An amateur city travelogue of Newcastle upon Tyne during the late 1950s. The film includes footage of the Newcastle Quayside Sunday market, traffic passing around Grey's Monument, Eldon Square, and ships on the River Tyne including the hopper barge ''Bessie Surtees' travelling up river through the opened Swing Bridge. The film also shows activities night and day at the Hoppings annual travelling fun fair, taking place during the last week of June.
A comic advertising film that uses a mixture of live action and Monty Python style animation to describe the importance of television adverting in the Tyne Tees Television region. Featuring Clive Dunn as the ‘plain advertising man’ and Johnny Vyvyan as a waiter in a restaurant, also the film features the voice of Richard Wattis who helps put across the message of the film.
This amateur film documents the official opening of the New Tyne Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, on the 10 October 1928 by King George V and Queen Mary. The film includes footage of the arrival of the royal train at Jesmond and the procession along Northumberland Street. This film was one of the earliest productions by the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA).
Compilation of two short amateur industrial films, which document the repair and extension of the oil tanker Wellfield at the Smiths Docks & Co Ltd dry docks at North Shields, beginning in August 1931 and the sea trials of HMS Bulldog, which was built at Swan Hunters at Wallsend. The North Sea trial takes place off the coast of the Tyne on the 8th April 1931. The films were produced by James Cameron, one of the founders of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers' Association (ACA).
This documentary compilation of events from 1933 was filmed by members of Newcastle Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA), including George Cummin. Includes footage of the aftermath of a gas explosion in Carville Street, Gateshead; the Tyneside launch of the first all welded ship, the Peter G. Campbell, a tank barge constructed by Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd at their Wallsend Shipyard, unusual footage in that it is filmed from a boat on the river; the (Northumberland) County Amateur Golf Championship at High Gosforth Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne; model boat steering trials at Paddy Freeman's boating lake in Jesmond Dene in mid-summer, and women's snowball fights at Jesmond Dene in winter; barrow sellers and shops in the run up to Christmas on the Newcastle streets. The final sequence represents Christmas Day through a series of staged shots of food, drink and Christmas traditions.
This amateur film records the construction of a graving or dry dock at Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson's shipyard at Wallsend. Filmed over a number of months, it shows men and steam cranes at work clearing the site, laying foundations, pouring concrete, installing dock gates and testing them. The first ship is towed into the new dock and other ships undergo repair and maintenance. This film was a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
This amateur travelogue records the landscape, architecture, interesting monuments and occasional character from the River Tyne to Northumberland, touring the North East coast from Tynemouth to Berwick on the Borders, and locations along the Tyne, Tweed and Coquet rivers. The film opens in Newcastle upon Tyne with a focus on the Geordie anthem "The Blaydon Races", and the coal and ship building industries, but then sets out to prove to Southerners and the BBC that the North is not all about heavy industries. Includes footage of Lord Armstrong's Cragside house near Rothbury, and George Snaith, a shepherd, farmer and founder member and president of the Border Stick Dressers’ Association. This film is a George Cummin and Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
A promotional film produced by Hi-Tech Video for the British Gas Engineering Research Station about the British Gas Subsea Engineering centre at Blyth in Northumberland. The centre, a complex of dry docks in the harbour, is where full-scale underwater testing is carried out for North Sea oil and gas exploration. The film shows some of the types of testing involved.
Promotional film produced for Reyrolle Technology, part of Rolls-Royce Industrial Power Group, and their British Short Circuit Test Station at Hebburn. The film shows testing carried out at the centre and it's international accreditation, its confidentiality and independence in the testing of electrical equipment. The final part of the work looks at other work done at Hebburn, including the development of new industrial standards, and being able to work off-site.
This amateur drama contrasts the lives of two brothers employed in marine engineering on Tyneside, with heavy industry such as shipbuilding hit hard by the Depression in 1930s Britain. One brother shirks work and evening classes, and turns to womanising, gambling and crime. The other works hard and is successful. The film includes footage of the annual Hoppings travelling funfair held on the Town Moor, Newcastle upon Tyne, the new Brough Park Greyhound Stadium in Byker, and of Whitley Bay. This fiction film is a Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
This amateur documentary records the changing city of Newcastle upon Tyne and surrounding areas through urban decline and renewal in 1984, and some of the special events taking place that year, including the Hoppings, the Great North Run and the arrival of the Golden Hinde on the Tyne. Footage includes the dismantling of the Old Redheugh Bridge; the repainting of the Tyne Bridge; construction of the Metro Centre, Gateshead; development of the Nissan car manufacturing plant; closures of Woolworths, Fenwicks, Callers and J T Parrish department stores, the ABC Haymarket Cinema and Wills cigarette factory; and the new Eldon Square shopping centre. Signs of industrial action at Swan Hunters Shipyard in Wallsend are also documented. The film is a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
Two friends driving on the Team Valley Trading Estate in Gateshead are annoyed by a rattle in their car. Attempts to trace the problem result in one of the men being trapped in the boot and an escapade with an opportunist thief. This short fictional film was made in the 1960s by a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production team.
