Film insert of a Royal Navy ceremony for a sea burial on board HMS Abdiel in Hartlepool Harbour. Filmed for the Tyne Tees Television Six Five news programme, this item broadcast on 16 January 1968. The ship was commissioned on 17 October 1967, designated by the Ministry of Defence as an ‘exercise minelayer’.
Mute Tyne Tees Television footage transmitted 1 May 1968 showing the opening of a library inside a static caravan.
Film inserts of the installation of Hugh Lindsay as the Roman Catholic Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle and a Phil McDonnell interview with Bishop Lindsay for Tyne Tees TV news programme Today at Six broadcast on 19 February 1975.
A compilation of home movie footage covering a number of excursions or events around the Whitley Bay and Gateshead
A home movie of excursions or holidays to Northumberland with views of well-known wild cattle at Chillingham and the surrounding Cheviot Hills. A military parade takes place on Tyneside and the film ends back in Northumberland.
A short home movie that concentrates mainly on the County Durham area includes visits to famous landmarks such as Raby Castle and Bowes Museum. The film ends with a royal visit to the region.
A home movie showing preparations for and crowds waving as Queen Elizabeth, the future Queen Mother, as she is driven through Gateshead on the 18th March 1948. She is on her way to Gateshead Maternity Hospital where she is to open a new extension. The final part of the film shows views of Bamburgh Castle.
A home movie showing civic decorations to streets and buildings in Gateshead and Newcastle as part the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in June 1953. The film also features a parade of bagpipers making their way through another town, probably in the Scottish Borders.
An amateur film of Queen Elizabeth II coronation celebrations taking place in London as well as Stockton-on-Tees in June 1953 made by local toyshop owner Leslie Brown. The film includes the coronation of the Stockton Coronation Queen at the Globe Theatre and festive decorations in Stockton town centre. At Ropner Park, Stockton’s Coronation Gala takes place, the parade led by the Stockton Coronation Queen. The final part of the film records a Mayor’s Sunday parade on Stockton High Street. The amateur film is intercut with footage and titles from a commercial film of the Corontaion in London at the beginning and end.
An amateur film of the visit to Stockton-on-Tees by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh on Monday 4th June 1956 made by Leslie Brown, owner of a record and toy shop on the High Street. The film records the arrival of the royal couple, a civic reception taking place outside the town hall watched by patriotic crowds, and a drive through the streets. At Stockton Racecourse the 1st Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment march on to the course and are inspected by the Queen. The final part shows the Royal Yacht Britannia anchored at Tees Dock before sailing out to sea.
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.
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 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 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 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.
Amateur footage 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.
An amateur film made by the Neesham family of Redcar of a visit to London during the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on the 2nd June 1953. The first part of the film shows various views across the city of some of the decorated buildings along The Mall, outside Westminster Abbey and along Oxford Street. The second part of the film shot from the crowds waiting for the Royal procession to pass captures some of the various military bands, platoons of soldiers and other personnel marching past. The final part of the film captures the Gold State Coach passing, and the young Queen inside waving at the crowds.
An amateur film recording a wedding taking place in Redcar on 7th February 1955 begins with the bride and her father posing for a photographer outside the church. Following the service, a small crowd watches the happy couple as they pose for official photographs along with their friends and family. At the reception views of the cake as well as the groom making a speech. The film end with the couple leaving the reception venue and arriving at their new home together.
A home movie made by the Neesham family of Redcar begins in Nottingham with views of the Trent Building of Nottingham University and a Scottish marching band performing in the grounds of Nottingham Castle. A visit to the grounds of Wollaton Hall is followed by a procession of decorative floats, costumed youngsters and juvenile jazz band march through a street in Redcar. The film ends with the family on the beach at Redcar.