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A Ride Through the Glens
2min 57sec

A jaunting car takes us along the roads of the Glens of Antrim, near Cushendun, to an old cottage and past a fairy tree.

Irish Travelogue
4min 21sec

A journey around Northern Ireland - from Portrush to Belfast and Bangor, featuring Richard Hayward.

Week-End Escape
7min 33sec

Amateur film from the 1930s shot by Wilfred Capper showing the activities of a group from the Youth Hostel Association of Northern Ireland.

No Credit at the Corner Shop

Don’t ask for credit at the wee shop on Havelock Street in Belfast for, as they say, a refusal often offends.

Vintage Lorry Delivering Minerals
5min 19sec

A vintage Leyland lorry takes to the roads for TBF Thompson, delivering C&C minerals. Getting it started is a real effort!
This lorry was rescued from the scrapyard some time before and it's great to see it back at work.

American-style Shopping Development at Knock
3min 7sec

Robin Walsh with developer Mr Moore on the prospects of an ‘American way of shopping’ with the development of a shopping mall in Knock. He addresses some of the local opposition and admits that plans for a bowling alley have been abandoned.

“Summer” in Bangor

Well this looks familiar... it’s summertime therefore it must be raining. Bangor pier and seafront doesn’t look too hospitable but some brave souls are venturing out.

Summer Holidays 8min 14sec

This beach hopping home movie invites you to traverse Ireland’s north coast with the Carrey family. Share in their joy as the family play to the camera, skipping with seaweed and clambering over rocks. From the sandy beach at Waterfoot to a windy stop in Donegal, every place is a chance to entertain each other. As the film ends take a last look at Larne and wave farewell for another year as the ferry takes the family back to Stranraer.

A Day Here and There: Fermanagh 12min 12sec

Maria McCann hosts this holiday programme with this episode looking at Fermanagh and all it has to offer.

Opening with - "if its excitement, fun and adventure you're after, then look no further than Fermanagh!" - McCann delves into what Ireland's lake district has to offer. John Creighton (Director of Tourism, Fermanagh), lists all the possible activities one could do in the area, however he advises that its "not a passive holiday" and there's lots to do if you're a 'holidaymaker' rather than a 'holiday taker' Not only is the location popular with Northern Irish locals, it also holds appeal for the European holiday goer.

McCann, meets Hans and Lilo Eilers, from Germany, who call it "one of the most beautiful places" that they've seen in their lives with the serenity and fishing drawing them here. Other activities found in the county include, canoeing, surfing, sailing, kayaking and exploring the Marble Arch Caves.

The Clogher Show 1967 1min 5sec

Lots of prizes to be won at the annual Clogher Show as farmers parade the best of their stock.

Balmoral Show 1962 1min37sec

Lots of things to see at the Balmoral Show including a concert by the Royal Marines Band and the finest cattle, horses and other agricultural displays.

Lord Erne Meets The Beast 36sec

At the Ulster Farmer's Mart in Enniskillen, Lord Erne meets a bull called The Beast. A fine animal no doubt in great demand for stock-breeding.
Lord Erne, or Henry George Victor John Crichton, 6th Earl Erne, KCVO (9 July 1937 - 23 December 2015), was an Anglo-Irish peer and a Lord Lieutenant of Fermanagh. He was known to his family and friends of Harry Erne.

Interview with Eddie McArdle, Cyclist 3min 01sec

An interview with cyclist Eddie McArdle, record holder of the Mizen Head to Fairhead challenge in the run-up to the attempt by Maurice Foster.

Wimbledon Players Make Predictions 4min 24sec

It’s Men’s Final Day at Wimbledon and Maurice Smyth is meeting the two top-ranking South African tennis players, Cliff Drysdale and Keith Diepraam. They had both performed very well at Wimbledon this year. Maurice asks for their predictions, and (spoiler!), they‘re both wrong. They are here to look around the factory in Monkstown where their rackets are made.

An Interview with Trevor Thompson - Footballer of the Year 1964 2min 52sec

Syd Maguire interviews Trevor Thompson after he was awarded the Ulster Footballer of the Year. Thompson is very humble about his win, sharing the credit with his Glentoran team-mates. He talks about his football career.

Around Shaftesbury Square 2min 29sec

Lovely footage of streets around Shaftesbury Square and Donegall Pass including Packenham and Fulton Streets off the Dublin Road.

Ballyclare Fair 1964 9min 8sec

Amazing film of all the goings-on at Ballyclare Fair.

Warning: Some shots may cause dizziness! Fairground rides, horse sales. Charlie Witherspoon on the whirligig. Get some yellowman, or a wee white mouse. This was a week-long fair.

Old and New Parks 1min 50sec

A sad child looks upon the tied-up old swings in Ormeau Park, while in Castlereagh, everyone is going crazy for the new park opened there. Adrienne McGuill is there to join in the fun.

