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19876 Visit of King Queen Gateshead 08 copy

We're delighted to welcome you to our updated and enhanced website for the North East Film Archive. We hope that you'll enjoy exploring the site, which features a selection of great films from our collection - free to view online - including documentaries, newsreels, advertisements, and home movies.

We're always interested to hear about any film collections featuring the North East of England, so please don't hesitate to get in touch.

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19876 Visit of King Queen Gateshead 08 copy

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Local History Month 2015

Thursday 28th May

Back by popular demand! Don’t miss our repeat screening of ‘Middlesbrough on Film: Take 2’ at Middlesbrough Town Hall, another chance to experience this specially selected and curated screening: a window onto Middlesbrough and Teesside of old, reflecting the town and its people from the 1930s through to the 1970s.


This is VE-Day 1945

That's me in the pictures!

May 1945

12585 VE Day in Gateshead

You can almost hear the Victory cheers in this gorgeous colour film. 70 years ago, on May 8 1945, VE Day is declared by Churchill. War in Europe is over. The celebrations begin! In Gateshead the streets are decked out in red, white and blue. Everyone gathers for street parties, dancing, jellies and Spam sandwiches, and women wave defiant teapots after years of wartime blackouts, bombs and ration cards.

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12585 VE Day in Gateshead

Guest Pick

John Rostron

1976 | Film No. 13201

As Executive Director of The Washington Trust (North East), John Rostron has selected a poignant film that celebrates the heritage of a now lost age of steam and mining, and the spirit of mining communities in the Washington area before the rise of the New Town.

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w13201 Dont Forget

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1948 | Film No. 13051

They don't make 'em like this anymore! Teesside shipbuilding offers hope to two teenage stowaways who creep onto a ship in the dead of night as a short cut to a seafaring life. This cautionary (and very jingoistic) tale for apprentices was filmed at Smith’s Dock on Middlesbrough’s South Bank, with a commentary by the legendary radio host Wilfred Pickles.

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Back by Popular demand: Middlesbrough on Film – Take 2

May 28, 2015

Back in October 2014 over 475 people crammed into the Town Hall for the first Middlesbrough on Film Take 2 event, part of Discover Middlesbrough festival, if you want to relive the experience or if you missed out last time, this is your last opportunity to be part of this popular event. Read more

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Berwick Infirmary Cup Final & Snapshots in Berwick

1928-1929 | Film No. 14584

A rare snapshot of Berwick-upon-Tweed during 1928 and 1929 with some lively May Fair celebrations.

14584 Berwick Infirmary Cup Final Snapshots of Berwick 1929

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