This sponsored film for the Tyne Improvement Commission, produced by Turners Film Productions, documents the shipping, trading, engineering, shipbuilding and passenger services along the River Tyne. The film records the industries that cluster along the Tyne focusing on wood, petroleum, coal, fish and iron ore. The services provided to shipping by the Tyne Improvement Commission and other authorities are documented, together with the transport facilities and sites available for new industries in the area. The film includes footage of the construction and launch of the 'Northern Star,' built by Vickers Armstrong’s Naval Yard in Newcastle, and launched by H.M. Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, on June 27 1961.
A promotional film made by Turners Film and Video Production for Portsmouth and Sunderland Newspapers Limited that shows how and why the Sunderland Echo newspaper is important to the local communities in and around Sunderland. The film also shows the production of an edition from the writing of a story to the printing and distribution of the finished product. The film shows how the paper uses the latest computer technologies and how it is printed using the offset lithographic printing process.
An amateur film shot in Newcastle during some of the worst winter weather recorded in the region in February 1941. The film shows various suburban and city centre streets under snow and people and vehicles attempting to negotiate them. The film also shows two well dressed women walking beside the River Tyne at Corbridge, a ladies garden party and three people exploring the ruins of a stone structure, possibly a Roman site near to Hadrian's Wall.
An original camera roll by Mr B.H. Cooper as part of a production into the making of cathode ray tubes (CRT's) for television sets filmed at the Thorn AEI factory at Sunderland.
A documentary film that follows the campaign organised by the miners and citizens of the villages of Blackhill and Scremerston in Northumberland to fight the National Coal Board's decision to close the Blackhill Colliery. Following their defeat the film then follows them in their efforts to open a private drift mine at Allerdean.
A series of short home movies made by Robert Wrench showing family activities takes place around Newcastle, Whitley Bay and Romford in Essex between 1924 and 1935. The films include footage of his wife Susan, daughter, Mary Elizabeth Wrench (later Richardson), and her children Robert, Susan and Thomas William Richardson. The film also includes footage from the Royal Air Force Display at Farnborough in 1929.
An amateur film made of events and activities taking place as part of the centenary celebrations for Ryton Urban District Council in 1963. Events featured include a swimming competition at the open air pool in Ferndene Park, a formal dinner dance with a bagpipe marching band and a procession of miners banners, decorated floats and a juvenile jazz band along Main Road in Ryton. The presence of the centenary queen features at many of these events watching over proceedings or presenting prizes.
An amateur film made of events taking place to celebrate the centenary of the Blaydon Races in 1962. The film records various events including a road and bicycle race, a military band performing in Eldon Square, Newcastle as well as a procession of floats and marching juvenile jazz bands passing St Cuthberts church in Blaydon. The film also shows a sulky [harness] race taking place in Blaydon and ends with a fireworks display.
An amateur film recording events taking place as part of the High Spen Community Association 5th Annual Carnival on the 6th June 1968. The film shows a parade of five local juvenile jazz bands marching along Strothers Road and Ramsey Street in High Spen to a large exhibition fields where they perform in competition. There are views of a children’s fancy dress competition and the film ends with medals and trophies being presented for both the fancy dress and jazz band competitions.
An early topical newsreel of the opening of St. Aloysius Infant School in Hebburn in June 1928. The film shows a procession of marching bands, banners and children down Argyle Street, traveling from St Aloysius Church to the new infant school. Joseph Thorman, Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, and other priests follow behind in open top horse-drawn carriages. At the church Bishop Thorman blesses the new Catholic Sunday school building and gives a speech to the crowd. The film ends with group portraits of children.
This film documents the building and launching of the Esso Northumbria in 1969 as well as it's departure from the River Tyne in March 1970. At the time this tanker, built by Swan Hunter at Wallsend on Tyneside, was the largest vessel to have been built in Britain.
Advertising film by Turners Film Productions for James A. Jobling & Company of Sunderland that promotes their cooking and serving dinner ware to the canteen trade in hospitals, schools and colleges. Includes footage of the stringent tests applied to the product, which demonstrate its legendary resistance to breakage, and its hygienic qualities.
Sponsored film of the launching of the Katsina Palm from the shipyards of Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson in 1957 in Newcastle. The Katsina Palm was built for the Palm Line shipping company, and destined to work primarily in West Africa. The ship was capable of carrying 10,000 tons of cargo and could travel at 14 knots; she was launched by the wife of the Palm Line’s director, Mrs A. Hoffman.
A Gaumont Graphic newsreel of 27 August 1914 recording food distribution to elderly dependants of British Army reservists in Newcastle upon Tyne during World War One.
Local topical newsreel showing street scenes around the town of Houghton-le-Spring near Sunderland, a gathering of elderly residents, and a garden fete at the local vicarage.
This time-lapse film made by a schoolboy on the 9th March 1985 documents the 45 minute train journey from Gateshead to Hexham. The film was made to coincide with the 150th anniversary celebrations of the opening of the Blaydon to Hexham section of the line.
A sponsored film by Turners Film Productions of the sea trials and handing over ceremony of the M.V. "Ceres" on the 27th & 28th December 1951. The container ship was built on the River Tees by Furness Shipbuilding Co. Ltd at Haverton Hill for Rederiaktiesolget, but the sea trials took place in the North Sea off the coast of Tynemouth during stormy weather. The engine was built by North East Marine Engineering, Wallsend, which may be the reason trials took place from the River Tyne.
This amateur film shows the sea trials of the tanker Samuel Ugelstad taking place off the coast of Tynemouth on the 7th & 8th June 1956. As well as views of he ship at sea during the trials, the film includes various views around the ship as well as of the crew and passengers. The ship was built for S. Ugelstads Rederi of Norway by Furness Shipbuilding Co. Ltd at their Haverton Hill yard near Stockton-on-Tees.
A promotional film made for Northumberland County Council to encourage people to move to Northumberland. The film uses case studies of three families recently moved to the area. These include the Richardson family from Whitley Bay, the Target family from Killingworth and the Randall family from the Tyne Valley near Hexham. The film explores issues of housing, industry, shopping, nightlife, leisure activities and education.
A travelogue produced by the Planning Department of Northumberland County Council that documents Northumberland’s rural landscape, history and culture.
An amateur film made of a visit to Newcastle and Northumberland by a delegation from Czechoslovakia. The film records their visits to schools and colleges, an opencast mine and power station, the new town of Killingworth, and to the construction sites for Newcastle Civic Centre and the Tyne Tunnel. They also visit a number of tourist attractions including the Farne Islands.
An amateur film made of a school excursion aboard the ferry “The Tyne Queen” as it travels between Newcastle and North Shields in August 1965. The original film is not edited in sequence and begins at around the half-way point in the journey and goes through to North Shields before starting at the beginning of the journey at Newcastle Quayside and ending at the midway point. The film includes views of many of the companies whose shipyards were along the river including Vickers Armstrong, Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson and Hawthorn Leslie and Company.
An amateur film showing views and activities along the river Tyne around North Shields, Jarrow and South Shields. The films includes the departure of a Bergen Line ferry "Leda" from North Shields, St Paul’s Monastery at Jarrow and anglers fishing from Groyne Pier at South Shields.
Part professional and part amateur film of the wedding of Miss M. Barnes & Mr G.L.R. Collins at St George’s Church in Jesmond, Newcastle in 1938.
This amateur home movie footage features Baron Watson-Armstrong and Lady Armstrong at Cragside House, near Rothbury, Northumberland, as they entertain friends and survey their estate's grounds. The film also contains footage of the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, which was built with funds bequeathed by William George Armstrong in 1901.