The Lough Erne Cot 02min 40sec

At beautiful Lough Erne, Charlie Witherspoon looks at the history of the Lough Erne cot – a boat peculiar to Erne.

He meets John McGoldrick who was born and raised on Innisleague, an island near Lisnaskea. John has rode on cots for eleven years, transporting milk. The cot was originally made of oak. Incredibly, here we see John and his family load a tractor onto the boat.

Bangor Speedboat 01min 27sec

Join Josephine Patricia McConnell with her brother, Terence McConnell and sister-in-law, Rosie as they venture out for an exciting speed boat ride in Bangor. John Dermot Campbell who is behind the camera, married Josephine Patricia McConnell half a year later in February 1930.

The Ruffian 03min 56sec

Northern Ireland takes great pride in its boat building heritage, watch masters at work in Portaferry with news rushes from Ulster Television.

Portaferry is a home of Weatherly Yachts renowned for their quality fibreglass boats that go by the name of Ruffian. The original Ruffian was a 33ft Ocean Racer designed and built by brothers Dickie and Billy Brown in 1969-70. Most of Billy’s designs were born in creative bursts around 3am. “When I can think most clearly as at that time the ether isn’t clustered with other people’s ideas”. Ruffian was an immense success that started the remarkable family business in this film.

Trout Nursery in Armagh 03min 04sec

Charles Witherspoon visits a trout nursery in Armagh and interviews Mr Culbert of the Armagh Anglers Club. There are 250,000 baby trout ready to be released to the ten lakes the Anglers Club supplies.

Barrel-making in Derry 06min 39sec

Charles Witherspoon visits Jimmy Ramsey, one of the last coopers in Derry. Jimmy shows him how to make a barrel. In this case, an American barrel (or schook) used for whiskey. This is beautiful footage of a long-lost skill. Jimmy also talks about how he wears a copper bracelet that has cured his rheumatism.

Carving Whet-Stones on Eshbralley Mountain 02min 46sec

At the sandstone quarry on Eshbralley Mountain near Lisnaskea, Charlie Witherspoon reports on the famous Lisnaskea whet stone (or scythe stone). The stones were used to sharpen knives, blades and scythes. We see the hand-crafted process from beginning to end.

The Mulholland family had quarried this site for at least 150 years.

Lumière Frères: Queen's Bridge, Belfast 38sec

This is one of a series of actuality films shot by the French filmmakers, Auguste and Louis Lumiere, in 1897, two years after the invention of cinematography. This is the first known material filmed in Northern Ireland.

Title sourced from the Irish Film Archive

Charm of Ulster 13min 25sec

Let Walter Love be your guide as you discover the charms of this land of mountains and many waters. Travel 35 miles from Scotland to a land that inspired ballads, from the Tears of the Mountain to the Giant’s Causeway you can still enjoy many of these charms today. Temptations for tourists are peppered with displays of Ulster produce.

Picnic From Portaferry 5min

Amateur film of an outing from Portaferry across Strangford Lough.

Enchanting Portrush 7min 48sec

Sunny scenes at the seaside resort in this Northern Ireland Tourist Board footage, as families and holidaymakers are shown enjoying all the attractions of the popular location.

With its natural charms - not least its three sandy beaches - and numerous crowd-pleasing diversions, Portrush, in County Antrim, is a beloved tourist destination. In this footage we see visitors enjoying many of the entertainments it has to offer, be it the miniature train and Moon Rocket at Barry's Amusements, a frolic in the paddling pool, or donkey ride on one of the pristine beaches.

The Story of Noon’s Hole 3 min 9 sec

Charles Witherspoon climbs up out of Noon’s Hole to interview Patrick McConnell who knows the story of Dominic Noon, a Ribbonman, who was a revolutionary turned informer, murdered and tossed down the hole c. 1826.

Noon’s Hole lies about 5km northwest of the centre of Boho, in the townland of Old Barr in the parish of Devenish, County Fermanagh. It is 81m deep and Noon's body was found at a depth of 190 feet (58 m) and retrieved. The body was then carried to a chapel for a wake but local people blocked the doorway preventing entrance. The murderers of Noon were never caught despite the offer of a £100 reward.

The Rag Tree in Dungiven 3min 38sec

A wart well and a rag tree at O’Cahgan’s Tomb near Dungiven. Charlie Witherspoon tells the story of this mystical place. Rag, or clootie trees and wells are a fairly common sight in parts of Ireland. This well is said to have the cure for warts, and those seeking help must follow very particular rituals.

Repairing the Roof of Carleton’s Cottage 33sec

Thatchers work on the roof of the cottage of William Carleton, novelist and poet, who was born near Clogher in 1794. Carleton was a somewhat controversial figure who took the stories of his impoverished childhood and wrote them into ethnic sketches of poor Irish people.

