Billingham Film Unit cine-magazine that celebrates the ICI Billingham Synthonia Club, covering a 1957 sports day event, the club's use by 13,000 members and its rebuilding after World War II. Includes a short evocative history of the bombing of the first Synthonia Club with the memory of the night on voice-over.
An ICI Billingham Film Unit short documentary on Billingham’s Synthonia Club Sports and Gala Day, June 1956. The film documents the annual sports day, and includes footage of the athletics, gymnastics, and Punch and Judy events, as well as views of the various fairground rides. It is accompanied throughout by music track and voice-over commentary.
ICI Billingham Film Unit highlights of the ICI Synthonia Club annual sports day in 1935, which features marching jazz bands, fancy dress, sprints, bicycle races and a tug of war.
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.
Amateur footage by a senior manager at ICI Billingham of young men's individual and group gymnastic displays at ICI Billingham Synthonia Club sports ground, intercut with summer gymnastics training at campsites in Gilling West and Brompton on Swale, North Yorkshire, between 1959 and 1962. Gymnastics displays take place on Billingham Gala Day in 1958 and 1961. Also includes group and individual portraits of young men and women gymnasts in June 1962, some of competing team from Scotland.
ICI Billingham Film Unit cine-magazine consisting of three items that spotlight the life and work of ICI employees. Long serving employees are served a formal dinner; sports club members gather in front of a crowd of 5000 for an athletics event; a behind the scenes look at how the weekly pay packet is calculated.
ICI Billingham Film Unit cine-magazine consisting of three short items about the social life of ICI workers. Off to Wembley: a group of young gymnasts prepare for a national celebration of athleticism and dance, the Festival of Youth at Wembley Stadium. Gala Day: crowds brave rough weather to support the Synthonia Club’s athletes at Billingham's Sports and Gala Day. The Beer Shortage: post-war rationing tightens its grip on the draught pump.
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 records a summer sports meeting at the Synthonia Club; and secondly, a short-form documentary describing the importance of nitrogen to ICI's operations.
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.
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.
An incomplete edition of the Tyne Tees Television current affairs series Briefing on ethnic minorities in the North East region, first broadcast on 25 April 1983, with the focus on Newcastle and Middlesbrough. Footage includes Chinese New Year celebrations for the Year of the Pig in Newcastle in 1983; learning the Koran in a Middlesbrough mosque; and interviews with various education and community leaders involved in improving race relations in Tyne and Wear and Cleveland. The programme includes commentary.
ICI Billingham Film Unit cine magazine edition of three features: "Rough Stuff" follows the Billingham Synthonia Club Rugby Section as they put in practice before county trial matches and score a match win against Darlington RA at home. The "Blood Transfusion Scheme" takes a look at ICI Billingham workers' contribution to the National Blood Transfusion Service just after the war; and "Where's That Bus" is a playful item on the co-ordination of corporation buses to transport workers home after their shift at ICI Billingham.
An incomplete edition of the Tyne Tees Television programme First Edition following a group of ‘hot-rod’ car enthusiasts from Middlesbrough. The film shows them driving around the Cleveland area and working on their cars in a garage. They are seen taking part in a drag race and attending a rally in Chorley in Lancashire as part of Street Machine UK Tour ‘87.
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.
Compilation of unedited Tyne Tees Television news footage covering the arrival and visit of world boxing champion Muhammad Ali (formerly Cassius Clay) to the north east region in July 1977 for a four-day charity tour to help raise money for local boys boxing clubs. South Tyneside (Whitburn) painter and decorator Johnny Walker, who ran a boxing club in South Shields, prompted Ali’s visit.
A Tyne Tees TV documentary following Middlesbrough Football Club under the management of Jackie Charlton in 1974 (the year they won the second division championship). Film shows the team training, and includes shots of the manager's teamtalk where Charlton discusses tactics. The film also shows the team relaxing, coverage of the match itself, celebrations, and crowd scenes.
A film made by Oscar Colls on the 25th July 1928 of the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School 50th anniversary celebrations. The film features a special service at St Cuthbert’s Church in Darlington, and records the Jubilee cricket match between Old Boys and the School on the Abbey Road playing fields.
Amateur home movie by Middlesbrough dentist Tom H. Brown that records the early years in the life of the Browns' daughter Helen, from her christening at St Barnabas Church,Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, in 1934, to Helen at the age of 10 months. The film also documents a holiday in Bridlington, East Yorkshire, with a focus on the architecture and monuments of this seaside resort, and visits to Rudston, Sledmere, Ampleforth, and Sutton Bank.
Home movie compilation by Tom H. Brown, with comic intertitles throughout. The film captures leisure time fun and games with Tom and Kate Brown, family and friends in the countryside and coastline around North Yorkshire and County Durham, including Kilton Woods, Hutton Rudby and Blackhall Rocks on the North Sea coast. The film includes a brief trick film sequence entitled 'Levitation By Professor Shampooski,' and dancing with the filmmaker's great grandmother, Mary Ann Corby. A record of the 1930 Mayor’s Sunday procession through Middlesbrough concludes the compilation.
Home movie compilation by amateur Middlesbrough filmmaker Tom Brown. In the first part, Tom, wife Kate, and their friends demonstrate a series of sports through the ages using makeshift props found on their rambling trip in the North Yorkshire countryside. The sports theme continues with a record of the Middlesbrough Constantine Technical College Rag Sports Day in 1933. The 'Rogues Gallery' is an experimental, comic 'quiz' film made with the Teesside Cine Club that features family members and friends in a series of spoof mug shots of "shady" characters.
Amateur home movie by Middlesbrough based filmmaker Tom Brown that focuses on his daughter Helen with family and friends on holiday in the popular seaside resort of Redcar, North Yorkshire. The film includes interesting scenes of synchronized group exercise performed on Redcar sands, which illustrate the fashion for health and fitness routines promoted in the 1930s.
An appeal film for assistance with a number of projects aimed at the unemployed and their families in the Middlesbrough and Cleveland areas. The film is introduced by Lord Zetland and features a visit to Middlesbrough by Prince George. The film then shows various work and recreational projects organised for the unemployed, which include an exhibition of crafts made by Cleveland unemployed; teaching of new crafts; building of greenhouses by the unemployed; training of boys as waiters; boxing matches and other entertainments; a local comedian, renovation and conversion of an old barn by the unemployed; and boys' camps. [Please note that the picture runs too fast but this was how the original film was produced.]
An amateur film made by Tom Johnson of the Billingham and District Cine Club giving a taste of the outward bound, sporting, and craft activities on offer at Billingham Technical College.