An amateur film by Ken Christie of the sea trials of the fishing trawler Japonica in 1961. The trawler was built by T. Mitchison Ltd of Gateshead and launched on the 22nd November 1960, completed February 1961. Mr Christie worked for DECCA Marine Radar and was on board representing his company as part of the ships sea trials.
An amateur film made by Milton Newton taken from an aircraft as it flies over the Hoppings Fair on Newcastle Town Moor, along the coast at Tynemouth and then west along the River Tyne from the mouth to Warden in Northumberland. The films includes views of many of the Tyne’s most iconic bridges as well several busy shipyards especially between North Shields and Newcastle. The final part of the film shows the river running though the Tyne Valley to Corbridge and Hexham and finishes on the Warden Railway Bridge.
An amateur film made by South Shields-born filmmaker Lilian Wincote recording the final day of the Shields Ferry ‘Northumbrian’ on the 25th April 1972. The film shows the steam ferry crossing between North and South Shields collecting and transporting passengers and vehicles.
An Industrial film produced by the Carborundum Company showing the milling, grinding and polishing processes carried out at the factory of Sir Howard Grubb, Parsons and company of Newcastle upon Tyne to transform a 98" diameter low expansion disc into a lens or concave mirror for use at the Isaac Newton Telescope being constructed at Herstmonceux in Sussex.
An amateur film made by Kenneth Douglas, Managing Director of Austin and Pickersgill of Sunderland between 1956 and 1967, showing the construction and launch of the yacht Radiant II built at the yard between 1960 and 1961. The yacht was built for Basil M. Mavroleon of Fairwinds Navigation Ltd and completed on the 16th July 1961.
An amateur film made by Maurice Clyde showing the design and construction of the Doxford 'J' Engine which was a 9 cylinder, 20,000 brake horsepower engine made at the Doxford Engine Works in Sunderland between 1962 and 1964. The film also features the construction and launching of the tanker North Sands from J.L. Thompsons yard at North Sands in Sunderland on the 3rd May 1965. Following the launch, the films shows the installation of new engine into the tanker. The film ends with the fully fitted out tanker leaving the Tyne in November 1965.
A short amateur film by Maurice Clyde of views from the deck of the tankers North Sands and British Commerce, built at J.L Thompsons shipyard at North Sands in Sunderland, showing both ships and surrounding River Tyne where the tanker was being cleaned and painted.
A short amateur film by Maurice Clyde of the tanker North Sands on the slipway at J.L. Thompsons shipyard at North Sands in Sunderland and men at work inside the Drawing Office at Doxford Engine Works in Sunderland.
A film produced by Denvia Video showing the dismantling of the Doxford 670 Experimental P Engine at South Tyneside Marine College in South Shields between October 2006 and April 2007.
A series of short films made by Maurice Clyde of various activities and events taking place with members of the Doxford Engines Friends Association (DEFA). Events recorded include a visit by Dr Thomas Knudsen to the South Tyneside Marine College in South Shields to see the Doxford Experimental Engine, visits to the Pallion Shipyard and Doxford's Old Works and a visit to Beamish, the North of England Open Air Museum to see their new museum stores. The film also includes extracts of a number of BBC North East and Cumbria and Tyne Tees Television news items relating to the items on this film.
An amateur film made by Cliff Lyon of an open day at the Sunderland Maritime Heritage centre on Church Street in Sunderland in 2008. The film follows those in attendance looking around at exhibits and listening to members of the society talking about the history of shipbuilding in the city. The film includes an informal interview with a one of the visitors, George Jackson a former shipbuilder from Glasgow who talks about his experiences working on Royal Navy vessels built on the Clyde in the build-up to and during World War Two.
This tongue-in-cheek promotional film was produced for the North East Region of the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers (NERIAC), which hosted the national IAC Annual General Meeting and film festival in Newcastle in October 1987. It was written and directed by Michael Gough, a member of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers’ Association. Includes time-lapse footage of South Shields-born animator Sheila Graber at work.
An amateur film by Ken Christie of the sea trials of the yacht Marco Polo built at Clelands Shipbuilding Company at Wallsend. The yacht was launched on the 29th May 1961 and completed August 1961.