This is a film from a collection of home movies made by Jack Johnson of Pontefract. It shows the family visiting various places in East Yorkshire and includes a miners’ parade held in Pontefract. The film is accompanied by a partial commentary.
This is the second part of a four part film highlighting major tourist sites in Northern Ireland (the first and last parts are missing). The film follows two couples as they visit, among other places, the Belfast Ropeworks Company, Bellevue, Hazlewood, Belfast Lough, Whitehead and Carrickfergus.
This film, from the collection of G Burns, shows aspects of Grassington in 1980. It includes A B White bakers, Grassington School, and various scenes in Grassington Psycho-Geriatric Hospital shortly before its closure.
This is a Yorkshire Television film showing the then Prime Minister, James Callaghan, being granted the freedom of Sheffield on February 7th 1979, with a demonstration being held outside the City Hall.
This is a film made to commemorate the granting of a Charter of Incorporation to the Borough of Rotherham in 1861. The film provides a history of the town, and an update of local services, with interviews with the Town Planning Officer and the Director of Education.
This is a Yorkshire Television documentary about the new Selby coalfield and the state of the coal mining industry. The documentary was made two and a half months into the great Miners’ Strike of 1984/85. Although the strike figures as a backdrop to the film, the focus is on the advances of the new Selby coalfield, those working in it, and on the respective arguments of the NUM, represented by its President Arthur Scargill, and the NCB, represented by its Chairman Ian MacGregor.
This Yorkshire Television documentary was made just after Lord Joe Kagan, who was 64 at the time, was convicted of theft and false accounting, but prior to his sentencing on 15th December 1980. The documentary consists mainly of interviews with many of those close to him, recounting his time under Nazis rule in Lithuania, his amazing story of escape, his famous Gannex coats, and his friendship with Harold Wilson and Russian spy Richard Vaygauskas.
This is one of several exceptional films made over a seven year period by Bill Davison and winner of Movie Maker's Ten Best and Best Editing. The film focuses on an IRA bomber whose target is a Belfast cinema, and in doing so, explores the mental conflict of the person who would plant a bomb in a public place. The film cuts back and forth between a present moment, filmed in black and white, and flashbacks of remorse and to planting the bomb, filmed in colour. Locations in Hull have been used as a substitute for the streets of Belfast.
This is one of several award winning films made over a seven year period by Bill Davison of Selby Cine Club. This is an early documentary focused on the Protestants in Belfast around the time of the July 12th celebrations of the Battle of the Boyne. It shows the area around Sandy Row, the lead up to the march the day before which includes bonfires, the procession of Orange Lodges and Ian Paisley making a speech the year following three months in prison. The film took the best documentary award in America with the Amateur Motion Picture Association and the Golden Knight International Film Festival in Malta.
This is one of a collection of films made by the Selby Cine Club. This film provides a wonderful overview of the town of Selby as it was in 1965 and is accompanied by an interesting historical commentary. It shows pedestrians and traffic in the town centre, many of the shops, and includes the Toll Bridge, the Monday market, the Reverend John Kent giving a tour of the Abbey, the shipyard, the BOCM Mill, and a Council meeting.
This film features a garden party for both the Zion Men and Ladies. It also includes the Men’s supper night and Ladies Evening in 1936 and 1937. Each group have their own entertainment for their evening.
This is a documentary about the proposed closure of the Settle-Carlisle railway line made by Yorkshire Television as part of its Northern Line series. The programme mainly consists of interviews with Ron Cotton, the British Rail project manager for the Settle-Carlisle Line, campaigner Peter Horton, civil engineer Christopher Wallace, and John Watson, Tory MP for Skipton, along with film of the line and some of the stations.
Every day at Fylingdales, the Early Warning Missile Base high on the North York Moors near Whitby in North Yorkshire, 5000 space objects come under the day-and-night questioning of 100-ton radar scanners. The basic function of Fylingdales is to alert the West to possible Russian nuclear ballistic attack. Three 'golf-balls' dominate Fylingdales, along with a smaller listening-ear dome which analyses interference from unwanted radio and television signals. This documentary provides a fascinating insight into the function of Fylingdales. We visit the operation room, accessed by a secret 800 metre long tunnel, and find out about the 700 people who man this highly-secret, self-contained township. Peace protestors and CND supporters have their say too.
