This colour holiday film with intertitles was made by Middlesbrough based amateur filmmaker Tom H. Brown. It documents a grand tour through Italy in the summer of 1949 with his wife Kate, recording their visit to Florence, Venice, Verona, Lake Garda and the departure home from Milan Airport. The film focuses on the architecture, famous landmarks and monuments that they visit.
Amateur travelogue produced by Middlesbrough dentist Tom H. Brown that documents a coach tour taken in 1960 with his wife, Kate, visiting cities in Europe and the Soviet Union during the Cold War years following the Second World War. At this time Europe was partitioned into zones occupied by Soviet or Western Allied powers. The film records the route from Ostend in Belgium, through Germany, the Soviet Union, Poland and Czechoslovakia. It provides an interesting glimpse into the architecture, life and culture of post war Communist countries in Europe, one year before the German Democratic Republic began construction on the Berlin Wall, restricting all movement between East and West Berlin.
An amateur film produced by Tom Johnson of the Billingham & District Cine Club that documents the events surrounding the Billingham Week Festival in 1964 with folk dance, music, parades and sports. This film comes with music and a commentary.
An amateur film made by Tom Johnson of the Billingham and District Cine Club of traditional dress and dance on show at this folklore festival in Billingham. Troupes from Austria, Estonia, Hungary, Ireland, Scotland, and Ukraine perform on stage and in the streets of Billingham.
A promotional film made for Northumberland County Council to encourage people to move to Northumberland. The film uses case studies of three families recently moved to the area. These include the Richardson family from Whitley Bay, the Target family from Killingworth and the Randall family from the Tyne Valley near Hexham. The film explores issues of housing, industry, shopping, nightlife, leisure activities and education.
A travelogue produced by the Planning Department of Northumberland County Council that documents Northumberland’s rural landscape, history and culture.
An amateur film made of a visit to Newcastle and Northumberland by a delegation from Czechoslovakia. The film records their visits to schools and colleges, an opencast mine and power station, the new town of Killingworth, and to the construction sites for Newcastle Civic Centre and the Tyne Tunnel. They also visit a number of tourist attractions including the Farne Islands.
Amateur footage in the Armstrong family collection of the parade at Rothbury Carnival, Northumberland, in 1931.
A Tyne Tees Television news item filmed around Blaydon as well as from Summerhouse Hill beside Lord Widdrington's Summerhouse where Blaydon Local History Society Chairman Ronnie Anderson is interviewed about a new book on the local history of the area.
An amateur film produced by the Saltburn-by-the-Sea Centenary Committee, and probably filmed by Alderman W.H. Loraine, records the many formal and informal events that took place in the town to celebrate its centenary in 1961. The film opens with a message from Sir William Worsley, Bart., Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for the North Riding of Yorkshire, followed by the crowning ceremony of the Centenary Princess, Patricia Bowers. The film also shows a visit by the Bishop of York, the Most Reverend Arthur Michael Ramey to take part in a special service and parade held at Saltburn Parish Church.
Tyne Tees Television Newsview magazine item on the teenagers who queue outside the Newcastle Odeon for tickets to see the Rolling Stones pop group in concert on 18th September including an interview with Mr Kim Batty, the Newcastle Ballroom manager. This item was originally broadcast on 27 August 1964.
This Tyne Tees Television Newsview magazine item captures the highlights of either the semi-final or final of the North East Group Competition sponsored by Tyne Tees Television and the Northern Echo, held at the Mayfair Ballroom, Newcastle upon Tyne, on 11 September 1964. A selection of beat bands plays in front of a wild and fashionable teenage crowd, including The Rocking D-Jays from Trimdon. This news magazine item won the 1964 Encyclopaedia Britannica Award for cameraman Norman Jackson.
This Tyne Tees Television Newsview magazine item, originally broadcast on 11 September 1964, briefly records the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Peter Henry Renwick, meeting Royal Northern Sinfonia conductor, Boris Brott, and musicians in the orchestra at a reception held at the Mansion House.
A series of home movies filmed by Dr H. Brenton Porteous between 1928 and 1929 of the Newcastle and Jesmond areas. Events captured include the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary for the opening of the New Tyne Bridge on the 10th October 1928. There are scenes at the Hoppings Fair on Newcastle Town Moor and the Newcastle Quayside Sunday market. The final sections document the North East Coast Exhibition which took place between May and October 1929.
A compilation of films recording school sports and drama activities at Ralph Gardner High School, North Shields, in the 1950s.
Interview with celebrated South Shields-born writer James Mitchell for Tyne Tees TV Newsview Magazine, broadcast on 11 May 1965.
Documentary by the Durham University Film Group on working class Northumbrian poet Tom Pickard and the international centre for poets in Morden Tower, Newcastle, founded by the poet and Connie Pickard in March 1964. A narrator describes Pickard’s move to Northumberland, survival as a poet, his influences and events at the Morden Tower poetry centre. The venue has hosted readings by celebrated poets that include Basil Bunting in 1965 and the American beat poets, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Gregory Corso. Footage includes a performance by Alan Jackson and the Living Mythology blues jazz group
Home movie footage by a member of the Reed family of a local Women’s Institute (WI) event with sports, lunch and performance held in the grounds of Horton Grange, near Dinnington, in the 1920s or 1930s. This was the home of Lady and Sir Joseph Reed, part-proprietor and Manager of the Evening Chronicle.
This amateur home movie documents Olive McQueen’s trip to the USA between 1958 and 1959. It features transatlantic travel to New York on the Cunard-White Star ocean liner Mauretania II, sailing from Southampton on 27 August 1958, and a return trip on the Queen Elizabeth from New York on February 28th 1959. The film includes scenes in New York, Long Island, San Francisco, Williamsburg, and locations in Virginia and California.
A short student fictional tragi-comedy about two lovers. This amateur film was made in and around the village of Mitford in Northumberland by Newcastle University students in the late 1960s.
A promotional film made by Turners Film Production in association with the The British Tourist Authority and Washington Development Corporation. In 1792, England's Garter King Of Arms, Sir Isaac Heard, requested information from George Washington, America's first President and former Leader of the Revolution, about his ancestry and family origin. It began a search to trace an ancestry which has occupied the interest of American and British genealogists for nearly two hundred years. This film reveals the full ancestry of George Washington, based on the genealogical evidence.
An amateur film made by William Loraine showing Saltburn beach on a busy summer’s day. The film also shows a garden party with bagpipe band that features the actor Roy Kinnear and a coach tour of the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland.
Amateur film compilation that records a Newcastle Battalion of the Boys Brigade drill exercise at Byker and camp scenes at Warkworth in Northumberland; the Boys Brigade parade and gymnastics at the 1929 North East Coast Exhibition held on the Town Moor; and further scenes at the camp at Warkworth.
A compilation of clips that capture scenes from a 1949 stage performance of the ‘Married Women’ pantomime.
An overview of the North East Electricity Board's (NEEB) area of operation covering all regions in the North East, with music and commentary. Includes footage of NEEB electricity showrooms at Carliol House in Newcastle and retail activities, NEEB displays at the Yorkshire Show in Harrogate and the Durham County Show, workers leaving Rowntrees factory in York. Industries documented include open cast mining at Ashington and Monkwearmouth Colliery, Swan Hunters ship yard, manufacture of television cathode ray tubes in Sunderland, Patons and Baldwins wool factory in Darlington, and sequences on NEEB working practices.