An amateur film made of a visit to Newcastle and Northumberland by a delegation from Czechoslovakia. The film records their visits to schools and colleges, an opencast mine and power station, the new town of Killingworth, and to the construction sites for Newcastle Civic Centre and the Tyne Tunnel. They also visit a number of tourist attractions including the Farne Islands.
An amateur film showing various street scenes around Hexham dating from around 1960. It is possible the film was made as part of a re-development and pedestianisation project in the town at that time.
Amateur footage in the Armstrong family collection of the parade at Rothbury Carnival, Northumberland, in 1931.
This home movie features a garden fete held in the grounds of the Watson-Armstrong family home at Bamburgh Castle in 1931.
This amateur home movie footage features Baron Watson-Armstrong and Lady Armstrong at Cragside House, near Rothbury, Northumberland, as they entertain friends and survey their estate's grounds. The film also contains footage of the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, which was built with funds bequeathed by William George Armstrong in 1901.
This home movie documents the 1937 birthday celebrations for a member of the Armstrong family, held at Cragside, near Rothbury, Northumberland. The focus is on extended family and friends who attend and pose in the Cragside gardens for this commemorative film.
Home movie footage of the Armstrong family spending leisure time with friends at their Bamburgh Castle home in Northumberland.
Home movie material from the early 1930s that features the Watson-Armstrong family at home at Bamburgh Castle and Cragside, Rothbury, Northumberland. The film includes footage of a child’s Highland dance performance.
This early actuality film of local topical news items features highlights from the Berwick Infirmary Cup football final between Eyemouth Rangers and Belford, played at the Stanks on June 29th 1929, and scenes from the Berwick May Fair in 1928. The film also includes an evocative 'phantom ride' through Walkergate Lane, a back street in a poor area of Berwick, during May Fair celebrations. In the final scene, fish merchants gather at an auction on the Berwick quayside, including a member of the Holmes family, fish merchants in Berwick since the 1800s. The film of the Berwick Infirmary Cup was due to be screened that same week at the Berwick Playhouse.
A quirky amateur documentary that records some of the ship launches and maritime life on the River Tyne in the 1960s and 1970s. Footage includes Swan Hunter shipyard launches of the Royal Navy ship HMS Norfolk, the Tyne Pride and Esso Northumbria super tankers, river and harbour pilots on the Tyne, and the last voyage of a Fred Olsen Lines Norwegian cruise ship, Braemar. A home-recorded track of songs, actual sound, sound effects, and personal commentary accompanies the film.
A home movie showing various scenes in and around Newcastle, North Shields, Holy Island and Lindisfarne in Northumberland as well as Housesteads Roman Fort along Hadrian’s Wall. The film includes footage of both the Hoppings Fair taking place on the Newcastle Town Moor as well as the horse-drawn Blaydon Bus seen during the centenary celebrations of the Blaydon Races in 1962. The film also includes footage of fishing boats and the market at North Shields Fish Quay and a visit to Lindisfarne and Lindisfarne Priory.
Early silent Empire News Bulletin newsreel that depicts the annual pilgrimage to Lindisfarne Priory on the Holy Island, Northumberland, reached by a causeway at low tide.
Documentary by the Durham University Film Group on working class Northumbrian poet Tom Pickard and the international centre for poets in Morden Tower, Newcastle, founded by the poet and Connie Pickard in March 1964. A narrator describes Pickard’s move to Northumberland, survival as a poet, his influences and events at the Morden Tower poetry centre. The venue has hosted readings by celebrated poets that include Basil Bunting in 1965 and the American beat poets, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Gregory Corso. Footage includes a performance by Alan Jackson and the Living Mythology blues jazz group
This amateur film in the Sir Joseph Reed collection records the opening of Joseph & Jane Cowen Training School for Maimed Soldiers & Sailors at Benwell Grange in Newcastle, possibly in September 1917; the unveiling of the Memorial to the Tyneside Irish & Scottish Brigades at La Boisselle by Marshall Foch, an Elizabethan costume garden party at the home of Sir Joseph Reed, and shots of the family probably filmed at Hethpool House, Kirknewton, near Wooler.
This amateur home movie documents leisure time with the McQueen family and friends in their home town of Tynemouth, visits to the island of St. Mary’s, Rothbury, and locations in Norfolk, Cumbria, Windsor and London. Footage includes the visit of HRH Queen Mary to Blickling Hall, Norfolk, for a St. George’s Day pageant.
This amateur home movie compilation of McQueen family holidays in Jersey and Norway, day trips and leisure time at home in Tynemouth, spans the years 1937 through to 1948. Footage includes Digging for Victory vegetable growing in Tynemouth and portraits of Mac McQueen in uniform as a Home Guard officer and his son Neil in Air Training Corps cadet uniform at the start of the Second World War.
Home movie footage in the McQueen family collection of the weddings in Tynemouth of Jack Welford and Pat Peel, Olive McQueen’s childhood friend; the christening of their daughter in Monkseaton; and the wedding of Pam Reid to Leonard Vagg.
This amateur home movie compilation in the McQueen family collection contains footage from the 1950s of domestic scenes, a friend’s wedding and several family holidays both abroad and in the UK, which include Arran in Scotland and the Lake District.
Filmed in the 1920s by an amateur filmmaker, this home movie footage features a wealthy family either visiting a mansion house (Horton Grange?), or at home, and on a trip to Lindisfarne on the Northumberland coast. There are also scenes from a caravan holiday.
A short student fictional tragi-comedy about two lovers. This amateur film was made in and around the village of Mitford in Northumberland by Newcastle University students in the late 1960s.
This promotional film was produced by Strathclyde Films for the Hardy Brothers of Alnwick and London, a famous family business that manufactured and sold fishing equipment in Alnwick, near the Scottish border. The film offers instruction in the art of fly fishing and casting, demonstrated by Ian Blackburn, a casting champion, and James Hardy, the grandson of the founders of the company, and Company Director at this time. The craft of making quality fishing rods from bamboo cane at the Hardy factory in Alnwick is then recorded in detail.
Home movie record of the 1963 wedding day of Middlesbrough dentist Tom H. Brown’s son, Tony T. Brown, to Beryl K. Dobson, shot by Tony’s godfather Frank Joyner. The couple then document their own honeymoon preparation and travel to Ireland for a camping holiday, via Northumberland and Scotland. The couple’s Austin Seven Mini car, a British icon of the 1960s, appears in several holiday sequences.
An amateur film made by the Northumberland County Fire Brigade of the official opening ceremony for the brigade’s new headquarters at Loansdean, Morpeth in 1968. The film includes footage of speeches at the formal ceremony and firemen taking part in various demonstrations.
A film made by the Northumberland County Fire Brigade documenting an RAF rescue helicopter carrying out a winching exercise at Acklington in Northumberland on the 8 August 1968.
A film made by the Northumberland County Fire Brigade in around 1968 as part of an exercise carried out with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) off the North East coast with the Blyth and Newbiggin lifeboats.