An incomplete edition of the Tyne Tees Television political programme Commercial Break in two parts transmitted 31 March 1988. The first relates to a company in the region that produces clubman sports cars and includes footage of one of the cars racing along country roads. The second, and longer, section looks at the town of Consett and what is being done to develop industry and job prospects since the closure of British Steel in 1980.
This edition of the Briefing current affairs programme, first broadcast on 24 january 1983, investigates the Shildon Wagon Works as it battles against closure by British Rail. Inlcudes interviews with trades union officials and a worker as a large campaign is mounted to save the works. It ended on June 29, 1984, with closure and the loss of 1,750 jobs.
An edition of the Tyne Tees Television programme World of My Own believed transmitted in February 1969 looking at the life and views of the 90th Bishop of Durham, The Right Reverend Dr Ian Thomas Ramsey. The programme follows him in his daily work from his home at Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland through to Durham Cathedral. On a train to Leeds, he discusses some of his views on politics and in a local clothing boutique in Newcastle holds an impromptu discussion with young people. Dr Ramsey is also filmed conducting a wedding service and visiting prisoners in Durham Prison.
Tyne Tees Television library footage of picketing outside Easington Colliery in County Durham during the 1984 miners strike. Includes the demolition of a barricade that had been built across the colliery entrance.
A documentary-drama produced by The Home Mission Department of the Methodist Church of Great Britain on the importance of faith, and in particular the Methodist faith, in the daily lives of miners. The film begins with footage of working life down the mine and then life for the miner at home. This is followed by two scripted sequences that look at the history of Methodism and why Methodism is important for today’s miners in comparison to Communism. The final section of the film shows Methodist minsters and preachers at work in local communities around County Durham and South Wales and includes footage from a Durham Miners Gala.
A record of the Durham Miners' Gala of 1969, filmed by the Durham Police Film Unit. Scenes include police gathering and planning for the event, miners and their families parading with union and colliery banners through the streets of Durham, and fairground scenes during the picnic at the old Racecourse.
An amateur film showing the opening of Durham Police headquarters at Aykley Heads by Home Secretary James Callaghan on the 31 January 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.
A highly visual essay on the North East of England, set to a specially composed musical score. A range of images, often using time lapse, double exposure and slow motion, combine in a colourful montage to present an overview of the region's history and development.
Camera footage of the traditional annual parade of Union banners and brass bands at Durham Miners Rally on 14 July 1984, during the tumultuous year of the national miners’ strike of 1984-1985, shot by Newcastle-based production unit, Trade Films. Support for the striking miners is much in evidence amongst the many placards and women's group banners in the crowds. The rally went ahead that year although the Gala was cancelled.
A complete catalogue of Durham Miners’ Gala events and activities recorded in and around the City of Durham by Edward Roberts: the film includes footage from Big Meetings between 1951 and 1955, and shows the miners’ banners, bands, speeches, and fun fair revelry.
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.
This costume drama was produced by Arthur G. Greaves and the Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). It tells the story of the tragic romance of Lady Olga Rivers and Paul Beverley, friends since childhood. In the 16th century, during the reign of Henry VIII, Lady Olga’s father is executed and an evil Duke seizes her home and land, and demands that she marries his son. Lady Olga instead seeks refuge in a convent with her lady companion and sends word to Paul who has taken up his post as Admiral in the King’s fleet. Paul Beverley returns to rescue his lover. Locations used in the film include Durham Castle and Cathedral.
Film insert of the arrival of Labour government Secretary of State for Defence Denis Healey at military barracks in Barnard Castle for the Tyne Tees TV news programme Today at Six broadcast on 25 November 1968.
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.
Unedited footage shot by David Williams of the 100th Durham Miners Gala on Saturday 16th July 1983. The film begins in Durham Market Place with the procession of banners and colliery brass bands waiting to begin the march to Durham Racecourse. General views follow as the procession make its way out of Silver Street and along Sadler Street. Passing The County Hotel, future Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock and wife Glenys stand beside the then Labour leader Michael Foot. They all applaud as the banners pass. From a platform on the racecourse, Arthur Scargill, President of the National Union of Mineworkers, gives an impassioned speech about the future of coalmining in the region. General views follow of various banners on display intercut with archive footage of a previous gala. The final part of the film shows the procession of banners and colliery bands marching along Elvet Bridge and Old Elvet.