This reel consists of a series of films made by R.K. Snowden documenting some local events in Pickering between 1980 and 1982 with a commentary by Snowden. Each segment is preceded by an intertitle.
In 1962, a Civil Defence Rally was held in West Park, Hull. This rally was different from previous events as it brought together all defence volunteers from across the Yorkshire region. This film documents the activities surrounding the event from initial preparations, set up in the park, defence displays, informational marquees, and musical entertainment and is accompanied by commentary explaining the events.
This is a film commissioned by Rotherham Corporation to explain and promote the work of Rotherham Town Council. The commentary provides an outline of council work with the film providing illustrations from many of its departments: education, health, home help, housing, refuse collection, entertainment and so on.
This film was made by Halifax Cine Club to commemorate the town by providing an overview of its history, industry, landmarks, local services and sporting and cultural life. Among that which is highlighted are Crossley carpets, the Mackintosh factory, Shibden Park, schools, the library, and recent immigrants. The film originally premiered on 31st May, 1972 at the Halifax Civic Theatre. It was later shown to audiences at the former Alexandra Hall.
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.
Amateur travelogue shot in Dufaycolor by Middlesbrough filmmaker and local dental surgeon Tom H. Brown. The film documents the Brown family’s travel in Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands in 1939. The film records the architecture, landscape and local culture of the places visited, just before the outbreak of the Second World War. Footage includes scenes of the construction of the German Siegfried Line defences, filmed in the Ardennes region around Clervaux; and of the 1939 International Exhibition of Water Technics at Liege in Belgium, including footage of the German Pavilion decorated with National Socialist insignia and flag. In some sequences filmed in the Netherlands, the filmmaker has focused on the women wearing traditional Dutch costume. The Ostend Harbour scenes were recorded amidst turmoil as people cut short their holidays at the outbreak of war.
Autobiographical documentary on James Mitchell, the English author of crime fiction and spy thrillers (pseudonyms James Munro and Patrick O. McGuire) who also worked as a film and TV scriptwriter. Born during the General Strike, Mitchell returns to his home town of South Shields and reminisces about his family and childhood during the Depression era. He revisits places remembered from his youth, including the River Tyne, South Shields Town Hall, Marsden Rock and Sunderland College of Art, where he taught. This is an edition of the Tyne Tees Television series A World of My Own [no credits], originally broadcast on Wednesday 2 July 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.
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.
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.