An amateur film made by Michael Gough of events and activities taking place in and around the city of Durham as part of the 800th anniversary of the granting of a charter to the city by Bishop Hugh de Puiset in 1079. The film includes a history of the city, a parade of marching bands and people in historic costumes, an event at Durham Racecourse, a hog roast, English Civil War re-enactment, a Mystery Play and a medieval market. On Palace Green Durham University’s graduation ceremony takes place. The final scenes are of Durham Miners Gala featuring Prime Minister James Callaghan.
A home movie made by Michael Gough of a family Christmas featuring his wife Linda and two children. The film begins with them playing in the snow and Linda and the children making Christmas pudding. After being put to bed Santa arrives to deliver all their presents and the film ends with the extended family opening them on Christmas morning.
A children’s animated film produced by Michael Gough about a young boy called Charlie Clyde who is never satisfied and so runs away from home. While on his adventure he falls into a stream and is swept away by the current. Realising his terrible mistake and wishing he was at home in bed, he is rescued by a man and his dog. The film ends with him tucked up in bed with his favourite teddy bear having learned his lesson.
A home movie by Michael Gough of a family holiday to Holland accompanied by a street organ musical track. During their holiday they visit a number of traditional markets in towns such as Gouda and Edam and take part in a flower festival in the town of Rijnsburg. The film ends with a trip on the canals around Amsterdam and the family feeding pigeons.
This tongue-in-cheek promotional film was produced for the North East Region of the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers (NERIAC), which hosted the national IAC Annual General Meeting and film festival in Newcastle in October 1987. It was written and directed by Michael Gough, a member of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers’ Association. Includes time-lapse footage of South Shields-born animator Sheila Graber at work.
This amateur film documents a day out on the Keighley and Worth Valley Light Railway (KWVR), taking a steam train journey between Oxenhope and Keighley, calling at Haworth and Oakworth. This 1970s film was made by amateur Middlesbrough filmmaker Leonard Winter who also worked with the Cleveland Cine Club. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
Compilation of amateur footage that documents Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) outings to the seaside town of Portpatrick at Easter, 1934, and the Yorkshire Dales in 1935.
An experimental amateur comedy short about a neurotic man whose luck runs out. The faces of the actors are not seen throughout the production as it is shot with a focus on just feet and hands with many close-ups. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
This amateur compilation consists of miscellaneous footage filmed at special events in London and at a busy 1930s lido in a park. The film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
Amateur footage of Middlesbrough Rugby Union Football Club in action at Acklam Park, Middlesbrough, on Teesside, probably shot in the 1950s. A small crowd of spectators in a stand watch as the teams play. There are good close shots from the sideline of action on the pitch, including scrums, and footage of goal kicks. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
A man discovers an eye with dysfunctional magical powers washed up on a beach. This amateur comedy uses trick photography and was produced by Middlesbrough filmmaker, Leonard Winter. Leonard, his wife Jean and daughter Maureen also star in the film. It was filmed during a post World War Two seaside trip to Druridge Bay in Northumberland, and features wartime anti-invasion defence structures on the beach. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
This well-made, partly staged, amateur film by Leonard and Jean Winter documents their daughter’s 7th birthday party and Leonard’s performance as a magician for the children. Leonard and Jean Winter were members of the Cleveland Cine Club. The film was probably shot at their home in Lancaster Road, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
The gender roles are reversed in this 1950s short amateur film by Leonard Winter that stages a narrative scene for the camera on a family’s seaside holiday with his wife and daughter, camping at St Crispin’s Camp. Leonard Winter was also involved in the Cleveland Cine Club. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
An amateur film made by members of the Chester-le-Street Amateur Cine Society about their town in County Durham around 1968. The film records construction on the new A1 Motorway Bridge over the River Wear, the town's busy Front Street and market, and teenagers dancing and playing games at a new youth club. There's a a snapshot of the men of the Model Engineering Society at Riverside Park and the film also documents a children's pageant, disabled archery and angling on the River Wear in the grounds of Lumley Castle. The final part of the film shows some of the bridges along the Wear and the nearby Finchale Priory.
An amateur film made by a member of the Chester-le-Street Amateur Cine Society showing edited highlights of Sunderland Air Day in 1980. Mainly light aircraft are seen in the first half of the film, the latter half more military aircraft, including some from World War Two as well as more modern RAF planes.
This film by the Chester-le-Street Amateur Cine Society records rehearsals and, perhaps, part of a performance of the Pageant of Chester le Street, which took place nightly at Lumley Castle between 26 June and 1 July, 1967. The event marked the Septecentenary of the Parish Church 1267-1967 and was a presentation by the Restoration Committee of the Parochial Church Council. The focus is on performers, many of them children, in the grounds and on the balconies of the castle. The scenes include many casual moments and a recreation of the legend of the Lambton Worm.
This documentary short by Chester-le-Street Amateur Cine Society looks at an exhibition at the recently opened Beamish Museum and Beamish Hall in the 1970s, where visitors attend a classic car rally and look around Home Farm, still being renovated. There’s also a focus on the renovation and testing of steam engines and the electric tramway in operation.
Amateur early 1970s compilation of footage intercut with archive photographs made by Chester-le-Street Amateur Cine Society, which records street scenes in Chester-le-Street and looks at how the town, shops and architecture have changed or remained the same in the 20th century.
This film is a detailed amateur record of some of the architectural heritage of County Durham, but also includes the Penshaw Monument, built in memory of John George Lambton, the first Earl of Durham.
A compilation of amateur footage filmed in and around Sunderland by amateur filmmaker Bob Wrightson. Beginning in 1972 the film opens with views of the Winter Garden followed by the aftermath of a fire at Shares Furniture store on Bridge Street. There are various views around the centre of Sunderland showing the Bridges Shopping Precinct and central streets. The second part of the film shows a procession of decorated floats along Holmside and through the city centre. Footage in 1949 shows similar views of central Sunderland. The final part of the film features activities along the River Wear including shipbuilding at William Doxford and Sons and the massive crane at the Southwick Engine Works.
An amateur film made in and around Murton in County Durham by filmmaker Bob Wrightson showing an industrial estate, riders in the Milk Race passing, a phantom car ride and rubbish on a piece of waste ground.
An amateur film by Bob Wrightson filmed over a number of years between 1966 and 1972 focusing on those who work and use a Joshua Wilson and Brothers Ltd VG Food Store in the village of Murton in County Durham. As well as the day-to-day activities, the film also records some of the changes that take place at the shop including the changing advertising signs pre and post decimalisation. The final part of the film shows the construction of a flat roof extension to the shop.
An amateur film made by Bob Wrightson filmed over a year showing the changing colours in nature around the region and Lake District.
A home movie made by Bob Wrightson recording a number of family occasions and family trips. The film begins by focusing on a young family with small children playing in the garden and posing with extended family. They are also filmed enjoying a day on the beach and visiting a traction engine rally, possibly Washington in Tyne and Wear.
An amateur film by Bob Wrightson recording various events and activities taking place in the village of Murton in County Durham during the 1970s. Events recorded include a costume parade as part of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977 and the dedication of a memorial plaque in 1976 to local Victoria Cross recipient William McNally. The film also records a number of important local events such as the construction of the new A19 motorway around the village and the demolition of the Rex Cinema on Knareborough Road. The film also records a number of winters when the village was covered in snow.