A home movie of a family believed to from the Spennymoor area of County Durham begins with a woman and small girl walking through sand dunes looking at a colony of Terns. This is followed by a school sports day in which boys take part in various sporting and gymnastic events on the lawn of a large house. The final part of the film made after the 18th February 1941 following the worst blizzard conditions since 1888 shows the effects of heavy snow around the Spennymoor area including people walking past huge banks of snow and men working to clear the streets.
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.
A short amateur comedy produced by pupils of Caldercote Junior School in Leicester with the assistance of David Willams. The film tells the story of a boy who finds a pair of magic pair spectacles and uses them to cheat at maths. However, the glasses are broken and he fails miserably in an exam and has to go to the local library to learn maths.
A short stop motion animation believed made by pupils of Caldercote Junior School in Leicester with the assistance of David Williams. Made from cardboard, the film shows a knight with a lance on horseback charging at a number of bowmen. The film ends with the bowmen shooting the knight off the horse.
A short amateur film of mistaken identity produced by pupils of Caldercote Junior School in Leicester. The film tells the story of a schoolboy who believes he sees a man loading a gun in a car beside the school. He tells his teacher who doesn’t believe him. The following day the teacher, after seeing newspaper headlines of a gunman on the loose, speaks with the police offering them the car registration written down by the boy the previous day. Going to the house where the car is registered, the police expect to find the gunman, but instead discover that the gun seen by the pupil is in fact a toy belonging to a small child. The film ends with the pupil receiving a letter of thanks from Leicester City Police. The teacher in the films is believed to be David Williams who assisted with this production. The film also features David’s son Simon as the small boy playing with the toy gun.
An educational film made by Bede College, Durham, for Durham County Educational Committee to show how drama can be used as an educational tool in primary schools. Filmed at Tanfield Lea Primary School in County Durham, the films show pupils recreating a wagon train crossing the American West using only pieces of school equipment and their own imaginations. The pupils develop their own story and act out the trials and tribulations of a wagon train making its way across the vast and sometimes hostile landscape of the American West. While some of the pupils play the setters, others become Native Americans.
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 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.
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.
An amateur film showing a number of girls performing various gymnastic routines both individually, in pairs and in groups. They are also filmed using gym equipment such as a pommel horse and climbing frame.
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 recording the stone laying ceremony for the Tynemouth Technical School on Preston Road in North Shields on the 26th February 1958. The film begins with general views of the school under construction followed by the arrival of dignitaries as well as a group of school boys onto the snowy site. There is a short dedication service by a priest followed by the stone being officially put into position by the Mayor of Tynemouth, Councillor A.R. Vella. A second man makes a speech and followed by everyone leaving. The film ends on a view of the stone inscription.
Tyne Tees Television Today at Six news report on an interactive theatre experience for children performed in a mobile geodesic dome, which stands in for a spaceship. This item was originally broadcast on 7 May 1975.
A promotional film produced by Turners Film Productions for Vaux and Associated Breweries Limited looking back on a year of sporting success across Scotland and Northern England sponsored by Vaux. The film is introduced by the Chairman of the company, Mr Douglas Nicholson. This is followed by reports relating to fifteen different sporting events from horse racing at Redcar and Ayr, athletics, hound racing, show jumping, pigeon racing, swimming, clay pigeon shooting and cycling. The film also reports from the 1962 Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year as well as a school for training future sports men and women at Bede College in Durham supported by Vaux.
A promotional film produced by Turners Film Productions for Vaux and Associated Breweries Limited looking back on a year of sporting success across Scotland and Northern England sponsored by Vaux. The film is introduced by the Chairman of the company, Mr Douglas Nicholson and features horse racing at Redcar, Catterick and Perthshire in Scotland, swimming, road racing, athletics, gymnastics, show jumping, clay pigeon shooting, pigeon racing, hound racing and cycling. The film also features the Usher-Vaux Sports Awards Presentation Dinner at Edinburgh and a visit to Bede College at Durham where young people are given sports training with the assistance of Vaux.
A promotional film produced by Turners Film Productions for Vaux and Associated Breweries Limited looking back on a year of sporting success across Scotland and Northern England sponsored by Vaux. The film is introduced by the Chairman of the company, Mr Douglas Nicholson. The film includes footage of horse racing at Ayr and Redcar; road running in Stockton on Tees with Terry Cooke as the winner; point-to-point hound racing in Cumbria; swimming, rowing and canoeing on the River Wear; roller hockey and figure skating in Middlesbrough; an international homing pigeon race from Nantes in France to Scotland and the North of England; cycling in the County Durham moors; Vaux School of Sport coaching in tennis, badminton, cricket, and hockey; and horseracing, show jumping, 10 pin bowling, as well as orienteering.
A promotional film produced by Turners Film Productions for Vaux and Associated Breweries Limited looking back on a year of sporting success across Scotland and Northern England sponsored by Vaux. The film is introduced by the Chairman of the company, Mr Douglas Nicholson followed by the Usher Vaux Scottish Sportsman of the Year Awards dinner taking place at the Golden Circle Hotel at Bathgate in Scotland. This is followed by the Vaux International Hound Trial taking place at Bewcastle in the borders and the Vaux Gold Tankard Handicap at Redcar Racecourse. Basketball at the Lightfoot Sports Stadium in Newcastle is followed by pigeon racing from Nantes in France to the north east and Scotland. This is followed by show jumping at the Royal Highland Show and then a report on the Vaux School for Sport at Bede College in Durham. The Grand Prix Cycle Race at Wolsingham is followed by carriage driving at the Durham County Show featuring Douglas Nicholson at the reins. The Vaux Mountain Trials at Eskdale in the Lake District is followed by the final item on the reel, the Usher Vaux Scottish Championship Steep chase taking place at Ayr in Scotland.
A promotional film produced by Turners Film Productions for Vaux and Associated Breweries Limited looking back on a year of sporting success across Scotland and Northern England sponsored by Vaux. The film is introduced by the Chairman of the company, Mr Douglas Nicholson and features horse racing from both Ayr, Teesside Park near Stockton-on-Tees and Redcar, grand prix cycling from Wolsingham in County Durham, basketball, speed ice skating, clay pigeon shooting, racing pigeons, coaching, show jumping, hound racing and fell running. The film also features the 1967 Usher-Vaux Scottish Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year dinner and a visit to Bede College in Durham City to see young people in sports training.