Footage believed to have been shot by Durham Police Constabulary of pickets at Usworth Colliery near Sunderland during the miner’s strike of 1972. The film shows striking miners picketing at the colliery and negotiating with the police. They are also seen shouting at strike-breakers entering the mine and clapping at those who decide to leave. The film ends with a group of miners turning back a lorry making a delivery to the mine.
Local topical film made by The North of England Film Bureau showing highlights from a packed Tyne and Wear football derby F.A. Cup Fourth Round replay at St James Park, Newcastle, on 17 March 1913.
This sponsored film by Turners Film Productions documents the various stages in the mining, processing of coal, and environmental restoration of the land for agricultural and leisure activities at the 2,000 acre Radar North opencast mine site, at Widdrington, near Morpeth, in Northumberland County. The mine operated under a National Coal Board contract between 1957 and 1972. The film records the operation of the UK’s largest dragline system at the time, known as 'Big Geordie,' which worked at Radar North from 1969 to 1976 for Derek Crouch Mining Limited. It also shows how production, restoration and conservation work together in this method of mining.
This sponsored film by the Turners Film Unit for Sunderland Corporation's Transport Department documents the abandonment of the Sunderland tramway system in 1954 in favour of motorbuses. It details the planning and operations of the bus transport system, and its importance for local people and businesses in Sunderland and surrounding areas. The film features good footage of trams and new buses in operation; local industries of glass making, coal mining and ship building; and of people at leisure in local coastal resorts.
This sponsored film By Turners of Newcastle provides an outline of industry and infrastructure in the Northern region as the 1960s moves into the 70s. It looks at the business opportunites available to investors in the North East, including the financial incentives available to industrialists and commercial managers intending to set up in an Assisted Area.
A promotional film by Turners Film Unit for the North East Development Council, which records the North East’s recent industrial, commercial, social and cultural successes to encourage businesses and families to move to the region. Includes footage of education, art and entertainment, shopping, and industry from Northumberland down to Tees Valley.
A promotional film made by Turners Film and Video Productions for the Tyne and Wear Transport Executive looking at the design, construction as well as operation of the recently completed Tyne and Wear Metro integrated transport system on Tyneside. The film includes a number of landmark moments in the Metro’s development including the official opening of the system by Queen Elizabeth II on the 6th November 1981.
Footage of the launching ceremony of the tanker M.V. Clerk-Maxwell, built by Hawthorn Leslie shipbuilding and engineering company at their yard [No. 759] at Hebburn for Nile Steamship Co. Ltd. (Houlder Bros & Co Ltd). The launch took place on 6 May 1966.
Sponsored film produced for the Washington Development Corporation by Turners Film Productions. Washington was designated a ‘New Town’ in 1964 and expanded dramatically to house overspill population from surrounding cities. This film describes the planning background and development achieved in the first 7 years of constructing Washington’s new self-sufficient "villages," industrial estates, road communications, social amenities and its town centre. The legacy of the coal industry and derelict colliery sites also feature in some scenes. John Edmunds provides the voice over.
This 'local topical' news film records the annual charitable outing of Newcastle’s West End elderly poor to Little Benton. The Mayor, Mayoress and Sheriff of Newcastle attend the event. The film includes a title suggesting that the group have been enlivened by "The Kruschen Feeling," which was a popular catch-phrase in the 1920s taken from an advertising slogan for Kruschen salts. Includes octogenarian tug of war and skipping contests.
This Turners film production sponsored by Sunderland council highlights the advantages of the Sunderland region as a place to live, commercial centre and location for industry. The film documents Sunderland’s successful industries, such as engineering, shipbuilding, Pyrex glass manufacturing, and tailoring, and promotes Sunderland Corporation’s redesign of residential, educational and business centres. Footage includes excellent shots of Sunderland’s famous glass blowers, scenes from the launch of the 'Montrose,' slum clearance, and construction of the Derwent Reservoir. Includes voice-over and music soundtrack.
An amateur record of athletics and sports events at the Gateshead Games held at the Gateshead Stadium in July 1974 that features Brendan Foster taking part in a long distance race.
An amateur film of Queen Elizabeth Silver Jubilee events taking place in and around Gateshead on 28th May 1977.
An amateur record of the Gateshead Games held at the Gateshead Stadium on the 27th June 1973.
A promotional film made by Northumbria Films for the Sunderland and South Shields Water Company. The film follows a Mrs Green whose water supply is cut of due to a broken pipe. She and her daughter visits the companies office in Sunderland and are taken a tour of the Burnhope Reservoir and Ryhope Pumping Station to show the work the company does to make sure she gets ‘crystal clear’ water through her taps.
A compilation of amateur cine club films documenting various corporate and social events: dominoes, cards, football, bowls, a beach picnic at Druridge Bay, the annual flower show and barbeque, and bonfire night at the clubhouse in Byker. The film also includes visits to a number of local water plants at Whittle Dene and Warkworth.
Amateur film by members of the Newcastle and Gateshead Water Company Club of the annual flower and vegetable show and barbecue in Byker, Newcastle on 24th August 1963. Visitors enjoy various sideshow games and stalls including a football game, bowling, children's athletics, and a judged cookery competition.
An amateur film produced by the Newcastle and Gateshead Water Company showing how water is treated and delivered to domestic customers. Opening with views around Newcastle and a number of regional rivers before the film sets the scene with a series of domestic scenes in which water is important. The film then moves to a reservoir and shows the modern technologies available to help clean, purify and deliver water to the domestic householder.
An amateur record of the Newcastle and Gateshead Water Company Club’s social activities for 1963 and 1964, which include a car rally, ferry ride on the River Tyne, a trip to Alnmouth, the 4th annual flower show and barbecue, an angling competition at Hallington Reservoirs located near the small village of Colwell, Northumberland, a darts match and bonfire night.
An amateur film made during World War Two showing various training exercises taking place around Newcastle and other locations. Men in protective clothing are seen cleaning Grey Street following a chemical or phosphorous attack. Another training exercise shows men training to locate and retrieve victims from bomb damaged houses. The film also includes extensive footage believed to be of a suburban street in Heaton in Newcastle showing damaged and destroyed houses. The film also includes footage of an equestrian event featuring the police that takes place in Jesmond Dene.
Short sponsored film by Turners Film Productions about preserving the history of coal in the Washington area. The film contains a lot of footage inside the old colliery which is now part of the 'F' Pit Museum. The film is narrated by Geordie folk singer Alex Glasgow.
Through a combination of voiceover and footage, this promotional film for Ringtons Limited follows the cycle of tea production and distribution, from the Ceylon plantations to the Ringtons Tea factory in Algernon Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, and from the factory to the customer’s doorstep.
A documentary produced by the Sunderland Educational Development Association on the construction of the cargo ship "Tjibantjet". Made at Bartram & Sons yards in Sunderland, the film takes the viewer through each phase of construction from its design until its launch on the 3rd October 1951. The film uses a number of simple animations and drawings to explain many of the key stages.
Amateur film of a stone-laying ceremony that takes place on September 17th 1955 at the Methodist Church on Chester’s Avenue, Longbenton, Newcastle upon Tyne, still under construction. The opening ceremony on March 24th 1956 is also recorded.
Amateur footage by Frank Wilson of a beauty contest at Tynemouth outdoor pool on Longsands.