An amateur film made by John H. Hall and Neil Bramwell of the construction of St. Wilfrid’s Parish Church in the Newbiggin Hall estate of Newcastle upon Tyne between 1965 and 1967. The film begins with views of a religious service taking place in a hall, possibly Tenant’s Hall, before the church was built. Construction begins on the church with foundations and building frames being installed. The foundation stone is laid in a service led by the Right Reverend Hugh Ashdown, Bishop of Newcastle on 10th December 1966. More work is carried out on the interior of the church and, with work completed, the film records the dedication service-taking place on the 2nd June 1967 also led by Hugh Ashdown. The final part of the film shows a number of religious services taking place in the new church including a communion, funeral and baptism. Following the main film, additional black and white footage show a service taking place in the church with views of the congregation.
A home movie by Austen McOlvin Laws of the shipwreck of the MV Yewglen, which ran aground off Beadnell Point in Northumberland on the 27th February 1960. Filmed between February and October of that year, the films shows the ship after the initial disaster, with people looking over the wreck plus high winds and waves crashing over the vessel causing the bow section to come away. The final part of the film in October shows the now rusting vessel plus debris now strewn along the shoreline.
This film by railway enthusiast and filmmaker Chris Lawson records the dwindling steam rail traffic of the mid to late Sixties in the North East region. In the first half of the film there is an emphasis on the engines working for the National Coal Board at a time when the mining industry was beginning to shrink. The second half of the film looks at the streamlined grace of the A4 Pacific locomotives and also the famous Flying Scotsman.
Chris Lawson, railway enthusiast and filmmaker records more of the North East region's steam traffic on the railways.
This film by rail enthusiast Chris Lawson adds to the extensive record the collection creates for steam traffic in the North East region and it's slow demise during the 1960's.
Chris Lawson filmmaker and railway enthusiast documents the working of a small rail service within the Pallion shipyard in Sunderland.
Filmmaker and railway enthusiast Chris Lawson concentrates on National Coal Board steam engines which were often seen on railways in South East Northumberland. The film shows activities at the National Coal Board's junction at White Hill near Newcastle.
A Tyne Tees Television news report on a union meeting taking place inside Middlesbrough Town Hall. This is followed by an interview with two union officials outside the town hall about the reason for said meeting. This report was transmitted 26 July 1967.
Tyne Tees Television interview with Chief Executive Sir John Hunter of Swan Hunter and Tyne Shipbuilders and film inserts on a shipyard strike at Swan Hunters, Newcastle upon Tyne, including aerial footage of shipyards and of a strike meeting. This news footage was included in a Look of the Month compilation, originally broadcast on 28 October 1968.
Mute Tyne Tees Television footage showing a visit to Tyneside by John Durival Kemp, 1st Viscount Rochdale. The film shows him being escorted around a shipyard, possibly John Readhead and Sons at South Shields. This report was transmitted 1 May 1968.
Mute roll in footage for a Tyne Tees Television news story transmitted 19 November 1968 about pollution on the River Tees.
Mute Tyne Tees Television news footage transmitted on the 19th November 1968 showing various industrial views along the River Tees passing the Newport Bridge and heading towards the Transporter Bridge.
Tyne Tees Television reporter Peter Holland interviews a man who is leaving his job at the Propytex Ltd factory in Hartlepool due to cash shortages within the company. The report was transmitted 15 October 1974.
Tyne Tees Television story to camera by reporter Peter Holland of a ‘work in’ by employees of the Propytex factory in Hartlepool. Includes interview with Mr Jack Richardson with regards the workers' position. This report was transmitted 15 October 1974.
Mute Tyne Tees Television news footage of a new road bridge at Allerdene near Gateshead which has cracks. Includes general views of flats, possibly sheltered housing, and the Royal County Hotel at Durham. The report was transmitted 15 October 1974.
Report on the arrival of the first supplies of oil at Shell UK’s Teesport Refinery for the Tyne Tees Television Northern Life news programme, broadcast on 16 September 1976.
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.
A promotional film produced by Turners Film Productions for C.A. Parsons Company. The film looks at the different types of turbine generators produced by the company for both conventional as well as nuclear power generation within the UK as abroad. The film also goes into detail looking at how Parsons turbine generators are produced and installed at various sites around the UK, Canada and Australia.
This amateur film made by Mr L Hammell, a teacher at Norton High Street Junior School, showing the children and staff of the school exploring the landscape around the reservoir at Cow Green and the nearby waterfall Cauldron Snout in the North Pennines.
This amateur film made by Mr L Hammell, a teacher at Norton High Street Junior School, shows pupils and staff from the school exploring the sights and industry of the North Pennines, taking in Cow Green reservoir and High Force near Middleton-in-Teesdale. The final part of the films shows pupils at the school walking along an upturned bench.
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.
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 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.
Tyne Tees TV sports presenter Ian Edwards covers the Newcastle United football squad’s emotional visit to the Wilkinson Sword factory in Cramlington with manager Joe Harvey in the week after their FA Cup final defeat at Wembley on Saturday 4 May 1974. This filmed report was broadcast on the regional news programme Northern Life a few years later on 5 January 1977.