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A Great Day
The most modern, integrated steel works in Europe are at Llanwern, Newport, and they are opened on this “great day” (26/10/1962) by the Queen who is visiting with Prince Philip.
Industry sponsored film 1962 17 mins
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26/10/1962: The Queen, opening Richard Thomas and Baldwins’ new Spencer Works at Llanwern, Newport, is “greatly impressed” by what she sees: tipplers, stacker, coke ovens, quenching tower and blast furnaces. 40 miles of hedgerow have been sacrificed, replaced by 39 miles of railway track and 27 miles of road but, as RTB’s Chair points out, despite the destruction and construction (involving 10 million bricks), ducks and swans are still present at ponds on site.
Queen Elizabeth II
Amateur film 1965 11 mins Location: Bearsden
The Queen and Prince Philip enjoy a day out in the Glasgow suburbs in this sumptuous 1960s amateur film, complete with pipe band, flag-waving schoolchildren and very big hats.
Documentary 1956 13 mins Location: Leith
Colourful commemoration of Royal Yacht Britannia's majestic visit to Leith in 1956, courtesy of Messrs Joseph and J Arthur Rank.
Non-Fiction 1955 11 mins Silent Location: Stranraer
Visit Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway, with a Royal accompaniment as the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh visit in 1955, enjoying an agricultural show and pageant along the way.
Amateur film 1965 3 mins Silent Location: Leith
The Queen and Prince Philip arrive in style on the splendid Royal Yacht Britannia to open the 10th Edinburgh International Festival in a glorious amateur film from the 1960s.
Amateur film 1953 2 mins Silent Location: Stormont
An unforgettable day for Lady Wakehurst as the glamorous new monarch delights the crowds at Stormont
Amateur film 1953 1 mins Silent Location: Belfast
Balmoral show grounds bulge with a frenzy of excited youths. Join them in their pursuit the royal car if you too are eager to get a glimpse of the new monarch.
Flat Rolled Products of Richard Thomas & Baldwins Limited Flat Rolled Products of Richard Thomas & Baldwins Limited
Advert 1960 22 mins Location: Ebbw Vale/Glyn Ebwy
A cinematic catalogue of the flat rolled steel products of Richard Thomas and Baldwins, showing some of their typical applications - car parts, cooker hobs, tins, wheelbarrows.
1955 17 mins Location: Brighton
Kids face the closure of their Brighton playground but fight back to reclaim it, with a little help from the iconic Volks Railway
Children's 1954 59 mins Location: Goudhurst
Child actor Mandy Miller shines in this children's adventure set in the traditional hop picking season in Kent.
Short documentary 2020 19 mins
All Andy and Ben want to do is play basketball. When they join the under 16s league the boys and their new teammates take on opponents from around Yorkshire, and the challenges of growing up in inner city Leeds.
Musical 2019 13 mins
Exploring the conversation black people face when communicating their racial experience to white partners through a dynamic fusion of dance and dialogue.
Drama 2021 9 mins
Penny is experiencing post-millennium angst in Manchester. She is on the verge of a mental breakdown. Overweight and on the edge, an ordinary visit to the doctor becomes extraordinary.
Drama 2020 10 mins
A short but poignant piece on what it feels like to lose faith and trust in a friend.
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