On Thursday 16th May 2013, Enter CIC visited the North East Film Archive based at Teesside University. The North East Film Archive is the public sector moving image archive for the North East of England. The reason for our visit was to source some original film footage to accompany our new song entitled, ‘Underneath the Banners’. Upon our arrival at the North East Film Archive, we were warmly greeted by David Parsons (Archive Coordinator), Graham Relton (Manager YFA & NEFA) and Susanna Huber (Information Officer NEFA). In the picture to the right David is holding the original film footage which we have licensed for The Wind Road Boys.
David Parsons kindly gave us a tour of the vaults and enthusiastically explained about the different reels of footage and the cataloging system. It was simply amazing to walk around the different aisles which hold thousands of film reels ranging from films made by the early film pioneers of the late 1890s, to recent footage of changing landscapes and life across Yorkshire and the North East of England.
The North East Archive holds 33,000 titles and is the first port of call for TV companies and broadcasting houses. The archive is a fantastic place and it is simply breathtaking to see how much footage they have which captures and records important events. However, a relatively small percentage of footage in their collection is catalogued and annotated, so there is so much valuable history still waiting to be discovered. Places such as this are imperative for keeping our heritage alive.
Upon hearing what we were looking for David Parson immediately recommended some footage from 1951 – 1955. We were delighted when we watched the footage as it captures some very special moments from the Durham Miners’ Gala in the early 1950s. It is extra special because it was filmed by a gentleman called Edward Roberts who resided in South County Durham.
We would like to extend our thanks to David and his colleagues for helping us to find such special and unique footage. We know you are all going to be mesmerised by it when you see the production.
Look out for the North East Film Archive Calendar. Each week the calendar will bring you sixty seconds of archive film footage to remind you of the people, places, traditions and events that makes the North East so special. Take a look below for this week’s calendar.