A sombre film made by students of Bede College in Durham about memory and death. The film is played to Adagio in G Minor by Tomaso Albinoni with a commentary given by two men reading from Dostoevsky and the short fable ‘The Invention of the Devil’ by Franz Kafka. Filmed at night, views of Durham Cathedral are followed by a young woman walking through a churchyard. She looks at a gravestone before going inside and sits at a pew looking mournful. The film ends with her getting up and leaving.
A short student film, a homage to Blue Peter showing a pair of hands making a model of a stone house from the sleeve of a matchbox, Polly filler and paint. The film shows the five stages needed to create the model.
A short paper animation devised and filmed by a R. Wilcock, showing the interior workings of an electric bell.
An amateur film made and narrated by David Williams of an educational visit by a delegation from Durham University to the country of Lesotho in southern Africa in 1968. The film begins with the delegation flying to Johannesburg in South Africa and, due to delays with this flight, some of the group had to find alternative travel arrangements. There are views around Johannesburg and a steam train that takes them onto Bloemfontein, the capital of South Africa. The group enter Lesotho from the north via the Caledon River and stay in bungalows near a college campus in the counties capital Maseru. In the second part of the film, a group from the delegation go on an excursion to the Roma Valley before travelling onto Semonkong Falls by horseback and aircraft. The film ends with aircraft returning to Maseru and one of the delegation drinking a local beverage and watching a group of boys perform a dance.
An amateur film produced and narrated by David Williams of a delegation from Durham University visiting Lerotholi Technical Centre in the capital of Lesotho Maseru where they help to educate a group of student teachers in how to teach primary school children. The film shows the student teachers participating in a variety of activities both scientific and artistic around the college and listening intently at lectures. They also participate in a dramatization of a local folk story by designing and painting their own costumes and props. Some of the delegation also participate in a school lesson with local children which is watched by the teachers. The film ends with the delegation saying goodbye and crossing the border out of Lesotho.
An amateur film made and narrated by David Williams of an educational visit by a delegation from Durham University to the country of Lesotho in southern Africa in 1968. The film begins in Maseru, the capital of Lesotho, with student teachers and members of the delegation waiting to go inside a large building to attend the official opening of the course by Lesotho’s Permanent Secretary of Education. The film then changes to a show a group of local schoolchildren visiting Maseru railway station as part of an environmental study into the effects of the railway on that area designed by some of the student teachers. Back at the school, pupils build their own railway from mud, stones and twigs. The school holds it’s own opening ceremony attended by all the pupils and teachers. The final section of the film is a special excursion arranged for the children by train from Maseru to Marseilles in the Free State. For many of the children, this would be their first experience of travelling by train.
An amateur film made by David Williams of an educational visit by a delegation from Durham University to the country of Lesotho in southern Africa in 1968. The film begins with a group of adults playing in a field beside a school followed by the pupils being conducted in song. This is followed by a group of men and women working together to build a wall, part of a building on top of a hill. A school visit to a government agricultural farm follows next with pupils being shown around and looking at the various plants and animals there. A tree planting ceremony featuring King Moshoeshoe II and a second VIP is followed by a garden party taking place for he delegation at the Blue Mountain Inn in the town of Teyateyaneng. The film ends at an airport with the delegation leaving to fly back to the UK.
An amateur film made and narrated by David Williams of three Durham University educational visits to the Kingdom of Lesotho in southern Africa between 1967 and 1969. In the first part of the film shot during a visit in 1967, a delegation visits a number of primary schools both in the country's capital Maseru and surrounding countryside. The delegates visit in 1968 takes them back to some of the rural schools visited the previous year, to see what if anything has improved. The final part of the film made during a visit in 1969 records a school community project in which pupils build a hut for a new nursery school. As well the building, the pupils are also given maths lessons by their teachers.
An amateur film made by David Williams who was part of an educational delegation from Durham University visiting the country of Lesotho in southern Africa in 1969. The film begins with the delegation visiting a building built on top of a hill and local children making murals in the earth. The second part of the film records a re-enactment by children in a school of a local folk tale watched over and assisted by the student teachers working with the Durham delegation.
An amateur film produced and narrated by David Williams comparing the postage stamps of the southern African Kingdom of Lesotho with their real-life locations visited on a trip to the country in 1972 by special invitation of King Moshoeshoe II. The film begins at the border with South Africa followed by views of the capital city Maseru including the Lesotho Royal Palace where the king is filmed being mobbed by his people. The film includes a number of excursions to visits some of the countries well known attractions including the prehistoric dinosaur tracks in the western parts of the country, the cave paintings at Ha Barona and a special excision by aircraft to see the Maletsunyane Falls. As well as a commentary, the film also features a musical track sung in the local dialect.
