This amateur home movie footage features Baron Watson-Armstrong and Lady Armstrong at Cragside House, near Rothbury, Northumberland, as they entertain friends and survey their estate's grounds. The film also contains footage of the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, which was built with funds bequeathed by William George Armstrong in 1901.
A celebration of the potential for business growth in Sunderland with its attractions of housing, schools, cultural facilities and beauty spots, linked with a celebration of Sunderland Football Club winning the Football Association Cup in 1973.
A film made by the Northumberland County Fire Brigade in around 1968 as part of an exercise carried out with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) off the North East coast with the Blyth and Newbiggin lifeboats.
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.
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.
Comic cartoon animation advertising Andrews Liver Salts, distributed by Newcastle company Scott and Turner, featuring "Little Andy" who wins a race after he drinks a glass of sparkling Andrews.
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 comedy made by the Cleveland Cine Club and filmed at the Berwick Hills Community Centre with members of the local cine and drama groups. The film follows the misadventures of a man who goes into hospital for an operation. Realising they are missing a number of instruments the hospital staff resort to bringing out a saw, hammer and hand-drill to perform the operation. In horror the patient jumps off the table and escapes.
An educational and promotional film produced by the Department of Photography Kings College and co-written and directed by Bruce Allsopp looking at what is is like to be a student and what can be studied at King's College, The Newcastle Division of Durham University.
A Civil defence training film on rescue, first aid and transportation techniques, which shows a typical situation that may confront Civil Defences Corps in wartime or in peacetime. The film was made by the West Hartlepool Civil Defence Corps some time between 1948 and 1968.
An educational children’s animation by Sheila Graber about the workings of the human body. The film features a one celled character called Bio as he guides the viewer on the structure of the skeleton.
Comic Technicolor cartoon animation advertising Andrews Liver Salts produced by Geoffrey & Mina Johnson Studios and created for Scott and Turner of Newcastle upon Tyne.
This amateur newsreel of important local events in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1933 was produced by members of Newcastle Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). The film covers the official opening by HRH Prince George, Duke of Kent, of the new Poor Children’s Holiday Association building at 66 Percy Street, Newcastle, headquarters of a charitable organisation that ran numerous projects for underprivileged children. Another item records the Northumberland Plate event at Gosforth Park Races 20 June 1933. The final documentary shorts are of the British Hospitals Air Pageant at Cramlington Aerodrome on Saturday 12 August 1933 with aerobatic displays by, amongst others, Flight Lieutenant Charles William Anderson Scott, AFC, and aerial footage of Newcastle upon Tyne and surrounding countryside flmed from one of the special passenger flights taken at the air pageant.
Young women volunteers attend a BRCS (British Red Cross Society) camp at Longhoughton in 1944 to train up for roles as Red Cross nurses and support for the medical services during the Second World War. In 1945 women are trained at a Red Cross Youth Movement of Northumberland campsite in the Coquetdale valley (possibly in the grounds of Rothbury Cottage Hospital), their third annual camp at Rothbury. Footage includes trainee nurses during leisure time, swimming on the Northumbrian coast, playing netball and table tennis. This amateur documentary footage was shot by Peter Beatty, a member of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers' Association (ACA), the Rothbury footage probably filmed in summer 1945, just after World War Two.
This amateur drama follows the transformation from wimp to He-Man of a pampered, upper-class son, whose character-building vacation on the Tyneside coast is cut short by a violent assault. Locations include the grounds of Wentworth Castle and the Whitley Bay Spanish City fairground. This film is a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers’ Association (ACA) production.
This surreal comedy short is a Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers’ Association (ACA) production. A strange psychiatrist practices on an accident-prone patient but self-help proves the solution to the man’s problems.
This amateur instructional film, with a staged scenario involving a film scriptwriter and toothache, is one of several made on small-gauge film by the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) as an introduction for new members, and probably as a filmmaking exercise itself.
An amateur film made by Maurice Clyde featuring two different types of kidney dialysis taking place at two Newcastle hospitals. Filmed at both the Royal Victoria Infirmary and the Ryehill Hospital, both the coil and Kiil system of dialysis are in use on patients. The film also features Professor David Kerr, a world pioneer in kidney dialysis.
An amateur film made by Maurice Clyde about the Sunderland Renal Unit at the Royal Infirmary in Sunderland. The film shows staff and patients on the ward receiving dialysis and includes interviews with patient Ray Downey, a well know local charity worker and kidney transplant patient, and a Elizabeth Lannister who has worked at the hospital about the move of the unit to the Sunderland General Hospital.
A short pencil animation by Peter Whitaker of the Cleveland Cine Club in which a man seated at a desk uses fly spray to kill a fly that is sitting on his head and ends up killing himself.
A Tyne Tees Television news report with Phil McDonnell transmitted 31 March 1967 on a rent tribunal decision to reduce the rent on a derelict attic room in a slum property in Newcastle, rented to a Matthew Maddison. The report opens with interior views of the derelict state of the room followed by an interview with Mr Maddison about living here and the tribunal decision.
Film insert of a visit to a hospital in the North East by Disney characters for Tyne Tees TV news programme Today at Six broadcast on 25 November 1968.
Four film inserts that record a hospital catering department’s provision of ‘computor’ meals for Tyne Tees TV news programme Today at Six broadcast on 19 February 1975.
A home movie made by Daniel Webster, believed a vice-principle of Bede College in Durham, of his family made between 1947 and 1957. The focus of the film is his two children who are seen growing from children to adults. The film records a number of domestic scenes of the family such as Christmas and holidays to the Lake District, Scotland and Ulster. The film includes a number of acted sequences featuring family members as well as shots 50's domestic scenes. The film also includes views from two Durham Miners Gala (1952 and 1955?) as well as motorbikes at Belmont Park and the Durham Regatta showing rowers on the river Wear.
An amateur public awareness film made by Durham City Council with the assistance of Durham Rotary and Round Table to remind residents and visitors to the city to pick up litter and dispose of it correctly. To illustrate the point, the film follows a family on a day out in Durham who drop litter wherever they go. They even manage to flaunt good practice when eating and drinking near a litter bin. The film features views of some of Durham’s well known locations.