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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Martin Luther King Honorary Degree Ceremony at Newcastle University
A remarkable event the great American civil rights leader, Martin Luther King makes a powerful speech on a unique visit to Newcastle University.
Non-Fiction 1967 10 mins
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On 13th November 1967, an audience are gripped by an impromptu speech against racism, poverty and war by the great American civil rights leader, radical Baptist preacher, and holder of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, Martin Luther King, as he accepts an Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law from the Duke of Northumberland at Newcastle University.
Martin Luther King is most famously remembered for his inspirational I Have a Dream speech at the Lincoln Memorial during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, delivered to a crowd of more than 250,000 people. It is now considered one of the greatest speeches of the 20th century, and certainly influential in the passage of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964. Tragically, it was a mere five months after his Newcastle University acceptance speech that Dr Martin Luther King was assassinated in a Memphis motel in Tennessee.
Sixty-four Day Hero: A Boxer's Tale
Biopic 1985 94 mins
The turbulent life and death of championship boxer Randolph Turpin.
African Sculpture Exhibition in Weymouth
News 1979 1 mins Location: Weymouth
An African sculpture exhibition in a Weymouth school
Regent of Abyssinia in London
Non-Fiction 1924 0 mins
Abyssinian state ministers visit London during Prince Regent Haile Selassie's diplomatic tour of Europe.
Non-Fiction 1962 5 mins Location: Nottingham
Nottingham welcomes Britain's first black magistrate.
Black Sheriff of Nottingham
Magazine and Review show 1989 8 mins Location: Nottingham
He jokes that he's joined the 'chain gang' but there is more than ceremonial robes for Tony Robinson as Nottingham's first black Sheriff.
Unemployment Crisis for Birmingham West Indian School Leavers
Non-Fiction 1976 9 mins Location: Handsworth
Birmingham's lost black generation: undermined by the racism that's stifling the dynamism of a young workforce.
Newcastle upon Tyne
Never Put Off Till Tomorrow What Can be Done To-Day
Comedy 1938 6 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
It’s no use crying over spilt ink ... a cautionary comic office tale of calamity and dilly-dallying on Tyneside.
Amateur film 1965 5 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
A young boy’s generosity costs him dear when he is conned out of his mother’s cash for ice cream.
Magazine and Review show 1976 3 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
A ringside seat in Newcastle upon Tyne to see some women warriors of wrestling in a 1970s All Stars promotion.
Ivy Was Doing the Washing When They Came
Comedy 1962 12 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
A surreal 60s soapbox mockery of advertising and the traditional British washday? It’s anyone’s guess!
Clock-wise or a Good Start for the Day
Advert 2 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Start the day the Andrews way with a strikingly crisp cartoon advertising a Toon tonic in Technicolor.
City of Newcastle C.B.S. Annual Show
Amateur film 1956 7 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Bird fanciers converge in Newcastle for the annual battle of the budgies.
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
Somercotes Parish Church Sunday School Procession 1953
Home movie 1953 5 mins Location: Somercotes
The Sunday school in their Sunday best taking their message into the community.
Home movie 1960 5 mins Location: Haverfordwest/Hwlffordd
Moo, mart, marriage and spring blooms – it’s all happening in Pembrokeshire.
Malltraeth: birds observed
Home movie 1955 3 mins Location: Malltraeth
Anglesey-based artist Charles Tunnicliffe swaps brushes for a camera and offers us the chance to look a cormorant in its emerald-green eye.
A Stroll across the Severn Bridge
Home movie 1975 3 mins Location: Severn Road Bridge
Mrs Joan Elizabeth Jones and her daughter Miriam put their best feet forward and cross the bridge, a scooter taking them by surprise.
Chalk Down Farming
News 1965 5 mins Location: Ogbourne St George
Life on a Wiltshire farm.