This is an ICI Billingham Film Unit travelogue with an unusual premise and title. The film promotes the North East as a marvellous place to live and work and includes footage of engineers, scientists and draftsmen at the ICI Billingham chemical works and the many social pursuits available for workers: sports at Billingham Synthonia and Wilton Hall Clubs, rowing and sailing on the Wear,Yorkshire Gliding Club at Sutton Bank and rock climbing. The film also tours around local Teesside villages and towns such as picturesque Norton and Stockton-on-Tees on a busy market day. The coastal towns of Saltburn, Staithes (including women in traditional Staithes bonnets) and Whitby are explored as well as the iconic cities of Durham, York and Newcastle (including night time Hoppings scenes on the Town Moor). The final scenes capture the remote landscapes of Weardale and the world of the hill farmers.
An amateur film made by a policeman from the South Shields Constabulary to highlight the dangers of crossing busy roads without taking due care and attention. Shot on a busy Saturday afternoon sometime in 1950 or 1951 the film shows pedestrians crossing roads at various locations around South Shields including Market Place, Ocean Road and Kings Road.
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 promotional film made by Turners Film Production in association with the The British Tourist Authority and Washington Development Corporation. In 1792, England's Garter King Of Arms, Sir Isaac Heard, requested information from George Washington, America's first President and former Leader of the Revolution, about his ancestry and family origin. It began a search to trace an ancestry which has occupied the interest of American and British genealogists for nearly two hundred years. This film reveals the full ancestry of George Washington, based on the genealogical evidence.
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.
This film documents a test launch of the Cullercoats Lifeboat 'Isaac and Mary Bolton' which was in service between 1951 and 1963. [Some brief sequences are running fast.]
Tyne Tees Television news feature about the Princess Mary Maternity Hospital's (formerly the Lying-in Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne) maternity flying squad who attend to a home emergency involving a pregnant woman, in urgent need of a blood transfusion during child birth.
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 that records activities at the Ralph Gardner High School in North Shields. Schoolboys take part in cookery and dancing lessons and work on sailing boat repairs. The film includes footage of Christmas decoration preparations and dining hall scenes.
A compilation of clips that capture scenes from a 1949 stage performance of the ‘Married Women’ pantomime.
A promotional film for the Washington Development Corporation that celebrates Washington past, and the planning and public consultation for the region’s future urban development as a new town.
A record of a large scale civil defence exercise carried out in Newcastle and Gateshead with the participation of Durham County Fire Brigade. The film was produced by Newcastle & Gateshead Joint Fire Service.
Home movie compilation of different Taylor family visits and holidays. Footage includes many shots of the Taylor's young daughter Sue.
This amateur film records a WACAR inter-club sports day. The annual event was organised for employees of Wright Anderson, Armstrong Whitworth, Redheugh Iron & Steel, and Clarke Chapman engineering firms in Newcastle and Gateshead, and probably took place at the 'WACAR' Associated Sports Clubs ground in Dunston, in sight of the Newcastle to Carlisle railway line, or possibly at Eslington Park, Gateshead. Events include boys’ and girls’ sprints, long distance running, walking, and high jump, tug of war, quoits, and a short awards ceremony.
This amateur film records a Clarke Chapman company sports day in 1951 at Eslington Park in Gateshead. Events include boys’ and girls’ sprinting, long distance running, walking race, beanbag relay, and high jump. There is also a men's tug of war.
Amateur record of a sports day at Eslington Park, Gateshead, in 1953 for employees of WACAR (Wright Anderson & Company Limited, Sir W G Armstrong Whitworth & Company Limited and Redheugh Iron & Steel Company). The second part of the film features the Gateshead engineering firm Clarke Chapman and Company’s sports day also taking place in summer 1953.
This film is an amateur record of Gateshead firm Clarke Chapman and Company works sports day at Eslington Park, featuring men's tug o' war, men's long jump competition, women's sprint, and long distance competitors finishing. Includes group portraits and shots of the crowd.
This film is an amateur record of a Clarke Chapman and Company works sports day in Gateshead, probably at Eslington Park.
An amateur film produced by Betty Cook from the Cleveland Cine Club of the Royal Air Force Exhibition taking place on the Town Moor at Newcastle in 1969. As well as exhibitions showing all areas of service life and equipment, the highlight of the event was the visit by the new Harrier Jump Jet. Accompanying Betty is her husband Arthur who fought as a pilot during World War Two and who gets special access to view the aircraft along with their son Martin.
An amateur film made by Eddie Nelson of the Cleveland Cine Club of the 1986 Cutty Sark Tall Ships Race along the River Tyne showing ships moored on both the Newcastle and Gateshead quaysides. The film shows crowds wandering along the river and includes shots of an artist painting the scenes. The film also features the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II and her visit of one of the ships. Betty Cook was the President of the Cleveland Cine Society and the North East Cine Society.
Amateur record of Clarke Chapman sports days and fetes in the late 1960s, which focuses on children's events rather than serious sports. The events take place at Old Ford, the Clarke Chapman sports field in Gateshead.
A record of various stages in construction of Thompson House, an urban redevelopment project in the Groat Market area of Newcastle, commissioned by Newcastle City Planning Department. The building housed the new Evening Chronicle offices. The film includes interesting views of the surrounding buildings and skylines revealed by the empty site.
A record of the urban redevelopment of the Queens Square area of Newcastle, commissioned by Newcastle City Planning Department in 1964.
A record of the urban redevelopment of the Scotswood Road area of Newcastle, commissioned by Newcastle City Council Planning Department in 1963.
A record of the urban redevelopment of Blandford Street West in Newcastle, commissioned by Newcastle City Council Planning Department in 1963.