This amateur footage by Jack Lawson records the winter's snow in the countryside around the Taylor farm in Great Bavington and bathtime for baby Michael Taylor, filmed around 1961 and 62.
The first of two documentary programmes produced by Tyne Tees Television and transmitted 29 December 1985. Presented by Magnus Magnusson this edition explores the private face of Lindisfarne and its community of 170 residents.
The second of two documentary programmes, produced by Tyne Tees Television and transmitted 5 January 1986. Presenter Magnus Magnusson explores the public face of the island of Lindisfarne and the tourists and visitors who come to the island each year. The film looks at benefits and problems for local residents of accommodating half a million visitors to the island.
An amateur film made by John Dickinson of a drive across the Cheviot Hill in Northumberland by two Land Rovers. Starting near Blindburn, the vehicles trek across rough terrain and get stuck on a number of occasions. Using ropes and brute force they manage to get the vehicles free, arriving at their final destination, possibly near Alwinton.
A Tyne Tees Television production for the Channel 4 Television series First Edition, which chronicles the musical development and background of Northumbrian musician Kathryn Tickell. The film features her performing on stage with the group Lindisfarne as well as with members of her extended family in and around her home town of Wark-on-Tyne. She is also filmed performing alongside local musicians Joe Hutton, Willy Taylor and Will Atkinson as well as Alistair Anderson following being a judge at the Rothbury Music Festival. Through the film Kathryn learns about the importance of music not only within her own family, but throughout the history of Northumberland as a place.
An amateur film made by John Dickinson featuring him and his friends off-roading in Land Rovers across the Cheviot Hills in Northumberland, in and around Blindburn and Alnwinton.
A film produced by Boulmer Volunteer Rescue Services for the Tyne Tees Television series ‘Access’ and transmitted 10 September 1973 about the need of a lifeboat in the village of Boulmer following the closure of the RNLI [Royal National Lifeboat Institution] station in 1968. There are views of the Boulmer Volunteer Rescue Services boat ‘Sea Hunter’ being launched as well as views around the village. The film includes a number of interviews with both local men and women talking about the need for a lifeboat and the work that has been done so far to raise the necessary funds to buy and run a lifeboat service.
A travelogue, narrated by the South Shields born actress Flora Robson, looking at the history, culture and industry of the Tyne Valley. It contrasts the Roman heritage and rural economy of the western settlements, including Hexham and Corbridge, with scenes of life and work in the Newcastle & Gateshead conurbation. The industrial settlements between Newcastle and the coast are discussed, with a particular emphasis on the shipbuilding industry.
Home movie compilation by Middlesbrough dental surgeon and amateur filmmaker Tom H. Brown that combines footage of his baby daughter Helen, outings and holidays in England and Scotland, and family activities on the bowling green. A brief record of Middlesbrough Mayor’s Sunday Procession in 1935 and a long sequence of an all-in wrestling match are included. The film also features a staged comic scene of a tooth extraction with his dentist father, Tom Brown Senior, and dental surgery staff, and the short drama 'A Picnic On The Green Sward,' made for 15 shillings in 1929 with friends from Tees-Side Cine Club. His future wife Kate plays Rita Carbo.This amateur melodrama is a send-up of British film acting in the 1920s with a lover’s quarrel, gun-toting villain, and happy ending.
Home movie compilation made by Middlesbrough dentist and amateur filmmaker, Tom H. Brown, that focuses on the life of his first child, Helen, as she grows into adulthood and marries. The film spans the 1930s to the 1950s and features family life in Middlesbrough, trips to Berwick-upon-Tweed, the Tees Valley, Durham, Llandudno in Wales, Holland and Switzerland. Footage in Durham shows Helen rowing on the River Wear as a member of a university women’s boat crew.
This is a compilation of colour home movie footage, filmed between 1946 and 1947 by Middlesbrough based dentist and amateur filmmaker Tom H. Brown. The film consists of portraits of the filmmaker’s father, Tom Brown Senior, and his son and daughter, Tony and Helen, and an interesting scene in which Tom Brown performs a tooth extraction on his six year old son in the garden. Another sequence captures aerial views of the coastline and urban Teesside region, filmed in 1947 from a British light aircraft, the Auster Autocrat. Footage includes family travel in Switzerland and the Alps in the summer of 1947, and holidays in North Yorkshire, Cumbria, and the Scottish Border.
This home movie made in 1945 by amateur filmmaker Tom H. Brown records a family holiday in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, shortly after the end of the Second World War. The film shows many historical sites, landmarks and monuments around Berwick-upon-Tweed. These include the three bridges that span the River Tweed, the Elizabethan military fortifications around the old town and the ruins of Berwick Castle. In addition, there is good footage of local salmon net fishing in Berwick-upon-Tweed harbour.
