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THE CHEMICAL INDUSTRY - THE WHITE HEAT OF TECHNOLOGY
Chemical plant
Travel back in time to the chemical industries that made Teesside in the North East of England world famous in the 1950s. Relive the white heat of technology.
Chemical plant (Find out about the history of the chemical industry in Teesside) Wires (watch a film about the building of the Billingham Petro-chemical plant) Chemical pipes (Take a film tour of the Billingham plant)
FULL CLIP LIST

A Trip Around the Labs - Jobs For the Boys and Girls (1950s/b&w/sound)
Inside ICI's Billingham plant, looking at the labs and products from cement to complex chemicals." (2 minutes 51 seconds ©NRFTA)

From School to Work - Jobs for the Boys and Girls (1950s/b&w/sound)
One Teesside school boy makes the transition from school to the workplace in this entertaining film made by ICI. (1 minute 50 seconds ©BBC)

Sodium Cyanide Production - The End of a Process (1930s/b&w/sound)
Chemical workers wearing protective masks as they work with sodium for the last time at ICI's Billingham works. (3 minutes 24 seconds ©ICI Film Collection)

The Chemical Plant - Just Billingham 19 (1940s/b&w/sound)
A day in the life of the chemical plant at Billingham in the late 1940s. (6 minutes 43 seconds ©ICI Film Collection)

Long Service Awards - Just Billingham 11 (1947/b&w/sound)
Billingham chemical workers getting their long service awards. (1 minute 16 seconds ©ICI Film Collection)

Apprentices - The Way Ahead (1947/b&w/sound)
Apprentices at ICI's Billingham Training School try their hand at work in the chemical industry. (3 minutes 36 seconds ©ICI Film Collection)

Apprentices - Just Billingham 24 (1948/b&w/sound)
The apprentices at ICI Billingham take their first steps to a job in the chemical industry. (2 minutes 36 seconds ©ICI Film Collection)

A New Chemical Plant - One for the Road (1950s/b&w/sound)
The journey of a giant truck carrying a huge chemical plant tower to the new Billingham chemical plant. (8 minutes 33 seconds ©ICI Film Collection)

Chemical Convoy - One for the Road (1950s/b&w/sound)
Crowds lining the route of a giant truck carrying a massive chemical column to the new chemical factory at Billingham. (3 minutes 17 seconds ©ICI Film Collection)

The Factory - Building Billingham (1933/b&w/silent)
The building of the £1/4 million petrol plant at Billingham in the early 1930s. (5 minutes 16 seconds ©ICI Film Collection)

Tank Farm - Building Billingham (1933/b&w/silent)
Building the tank farm - the ICI chemical plant comes to Teesside. (1 minute 39 seconds ©ICI Film Collection)

The Petrol Plant - Building Billingham (1933/b&w/silent)
Images of trains, cooling towers and men working on the petrol tanks including aerial shots. (2 minutes 23 seconds ©ICI Film Collection)

Preparations & Arrival - Queen's visit to Stockton (1956/b&w/sound)
Teesside prepares for a royal visit including images of crowds, children being brought in by train, soldiers, nurses and civic dignitaries. (5 minutes 58 seconds ©ICI Film Collection)

Crowds welcome the Queen - Queen's visit to Stockton (1956/colour/sound)
Crowds welcoming the Queen to Stockton on her 1956 visit to the ICI chemical plant. (2 minutes 16 seconds ©ICI Film Collection)

The Queen visits a Chemical Plant - Queen's visit to Stockton (1956/colour/sound)
The Queen opening ICI's Wilton chemical plant on Teesside in the mid 1950s. (3 minutes 30 seconds ©ICI Film Collection)

Chemical Factory - Glaxo (1950/colour/sound)
A look at the facilities and staff in the Barnard Castle Glaxo Laboratory , including the sterilisers." (3 minutes 28 seconds ©BBC)



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