An amateur film made by Stockton-on-Tees shop owner Leslie Brown begins with a short sequence of a vintage car rally making its way along Stockton High Street. The majority of the film consists of a family holiday to the West Highlands of Scotland, but begins with a with a visit to Edinburgh Castle. The family then take a mail steamer from Fort William to Oban along Loch Linnhe and then another steamer from Oban along the Sound of Mull to Tobermory where watch dancing and sports as part of the Mull Highland Games. From Tobermory they continue to travel by steamer to the Isle of Staffa to visit Fingal’s Cave and finally onto Iona before heading back to Oban. The final part of the film shows a visit to Glencoe and a number of Highland cattle in a field.
An amateur film made by Stockton-on-Tees shop owner Leslie Brown of the 84-mile round trip by train from Fort William to Mallaig in the West Highlands of Scotland. Filmed from the trains observation car the film records the mountainous countryside passed along the route as well as some of the sites including the Glenfinnan viaduct. From the railway journey, the film changes to shows a number of bagpipe marching band performing in a fields watched by a crowd. The final part of the film is at a zoo where a monkey in a cage eating a packet of cigarettes and a number of bears play and perform for the crowds in their enclosure.
An amateur film made by Cyril Hall that focuses on a traction engine rally, possibly the Masham Steam Rally in North Yorkshire. As well as footage of the many engines no display, both full sized and models, the film records other activities taking place around the site including children enjoying the many fairground rides and a hot air balloon in the shape of a beer bottle flying through the sky. As well as steam power, including a steam powered thresher, the film also includes footage of a vintage car rally travelling along a winding road and traditional farming taking place near Holme-on-Spalding-Moor in East Yorkshire where a team of horses plough, harrow and roller a field.
An amateur film made by Cyril Hall begins with views of people riding a miniature railway around a small track. This is followed by two men being interviewed for the media about a number of miniature steam engines and carousels on display in front of them. The film changes to show displays of traction engines and other events taking place as part of the Masham Steam Rally taking place in North Yorkshire on the 17th July 1983. Views of waterfalls, including High Force, are followed by the Middlesbrough Newport Bridge being lifted and lowered again to allow a ship or barge to pass underneath. The film ends with Cyril himself playing one of his street organs outside the Station House Visitors Centre at Castle Eden Walkway Country Park at Christmas.
This amateur footage by Stephen Gray, an Environmental Health Department officer with Gateshead Council, records the return of HMS Illustrious to the Tyne following service in the Falklands War and a Newcastle Water-Ski Grand Prix (power boat racing) in Newcastle upon Tyne.
This amateur film by Gateshead film-maker Stephen Gray records a trip on the Weardale Railway Steam Special from Darlington to Eastgate and Stanhope on Sunday, 28 March 1993, the start of a campaign to keep the line open with the formation of the Weardale Railway Preservation Society.
This amateur film by Stephen Gray includes part two of a record of a trip on the Weardale Railway Steam Special from Darlington to Eastgate and Stanhope through the North Pennines on Sunday, 28 March 1993, the start of a campaign to keep the line open with the formation of the Weardale Railway Preservation Society. Footage also includes a record of a NENTA Train Tour: Weardale Valley Ghost.
This is an amateur 'trainspotting' film made between 1978 and 1979 by Stephen Gray that records various British Rail diesel locomotives arriving and leaving Newcastle Central Station and York Station, plus footage of Gateshead Motive Power Depot in the snow and Boldon Colliery Station.
This amateur film footage by an environmental health officer at Gateshead Council, Stephen Gray, documents the streets and parks of South Shields, Gateshead, and Durham. It also includes footage of diesel locomotives at Durham, Carlisle, Newcastle upon Tyne and Boldon Colliery railway stations, a visit to Whitby and a school fete, probably in Gateshead.
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 film that features views of a number of steam locomotives crossing the Durham Viaduct into Durham railway station, including the A4 class locomotive ‘Falcon’. The film also features a de-railed steam train being removed from an embankment.
Amateur footage of steam trains travelling along various branch lines around Durham. Trains are filmed passing though stations and through urban and rural landscapes.
An amateur film made by John Martin Jackson of a number of steam rallies taking place at Nafferton in Northumberland between 1973 and 1975. As well as steam and petrol powered agricultural machinery in action, the film also captures horses ploughing the field. Large crowds wander the site looking at the various steam powered machines on display including a large circular saw as well as a threshing machine.
