This is a film made by Charles Chislett film commissioned by the Parkgate Iron and Steel Co., Rotherham. With the use of intertitles, it shows the whole process of steelmaking at the Rotherham works, from the excavation of iron ore to the distribution of steel coil.
This film documents the building of the Humber Bridge from its beginnings and through various stages of construction. The film includes the opening ceremonies and the disaster that befell construction in March, 1980.
This is a documentary film exploring the new types of boats and ships that have recently emerged. The film discusses the new methods and materials used in the construction of ships, and new designs, such as the hovercraft. It features the ferry the Spiro.
This film shows the changed methods of waste disposal by British Belting & Asbestos Ltd. at their Cleckheaton works. Cleckheaton is at the centre of the Spen Valley and was the major town in the former borough of Spenborough, West Yorkshire. The film provides an interesting perspective on industry showing that improvements are measured in terms of time saved and efficiency, rather than any reduction in pollution health and safety for their employees.
Made by the Wakefield Amateur Cine Club, this is a promotional film about the city of Wakefield. The film presents Wakefield as an industrious, modern, and progressive city highlighting its shopping centres, schools, parks, and gardens. There is a commentary which runs throughout the film and provides extensive detail about the film’s content.
The National Coal Board (NCB) Film Unit is one of Britain's most substantial and long-lasting industrial film units. The following is an informative film about the experimentation of a better system to transport men and material within coal pits. The film contains extensive footage of the miners and machinery used in the pits.
Made by local historian Ronald Fairfax, this film provides a history of Sheffield specifically with an emphasis on the steel industry. The film utilizes archive film to illustrate the commentary and includes extensive footage from Frank Mottershaw's 'The Life and Times of Charles Peace', and exceptional film of when there was a bus driver's strike in Sheffield in 1959.
Part of the Fastline Collection this film shows railway sleepers being unloaded at Hartlepool docks and taken to West Hartlepool Creosote Depot where they pass through a creosote machine.
Part of the Fastline Collection, this film shows girders being unloaded at Skelton Bridge which sits on the line between York and Northallerton. Information that came with the film states that it concerns a third track being laid across the River Ouse in the 1930s. The girders arriving may have been used to as replacements.
This is a training film by the London Midland and Scottish Railway, with a realistic demonstration of how to deal with a mustard bomb attack on the railway.
This is one of a large collection of British Rail, and some pre- British Rail, films inherited by the track renewals company Fastline in 1996, and passed on to Fastline Photography when they folded in 2010. This one has condemned wagons being used to test various types of buffers by being propelled into them at different speeds, probably taking place in the railway yard at Great Horton in Bradford.
This is one of a large collection of British Rail, and some pre- British Rail, films inherited by the track renewals company Fastline. This film shows the huge blizzards on the South Durham & Lancashire Union Railway running through Stainmore in the winter of 1947. The closed line is being cleared by gangs of men with shovels, snow ploughs and rail-mounted Rolls Royce Derwent jet engines blasting the snow. It also shows severe flooding on the railway at Barlby near Selby.
This is one of a collection of films made by the Selby Cine Club. This film provides a wonderful overview of the town of Selby as it was in 1965 and is accompanied by an interesting historical commentary. It shows pedestrians and traffic in the town centre, many of the shops, and includes the Toll Bridge, the Monday market, the Reverend John Kent giving a tour of the Abbey, the shipyard, the BOCM Mill, and a Council meeting.
The film depicts several highlights of the filmmaker’s holidays in 1934. The majority of the film was made in Torquay, but it also features shots recorded in a number of areas near the south coast in Britain.
A documentary and educational film produced by the ICI Film Unit on the role of the engineer in the development of industrial production, building on the research of the chemist and physicist and making experiments practical on an industrial scale. The film records a student's progress through university, including a whiz through non-academic activities to illustrate the benefits of university, a summer apprenticeship schemes at ICI Wilton works, and internship programme in Canada. The final continues showing the student at work with a post-graduate student, conducting an experiment with an early analogue computer, taking his final exams and eventual graduation. The film ends with him now a junior engineer supervising other students.
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.
This glossy sponsored film by the Turners Film Unit of Newcastle depicts the complete production and distribution process of Express Dairy milk and other products, documenting the daily supply of fresh dairy products, with fast transport from rural farm to London, a slick operation in the 50s, with bottling, testing and distribution handled at the South Morden plant, and delivery by express “milk train” from its own private sidings on the Wimbledon – Sutton line. Includes footage of early supermarket shop interiors and the experimental Express Dairies College Farm in Finchley, London. The film closes with scenes from a cookery demonstration.
A compilation films of air shows taking place in Paris and Scotland, mostly from the 1960’s, produced by amateur filmmaker Ronald Pringle. The film includes the Paris Air Show for 1965, 1967, 1969 and 1971 as well as the Prestwick Air Show for 1967 and 1969.