Promotional film by Turners Film Productions for South West Durham Development Joint Committee that documents the attractions of South West Durham as a place to live and work, and outlines the scope for industrial and commercial expansion. The film highlights the area's scenic beauty, country events, heritage, modern architecture, new amenities, educational opportunities, new industries and responsiveness to change. Includes shots of the Shildon-based company Astraka Furs known for its luxurious fur coats, and also faux fur clothing.
This Turners Film production was commissioned by the Consett Iron Company and looks at the history of iron and steel making and production at the Consett Iron Works, British Steel Corporation. Footage covers traditional and modern steel making processes.
An amateur film showing the opening of the Durham County Constabulary headquarters at Aycliffe and the Harperley Hall training college at Harperley Hall near Crook by the Rt. Hon. James Charter Ede on the 19th April 1947.
An amateur film made by Edward Roberts, a Durham County Inspector of Schools and pitman's son, recording the river Tees from its rural source through to industrial areas on the banks of the river around Middlesbrough, and the estuary as it flows into the North Sea.
An amateur film made by Edward Roberts of traditional working life on a hill sheep farm in Weardale. The film includes footage of lambing season and sheep shearing with hand clippers. The filmmaker, son of a miner from Mount Pleasant, was at the time County Inspector for Schools in the Durham City, Spennymoor and Weardale areas.
An amateur film compilation by Bill Sones showing the Durham Miners' Gala as well as home movie footage around Durham of family life and day trips.
An amateur film made at Wheatley Hill Colliery a few weeks before the it was demolished in 1969. The film includes exterior views of the colliery and winding house followed by the internal workings of the steam vertical winders with Lilly gears.
An amateur film shot by Harry Wills recording the architectural and environmental features of Durham railway station before major refurbishment in the early Sixties. The film shows notices and posters that would have been key features around the station, plus other places such as a waiting room interior which seems to hark back to a much earlier era in travelling by rail.
Amateur footage of a Good Friday parade and a sports day at South Shields, street views in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, and views from a train travelling from London Kings Cross to Newcastle.
A compilation of home movie footage and commercial films produced or compiled by William Gargate, a policeman from Leadgate near Consett. Includes sequences of a family feeding lambs on a farm, and exploring rugged countryside and waterfalls in the Thorpe Thewles or Teesdale area.
A compilation of home movie films documenting the Morton family picnics, walks, and visits to towns and attractions around the north of England. The film includes a trip to Seahouses beach, the Farne Islands, rambling along the Cleveland coast between Saltburn-by-the-Sea and Staithes, spring-time walking in Farndale Nature Reserve, and a visit to Bishop Auckland Castle Park.
Amateur home movie compilation by George Pennington, owner of Cosy Coaches in Meadowfield, County Durham, filmed around 1952. Includes footage of celebrations in Brandon, either as part of the touring 1951 Festival of Britain, or the Brandon Gala; a portrait of the Browney Juniors A.F.C. and their awards; a wedding and reception at the Redhills Hotel, Durham; the visit of H.R.H. Princess Margaret to Durham; the Reading of the Proclamation at Durham; the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the restoration of the Durham monument to the Third Marquis of Londonderry in Durham featuring Bernard Montgomery, 1st Vicount Montgomery of Alamein; a trip to York during the week of the Mystery Plays; Durham College's rag week parade and a family trip to Blackpool Illuminations.
Amateur footage of the newly appointed Mayor and Mayoress of Durham's public engagements in 1963, which includes the opening of the new County Hall (known also as Aykley Heads House) by Prince Philip. Durham County Hall was designed by Sir Basil Spence.
A complete catalogue of Durham Miners’ Gala events and activities recorded in and around the City of Durham by Edward Roberts: the film includes footage from Big Meetings between 1951 and 1955, and shows the miners’ banners, bands, speeches, and fun fair revelry.
A tour around Durham City during a 1950s autumn and winter made by amateur film-maker Edward Roberts.
A film made by Turners Film Productions for the North East Development Council that looks at the merits of living and working in the North East. The film is presented by George Chetwynd, the director of the North East Development Council as a guide. The film assesses road, rail, sea and air transport communications, new building developments and showcases the new industrial estates. The film finishes with a look at the natural amenities of the region, which might tempt newcomers to explore further.
The second of three Tyne Tees Television documentaries about the three main rivers of the north east presented by Mike Neville. This film looking at the River Wear, begins in the upper reaches of Weardale and follows Mike as he travels downstream. On his journey he visits the villages of St Johns Chapel, Witton-le-Wear and Escomb as well as the towns of Stanhope and Wolsingham. While at Wolsingam he visits a local timber mill as well as steel foundry which is celebrating its centenary.
The final of a three part Tyne Tees Television documentary presented by Mike Neville, in which he journeys down the Tees. The journey takes in the source of the river and follows the it's progress through wild countryside, small villages and towns, showing how the river Tees has contributed to peoples lives and industry. The film finally reaches the mouth of the river on the east coast where towns such as Yarm, Stockton and Middlesbrough have over the years been historic ports and the site of major heavy industries on both the north and south sides of the Tees. This edition was originally transmitted on the 11 October 1962.
An amateur film made by Richard Annand documenting Finchale Training College just outside Durham City, which provided vocational training programmes for unemployed disabled adults.
A film made by Danny Webster, Vice-Principle of Bede College of Bede Day which took place on Whit Monday [3rd June] 1963. Filmed at Durham Racecourse, it shows various activities and events taking place around the racecourse including children playing various fairground games and displays of Judo, gymnastics and trampolining. The film ends with views of people packing up at the end of the day and a group of men enjoying a beer.
A student film made as part of a project for the School of Education at Bede College containing various views around Durham City. The film includes views of well-known locations such as Durham Cathedral and Castle as well as less well known localities such as the Durham Indoor Market and ‘Dragonville Industrial Estate’.
A student film looking at bus travel in and around Durham City. The film comes with a commentary of various interviews asking people why they are using public transport and what they think of the service
This film made by students of Bede College looking at the North East alternative newspaper “Muther Grumble”. The film show views of young people walking around Durham City and shots of various pages from the newspaper. The film also includes shots of young people seated in a room, possibly the office of 'Muther Grumble', smoking and talking.
A spoof vampire movie made by students of Bede College Film & Television Department, Durham, and filmed mainly at night to practice shooting in low light. A vampire attacks a young woman in a dark alleyway and drinks her bottles of Newcastle Brown Ale rather than her blood. After an article in the Durham Advertiser about the murder, a local hero entraps the vampire, dressing up as a woman and carrying bottles of Bass Ale. After discovering the vampire's "lair", he kills the vampire.
This amateur student film was made by the Bede College Film & TV Department of Durham University in the late 60s. It is a fantasy film based on a boy meets girl story. A younger and older photographer meet in Durham for a press job. The two symbolise one man, as his younger self, and as the older, more experienced man he will become.