This amateur home movie documents leisure time with the McQueen family and friends in their home town of Tynemouth, visits to the island of St. Mary’s, Rothbury, and locations in Norfolk, Cumbria, Windsor and London. Footage includes the visit of HRH Queen Mary to Blickling Hall, Norfolk, for a St. George’s Day pageant.
This is an ICI Billingham Film Unit travelogue with an unusual premise and title. The film promotes the North East as a marvellous place to live and work and includes footage of engineers, scientists and draftsmen at the ICI Billingham chemical works and the many social pursuits available for workers: sports at Billingham Synthonia and Wilton Hall Clubs, rowing and sailing on the Wear,Yorkshire Gliding Club at Sutton Bank and rock climbing. The film also tours around local Teesside villages and towns such as picturesque Norton and Stockton-on-Tees on a busy market day. The coastal towns of Saltburn, Staithes (including women in traditional Staithes bonnets) and Whitby are explored as well as the iconic cities of Durham, York and Newcastle (including night time Hoppings scenes on the Town Moor). The final scenes capture the remote landscapes of Weardale and the world of the hill farmers.
Promotional film for The North East Industrial and Development Association that looks at North East England. Deals mainly with industry but also looks at the landscapes of rural areas and the coast..
This film in the Hartlepool Council collection records a holiday visit in 1976 of a group of students with learning disabilities from the Lynn Street Adult Training Centre, Hartlepool, and footage of an annual 'Sport For All’ day at Clairville Stadium, Middlesbrough.
An early ‘local topical’ newsreel of a road race taking place around Blackhill near Consett in County Durham. The film shows the runners coming out of Olympia Hall, probably located down Derwent Street, the race getting underway and the competitors running along Queens Road, Durham Road and Derwent Street watched over by large crowds of spectator’s. The film ends with views of the crowds outside Olympia Hall as seen from a moving vehicle.
An amateur film of the 1968 Durham County Show taking place at Lampton Park in Chester-le-Street on the 8 June 1968, made by Betty Cook. The film captures many of the day's attractions including a display of falconry, a police dog obstacle course and a bear cub being fed milk from a bottle. The film features British show jumping champion Harvey Smith performing at the showground. There are also views of a whippet race and a drive past of historic horse-drawn carriages and wagons.
An overview of the North East Electricity Board's (NEEB) area of operation covering all regions in the North East, with music and commentary. Includes footage of NEEB electricity showrooms at Carliol House in Newcastle and retail activities, NEEB displays at the Yorkshire Show in Harrogate and the Durham County Show, workers leaving Rowntrees factory in York. Industries documented include open cast mining at Ashington and Monkwearmouth Colliery, Swan Hunters ship yard, manufacture of television cathode ray tubes in Sunderland, Patons and Baldwins wool factory in Darlington, and sequences on NEEB working practices.
A promotional film produced by Turners Film Production that looks at the activities of Hugh Mackay Carpets, a historic and long standing firm famous for the production of high quality carpets in Durham. The film follows aspects of carpet selling and manufacture from the choosing of a carpet in a showroom, to its design and manufacture for an overseas order. Many of the design and manufacturing processes shown are from a pre computer era.
A promotional film made by Turners Film Production for Derwentside District Council in association with BSC Industry Ltd that looks at the potential development of Derwentside following the closure of BSC Consett. The film promotes both urban and rural development as well as some of the benefits for people to move and live in the area.
A sponsored film produced by Turners Film Productions for the Consett Iron Company Ltd recording the construction and operation of the Hownsgill Plate Mill near Consett in County Durham between 1958 - 1961, which was for a time the world's largest and most advanced steel rolling mill. The mill was officially opened by Lord Mills in April 1961.
A promotional film produced for Joshua Wilson & Brothers Ltd by Turners Films Production that looks at the VG Foodstores network of small food retail shops and supermarkets in the North East of England. The region is served by the Joshua Wilson food distribution company, located in Durham, and is the largest in Europe. All aspects of running a VG grocery store are covered, not only food distribution, but layout, architecture, and advertising
A detailed sponsored documentary by Turners Film Productions for Vaux Breweries on pigeon fancying and pigeon racing in the North East of England covering Northumberland, Tees Valley, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and North Yorkshire. Experts and participants explain breeding, selection, training, exhibition, racing and diet as the voice-over commentary gives an overview of the sport or hobby, and its importance to the largely male membership of the 'Up North Combine'. Footage of races include the Vaux-Usher International Gold Tankard Pigeon Race cross-channel from Beauvais in France, and scenes at the North of England Homing Union Show, held in Newcastle, are featured.
