The North East Film Archive is one of a network of regional film archives established to collect, preserve and show film made in, or about the North East of England. Our collections are non-fiction, and date from the early 1900s to the present day, providing a rich record of life in the region over the 20th century. Many of our films are available to watch, free of charge, on our website.
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Children's Outing to Northumberland 2
Jewish children enjoy the warm Northumbrian sunshine as the rise of Fascism in Europe threatens peacetime.
Amateur film 1937 2 mins Silent
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As war looms in Europe in the 1930s, a wonderful Kodachrome colour home movie captures a carefree holiday in the Northumbrian sunshine for Jewish families from Newcastle. Theres no hint of troubles to come as children celebrate their new toys and enjoy free ice creams.
This film is one of two films in monochrome and colour that record a Northumbrian outing for children (although the location is unidentified), featured in a rare collection of footage by five amateur filmmakers active in the life of the vibrant Jewish community in Newcastle between 1937 and 1962.
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