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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Electricity - Power for Good
The NEEB sells an electrical future for modern homes and industries in the 1960s.
Promotional 1961 35 mins
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The North East Electricity Board suggests customers “get up to date – go electric” in a persuasive 1960s advertising film set to a jaunty musical score. The NEEB projects an image of electricity as modern, progressive and liberating, their Carliol House showrooms in Newcastle full of gleaming appliances, chrome designs, and English Electric ovens for space age cooking. Stick around for a pacy closing montage of electrical gadgetry in industry, office and home.
In the decade of the ‘Space Race’ even homes were wired for the future. The electricity supply was nationalised in 1947 and the consumer boom in electrical goods fuelled demand. New technology emphasised efficiency and productivity, a point illustrated in the impressive number of scenes of mechanised industries across the North East featured in this film by Newcastle-based Turners Film Productions - shocking pink yarn on textile looms at Paton and Baldwin’s in Darlington, giant steel rolling mills at Dorman Long in Middlesbrough, electric welding at Swan Hunters shipyard, and the “Miracle Milker” for dairy farms, promoted at the Great Yorkshire Show.
Textiles on Film
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Home movie 1937 20 mins Silent Location: Llangollen
Nellie Boote's laundry in Market Street in operation, the women dashing away with all manner of smoothing irons as clothes are sorted, mended, washed, ironed and sorted again.
Woven by Hand
Documentary 1970 11 mins Location: Macclesfield
Handloom weaving, and its place in the history of textile production.
Platt's Lap Converter
Promotional 1951 13 mins Location: Oldham
Forget the carding machine - you need a lap convertor. Puzzled? Find out more here.
Textile Factory in Redruth
News 1975 1 mins Silent Location: Redruth
Redruth Cottage Industry
News 1966 4 mins Location: Plymouth
Miniskirt - Passion and Power
Documentary 1950 58 mins Location: Wycoller
The looms of Lancashire: how the upheaval of the Industrial Revolution created the thriving textile industry.
Amateur film 1968 7 mins Location: Whitby
The bicentenary of Captain James Cook’s first epic naval voyage is celebrated by Whitby townspeople in this jubilant short film.
Whitby June-July 1945
Non-Fiction 1945 10 mins Silent Location: Whitby
Despite being shot during the closing stages of the Second World War, Whitby appears full of tranquillity and peace.
Amateur film 1958 19 mins Silent Location: Redcar
A nostalgic dip and drive around the North Yorkshire coast in the sun-kissed 50s.
By Gosh It's Hot/A Day Out at Whitby
Home movie 1964 31 mins Silent Location: Leeds
Eating, dancing in the front room, playing football in the garden, walking around Whitby, a birthday party, a wedding – just being common people, only with a Jewish twist.
Prospect of Whitby
Documentary 1965 23 mins Silent Location: Whitby
Whitby seen through the work of Frank Meadows Sutcliffe.
Stranger on the Shore: Hounds of Whitby
Short documentary 2016 11 mins Location: Whitby
The second in Michael Smith and Maxy Bianco's trilogy of films on Britain's coastal edgelands, in which they explore the spooky enchantment of Whitby.
Hovis: Boy on the Bike
Advert 1974 1 mins Location: Shaftesbury
A classic slice of British advertising history, though that hill's not as Northern as it looks...
Workforce of Parkgate Iron and Steel Co., Rotherham (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 3 mins Silent Location: Rotherham
Edwardian workers react to the camera at one of Rotherham's major employers.
Workforce of Ormerod's Mill, Great Moor Street, Bolton (1900)
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Silent Location: Great Moor St, Bolton
Eager youngsters burst out of the gates of a Victorian cotton mill.
The Henley Regatta
Sport 1901 1 mins Silent Location: Henley-on-Thames
It's the first weekend of July 1901, and high society are on the Thames
Advert 1898 1 mins Silent Location: St Pancras
An unusual farewell in this charming early film
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins
The magic of a real solar eclipse filmed by a famous magician
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