Building Bendhu House 04min 13sec

Up near Ballintoy, Charlie Witherspoon visits an unusual house built by a mysterious man who declined to be interviewed or filmed. The house is still under construction and had been now for 29 years. It’s a maze of rooms with no apparent plan. The internal artwork is staggering. Now we do know the story of Bendhu House and its original owner thanks to research including the book, Bendhu and its Builders by Andrew Cowser. ‘Bendhu was the creation of Newton Penprase, a remarkable Cornish artist based in Belfast,’ explains Cowser, an architecture lecturer at Queen's University.

Heather House 36sec

Heather House is located at one of the two entrances to the grounds of Castlecoole. Here it lies in a dilapidated state but it is now part of the National Trust.

Bonamargy Friary 03min 49sec

Are you a keen historian or a ghost enthusiast? Travel to Bonamargy Friary to enjoy a tale of the mysterious Black Nun and her uncanny last wish.

These Ulster Television news rushes tell tales of Julia McQuillan, a mysterious prophet and a recluse who chose to live alone among the ruins of Bonamargy after the Friary fell out of use in the 17th century.

Angling at Lough Muck 04min 40sec

Charles Witherspoon at Lough Muck in Fairy Water, Omagh, where some well-known anglers are fishing for pike. These include Peter Tombleson and Sonny Crag of the Angling Times, alongside local Dan McCrae, Cyril Inwood and Denis Pyle. Peter talks about why they’re all here. He has high hopes as Irish fishing has so much potential and the Tourist Board is hoping they will all spread the word.

McGilloway's Way: Fish and Fishers 25min 08sec

Oliver McGilloway present's McGilloway's Way, a programme which celebrates the dramatic and beautiful landscapes surrounding Ulster.

This episode is set by the River Faughan, Co. Londonderry, waters which are rich in fish, particularly trout and salmon. All kinds of anglers "from all creeds and classes" come to the river hoping to catch fish. The main problem at the moment however, - "and one which the anglers have difficulty understanding" - is that despite the bountiful river, very little fish are being caught. Hear from the locals about their theories of why this happening, from water oxygen levels to algae!

Fishing Festival 14min 32sec

160 competitors pour into Fermanagh to snare their share of the coveted £5,000 prize. Keep a careful eye on the leader board to see if the only female competitor Shirley Saltariche makes it into the top 10. Drama and handy travel tips from the Tourist Board go hand in hand. Hotels are nestled so snugly on shore of Lough Erne you could fish out the window of your room. Ecologists may wish to have closer look at the weigh in, you’ll see no shortage of fish in the clean Fermanagh waters.

Will There be Peace in Ireland? 22sec

Unionist Sir James Craig seen here giving a speech during the lead-up to the historic negotiations which would lead to the Anglo-Irish Treaty in December of 1921.

Is it Peace? 01min 05sec

Newsreel item showing Sinn Fein delegates arriving in England for a conference on peace in Ireland. This conference, in October 1921, would lead to the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty on 6th December. Members of the delegation go to Downing Street - Arthur Griffith (head of the delegation), Michael Collins, Gavan Duffy and Erskine Childers (secretary to the delegation).

Government's Answer to De Valera 33sec

This records a crucial moment during the Anglo-Irish negotiations. On 17 October 1921 Lloyd George took the very unusual step of summoning the cabinet to Inverness. The film shows Inverness Town Hall and the Prime Minister, Lloyd George, and Churchill.

Spade-making in Fermanagh 8min 3sec

Charlie Witherspoon straddles the border in Fermanagh to meet the McMahon brothers who are traditional spade-makers. One of the brothers talks Charlie through the whole process. There are many different patterns, each area of Ireland having its own design. Is this the origin of ‘having a face like a Lurgan spade’? Great images of the foundry in action.

John Mercer: Plants in Bottles 4min 14sec

Gardening expert John Mercer talks about growing plants in bottles. John was a regular on UTV and had a column in the TV Post. Planting in bottles is a tricky business and John has created his own tools for the job.

Loughry Agricultural College Orchards 2min 54sec

Scenic shots of Loughry Agricultural College in Dungannon, which only opened its doors to male students in 1962. Prior to that it had been the Ulster Dairy School and catered only for female students providing two main courses on poultry keeping, dairy and rural housewifery. Here we see the establishment of an orchard and some pruning techniques.

Kitchen Garden: A Cabbage May Look at a King 12min 13sec

Apart from the advantage of cutting your food expenses, there is nothing tastier or healthier than using the freshest ingredients for the kitchen table straight from your own garden. In this episode of Kitchen Garden, gardening team David and Philip advise of how to grow and care for different varieties of veg in Brassicaceae family – red cabbage, Brussels sprouts (yes, they do come from Belgium!) and the hardy member of the family, the Savoy. Join kitchen garden experts Davis Wilson, Philip Woods and Jenny Bristow and learn lots of useful tips, tricks and recipes to make sure you get the tastiest produce from your plot and on your table.

