This amateur film in the Sir Joseph Reed collection records the opening of Joseph & Jane Cowen Training School for Maimed Soldiers & Sailors at Benwell Grange in Newcastle, possibly in September 1917; the unveiling of the Memorial to the Tyneside Irish & Scottish Brigades at La Boisselle by Marshall Foch, an Elizabethan costume garden party at the home of Sir Joseph Reed, and shots of the family probably filmed at Hethpool House, Kirknewton, near Wooler.
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 amateur home movie compilation of McQueen family holidays in Jersey and Norway, day trips and leisure time at home in Tynemouth, spans the years 1937 through to 1948. Footage includes Digging for Victory vegetable growing in Tynemouth and portraits of Mac McQueen in uniform as a Home Guard officer and his son Neil in Air Training Corps cadet uniform at the start of the Second World War.
Home movie footage in the McQueen family collection of the weddings in Tynemouth of Jack Welford and Pat Peel, Olive McQueen’s childhood friend; the christening of their daughter in Monkseaton; and the wedding of Pam Reid to Leonard Vagg.
This amateur home movie compilation in the McQueen family collection contains footage from the 1950s of domestic scenes, a friend’s wedding and several family holidays both abroad and in the UK, which include Arran in Scotland and the Lake District.
Filmed in the 1920s by an amateur filmmaker, this home movie footage features a wealthy family either visiting a mansion house (Horton Grange?), or at home, and on a trip to Lindisfarne on the Northumberland coast. There are also scenes from a caravan holiday.
A short student fictional tragi-comedy about two lovers. This amateur film was made in and around the village of Mitford in Northumberland by Newcastle University students in the late 1960s.
This promotional film was produced by Strathclyde Films for the Hardy Brothers of Alnwick and London, a famous family business that manufactured and sold fishing equipment in Alnwick, near the Scottish border. The film offers instruction in the art of fly fishing and casting, demonstrated by Ian Blackburn, a casting champion, and James Hardy, the grandson of the founders of the company, and Company Director at this time. The craft of making quality fishing rods from bamboo cane at the Hardy factory in Alnwick is then recorded in detail.
Home movie record of the 1963 wedding day of Middlesbrough dentist Tom H. Brown’s son, Tony T. Brown, to Beryl K. Dobson, shot by Tony’s godfather Frank Joyner. The couple then document their own honeymoon preparation and travel to Ireland for a camping holiday, via Northumberland and Scotland. The couple’s Austin Seven Mini car, a British icon of the 1960s, appears in several holiday sequences.
An amateur film made by the Northumberland County Fire Brigade of the official opening ceremony for the brigade’s new headquarters at Loansdean, Morpeth in 1968. The film includes footage of speeches at the formal ceremony and firemen taking part in various demonstrations.
A film made by the Northumberland County Fire Brigade documenting an RAF rescue helicopter carrying out a winching exercise at Acklington in Northumberland on the 8 August 1968.
A film made by the Northumberland County Fire Brigade in around 1968 as part of an exercise carried out with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) off the North East coast with the Blyth and Newbiggin lifeboats.
An amateur film made by the Northumberland County Fire Brigade in the winter of 1954 of a civil defence exercise carried out in Kyloe Wood in Northumberland.
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..
A compilation of amateur films by Mr. Kenneth Osbourne-Grant that record a parade of juvenile jazz bands along Alexandra Road in Ashington, launch of the Newbiggin Lifeboat, and a Whitley Bay beauty contest and the Blackpool Illuminations.
Amateur film compilation that records a Newcastle Battalion of the Boys Brigade drill exercise at Byker and camp scenes at Warkworth in Northumberland; the Boys Brigade parade and gymnastics at the 1929 North East Coast Exhibition held on the Town Moor; and further scenes at the camp at Warkworth.
Amateur film made by Betty Cook, President of the Cleveland Cine Society and the North East Cine Society. Footage includes Remembrance Day services in Middlesbrough, the Cook family at a Territorial Army Centre firing range near Otterburn in Northumberland and a social event taking place in Hartlepool.
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 by Turners Productions for the Norwegian firm Kavli, the Primula cheese makers. The film elaborates on the historical links between Norway, Scarborough and the North East of England. It documents the Kavli chain of cheese production from Norway to the UK base for Primula cheese manufacture in Gateshead’s Team Valley, opened in 1959. Includes footage of the Festival of Norway in Scarborough in 1966, which celebrated the founding of the town by Viking settlers 1,000 years previously, and the automated production process for Primula cheese and Kavli crispbreads in the Kavli factory at Team Valley Trading Estate, Gateshead. Kavli first set up operations in Cramlington back in 1936.
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.
A compilation of home movies, filmed principally around the village of Tideswell in Derbyshire, and made as an amateur newsreel service. The compilation includes footage of a 1937 family holiday to Northumberland, visiting Blyth, Bamburgh, and Seaton Sluice, a wedding during the Second World War, and footage of a swimming gala at Tynemouth Outdoor Pool in 1939.
This amateur film by Frank Wilson is a compilation of the Wallsend Co-Op Sports Club’s social events of 1955, including a dance at Wallsend's Carville Road Hall, coach trips to Bamburgh (featuring a cricket match) and Berwick for a picnic, and a men's bowling contest on Tyneside.
A visual record of a King Edward VI School (Morpeth, Northumberland) outing to Hadrian's Wall. The schoolchildren visit Chesters and Housesteads Roman forts near Hexham, walk along sections of the wall, and carry out some basic survey work on the archaeological ruins.
A record of a King Edward VI Grammar School (Morpeth, Northumberland) pageant re-enactment in July 1952. The schoolchildren perform plays and dances in fancy dress to an audience of parents. The pageant celebrates the school's 400th year since King Edward VI granted a charter for the school on 12 March 1552.
Amateur film that records a single day in the life of young members and officers of the Newcastle Battalion of the Boys Brigade camping at Alwinton, Northumberland, in 1959. Their activities combine drill, sports, music, hiking and a religious service in the open air.