South Shields-born animator Sheila Graber takes an amusing look at the history of time and timekeeping, from the dawn of time to the dawn of digital watches, inspired by a jazzed-up Mozart track by Waldo de los Rios.
In this educational animation with rhythm, introduced with a samba beat, South Shields-born artist Sheila Graber considers Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection, from single cell to global population, indulging her early interest in biology.
A charming animation on the keeping of frogs and other amphibians as pets. The film looks at the types of environments frogs like to live in. The film also looks at toads and newts and how best to look after them. This children's cartoon was created by celebrated South Shields animator Sheila Graber for a children’s television series that was broadcast around the world in the 1980s.
A teacher training educational film made by the University of Durham Institute of Education at Broomhaugh Church of England Primary School in the village of Riding Mill showing how to teach science in a rural primary school. The film includes field studies with a group of 7-11 year old children exploring The Glebe Field in Riding Mill, Northumberland, and science in the classroom.
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.
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.
This early cine club documentary pays tribute to pioneering Northumbrian railway engineers, George and Robert Stephenson. Filmed partly on 23 May 1929 at North Road Engine Works in Darlington, invited guests admire an impressive full size working replica of the most famous of all locomotives, The Rocket. Bound for the Henry Ford Museum, USA, the iconic Rocket is dwarfed by the modern Pacific Bayardo locomotive on the tracks, a dramatic illustration of 100 years of steam locomotive development. Includes shots of the Stephenson family’s early homes in Wylam and Killingworth. This film was produced by James Cameron, one of the founders of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers' Association (ACA).
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.
A compilation films of air shows taking place in Paris and Scotland, mostly from the 1960’s, produced by amateur filmmaker Ronald Pringle. The film includes the Paris Air Show for 1965, 1967, 1969 and 1971 as well as the Prestwick Air Show for 1967 and 1969.
Phil McDonnell conducts topical vox pops among young boys in Newcastle about the space race and the prospect of going to the moon. This Tyne Tees TV news magazine item was broadcast in a Look of the Month programme on 28 October 1968, the year before the United States successfully landed men on the moon with the Apollo 11 space mission.
A short paper animation devised and filmed by a R. Wilcock, showing the interior workings of an electric bell.
An industrial film that shows the construction, opening and extended use of the Derwent Reservoir in County Durham. The film includes the opening of the reservoir by Princess Alexandra in July 1967 and then goes on to examine the reasons for building it and some of the technical innovations and difficulties that had to be developed or overcome. The film ends showing how the reservoir, as well as providing water for the region has also developed into a leisure facility with fishing and sailing now well established.
An industrial film by Cygnet Films for the Phillips Norway Group that looks at the oil industry on Teesside in particular the large Phillp's Petroleum refinery development on the north bank of the Tees in the 1970’s. The film shows in detail the location of the Ekofisk oil platform off the coast of Norway and the two pipelines which run from it, one to Emden in northern Germany and the other to Seal Sands and Greatham on Teesside. The film shows the construction of the refinery acknowledging the sensitive environment in which it is being built.
Tyne Tees Television filmed report on a fire service exercise in decontamination in Durham, originally broadcast on 28 January 1977. Includes an interview with a fire station chief. The reporter mentions the mercury emergency at the Shiny Row primary school recently.
A promotional film produced by Little-King Productions for James A. Jobling and Company Ltd of Sunderland showing the importance and use of Pyrex glassware for home, science and industry. The film also looks at the production process within the Jobling factory taking the viewer through all the processes of making Pyrex from the delivery of silver sand, the key ingredient for glass production, through to the finished product being boxed and stored for delivery.