A Bar in the Student Union? 3min 30sec

Charles Witherspoon at Queen’s investigates the shocking proposal of a bar in the Student’s Union. Opinions are divided. The Bursar, however, is all for the idea; he feels that a bar in the Union will allow the university to supervise the students drinking better.

19th Century Meals at the Windsor Restaurant 2min 28sec

Jimmy Greene is served ‘King William Champ’, a 19th Century dish. Mr Harry Toner, owner of the Windsor restaurant, explains it’s part of a promotion for a competition that also includes the waitresses wearing 19th Century uniforms.

‘Happy Event’ Maternity Wear Shop Opens 5min 47sec

The opening of a maternity wear shop in Howard Street, Belfast. ‘Happy Event’ brought a new sense of style for pregnant ladies. Jimmy Greene visits the shop and meets Mrs Diane Berber, the proprietor and designer, who explains the range of garments and why the need for such a shop exists in Belfast. Mr Berber talks of the importance of a range of clothing for expectant mothers.

Producing Local Honey 08min 52sec

A film of the entire process of bee-keeping and honey making. It is a delicate process that produces some of the most beautiful honey in the world.

Red Deer in Caledon 01min 04sec

Beautiful footage of red deer in Caledon.

The Red Deer is the last remaining Native deer to Ireland. The great Irish Elk and the Reindeer were also once native here. The Red Deer is now the largest land mammal. The other species of deer in Ireland, such as fallow deer and sika deer, have been introduced for hunting or farming.

Restocking Tempo River with Trout 25sec

Restocking Tempo River with Trout

The North Coast in Colour 02min 11sec

Beautiful colour film of the north coast of Northern Ireland. Possibly the first colour film made by UTV.

Millbridge Waterwheel, Ballynahinch 03min 15sec

Near Ballynahinch, Leslie Dawes visits a wonderful working water-wheel, still in use at Millbridge. A beautiful film of the last of the water-wheels at a seed mill owned by Mr Harris. Mr Harris has owned the mill for 40 years and the wheel has been in use since the mill opened in 1816. He values the money the wheel saves him.

Visiting The Moy 07min 02sec

Charles Witherspoon visits The Moy in Tyrone which is a historical village famous for its horse fair. Charlie takes a look at the courthouse erected by Lord Charlemont and the story of how it moved around the village. Sadly, Charlie reports on the closure of the Petty Court and meets some of the locals who remember the olden days. Mrs Whitley recalls the horse fairs. Mr Peter Tohill’s father was a magistrate who saw over a fair few cases.

The Mater Hospital 01min 29sec

Exterior shots of the beautiful Mater Hospital and images of the nurses and nuns at work inside, taking care of the patients.

Nurses Prize-Giving at the Royal 01min 23sec

Prize-giving for the new nurses at the Royal Victoria Hospital.

The Open Door 21min 16sec

Witness the changing face of psychiatric care in this hospital sponsored public information film.
Follow the six-week journey to recovery of a fictional patient in the real Gransha Psychiatric Hospital. This film is written and directed by John Hume, the principle architect of the Good Friday Agreement and a leading figure in the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland. Glimpse the recreational, occupational and industrial therapies that indicate the gradually changing attitudes and provision for the treatment of mental illness in the Derry hospital.

Mitchell and Kenyon - Tram Ride Through Belfast 02min 13sec

Street scenes shot from a moving tram. Shoppers, bicycles and the occasional horse and cart can be seen.

Bullet-throwing at The Moy 03min 52sec

Charlie Witherspoon learns all about the art of bullet-throwing (road bowls). Mr Shannon explains that rules for gambling within the sport. Sean Cartmill and Harry Toal compete in a Score and lots of money changes hands. Throwing over 3 miles. CW interviews Harry Toal on his training regime and how he throws. The ball weighs 1 ¾ lbs.

Mudplugging on Slieve Croob 04min 23sec

What is mudplugging? Good question! Mudplugging is a competition to get through 12 off road sections (six done twice). A section is usually 150 meters long and is laid out over rough, muddy, wet and difficult terrain. Ideal land would be a quarry, hillside scrub land, rough farm land, sand pit or a forest. The sections are laid out over rough terrain and marked out with stakes (red on left & white on right).

Each section is divided up by 10 gates all numbered 10 down to 0, and the objective is for the driver to negotiate all of the sections without touching a marker. Each section is judged by an observer who follows each competitor through the section, and the driver with the lowest total marks on the day wins.

The sections are driven generally at walking pace and in 1st gear, as the gates are specifically laid out on hills and hollows with plenty of mud and some water thrown in, there is only one competing car in the section at any time. The passenger has a special role – using his weight and bumping up and down to get car over rough spots. Some heavy clutch action!

