A Tyne Tees Televsion documentary on the steel-making community of Consett looking at the effects of total unemployment after the steel works was closed down. The film puts the Consett closure in the context of a country with three million unemployed people.
An incomplete edition of the Tyne Tees Television political programme Commercial Break in two parts transmitted 31 March 1988. The first relates to a company in the region that produces clubman sports cars and includes footage of one of the cars racing along country roads. The second, and longer, section looks at the town of Consett and what is being done to develop industry and job prospects since the closure of British Steel in 1980.
This filmed segment of an edition of the Tyne Tees Television current affairs series Briefing investigates the Shildon Wagon Works as it battles against closure by British Rail. Includes interviews with trades union officials and a worker as a large campaign is mounted to save the works. It ended on 29 June, 1984 with closure and the loss of 1,750 jobs. The edition was first broadcast on 24 January 1983.
This filmed segment for an episode of the Tyne Tees TV current affairs series Briefing looks at low paid, low grade factory jobs for women in the manufacturing sector and compares this trend with a successful business, Northumbrian Computer Management, started at home by Hazel Moody in 1974. A clothing factory in Gateshead features. The episode was first transmitted on 2 April 1984.
Edition of the Tyne Tees Television series Big Jack's British presented by Jack Charlton, which reports on the Durham Miners' Gala, its significance to the mining communities.
An edition of the Tyne Tees Television programme A World of My Own first broadcast on 3 January 1969 in which the Easington MP Emanuel ‘Manny’ Shinwell reflects on his 35 years career in politics as he prepares for retirement and travels around his County Durham constituency.
An edition of the Tyne Tees Television series A World of My Own, probably transmitted in February 1969, which looks at the life and views of the 90th Bishop of Durham, The Right Reverend Dr Ian Thomas Ramsey. The programme follows him in his daily work, from his home at Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland, to Durham Cathedral. On a train to Leeds, he discusses some of his views on politics and in a local clothing boutique in Handyside Arcade, Newcastle, he holds an impromptu discussion with young people on fashion and protest. Dr Ramsey is also filmed conducting a wedding service and visiting prisoners in Durham Prison.
Tyne Tees Television library footage of picketing outside Easington Colliery in County Durham during the 1984 miners strike. Includes the demolition of a barricade that had been built across the colliery entrance.
A documentary-drama produced by The Home Mission Department of the Methodist Church of Great Britain on the importance of faith, and in particular the Methodist faith, in the daily lives of miners. The film begins with footage of working life down the mine and then life for the miner at home. This is followed by two scripted sequences that look at the history of Methodism and why Methodism is important for today’s miners in comparison to Communism. The final section of the film shows Methodist minsters and preachers at work in local communities around County Durham and South Wales and includes footage from a Durham Miners Gala.
A record of the Durham Miners' Gala of 1969, filmed by the Durham Police Film Unit. Scenes include police gathering and planning for the event, miners and their families parading with union and colliery banners through the streets of Durham, and fairground scenes during the picnic at the old Racecourse.
An amateur film showing the opening of Durham Police headquarters at Aykley Heads by Home Secretary James Callaghan on the 31 January 1969.
A promotional film produced by The Charter Film Group to celebrate the 750th anniversary of the granting of a Charter to Hartlepool by King John in 1201. The film documents services provided by Hartlepool Council such as housing, emergency services, transport, and leisure facilities. Footage includes material on the local industries shipbuilding, fishing and magnesium production in the Hartlepool area.
A highly visual essay on the North East of England, set to a specially composed musical score. A range of images, often using time lapse, double exposure and slow motion, combine in a colourful montage to present an overview of the region's history and development.
Camera footage of the traditional annual parade of Union banners and brass bands at Durham Miners Rally on 14 July 1984, during the tumultuous year of the national miners’ strike of 1984-1985, shot by Newcastle-based production unit, Trade Films. Support for the striking miners is much in evidence amongst the many placards and women's group banners in the crowds. The rally went ahead that year although the Gala was cancelled.
A complete catalogue of Durham Miners’ Gala events and activities recorded in and around the City of Durham by Edward Roberts: the film includes footage from Big Meetings between 1951 and 1955, and shows the miners’ banners, bands, speeches, and fun fair revelry.
This film made by students of Bede College looking at the North East alternative newspaper “Muther Grumble”. The film show views of young people walking around Durham City and shots of various pages from the newspaper. The film also includes shots of young people seated in a room, possibly the office of 'Muther Grumble', smoking and talking.
This costume drama was produced by Arthur G. Greaves and the Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). It tells the story of the tragic romance of Lady Olga Rivers and Paul Beverley, friends since childhood. In the 16th century, during the reign of Henry VIII, Lady Olga’s father is executed and an evil Duke seizes her home and land, and demands that she marries his son. Lady Olga instead seeks refuge in a convent with her lady companion and sends word to Paul who has taken up his post as Admiral in the King’s fleet. Paul Beverley returns to rescue his lover. Locations used in the film include Durham Castle and Cathedral.
Film insert of the arrival of Labour government Secretary of State for Defence Denis Healey at military barracks in Barnard Castle for the Tyne Tees TV news programme Today at Six broadcast on 25 November 1968.
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.
Tyne Tees Television Northern Life news teaser with general views of women strikers with placards picketing the Fashion Industries factory in Moreland Street, West Hartlepool. Includes sound bite from the workers' trade council branch secretary Olga Meene. This item was originally broadcast on 9 May 1977.
Tyne Tees Television Northern Life news report on a strike over pay at the Fashion Industries factory, Moreland Street, West Hartlepool. Includes footage of women workers and trades union supporters picketing outside the factory and interviews with union representatives. Peter Holland reports. This item was originally broadcast on 9 May 1977.
Filmed Tyne Tees Television Northern Life news report on the condition of housing in category 'D' villages in County Durham, including Binchester, Eldon Lane, Ferryhill Station. Interview with Durham Housing Association representative about purchasing properties in the villages from the council and their plan to re-populate, modernise and rent out the housing. This report by Roderick Griffiths includes vox pops with some residents. The item was originally transmitted on 9 May 1977.
This documentary by Ian Krause documents the women of Easington during and after the 1984 miners strike as they work with playwright Margaret Pine to help write the play "The Last Coal of Spring" about their experiences during the dispute. The film follows them as they work with a theatre director and includes footage of the miners' strike in Easington, Arthur Scargill speaking, women working in food kitchens and the parade at Durham Miners Gala.
Amateur footage recording the Bearpark and Esh Colliery Band performing and marching alongside the Bearpark Lodge banner through the villages of Esh Winning on Friday night and Bearpark on Saturday morning before the 1983 Durham Miners Gala on the 15th July. The band with their banner also participate in the gala and proudly march through the city passing The County Hotel where current and future Labour Party leaders Michael Foot and Neil Kinnock are in attendance. The 1983 gala was important as it was their centenary year.