A Tyne Tees Television autobiographical documentary about Jack Charlton, of local and world footballing fame, on a return visit to his family in Ashington far away from the world of top class soccer. Charlton attends a whippet race with his two sons, visits the coast he knew as a child, and joins friends and family for a drink and game of bingo in Ashington and District Working Men's Club. As he enjoys the sounds of a local brass band performing in the town, he wistfully wishes he had learned to play a brass instrument.
A Tyne Tees Television documentary on the masculine love of angling. 4 million men in Britain see angling as 'a kind of heaven'. The film looks at the many different types of angling available and how men become interested in the sport. The film also looks at some of the industries surrounding fishing and also how pollution and industrial development are affecting fish stocks.
The second of a two-part Tyne Tees Television programme looking at the history and traditions of the towns and villages of the North East coastline. This film follows the coast north from Newcastle as far as Holy Island.
Amateur home movie compilation with intertitles made by the Middlesbrough filmmaker Tom H. Brown. Covering the years 1930-1933, the film records a family tour of the Scottish Borders from Berwick-Upon-Tweed to Edinburgh, Melrose and Gretna Green. Includes footage of the salmon fishing industry in Berwick Upon Tweed and of the arrival of HRH Prince of Wales for the official opening of Constantine College, Middlesbrough, on 2 July 1930. The racing personality, Sir Henry Segrave, and his boat the 'Miss England II' feature in scenes from the Lake District. This material was probably filmed shortly before Segrave set the water speed record at Windermere on 13 June 1930.
An amateur film produced by Durham Police Constabulary to promote Durham Police Cadets. The film shows both male and female cadets at Hardwick Camp, Sedgefield and taking part in various training and outdoor activities.
Amateur home movie of family holidays spent in a cottage in Weardale, County Durham, with trips to Northumberland locations. The film features footage of a cattle market, dog racing, men’s gymnastics, a gymkhana, and a children’s parade of marching juvenile jazz bands in Allendale.
A film made by the Technical Aid branch of Durham Police Constabulary showing all aspects of police cadet training. The film shows cadets taking part in academic studies at Durham Technical College and Durham Agricultural College as well as on assignment with various sections of the police. The film also shows cadets taking part in a number of outdoor activities including rock climbing, abseiling and canoeing as well taking part in a camping trip. The film finishes with cadet annual parade at Durham Constabulary headquarters at Aykley Heads in Durham attended by the High Sheriff of Durham.
This sponsored film by Turners Film Productions documents the various stages in the mining, processing of coal, and environmental restoration of the land for agricultural and leisure activities at the 2,000 acre Radar North opencast mine site, at Widdrington, near Morpeth, in Northumberland County. The mine operated under a National Coal Board contract between 1957 and 1972. The film records the operation of the UK’s largest dragline system at the time, known as 'Big Geordie,' which worked at Radar North from 1969 to 1976 for Derek Crouch Mining Limited. It also shows how production, restoration and conservation work together in this method of mining.
This Turners film production sponsored by Sunderland council highlights the advantages of the Sunderland region as a place to live, commercial centre and location for industry. The film documents Sunderland’s successful industries, such as engineering, shipbuilding, Pyrex glass manufacturing, and tailoring, and promotes Sunderland Corporation’s redesign of residential, educational and business centres. Footage includes excellent shots of Sunderland’s famous glass blowers, scenes from the launch of the 'Montrose,' slum clearance, and construction of the Derwent Reservoir. Includes voice-over and music soundtrack.
A home movie of a seaside holiday to the Bamburgh area of Northumberland staying in a camper van, which includes a boat trip to the Farne Islands from Seahouses.
An amateur record of the Newcastle and Gateshead Water Company Club’s social activities for 1963 and 1964, which include a car rally, ferry ride on the River Tyne, a trip to Alnmouth, the 4th annual flower show and barbecue, an angling competition at Hallington Reservoirs located near the small village of Colwell, Northumberland, a darts match and bonfire night.
A promotional film made for Northumberland County Council to encourage people to move to Northumberland. The film uses case studies of three families recently moved to the area. These include the Richardson family from Whitley Bay, the Target family from Killingworth and the Randall family from the Tyne Valley near Hexham. The film explores issues of housing, industry, shopping, nightlife, leisure activities and education.
A travelogue produced by the Planning Department of Northumberland County Council that documents Northumberland’s rural landscape, history and culture.