The Yorkshire Film Archive collects, preserves, and shows film made in, or about Yorkshire. Our collections are non-fiction, dating from the 1890s to the present day, and providing a rich and visually compelling record of all aspects of lives, cultures, landscape, industries, major events and everyday activities, many of which are available to watch, free of charge, on our website.
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Filmmaking that is both educational and fun with this highly accomplished amateur film of the Devon coast, and its inhabitants, before it became overloaded with holidaymakers.
Documentary 1951 18 mins Silent
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This is an example of one of the high quality films made by husband and wife team Betty and Cyril Ramsden of Leeds. This film of a holiday on the Exmouth Estuary in 1951 is typical of how they transfer their natural interest in places and the occupations they foster – here fishing and boat building – into an informative and whimsical film. In this case one gets a real feel of the love of the sea, and of boating, characteristic of this island people.
Betty and Cyril Ramsden, prominent members of Leeds Cine Club, began making their large collection of films in 1945 and continued into the mid-1960s. Their film collection was made the subject of a BBC/Open University television programme, Nation on Film (2006). Cyril had a dental practice in Headingley, with his wife Betty as the secretary. They usually filmed their holidays, often with Betty providing the cinematic eye behind the camera. Here Betty sets sail in a yellow headscarf, while Cyril shows off his sea fishing skills. In this year they also managed to film a trip to the East Coast of Yorkshire, Coxwold Gymkhana and Leeds Children’s Day in Roundhay Park.
Drama 1949 22 mins Silent
Prize-winning amateur film about the fleeting affair between a housewife and a young man on a summer day.
Science Fiction 1982 16 mins Location: Ballymagowan
Alien overlords, a giant robot and cavemen… welcome to the feverish imagination of Roy Spence.
Sponsored film 1950 9 mins Location: Cambridge
A delightful road safety film set on the streets of Cambridge featuring an escaped horse with a respect for the Highway Code.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1988 5 mins Location: South Shields
Barbie dolls in pink battle khaki killing machines in a Christmas animation that cocks a snook at the “Disney Doctrine”.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1986 10 mins Location: North Tyneside
An exuberant animated short celebrates writer Sid Chaplins short story about the defiant spirit of an old miner who finds his beloved pigeon loft is under threat.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1976 10 mins Location: South Shields
A boy and his cat make mischief in the snow at South Shields in this captivating hand-drawn childrens animation created by Sheila Graber.
Current affairs 1962 4 mins Location: Exmouth
The Exmouth Players open to a full house.
News 1961 5 mins Location: Exmouth
Kay Gray of Exmouth is interviewed about her campaign to stop the transportation of tortoises.
News 1978 2 mins Silent Location: Exmouth
Floats of fancy as the townspeople of Exmouth parade for the annual carnival.
Travelogue 1947 17 mins Silent Location: Cheddar Gorge
Hitchcock went the wrong way! Head south by southwest with this travelogue from Bath to Cornwall.
News 1961 mins Silent Location: Exmouth
RNLI crew launches its lifeboat in the Exe estuary.
Sport 1976 4 mins Location: Exmouth
The Australian Women’s Team tour England in the hot summer of 1976
Industry sponsored film 1960 24 mins
A new luxury express is put through its paces. This film looks over the shoulders of the select band of craftsmen, engineers and operators, whose combined skills try to ensure that a train journey is a delightful experience.
Documentary 1973 15 mins
British Transport Films record the varied daily lives of their neighbours as seen from the high roof of their building in London’s Marylebone.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
Industry sponsored film 1957 20 mins
Illustrating the efficiency of express freight trains, and how they link manufacturers with their customers at the other end of Britain.
Documentary 1952 30 mins
Examining a day in the life of what was then the busiest railway system in the world – British Railways.
Industry sponsored film 1957 9 mins
A 1957 film examining the future for British Railways, and some of the opportunities provided by a new modernisation plan.
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