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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Launch of the MV Innesmoor
Explore the gleaming new interiors of the Tyne-built cargo ship Innesmoor.
Amateur film 1954 16 mins
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The world class firm of Hawthorne Leslie celebrates another successful launch from its Hebburn shipyards as the cargo ship Innesmoor slides into the Tyne. The Hebburn Quay was affectionately known as ‘Little Aberdeen’ since the firm’s Shetland-born founder, Andrew Leslie, recruited many of his workers from North East Scotland. After the fitting-out, crew accommodation, deck and boiler equipment are recorded admiringly, before the ship embarks upon her sea trials.
This film was produced by talented filmmakers at one of the oldest cine clubs in Britain, Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers Association, which was founded by James Cameron in 1927 and still operates in the city today.
Shipbuilding on Film
Ship is Launched
Industry sponsored film 1957 7 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
The famous Swan Hunter shipyards on the Tyne grease the slipway for another stirring launch in the prosperous 1950s.
Non-Fiction 1910 8 mins
The construction and launch of the S.S. Olympic, the sister ship of the Titanic.
Royal Visit to Barrow and Launch of HMS Dominion (1903)
Non-Fiction 1903 5 mins Location: Barrow-In-Furness
Princess Louise comes to Edwardian Barrow in Furness to christen the battleship HMS Dominion.
Ship There Was
Documentary 1952 25 mins
A heart-warming tale about a Tyneside shipyard worker who dreams of a cruise on the luxury ocean liner he helps to build.
Workforce of Scott & Co. Shipyard, Greenock (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Location: Greenock
Unruly shipworkers defy direction from Mitchell and Kenyon's showmen partners.
Launch of the "Athelsultan" Built to the Order of Athel Lines Ltd, London by Smith Docks Ltd, Southbank-on-Tees
Industry sponsored film 1950 9 mins Location: Middlesbrough
Grandeur, excitement and pride for a Middlesbrough crowd at the Smiths Dock launch of a ship for the Sugar Line.
Here Comes the Bride
Amateur film 1948 16 mins Location: Hebburn
A wonderfully sophisticated take on the wedding film crafted by a Tyneside musician for his brother and a stylish bride.
Launch of M.S. Joseph R. Smallwood 11th July 1972
Industry sponsored film 1972 9 mins Location: Hebburn
The Swan Hunter shipyard celebrates the launch of a tanker built to serve the Come By Chance oil refinery in Newfoundland.
Hebburn Clegwell Boys Modern School
Amateur film 1952 13 mins Location: Hebburn
A class act on the stage as school boys in drag tackle Gilbert and Sullivan’s swashbuckling opera.
Opening of the St. Aloysius Infant School, Hebburn
Non-Fiction 1928 7 mins Location: Hebburn
A vivid portrait of a tough working Tyneside community in Hebburn at the opening of a Roman Catholic infant school.
Industry sponsored film 1963 31 mins Location: Hebburn
A spectacular send off for migrants on board the Northern Star, a new ocean liner built and launched on Tyneside.
Morecambe and Wise - Be Wise Don't Drink and Drive
Public Information Filler 1963 1 mins
Ernie tells Eric to ‘be wise’ and not drive home after their Christmas party
Shiraz: A Romance of India
Historical drama 1928 106 mins
This epic silent film, telling the ravishing, romantic story behind the Taj Mahal, has been newly restored with a sumptuous new score from Anoushka Shankar.
Building the 3rd Orpington Boy Scout Group Headquarters
Amateur film 1965 9 mins Location: Orpington
Follow construction of the new Scout Hall, from breaking ground to the finishing touch - the mounting of a moose head!
National Scoutcar Racing in Brighton
Amateur film 1967 3 mins Location: Brighton
Homemade go-karts of all colours, shapes and sizes can be seen haring along Madeira Drive in Brighton, as Scouts compete for first place.
Cyril Visits Lesney Farm Allotment and Pubs in Erith
Amateur film 1982 2 mins Location: Erith
Two classic masculine pastimes from the 1970s - allotments and pubs.
Fete at Erith
Amateur film 1979 3 mins Location: Erith
Looking down on Erith fete and across the river to East London.