An original cameral roll, possibly produced by students of Bede College, shows Conservators at work in a studio at the Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead repairing and restoring various paintings and their frames using, what was then, modern conservation equipment. This film looks at the work and techniques used in repairing and cleaning paintings, some of which are many years old. The film shows the materials and tools deployed and the dedication of the Conservators in their skilful and painstaking work.
A short humorous student film made by member of the cast and production crew of ‘Fangs for the Memory’ in the grounds of Bede College, Durham. Playing up to the camera they are filmed snatching various title cards from each other’s hands as the cards are passed around. The final part of the film shows two of the cards either being stomped on or being set on fire.
A short amateur film showing a group of animators, possibly students of Bede College in Durham, producing an animated film. From the light of a desk lamp, the group prepare to shot their film. A number of drawings are placed onto an animation board and a frame of film is taken. The exercise is repeated. The film ends with one of the animators writing down presumably the title of their production.
A short amateur film of English Civil War enthusiasts marching onto Palace Green in Durham and performing a re-enactment. There are views of the various costumed men and women as well as views of both Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle.
An amateur film showing a number of girls performing various gymnastic routines both individually, in pairs and in groups. They are also filmed using pieces of including a pommel horse and climbing frame.
A compilation reel containing a series of short animations in various styles believed produced by students of Bede College, under the tutelage of David Williams. Includes BEDE FILM SOCIETY: PREVIEW OF FORTH-COMING FEATURES animations for films such as 'Patton' and 'A Fist Full of Dynamite'.
A short student drama produced by member of David Williams class at Bede College in which a woman and her child come to the aid of another woman while walking along the banks of the River Wear near Durham.
An amateur film which begins with a procession of decorative floats and a juvenile jazz band parading along a road, believed to be in Sunderland. Due to the political messages of some of the floats the event may relate to a local student rag week. The remainder of the reel features views of a football match taking place in Spain and views from a hotel veranda.
Unedited footage shot by David Williams of the 100th Durham Miners Gala on Saturday 16th July 1983. The film begins in Durham Market Place with the procession of banners and colliery brass bands waiting to begin the march to Durham Racecourse. General views follow as the procession make its way out of Silver Street and along Sadler Street. Passing The County Hotel, future Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock and wife Glenys stand beside the then Labour leader Michael Foot. They all applaud as the banners pass. From a platform on the racecourse, Arthur Scargill, President of the National Union of Mineworkers, gives an impassioned speech about the future of coalmining in the region. General views follow of various banners on display intercut with archive footage of a previous gala. The final part of the film shows the procession of banners and colliery bands marching along Elvet Bridge and Old Elvet.
An amateur film made by David Williams of the naming ceremony for a new British Rail Class 91 locomotive "Durham Cathedral" on the platform at Durham Station on the 4th May 1993. The film begins with the choir of Durham Cathedral performing on the platform followed by speeches being made by Brian Birdstall(?), Director of Intercity east coast route and John Arnold, Dean of Durham Cathedral. The name plate is revealed by John Arnold and the film ends on the choir performing again intercut with views of the locomotive.
The film begins with a large banner showing the British Rail Intercity logo.
An amateur film by David Williams that uses maps, plans, engravings, archive photographs as well as moving images to tell the story of how during the during the 19th century Durham City was connected to the railway via a series of branch lines.
An amateur film by David Williams of The Gospel Story in Flowers festival taking place inside St Nicholas' Church on Durham's Market Place in July 1996. The film begins with the church being prepared for the festival and the flowers arriving. A sermon is given in the church followed by various views of the many displays of flowers that have all been designed to tells the story of the life, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus from the St John's Gospel. A musical concert follows next and a sermon given by Fiona Castle. The film ends on a violin solo with piano accompaniment comes next intercut with more views from around the church.
An amateur film by David Williams of a memorial service taking place beside the Bede College Memorial Cross in Durham in memory of the Bede Men who fell at Gravenstafel Ridge on the 25th April 1915. The film shows various speeches being given, prayers said and hymns sung with music provided by The Burah Band of the Durham Light Infantry who stand nearby. Following the playing of ‘The Last Post’ , a wreath is laid and the service brought to a close. The film part of the film shows the Burah Band performing on stage.
An amateur film showing miners banners and colliery brass bands marching along Old Elvet past the County Hotel on Saturday 19th July 1958 as part of the annual Durham Miners Gala. As we well as the banners and bands, the film also records men and women dancing happily in the street as well as the large crowds that had come out to witness the procession.
An amateur film made by Richard Annand of a Red Cross parade taking place on Palace Green in Durham in 1953, possibly related to the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The film also includes views of Richard’s family at home near Durham.