Milestones or Millstones: Coming of St Patrick
12min 50sec

Paul Clark leads a conversation with Prof. F. J. Bryne (University College Dublin) as they explore the topic of Saint Patrick and how the early Christian Church was formed in Ireland.

Saul Pilgrimage 05min 23sec

This traditional pilgrimage on St Patrick's Day has recently been re-established.

Making Replicas of St Patrick’s Grave 02min 56sec

Jimmy Greene visits Down Cathedral and the grave of St Patrick. He interviews Lesley Hanna, retired journalist, about his business making small replicas of the gravestone. He came upon the idea after visiting the holy site himself and finding no souvenirs available to bring his wife.

The replicas are made of ground Mourne granite and plaster of Paris. Schoolboy Alan Leahy paints the replicas, following his day at school, before they are sold.

The main markets include visitors to the grave, as well as customers in England, Scotland and America.

Suffragettes calling for arrest of Bonar Law and Carson 42sec

This newsreel shows a suffragette march in London. This clip (especially 04:13 - 04:55) shows that Nationalist and Liberals were not the only opponents Unionists and Conservatives faced. Both Andrew Bonar Law (leader of the Conservative opposition) and Sir Edward Carson (leader of the Irish Unionists) opposed votes for women and this was the reason why suffragettes called for their arrest. However, neither Herbert Asquith (the Liberal Prime Minister) nor John Redmond (leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party) would come out in favour of votes for women. It was not until November 1918 that women were given the vote

Miss TV Post Finalists 1965 04min 28sec

Glamorous ladies compete for the title of Miss TV Post. Here we see the contestants getting ready for the big event and learn a little about what each of them works as. Nothing says glam like rounding up the cattle!

The TV Post was a programme listings magazine. It was the Northern Ireland variation of the TV Times.

'Women In Construction and Non-Traditional Sectors' campaign 11min 45sec

News conference at the Women's Tec, on the launch of 'Women in Construction and Non-Traditional Sectors', a campaign to encourage and facilitate more women to work in the construction sector.

Features a variety of speakers at the press conference and interviews. Shots showing the 'Women in Construction' campaign posters and marketing materials.

Second part of the film features a woman carpenter at work, she is interviewed as an advocate for more women to join the construction industry.

Lesser Spotted Ulster: MacNean 25min 28sec

Joe Mahon is in southwest of Fermanagh. First, we’ll have a look at Lough MacNean, a large freshwater lake on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Somewhere in the middle of it three counties meet - Cavan, Fermanagh and Leitrim. Lower Lough MacNean the smaller eastern lake, is wholly within County Fermanagh. Upper Lough MacNean, the larger western lake, is split between Fermanagh, County Cavan and County Leitrim. On the strip of land between the two lakes are the villages of Belcoo (Fermanagh) and Blacklion (Cavan).

Joe Mahon visits a local farmer and tries out his traditional methods while enjoying the wonderful landscape that surrounds the lough. We will also get a taster of what it’s like to be in an old pagan sweathouse. Having enjoyed the beauty of the world above, Joe ventures downwards into the mysterious world of limestone caves, stalagmites and stalactites.

Such unique way of exploring local histories would not be possible without the local people and their wisdom, warmth and wit.

Whose Land, The Bogland? 26min 12sec

The bog lands occupy a unique place in Northern Irish life.

Elemental, mysterious, home to a multitude of bog mosses and heathers that have evolved over millennia, this natural resource has been cultivated for centuries by countless generations of farmers and turf producers.

However, modern technology and processes have rendered a drastic change in how peat is extracted and, some would argue, impacted negatively on livelihoods, wildlife and the landscape.

Mod Fashion on Sandy Row 01min 13sec

A couple of youths walk into a Sandy Row clothes shop and try on some mod clothes in May 1966, at the peak of the Mod era.

Super 8 Stories Extra Footage: The Last Working Saturday on the Derry Line
11min 30sec

The 14 February 1965, saw the last Saturday train on the GNR line from Portadown to Derry via Dungannon and Omagh. This clip shows footage of the line known as the “Derry Road”

Kennedy's Bakery Fruit Loaf Production 08min 29sec

Stage by stage in the creation of a fruit loaf.

The bakers of J.B. Kennedy's toil to produce all manner of doughy delights, not least their famous fruit loaf!

The Griddle Queen 1964 05min 25sec

James Boyce at Goldstone Hall for the Griddle Queen of Northern Ireland competition. James interviews Mrs Boucher on how the competition gives the 'older ladies' something to do. All competitors must be over 65. The requirements that make up a good soda farl include colour, texture, flavour and shape. There is quite the discussion about what makes a good soda. The winner is...Mrs Robinson who seems slightly non-plussed by her cape and crown.