An amateur film made by John Martin Jackson of a steam rally-taking place at Anick Grange near Hexham in June 1978. As well as views of various steam powered and vintage tractors and other agricultural machinery, the film records various events taking part on a showground including a game of tug-o-war between a group of men and a traction engine. The film ends on felled trees in a field and a steam powered engine powering a circular saw that is being used to turn the felled trees into sections of timber.
An amateur film made by John Martin Jackson that focuses on his friend John Dodds of Sillywrea Farm near Hexham in Northumberland. The film shows John and others using Clydesdale horses to work the land ploughing, cultivating and harrowing the earth. Horses are also filmed mowing grass in a meadow and moving logs in a wood. As well as footage of John Dodd, the film also include film of an agricultural show, most likely the Northumberland County Show at Corbridge. In these sections cattle are displayed on a show field and two men take part in Cumberland wrestling.
An amateur film made by John Martin Jackson of the Stocksfield Show at Stocksfield near Bywell in Northumberland in 1982. The film begins with exhibitors arriving on site to set up stalls both inside a number of large marquees and outside on a field. Views show various stalls and exhibitions around the site are recorded as well as other events taking place on a showground including dancing, tug-o-war, Cumberland wrestling and a sheep dog herding a gaggle of geese into a pen.
A short amateur film by John Martin Jackson recording the crowds and ships taking part in the Cutty Sark Tall Ships’ Race in July 1986. The Polish sail training ship Dar Mlodziezy and the Russian four-masted barque Kruzenshtern are featured docked along the Newcastle quayside being looked over by the crowds of onlookers. The Dar Mlodziezy is also filmed travelling along the river Tyne.
An amateur film made by Jim Purcell of the opening of the Tyne Tunnel by Queen Elizabeth II on the 19th October 1967 followed by views from a car as it drives through the newly opened tunnel. The final part of the film shows views of St Paul’s Monastery in Jarrow in the snow.
This film is a meditative look at activity on the river Tees, split into three sections. The first and longest section looks at the work of the famous Transporter Bridge which links Middlesbrough on the south bank of the Tees with Port Clarence on the north bank. The next section follows the work of Foyboatmen, who assist with the mooring of large vessels coming into port. The final section looks at the area of Greatham Creek on the north side of the Tees with its fishermen and associated houseboats.
Amateur record of the Tees-Side Bond Club Gymkhana of 1970, featuring many Bond Minicars and 3-wheeler (also known as a micro-car or bubblecar) enthusiasts. It was made by Middlesbrough resident and Cleveland Cine Society member Leonard Winter. The film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
This film by amateur filmmaker John Percival Staddon looks at places and events mainly around the Sunderland and South Shields area. The film begins in Sunderland with Billy Smarts circus parading through the town followed by a study of traffic in the town centre. A visit to a local attraction at the coast is Marsden Rock at South Shields. A brief visit to the night lights in Manchester, then to the North East coast at Seaburn. Next, south to Aysgarth Falls in North Yorkshire is followed by celebrations at a church in Houghton le Spring. Transport finishes the programme with the final remnants of the tram service in Sunderland and rare footage of the 'Halfpenny' Ferry on the river Wear.
An amateur film by John Percival Staddon which shows off the attractions of North East of England. A church fete begins the film followed by visits to North Yorkshire, including Newby Hall near Ripon and Staithes on the North Yorkshire Coast. Back up to Northumberland and the work of fishermen at Seahouses. Views show Christmas lights in Sunderland, and the Shields Ferry service between North Shields and South Shields. The film ends with footage of the Borgsten, at the time of filming the largest ship to be built on the Wear.
An amateur film made by John Percival Staddon that records views of attractions and landmarks in the Lake District and North Yorkshire.
This amateur film made by John Percival Staddon records the assembly of a model railway in the family garden and features a narrative where Staddon's young daughter falls asleep and dreams of full size trains. Sequences of steam and diesel trains on a line to Middlesbrough are then shown.
An amateur film made by Raymond James Paiton showing members of the Northumbrian Motor Club taking part in races around a circuit as well as their annual driving tests at Gosforth Park in Newcastle. The film begins at a racing circuit with cars speeding past as part of a race. Following a Morris Minor driving up and down a country road or track, members take part in a timed driving test near to a large latticed metal building. The film ends with vehicles driving along a country road and a vintage car turning into a field where other cars are parked.