This amateur film by Walter Gill records the occasion when Prince Philip visited Hartlepool to inspect the restoration work being carried out onthe historic ship HMS Warrior, a 40-gun steam-powered armoured frigate built for the Royal Navy, 1859–1861.
Billingham Film Unit short on Billingham Wharf in 1935, documenting working practice and industrial infrastructure.
An artist is commissioned to paint a mural about PVC and pays a visit to ICI to see what it is. This sponsored documentary covers the discovery in 1838 of polyvinyl chloride, the history of PVC, its invention, creation of polymers in chemistry labs, and some of its applications many years later, all hung on the narrative of an artist’s investigation to inform his work.
ICI film promoting a work study scheme to help improve ICI efficiency during hard economic times. Includes excellent non-industrial sequences that illustrate some of the products manufactured with ICI materials, such as nylon (a woman with stockings), domestic scenes including valves for the TV, Formica tables, plastic ashtray, hoovering a carpet, scenes in Stockton market, haymaking, and men on ships during stormy weather, to illustrate "pulling together." A commentary accompanies the film.
Billingham Film Unit cine magazine that presents an overview of Imperial Chemical Industries' (ICI) history and development in Billingham and along Teesside.
Home movie compilation by amateur Middlesbrough filmmaker Tom H. Brown that records the young Brown family enjoying a wartime holiday at home in Middlesbrough during the Second World War. After the war has ended, there are visits to the seaside resort of Redcar in 1945 and extensive travel in North Wales in 1946. The closing colour film sequence documents the demolition of air-raid bomb shelters in a Middlesbrough street during October 1946.
The first episode of a two-part Tyne Tees Television feature that looks at the landscape, industry, history and traditions of the North East coastline from Whitby to South Shields and the River Tyne, presented by Austin Steele.
A promotional film by Turners Film Unit for the North East Development Council, which records the North East’s recent industrial, commercial, social and cultural successes to encourage businesses and families to move to the region. Includes footage of education, art and entertainment, shopping, and industry from Northumberland down to Tees Valley.
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.
Sponsored film following the construction, launch, and sea trial of the Essi Gina bulk cargo ship. The Furness Shipbuilding Company, with shipyards at Haverton Hill on the River Tees, built the tanker for maritime company B.J. Rudd-Pedersen. The launch took place on 25th February 1963.
A social record of shipyard labour, this documentary follows the construction, launch and fitting out of the “London Prestige” tanker at the Furness Shipbuilding yards on the River Tees, Haverton Hill. A professional voice-over, rousing music and poetry inject a sense of heroism and romance.
A dramatised instructional film aimed at new apprentices of Smiths Dock, based on the South Bank of the River Tees, Middlesbrough. This is a cautionary tale of two teenage stowaways, who are caught and offered jobs as apprentice marine engineers. The film charts the progress of the "good" and "bad" apprentice. Service to the company is compared to service to country in speeches by Lt. Col. Eustace Smith and a voice over spoken by Wilfred Pickles.
A film made by Turners Film Productions to commemorate the launching of the tanker Teesfield from Furness Shipbuilding Co. Ltd at Haverton Hill, Stockton-on-Tees on the 24 February 1959.
Sponsored film showing the sea trials and transfer of the bulk carrier "Livanita" from Smiths Docks Company Ltd at South Bank near Middlesbrough to its Norwegian owners A/S Ugland's Rederi in March 1962. The film includes footage of the ship's lifeboat being tested.
An industrial film made at Smiths Docks Company Ltd in Southbank, Middlesbrough highlighting a new CCTV camera system which had been installed aboard the cargo ship Manchester Commerce. The Manchester Commerce was built at Smiths Dock for Manchester Liners. The launch took place on 12 March 1963, and the ship was completed in June 1963.
This film records the launch of the “Athelfoam” tanker from Smiths Docks Company Ltd, Southbank in Middlesbrough on the 22 May, 1951. The ship was built on the Tyne for the Athel Line and was involved in the transport of molasses. The film shows the arrival of guests, a reception and the launch ceremony attended by a huge crowd of locals including many school children. [Please note some opening sequences run too fast.]
Sponsored film by Turners Film Productions showing the launch of the"Athelsultan" at Smiths Dock Company, Southbank, Middlesbrough on the 9th November 1950, by Mrs F.H. Formby.
A short amateur film showing the launch ceremony for the Royal National Lifeboat "City of Leeds" at Redcar in August 1951. Her Royal Highness Princess Mary attends for the christening ceremony. The "City of Leeds" lifeboat remained in service until 1965 and saved 31 lives.
A documentary in two parts that covers the life and industry on the River Tees, with footage of Middlesbrough, Stockton, the Transporter Bridge, Furness Shipyards and aerial shots of the Tees from Stockton to the river mouth
A Turner Film Unit sponsored film for Robert Bowran demonstrating the manufacture and packaging of Bowran Paints in Pelaw, Gateshead, and its uses. These include the painting of ships at Teesport (now PD Ports), the Tyne Bridge in Newcastle and the Tees Newport Bridge in Middlesbrough, Dunston Power Station in Gateshead, the exterior of the Stork Margarine Works in Bromborough on the Wirral, and the Loch Sloy Hydro-Electric Scheme situated on the west bank of Loch Lomond, Scotland. This promotional film also features good footage of the steel-making process (possibly at the Shotton Steel Works in North Wales and also at Scunthorpe at John Lysaght's Normanby steelworks, part of Guest, Keen and Nettlefolds.). [Note that footage of steel production and interior at Dunston Power Station have been speeded up in this Turners production.]
Sponsored film by Turners Film Productions that records the launch of a dock gate engineered by Head Wrightson at Thornaby on 15 August 1966. The giant steel structure is floated down the Tees accompanied by the tug Hutton Cross.
Industrial film made for William Gray & Company Ltd recording the cargo vessel "Virginia" on sea trials in the North Sea. The ship was completed in December 1948. Includes footage of the West Hartlepool docks.
A film made for William Gray & Company Ltd, West Hartlepool, of the launch and sea trial of the cargo ship Aliki Livanos. The ship was launched on 14 May 1953.
Film footage shot for William Gray & Company Ltd of the launch of the cargo ship Irish Elm on the 29th July 1953, built for Irish Shipping Ltd., Dublin. The first film shows dignitaries arriving at the launch platform and the ship blessed by a Catholic priest. Mrs E.T. McCarron performs the naming of the ship with the customary bottle of champagne. The second film, shot from a different viewpoint, includes dignitaries enjoying pre-launch drinks and the launch ceremony of the Irish Elm.
Record of the launch of the cargo ship Irish Larch from the William Gray shipyard in West Hartlepool on 11th June 1956. The film was commissioned by William Gray & Company Ltd. The ship receives a Catholic blessing and is named and launched by sponsor Mrs F H Boland, wife of the Irish Ambassador to London. The Managing Director William Talbot Gray also attends.