Record of the launch of the cargo ship Irish Larch from the William Gray shipyard in West Hartlepool on 11th June 1956. The film was commissioned by William Gray & Company Ltd. The ship receives a Catholic blessing and is named and launched by sponsor Mrs F H Boland, wife of the Irish Ambassador to London. The Managing Director William Talbot Gray also attends.
An appeals film made for Wayside Home, a residential and nursing home in West Boldon. The film follows two young women who visit the home and meet some of the residents to learn why the home should be supported.
An amateur film of the Durham Miners Gala in 1954 with the parade passing County Hotel, a massive crowd gathering at the Old Racecourse, and outside Durham Cathedral for the special service.
Early amateur film of the Boys Brigade camp at Horden, with boys from the Newcastle Battalion.
Amateur film that records the northern region Boys Brigade Life Boys holiday at a camp at Hawthorn Towers, County Durham, in the early 1930s. Activities that are shown include morning kit inspection, washing, prayers, eating, and sports. Hawthorn Towers was demolished in 1969.
An amateur documentary film that shows the different activities of the Newcastle Battalion of the Boys Brigade's Life Boys, and may have been used in recruitment campaigns.
Amateur film documenting a Newcastle Boys Brigade trip to the High Force waterfall in Teesdale, County Durham.
Home movie compilation by Dr H. Brenton Porteous that captures winter scenes in Newcastle and surrounding countryside; biplanes and monoplanes at Woolsington airfield; Beadnell bay and harbour; High Force waterfall on the River Tees, and the building of an air raid shelter at Osborne Road, Jesmond, Newcastle, the home of Dr Porteous, and now the site of Whites Hotel. Also included are shots at the wedding of Dr H. B. Porteous (the filmmaker) and Dr Winifred Ormerod in 1926, with good examples of 1920s bridal wear.
Home movie footage produced by Dr H. Brenton Porteous recording the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) 2nd (1st Northern) section training at the No. 8 Casualty Clearing Station, Chester-le-Street, (possibly the Hermitage) before the outbreak of war. Recruits are also shown drilling in uniform following the start of World War II and taking part in a sewing competition at a garden fete. The film-maker was a lieutenant in the RAMC.
A film made by amateur filmmaker Betty Cook of the annual medieval fair taking place in Sedgefield on the 22 May 1976. The film shows festivities taking place on the town green with many people in costume. There are views of various activists and stalls including a medieval barbecue, craft stalls and a man being dunked into a pool of water. The film also includes a juvenile jazz band performing as well a race between three pantomime horses.
An educational and promotional film produced by the Department of Photography Kings College and co-written and directed by Bruce Allsopp looking at what is is like to be a student and what can be studied at King's College, The Newcastle Division of Durham University.
Educational film about the uses of writing poetry as a creative learning tool in teaching language to primary school children. The film includes footage inside classrooms and some staged exterior scenes with school children, instructional commentary and voice-overs of the children reading their poems throughout. Beautifully evocative of childhood, this teacher training film captures young children in a world of their own. Girls and boys at the primary school in Darlington learn about language through touch, play, daydreams, art and the exploration of nature in their local landscape near the River Tees.
Educational film produced as part of the Ministry of Education Visual Unit on Local Studies by Basic Films in October 1945, and released in 1949. The film describes how a group of school children in Bishop Auckland become interested in local studies, and follows their progress as they plan, organize, and begin their studies of the locality, co-ordinating the results of their work in an exhibition of maps, models, graphs, records, charts, diagrams, plans and photographs. The film includes casting in steel at Wilson’s Forge, panoramic views of the rural landscape from Brusselton Hill, south of Bishop Auckland, footage of activities at Grange Hill Farm, and of parts of the Roman fort at Binchester.