Message in a Bottle 11min 49sec

A story of a couple, Lyndy Stewart and Gordon Stewart, reunited after Lyndy’s love message in a bottle brought the couple back together. The message was recovered by Brian McCann, a self-proclaimed lover of love, who delivered the love notes to its intended recipient and helped to rekindle Lyndy’s and Brian’s relationship.

Super 8 Stories: 1939 Wedding 04min 36sec

Geoff Goldsbrough looks back at footage of his parents' wedding and of their reception at Belfast Castle in 1939. This is followed by scenes of his parents at his own wedding in the 1960s. This clip appeared in Series 1, Programme 1 of Super 8 Stories.

Portadown Couples
04min 46sec

Two couples from Portadown (Jim and Georgie Lyttle and Rodney and Pamela Lynas) recall their memories of getting married in the 1960s and starting families with fun footage of their days out together. This clip appeared in Series 2, Programme 3 of Super 8 Stories

Belfast City and Countryside 04min 24sec

A 1920s look at the countryside that surrounds Belfast.

Landmarks of Lisburn 05min 46sec

Take a tour through the Lisburn of yesteryear.
This evocative film takes us on a delightful expedition into Lisburn's past. There are familiar streets and buildings, but also places that have changed beyond recognition, or disappeared altogether.

The History of Enniskillen 04min 43sec

Charles Witherspoon visits Enniskillen and explores its interesting history from the 16th century to present, moving from war to modern commerce. He laments the lack of support for tourism in the area.

A One-Man Bus in Fermanagh 31sec Silent

All aboard the Fivemiletown to Tempo bus as it sets off on a snowy journey. Changing times, this bus has only a driver and his new ticket machine. No more conductors!

Amphicar in action

A road-water car that allows its owner to cross Strangford Lough.

Flying BEA: Nutts Corner to Heathrow 10min 46sec

Flights take off and land at Nutts Corner, featuring BEA Viscount and Vanguard craft. The footage follows one flight from boarding to landing at Heathrow, including on-board footage from inside the cockpit, its return to Nutts Corner, and in-flight shots of passengers and crew. People watch the planes landing from a viewing area at Heathrow. Nutts Corner operated as an airport from the 1920s until 1963.

Lace-making in Fermanagh 05min 21sec

Charles Witherspoon visits Mrs Annie Ward at Carrickwick in Fermanagh to learn about lace-making. Beautiful film of Mrs Ward at her craft by an open fire but unfortunately we don’t get to hear her story. Charlie interviews John Lees in Enniskillen who runs a shop that sells the lace. He laments the lack of interest of younger folk in learning the skill.

An Expedition in the Mournes 11min 42sec

A group of men, women and child explore the Mourne Mountains. They go rock-climbing, map-reading and have a picnic, before going back to the Youth Hostel and having a sing-song in front of the fire. Up again the next day, after a solid breakfast, they have more adventures in the mountains. Beautiful footage of the Mournes and surrounding countryside.

Haggis Hurling 05min 33sec

Did you hurl haggis for Northern Ireland in 1980? If you missed your chance you can train for the next World Championships with this helpful news story. Hagrarian Robin Dunseath guides us through the rules and relics of this ancient tradition before having a hurl. Will reporter Gerry Kelly manage to keep his dignity as he clambers onto a whiskey barrel to address the heather? Wait for the sound of the haggis hooter to find out.

The Old Chemists 02min 39sec

Charlie Witherspoon visits Maginnis’s Chemists, the oldest chemists in Derry and possibly in Ireland. Established by Sir John Maginnis who was also the Mayor of Derry, this chemist’s still makes pills and tonics the old way. He meets Mr Ferguson, the Managing Director, who shows him some wonderful old documents.

Working on the Flu Vaccine 01min 06sec

A doctor and his assistant at the Royal Victoria Hospital work on the flu vaccine for this year’s (1966) virus.

A Spoonful of Sugar 37sec

Wee ones receiving their polio vaccinations on sugar lumps. Polio was a major cause of death in children in the early to mid-20th century. In the 1950s, outbreaks of the disease killed or paralysed millions of children and adults. At the time of this film, two vaccines had been created. One was administered by injection, but the other, developed by Albert Sabin, was orally ingested via a sugar cube.

Super 8 Stories: The Big Freeze

07min 52sec

In the winter of 1963 Northern Ireland was brought to a standstill under blizzard conditions with the snow playing havoc with daily life for weeks to come. Such was the severity of the conditions that this period would always be henceforth referred to as 'The Big Freeze'. Combining amateur film from a wealth of different sources across the country and interviews with the people who shot it we are able to see how this this event affected the people of Northern Ireland. From the seriousness of the situation in Castlewellen where the whole town was cut off and needed supplies delivered by helicopter to the fun side of things with people driving a Mini across the frozen waters of Lough Erne, as well as hearing the thoughts of Dennis Tuohy who was a television weatherman of the time. This clip appeared in Series 3, Programme 4 of 'Super 8 Stories'.

