where an Armistice Day procession is also seen. The final section of the film show views around the town of Wrexham in Wales including the Plas Madoc housing estate which is still under construction during the time of filming.
Tyne Tees TV sports presenter Ian Edwards covers the Newcastle United football squad’s emotional visit to the Wilkinson Sword factory in Cramlington with manager Joe Harvey in the week after their FA Cup final defeat at Wembley on Saturday 4 May 1974. This filmed report was broadcast on the regional news programme Northern Life a few years later on 5 January 1977.
Filmed report for the Tyne Tees Television Northern Life news programme, broadcast on 1 November 1976. Reporter Tony Cook spends time with three lighthouse keepers working at the Longstone Lighthouse on Longshore Rock off the Northumberland coast, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary. One of the keepers, David Hindmarch, claims to have experienced a haunting at the lighthouse, said to be the ghost of Grace Darling.
An amateur film made by John Martin Jackson of tree felling at Monk Wood near Whitfield in Northumberland and transportation to the filmmaker's sawmill in Hexham. Features footage of operations at J.M. Jackson's Bridge End Sawmill in Hexham and lumberjacks taking part in a number of woodcutting competitions at the Northumberland County Show, Corbridge.
An amateur film made by John Martin Jackson of a number of steam rallies taking place at Nafferton in Northumberland between 1973 and 1975. As well as steam and petrol powered agricultural machinery in action, the film also captures horses ploughing the field. Large crowds wander the site looking at the various steam powered machines on display including a large circular saw as well as a threshing machine.
An amateur film made by John Martin Jackson recording Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee celebrations taking part in Hexham, Northumberland in 1977. The film records a procession of decorative floats travelling through the town as well as a large street party. As well as footage of the jubilee, the film includes rural scenes filmed in and around Derwent Reservoir in County Durham where small pleasure boats are filmed on the water.
An amateur film made by John Martin Jackson of a steam rally-taking place at Anick Grange near Hexham in June 1978. As well as views of various steam powered and vintage tractors and other agricultural machinery, the film records various events taking part on a showground including a game of tug-o-war between a group of men and a traction engine. The film ends on felled trees in a field and a steam powered engine powering a circular saw that is being used to turn the felled trees into sections of timber.
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.
An amateur film made by John Martin Jackson of the Stocksfield Show at Stocksfield near Bywell in Northumberland in 1982. The film begins with exhibitors arriving on site to set up stalls both inside a number of large marquees and outside on a field. Views show various stalls and exhibitions around the site are recorded as well as other events taking place on a showground including dancing, tug-o-war, Cumberland wrestling and a sheep dog herding a gaggle of geese into a pen.
A short amateur film by John Martin Jackson that shows a number of trains coming into and out of Durham railway station. The film changes to show engineers working on a section of railway replacing the sleepers and track. The film ends on a diesel train parked over a bridge pulling a number of large wagons containing replacement sleepers and track.
A short amateur film by John Martin Jackson recording the crowds and ships taking part in the Cutty Sark Tall Ships’ Race in July 1986. The Polish sail training ship Dar Mlodziezy and the Russian four-masted barque Kruzenshtern are featured docked along the Newcastle quayside being looked over by the crowds of onlookers. The Dar Mlodziezy is also filmed travelling along the river Tyne.
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. The film ends showing how the reservoir, as well as providing water for the region has also developed into a leisure facility with fishing and sailing now well established.
An amateur film made by Jim Purcell of the opening of the Tyne Tunnel by Queen Elizabeth II on the 19th October 1967 followed by views from a car as it drives through the newly opened tunnel. The final part of the film shows views of St Paul’s Monastery in Jarrow in the snow.
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.
An amateur film made by Jim Purcell showing a football match-taking place in a field beside an estate of houses. One team is wearing a yellow strip, the other a strip of red and black stripe top and dark shorts. The film shows general views of the match action, but no goals are seen being scored.
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.
An amateur film of an award presentation to the sergeant of the 5th Battalion North Riding Home Guard, which takes place at Marton, near Middlesbrough, in winter. The film was shot by Lionel 'Dick' Saltmer, owner of a ladies outfitters on Corporation Road in Middlesbrough and member of this Home Guard unit.
An amateur film made by Lionel Saltmer showing the newly married Mr and Mrs Bousfield and guests leaving St Mary's Parish Church, West Acklam, near Middlesbrough on the 24 January 1945.
A travelogue that takes a look at the course of the River Tyne from the countryside to the sea. Using the device of a Canadian Merchant Seaman who is curious about his family background, he shares a train journey with a schoolteacher who tells him the history of Northumberland and the development of industry in the area. The rural life and scenery of the mid – 1940’s is captured as well as that of industrial Tyneside.
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.