This is a Yorkshire Television documentary that investigates the conflict between environmentalists and limestone and gritstone companies quarrying in the Yorkshire and Derbyshire National Parks. It is presented by comedian, folk singer and environmentalist Mike Harding and includes interviews with interested parties for and against the quarrying. A number of quarries are seen and discussed: Ribblehead, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Ingleton Quarry, Giggleswick, Kilnsey Gray, Arcow Quarry and Helworth Quarry, both at Helmworth Bridge, Swinden Quarry near Grassington and Cool Scar Quarry at Kilnsey, in Yorkshire; and Topley Pike Quarry and Eldon Hill Quarry in Derbyshire.
This is a Yorkshire Television documentary about Chapeltown, Leeds. The programme focuses on the deprivation and lack of jobs, especially for young black men, in the light of the new Task Force that has been established to create jobs. It consists mainly of interviews with locals in Chapeltown, as well as the head of the Task Force, the local police chief, and Employment Minister Kenneth Clarke. A follow up programme was made the next year, also by Yorkshire Television, titled, Chapeltown One Year On.
This is a follow up programme on a documentary made the previous year by Yorkshire Television titled, Task Force Chapeltown. The film is mainly composed of interviews with locals in Chapeltown about the area and their prospects of getting a job. This is in reference to the Government initiative of the previous year of establishing Task Forces in rundown areas in five cities to help create jobs. The majority of those interviewed express the view that the project has not achieved anything so far.
Austin Mitchell looks back to 1972 and the town of Clay Cross in Derbyshire which refused to follow the Housing Finance Act introduced by the Conservative government. This Socialist town governs itself by ignoring Conservative policies and ideals. The documentary uses footage of the protests to illustrate how the whole town was united on this issue. The programme was first transmitted on 10 January, 1974.
This is a Yorkshire Television documentary, part of the Northern Line Series, on the Laundry at Halifax General Hospital which is under threat of closure due to privatisation of the Health Service. The programme focuses on interviewing four of the women who work in the laundry, who talk about the importance of what they do, their working conditions and pay, their pride in their job, but their anger at the Government for privatisation.
This is the first of a series of four themed programmes made by Yorkshire Television that aired in 1987 about life on the Manor Estate of council housing in Sheffield, consisting of events on the Estate and interviews with, mostly unidentified, residents. This one focuses on interviews with residents about living on the Estate. It relates how the residents feel about living on the Estate, the rundown conditions and poor housing, the changes, or lack of, that the Estate has seen, and the unemployment and demoralisation of those living there. It was first transmitted on 3rd August, 1987.
This is the second of a series of four themed programmes made by Yorkshire Television that aired in 1987 about life on the Manor Estate of council housing in Sheffield, consisting of events on the Estate and interviews with, mostly unidentified, residents. This one focuses on residents who have been made redundant and who are trying to move on. It shows four unemployed steelworkers trying to renovate a tool making workshop, Mal Middleton, who has written a script, ‘Bird Fancier’, produced by the BBC, unemployed workers who are scavenging the derelict houses, and Sheffield Wednesday footballer Mel Sterland. It was first transmitted on 10th August, 1987.
This is the third of a series of four themed programmes made by Yorkshire Television that aired in 1987 about life on the Manor Estate of council housing in Sheffield, consisting of events on the Estate and interviews with, mostly unidentified, residents. This one focuses on what residents do in their spare time, including pigeon fanciers, fishing, gardening, youth playing on slot machines, boys boxing and down the pub on a Friday night. It was originally transmitted on 17th August, 1987.
This is one of a series of four themed programmes made by Yorkshire Television that aired in 1987 about life on the manor estate of council housing in Sheffield, consisting of events on the estate and interviews with, mostly unidentified, residents. This one focuses on a resident’s theatre group in the run up to the June General Election, reflecting both the demoralisation – because of unemployment, poor housing, poverty and untrustworthy politicians – and the fighting spirit of those living on the estate. It was originally transmitted on 24th August, 1987.
Kellingley Colliery was a deep coal mine located near Selby, North Yorkshire, and officially closed in December, 2015. The Miner’s Strike was one of the most bitter industrial disputes Britain has ever seen and affected communities across the country. The strike ended on 3rd March, 1985 nearly a year after it began. This short film features the workers of Kellingley Colliery as they carry their banners and return to work following the strike.
This film was made by Darryl Johnson during his time as student at Leeds College of Art & Design. Johnson uses published statistics about the City of Leeds as a counterpoint to another narrative which involves impressions of a cross section of the city’s people and their views on various aspects of life. People of different ages, ethnicities, and socioeconomic background all lend their voice to the film, and the interviews are intercut with images of the sped up hustle and bustle of Leeds and the juxtaposed slow-motion footage of a traditional Yorkshire brass band.
The film depicts several highlights of the filmmaker’s holidays in 1934. The majority of the film was made in Torquay, but it also features shots recorded in a number of areas near the south coast in Britain.