A Billingham Film Unit short documentary that introduces the ICI Billingham and Wilton Works, including a brief look at salt production at Haverton Hill (off main works), the ICI Synthetic Ammonia Works and ICI Nylon Works, and the Synthonia Club. The film also documents the old Billingham and the farms that are located in the shadow of the chemical works. Includes footage of the Wilton site under construction.
Billingham Film Unit feature on the villages and countryside surrounding the ICI Billingham factory in Teesdale and North Yorkshire. Locations around the ICA works include Billingham, Norton, Stockton, Yarm, Croft-on-Tees, Teesdale, Stockton on Tees. Plays on the history and landscape of area.
Billingham Film Unit short on Billingham Wharf in 1935, documenting working practice and industrial infrastructure.
Billingham Film Unit production of a brief visit to two ICI factories at Billingham and Wilton on Teesside. Records different areas of production and processes including the Plastics Division making Perspex, and the Nylon Division at Billingham. Includes shots of the Synthonia Club grounds and exterior shots of the Wilton works.
This documentary, produced by Billingham Film Unit in collaboration with Ashmore, Benson, Pease & Co., was selected for screening at Harrogate Festival of Films 1957. An account of an unusual journey from Stockton to Wilton that documents the transportation of the biggest vessel ever to be carried over public roads. A nitric acid absorption tower wends it's slow and torturous way from Stockton to the new ICI Nylon Plant at Wilton, via Yarm, Leven Bridge, and Grangetown in Middlesbrough.
ICI Billingham Division Safety Department production that shows the safe way of doing routine jobs in the anhydrite mine. Miners working underground illustrate the correct methods. Each section discusses the right safety routine for the job. The film contains a false ending as a prelude to a member of the safety executive making a chatty warning speech with a broad Yorkshire accent.
This is a Billingham Film Unit production for ICI General Chemicals Division, filmed at the Billingham Cassel Works, with titles and commentary by Frank Phillips. The film documents the process for extracting sodium from sodium hydroxide, a process originally devised by Hamilton Young Castner (1858-98), as mentioned in the commentary.
Work motion study of women and men working on packing production lines at ICI Billingham works, loading and stacking jute sacks.
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.
ICI Billingham Film Unit cine magazine of April 1947 that features four items: highlights of a Northern League soccer match between winners Billingham Synthonia Football Club, playing at home, and opponents, Shildon: the first Billingham dog show organised by the reformed Canine Section; presentation of long service awards to veterans at the Synthonia Club; and apprentices train in the Engineering Training Centre, opened in the summer 1946.
Billingham Film Unit cine magazine that presents an overview of Imperial Chemical Industries' (ICI) history and development in Billingham and along Teesside.
Billingham Film Unit cine magazine that records a summer sports meeting at the Synthonia Club; and secondly, a short-form documentary describing the importance of nitrogen to ICI's operations.
ICI Billingham Film Unit cine-magazine of three industrial news items. Firstly, a record of the training of analytical laboratory assistants in the ICI Education Department. The second item follows the construction and operations for an ammonia filling station in Singapore. The third feature documents the Billingham process of capturing nitrogen.
ICI Billingham Film Unit cine magazine of two features. The first item, 'Rope', follows preparations and the performance of the ICI Billingham Synthonia Players’ latest production of the 1920s play ‘Rope’ written by Patrick Hamilton. 'The Billingham Story (5) The Sulphate Plant' is a journey through the Billingham factory production of ammonia of sulphate. Includes men and women working at the packing production line, sewing up hessian sacks of ammonia of sulphate.
Billingham Film Unit cine-magazine with two short bulletins documenting ICI staff at leisure and an industrial chemical science process: Sporting June records the Billingham Synthonia Club sports and gala day in June 1948, and Making Sulphuric Acid follows the industrial process stage by stage, with animated graphics and commentary to camera.
Billingham Film Unit cine magazine feature on the Research Department’s considerable importance on the ICI Billingham site, set out as if responding to workers’ complaints: “I’d like to know just what goes on there – if you ask me it’s a waste of space and building materials”. Chemists put an electron microscope and an X-ray diffraction camera to use to advance ICI production methods.
Billingham Film Unit cine magazine single feature about the systems, buildings, equipment, and men who operate the Commercial Works section.
ICI Billingham Fim Unit cine magazine bulletins produced to entertain and inform. Firstly, "Making the Miner Safer Still" dicusses new safety improvements underground in the anhydrite mines; secondly, a short film about the presentation of awards for long service with ICI Billingham.
Billingham Film Unit cine magazine called "The Workshops Can Make It" that focuses on the organisations and processes of the ICI Billingham Engineering Works. Footage includes staged meetings and to camera pieces, and a look at all the work undertaken in the different workshops including the Drawing Office, Pattern, Mould, Blacksmiths, Platers, Plumbers, Tube, Machine and Fitting workshops, and the Central Office for administration. A manager explains about the "work studies" programme.
ICI Billingham Fim Unit cine magazine that includes three short films. The first feature records traffic turmoil at the East Gate to the Billingham ICI industrial plant, with comic warnings about road safety. "End of a Process" documents the final days of the Castner process of metal sodium production at ICI’s Cassel Works in Billingham. “Summer Outing” records an annual day trip to Scarborough for retired workers of ICI, organised by the company.
ICI Billingham Division Film Unit cine magazine short feature of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh's visit to the Billingham factory on Monday afternoon, 14th October 1963. Prince Philip tours the ICI Billingham works, including the Engineering School at the Education Department, and pays a visit to the Synthonia Club sports ground. The film includes music track and commentary.
A satirical take on the classic BBC television series of interviews by John Freeman called Face to Face, which ran from 1959 to 1962. ICI Billingham's amateur theatrical team, "The Smoker", gently send up senior ICI management and the ICI staff jobs assessment scheme, known as the Haslam Scheme. Two members perform the characters of the interviewer (based on John Freeman) and interviewee, Bob Haslam. Robert Haslam was a leading industrialist who held positions as a director and chairman within several divisions of ICI on Teesside between 1960 and 1983. The production may have been made around the time (July 1966) that the government's national wage and price freeze was in place.
The film element of an edition of the Tyne Tees Television 'Access' programme trasmitted 11 November 1976 and presented by Bob Woodhouse who looks at some of the historical and cultural highlights in the Cleveland area. The film asks the question why is Cleveland being ignored by regional and national tourism agencies.
A Tyne Tees Television documentary about the Cleveland Spastics Work Centre, now the Teesside Ability Support Centre, on Acklam Road in Middlesbrough. The centre provides work opportunities for disabled people particularly those with cerebral palsy. Broadcast on the 12th January 1981, during the International Year of Disabled People, the films follow both members of staff as well as some of the centre users as they go about their daily work. As well as interviews with users and staff of the centre, the film also speaks with family members who talk about their hopes and fears for the future of their offspring.
An incomplete edition of the Tyne Tees Television arts programme Come In If You Can Get In that looks at a scheme aimed at putting artists in the workplace. The film follows two artists, one of whom works in a steelworks the other in a Co-Operative supermarket and shows them paintings about these locations.