Skating on Ballysaggart (Newsview)

01min 58sec

The frozen waters of Dungannon's 'Black Lough' call to the adventurous and the ridiculous in this extraordinary video. Dogs, dancers and the daring alike make the most of the freak conditions, with local man PG McQuaid even testing the ice in his Mini!

Beginning just after Christmas 1962, 'The Big Freeze' was the toughest winter Northern Ireland ever had to deal with – with an average temperature across the whole season of 1.51°C. And it was no mere icy snap, the freeze lasted days, then weeks, hitting -15 degrees Celsius in late-January.This material is Courtesy of the UTV Archive.

Super 8 Stories Extra Footage: Arctic Antics

09min 15sec

During the Big Freeze of 1963 not everything came to a halt and one hardy bunch of cyclists endured the extreme conditions to have fun in the winter landscape. This is the original unedited footage which was used in the making of the Super 8 Story, 'Winter Fun in the Big Freeze'.

Super 8 Stories Extra Footage: Christmas 1955

06min 34sec

A record of a family preparing for Christmas in 1950s Northern Ireland. Filmed by award-winning amateur film-maker, Gordon McKnight, we follow his family through from the writing of Christmas lists and acquiring the tree through to the big day itself. Sections of this footage were used in the Super 8 Stories Christmas Special.

Christmas Checklist: Visit Santa's Reindeers

01min 51sec

The Digital Film Archive looks back at Christmas traditions - next up is visiting Santa's reindeers out in the snow!

Hanging stockings for Santa


Christmas Eve, 1964 and Brian and David are getting ready for Santa's visit. They leave out notes and fix a stocking each to the mantlepiece.

Super 8 Stories: Christmas Special
28min 37sec

Special seasonal episode of the Northern Ireland home movies series, Super 8 Stories.

Super 8 Stories Extra Footage: A Child's Christmas
13min 51sec

Short film by Gordon McKnight of a 1960s family Christmas with shots of Belfast shops and putting up decorations around the house, as well as opening the presents on Christmas Day. This is the original unedited footage which was used in the making of the Super 8 Story, 'The McKnight Family at Christmas' and sections of it were also used in the Super 8 Stories Christmas Special.

Super 8 Stories Extra Footage: Shopping Centre Santa
07min 41sec

Comber brothers, Noel and Roy Spence, were born on Christmas Day, grew up to be national award-winning film-makers and also spent half of each year designing and building Santa's Grottos for shopping centres and department stores across Northern Ireland. It was only natural then that they combined these interests to shoot this wonderful film of an early 1980s Grotto they built for Ards Shopping Centre on 16mm film. It stands now as testament to a lost time when stores and centres throughout the land pulled out all the stops in conjuring up winter wonderlands for children to visit Santa in. Sections of this footage were used in the Super 8 Stories Christmas Special.


07min 29sec

Take a nostalgic trip back in time to visit one of the Belfast's most beloved shops, Leisureworld.

Situated on Queen's Street, Leisureworld was a Belfast institution. The toy shop opened its doors on the 9th September 1976 and was a popular birthday and Christmas destination for generations of Northern Irish children. It closed in April 1998.

Belfast Christmas market


Shoppers gather at one of the markets in Belfast to buy their Christmas needs - vegetables, Christmas trees, holly and turkeys. One man is selling turkeys from a trailer and we see people picking their tree for the festive season.

Highdays & Holidays: Festive Fare

25min 12sec

Aromas of festive fare preparations and the Christmas cake baking in the oven are probably the best part of the build-up to Christmas day. From the warm and spicy atmosphere of her country kitchen Jenny prepares a mouth-watering array of food and drink for the festive season such as homemade mincemeat for mince pies, two-fruit Christmas cake, stilton and apple strudel, yule log and a drink with a difference.

Ella Fitzgerald in Belfast

02min 10sec

Arriving and disembarking at Aldergrove Airport, Ella Fitzgerald is interviewed by Jimmy Greene ahead of her first Belfast concert.

Plane and Train Passengers

02min 28sec

A clip from Norman Stockton's programme about the UTV archives.


Features an airplane landing at Belfast International Airport with further scenes showing the early flight glamour of the 1960's as passenger disembark in their finest travel clothes. Further travel is required for some passengers with shots of train travel shown.

Amelia Earhart landing in Derry
03min 35sec


Amateur film of Amelia Earhart and her plane in Gallagher's field in Co. Londonderry.

