This film looks at the demolition of Gjers Mills Ironworks (Ayresome Ironworks), one of many of the large ironworks that were operating along the Tees at Middlesbrough during the late 19th century and the first half of the 20th century.
This is a Borough of Middlesbrough council record of the clearance of 'slum' housing in the St Hilda’s area of Middlesbrough at the end of the 50s.
An account of the fabrication of Britain's first permanent steel oil production righ. Shows the preparation of the yard where the rig was built, and traces its construction through to the float out and sinking in BP's Forties oil field.
Amateur film produced as a background film for the teaching of geography. It looks at the development of Middlesbrough following the discovery of ironstone in the Eston Hills, near Middlesbrough.
Well-made amateur film documenting the activities of the Middlesbrough Cooperative Society, produced by Middlesbrough cine-club founder Wilf Shaw. Includes footage of dairy and bakery operations, coal deliveries, local area stores, and the construction of new Co-operative buildings on Linthorpe Road.
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.
An amateur film made by John Fraser, a farm labourer, showing farming activities taking place on and around Hart Warren Farm, Middle Warren Farm and Throston Grange Farm near Hartlepool in around 1964.
A film made at the newly completed Lackenby works of Dorman Long & Co. Ltd at Middlesbrough. Filmed in two parts the film shows the two stage process of steel production from ingot to finished product.
An amateur mystery drama by members of the Tees-Side Cine Club, filmed around the Cleveland countryside.
This first part of the drama made by members of the Tees-side Cine Club. Filmed partly at Marton Hall near Middlesbrough the story follows an older woman who participates in an experiment that will rejuvenate her into a young woman.
This film is a short comedy made by the members of the Tees-side Cine Club. A man is reprimanded by his wife for neglecting a hedge that needs trimming. Following the purchase of a new set of shears he seems possessed by some inner mischief and wreaks havoc in and around the streets of Middlesbrough.
A film made by Donald Raymond Clark of the Middlesbrough College of Education Cine Club begins with a trip across the Transporter bridge in Middlesbrough with views around the docks which evolves into a mini drama. The filmmakers then explore some of the many old streets in the town centre and finally look at some aspects of public transport in the town.
A record of the working life and industrial landscape of ICI's Billingham Wharf, and the official opening on October 15th 1935 of the Coal Hydrogenation Petrol Plant of ICI Billingham, by former National Labour Party Prime Minister, M.P. James Ramsay MacDonald.
Billingham Film Unit production for the ICI Heavy Organic Chemicals Division documenting trials for a Dracone (D4) barge (a long, nylon and synthetic rubber flexible floating tube), which is towed from the Tees at Middlesbrough to Holland and back. The Dracone was invented by Newcastle-born, renowned engineer and Head of Cambridge University Engineering Department, Professor William Rede Hawthorne in 1955. The Fiery Cross tug boat, owned by the Tees Towing Company in Middlesbrough, is used in the trial for ICI. Footage includes shots along the River Tees and a view of the Transporter Bridge at dawn. Music and commentary accompanies this short documentary feature.
ICI Billingham Film Unit record of the ship Maturata (launched in Glasgow, 1955) at Middlesbrough dock on a misty early morning in the 1950s, dock workers unloading ICI sacks of ammonium sulphate fertilizer bound for Oxfam from rail freight trucks.
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.
ICI Billingham Film Unit footage of employees leaving work from I.C.I at the Billingham West Gate - by foot, bicycle and car, shot from high angle.
Silent film ‘pratfalls’ and piano accompaniment feature in a comedy farce by the ICI Billingham amateur theatre group, The Smoker, filmed around Stockton-on-Tees. Two salesmen for Fisons and ICI compete to sell fertiliser to a farmer, with varying degrees of success. The two endure calamities in equal measure as an explosion and seduction finally win the pitch for the old-fashioned ICI salesman.
Amateur film footage by a senior ICI manager, Mr Bridger, that records ICI ammonia factories at Low Prudhoe, Northumberland, set up to produce agricultural fertiliser and explosives for the war effort, the Tyne at Ovingham and Thomas Berwick’s grave, the pond at Norton, and footage of social events and sports days in the 1950s at a variety of ICI clubs, in Prudhoe, Billingham in 1956, and Clitheroe, Lancashire.
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.
A film made by the Cleveland Cine Club for Middlesbrough Constabulary promoting the National Cycling Proficiency Scheme, an initiative to teach safe cycling to children. We follow schoolboy Paul as he rides his bicycle around the streets of Linthorpe Middlesbrough, in a casual and irresponsible manner. Following a near miss with a car at a busy road junction and strong advice from a concerned friend, Paul takes the National Cycling Proficiency test. He progresses through different stages of the test to become a model cyclist, culminating in the presentation of a badge and certificate by Middlesbrough's chief constable.
A film produced by the R.S.P.B.[Royal Society for the Protection of Birds] Film Unit from the footage shot by local filmmaker James Monro shows the wealth of bird life and other wildlife living in close proximity to some of the largest chemical and heavy engineering industrial sites in Europe around the mouth of the River Tees near Middlesbrough. The film also illustrates the challenges that such an environment creates where land is reclaimed for the use of man; if birds and other wildlife are to survive and thrive how do we ensure that their habitat is protected?
An amateur film made by members of Guisborough Grammar School of a sports day taking place in the school grounds. The film shows various races and events taking place from the serious to the fun.
A second reel of amateur film made by members of Guisborough Grammar School of a sports day in the school grounds. The film shows various races and events taking place from the serious to the fun.
An amateur film made by members of Guisborough Grammar School Scout Troop of a camping trip to Robin Hoods Bay in North Yorkshire in August 1937. Footage follows of commercial aircraft operations at Croydon airport in the 1930's