A short amateur film showing the launch ceremony for the Royal National Lifeboat "City of Leeds" at Redcar in August 1951. Her Royal Highness Princess Mary attends for the christening ceremony. The "City of Leeds" lifeboat remained in service until 1965 and saved 31 lives.
A series of home movies filmed by Dr H. Brenton Porteous between 1928 and 1929 of the Newcastle and Jesmond areas. Events captured include the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary for the opening of the New Tyne Bridge on the 10th October 1928. There are scenes at the Hoppings Fair on Newcastle Town Moor and the Newcastle Quayside Sunday market. The final sections document the North East Coast Exhibition which took place between May and October 1929.
A film produced by Dave Cave of a visit by Anne, Princess Royal to open the new Hylton Road Block of the Sunderland District and General Hospital on Thursday 26th May 1994. Filmed entirely in the foyer of the hospital the film features invited guests waiting on the arrival of the Royal party and speaking with her over afternoon tea. The film comes with a complete commentary of the visit by John Hindhaugh of Radio Sunderland for Hospitals.
Rushes recording the visit by Anne, Princess Royal to open the new Hylton Road Block of the Sunderland District and General Hospital on Thursday 26th May 1994. In the first part she arrives by car and is greeted by executives of the local NHS Trust as well as a small crowd of well wishers. In the second part she takes a tour of the hospital speaking with a number of patients and members of staff. The final part of the film records the official unveiling of a plaque commemorating both the Royal visit as well as opening of the new block.
This amateur home movie documents leisure time with the McQueen family and friends in their home town of Tynemouth, visits to the island of St. Mary’s, Rothbury, and locations in Norfolk, Cumbria, Windsor and London. Footage includes the visit of HRH Queen Mary to Blickling Hall, Norfolk, for a St. George’s Day pageant.
Amateur film showing the visit by Lord Louis Mountbatten to Tyneside on Tuesday 24 October 1978 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the launching of the HMS Kelly, a vessel he commanded. Mountbatten visits South Shields Town Hall, British Shipbuilders yard and the Sea Cadets Training Unit at Hebburn, and Tyne Dock.
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.
Professional film by Turners Film Unit that records the visit of a young Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip to locations in Tyneside on October 29th 1954, including Monkseaton, Tynemouth, Newcastle and Gateshead. The film contains many good scenes of crowds, parades and views of areas of Newcastle since demolished, including Ellison Place, part of Blackett Street, and the old Royal Arcade in Pilgrim Street.
A Turners Film production of the launch of the Esso Northumbria from Swan Hunters Shipyard in Wallsend, Newcastle on the 2nd of May, 1969. The Esso Northumbria, a 250,000 tonne oil tanker (or supertanker), was the largest vessel, at that time, to have ever been built in Britain. The ship was scrapped in Kaohsiung, Taiwan in 1982.
Sponsored film footage of the royal visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the Plaza Hotel, on the Grand Parade in Tynemouth, on 29 October 1954. The Plaza Hotel was destroyed by fire in 1996.
Home movie footage produced by Dr H. Brenton Porteous recording the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) 2nd (1st Northern) section training at the No. 8 Casualty Clearing Station, Chester-le-Street, (possibly the Hermitage) before the outbreak of war. Recruits are also shown drilling in uniform following the start of World War II and taking part in a sewing competition at a garden fete. The film-maker was a lieutenant in the RAMC.
A promotional film made for the County Borough of Gateshead by Montagu Pictures of Newcastle of a visit to Gateshead by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth on Wednesday 22 February 1939. The film shows the royal couple arriving by train at Gateshead Station, visiting a children’s hospital in Gateshead before moving on to open the Northern Eastern Trading Estates at Team Valley.
A promotional film of a visit by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to open the Team Valley Trading Estate in Gateshead on Wednesday 22nd February 1939. The royal couple also visit the Labour Training Centre and unveil a commemorative plaque.
This film records Middlesbrough police attendance and operations at the 1965 Lord Mayor's Parade in Middlesbrough, a police dog exercise in Stewart Park, and the official opening of the modern Dunning Road Police Station. It also documents the opening of Clairville Stadium, Middlesbrough, by Prince Philip, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, on Friday July 26, 1963.
Footage of children from the Pendower Hall Special School, Newcastle upon Tyne, attending a royal motorcade; views of a vintage car show; and a record of the children’s trip to Bad Ischl in Austria.
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 home movie by Captain G W Purvis documenting family Christmas celebrations, wintery and springtime weather, and a portion of Queen Elizabeth II's Jubilee visit to Newcastle: her arrival on the HMY Britannia, and her motorcade passing through a city street.
A local topical newsreel of the opening of the Transporter Bridge across the river Tees at Middlesbrough on the 17 October 1911.
An amateur film made by John W. McHugh and Robert Wilson for the County Borough of Gateshead of various coronation celebrations taking place around the borough in 1953.
An amateur film made in around 1940 of a visit by Herbert Morrison to St James Park to inspect divisions of Civil Defence and Air Raid Precaution personnel and equipment. He is accompanied by Ellen Wilkinson then Member of Parliament for Jarrow as well as one of three Parliamentary Secretaries responsible for air raid shelters and civil defence at of Ministry of Home Security under Herbert Morrison. The film also shows Mary, Princess Royal & Countess of Harewood attending a military parade through Newcastle.
A pastel animation produced by Sheila Graber based on the Victorian ballad by the English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson. With commentary by Francis Carr the film loosely tells the Arthurian legend of Elaine of Astolat, a woman living in isolation inside a tower who sees the world through the reflections in a mirror. One day she sees the knight Sir Lancelot and looks towards Camelot which brings about a curse. She leaves the tower and travels to Camelot by boat but dies before reaching it.
This amateur black and white film records a parade of Jewish ex-servicemen, which took place on May 9th 1937, Newcastle upon Tyne, in the run up to the coronation of George VI. Footage includes a celebratory dinner, possibly at the Newcastle Maccabi Association. This film is one in a collection of films recording life in the Jewish community of Newcastle, made by three independent film-makers between 1937 and 1962.
Spoof version of ICI Billingham Division Film Unit cine magazine short feature of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh's visit to the Billingham factory on Monday afternoon, 14th October 1963. Prince Philip tours the ICI Billingham works, including the Engineering School at the Education Department, and pays a visit to the Synthonia Club sports ground. An irreverent and very amusing music track and commentary have been added to the original feature.
This amateur film shows the Queen's route down Northumberland Street during her visit to Newcastle in October 1954 and the return of the FA Cup in the hands of the triumphant Newcastle United football team in 1955.