A Sense of Tradition: The Last Wolf

14min 53sec


Using the methods of re-enactment, time markers and maps, and by visiting current day locations, presenter Oliver McGilloway embarks on the fantastical, fascinating story of Ireland - from the time of the last wolf to the Great Famine. Carrying on from the previous episode of Celts and Vikings, we begin in the market town of Dungiven, County Londonderry.

The Last Pinta

9min 1sec


Footage shot of the final day's work carried out by a Newtownards milkman before his retirement. We join him on his last round in his milk float shot by his sons and show footage of the milk float being transported to its new home at the Ulster Transport Museum. This is the original unedited footage which was used in the making of the Super 8 Story, 'The Last Milk Round'

The Last Horse-Drawn Tram in Ireland

21min 39sec


As steam and horses give way to diesel and electric, witness the last horse drawn tram in Ireland.

Can you spot the gunpowder van in the bustling Belfast traffic? A. H. Martin captures the changing face of transport with enthusiastic detail. Jaunting cars that taxi passengers zip past. You can see the soft path of ash sprinkled on the tracks to protect the horse’s hooves. Glimpse the rusting shells of steam engines as diesel powered trains sprint across Northern Ireland. The last train to grace your screen starred alongside Sean Connery in The First Great Train Robbery.

Super 8 Stories: Farewell Voyage of the Queen Mary

04min 10sec

Travel agent Richard Bryson and his wife Sophy tell us the story of how they came to be on the final transatlantic passenger service of the Queen Mary liner as it sailed to New York and back again for the last time with scenes from their stay in 1960s New York.

Ulster Sails West

27min 12sec

A patriotic take on the Ulster-Scot emigration to North America and how these "stubborn people" shaped America and its politics.

Ulster Sails West explores Northern Ireland’s links with America. Inspired by Marshall’s Ulster Sails West (1943), the programme demonstrates the extensive influence of Ulster-Scots in various aspects of life in America. Telling the story of the quarter of a million Ulster Scots who “fled from persecution and poverty at home” the ballad takes us on a journey through their history. Presenter Charles Witherspoon’s narrative is illustrated by Rowel Friers’s paintings.

From Here to the


13min 54sec

From Here... to the White House traces the links between the north of Ireland and America, not least the fact that some 17 American Presidents have an tangible connection to Ulster. More widely, the film tells the story of the quarter of a million Ulster Scots who emigrated to America in the 18th century - the lives they left behind and their hopes of making a home in the new world. Now a generation has returned to Ulster in search of their roots.

Film Makers - Sharon Adams

06min 58sec

In celebration of Northern Ireland’s rich craft landscape, past and present, Sharon Adams was one of five makers invited to produce new work in response to heritage footage from Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive.

Returning home to Northern Ireland after 25 years in S.E England, Sharon now works from her rural home and studio in County Antrim, using traditional craft skills to make one-off sculptural pieces and small editions.

Using wood, metal and textiles, she makes functionless tools which invite the viewer to imagine what they might be for and comments on the value of skilled making

Natural Selection: South for the Winter

25min 32sec

Looking at the age old ritual of wild geese migrating for winter.

Huge flocks of wild geese come south for our winter, down from the frozen wastes that were their breeding grounds, during the brief period of the Arctic summer.

Corfield's Camera Factory – Ballymoney

12min 41sec

K. G. Corfield Ltd was an innovative camera and lens manufacturing company, originally based in Wolverhampton. In January 1959 the company moved from Wolverhampton to Ballymoney and had to recruit and train almost an entirely new workforce. Corfield was the only company to ever manufacture cameras in Ireland.
Ulster Richer and Rarer 17min 08sec Dying crafts brought back to life in colour film. Take a privileged peek at scarce-seen parts of the province and the dying arts that sustain its people.

Probe Ulster’s byways to experience it’s traditions, from sculpting curbstones out of the Mourne cliffs to hand carving a shillelagh in the backyard. Meet one of the last surviving cottage weavers as disappearing skills are captured in glorious colour. Even the kelp making process is re-enacted from memory for the Governor’s camera. Prehistoric stone circles, archaic agricultural implements and the Brontë ancestral home, this film is full of curious sights.

Natural Selection: The Bat People

24min 18sec

Not a programme about a race or vampires, but another episode of the endlessly informative documentary series. This time, its bats, bats, bats, getting close to a much-maligned mammal and dispelling a few myths. There are many species of bats in Ireland, including Leisler's bat, which is rare elsewhere in the world, and the Lesser Horseshoe, our most vulnerable bat, a little critter no bigger than a plum. Watching this footage, you're sure to find yourself falling for them all - as well as learning a few important lessons about how to deal with bats.


6 min 25sec

Heart-warming animation of a nocturnal moth who discovers sunlight after endless nights bathed only in the glow of the streetlamp.

‘Lucas’ is a thing of beauty. It is a film about finding the light in darkness and about finding hope in the world around you, even when that doesn’t seem possible.