Watch this amazing footage of workers in a Sunderland shipyard

Welcome to CineSecrets! We reveal a hidden gem showing historic Sunderland on film from the collections of the North East Film Archive.

Friday, 22nd November 2019, 11:45 am
Updated Friday, 22nd November 2019, 11:45 am

You’ll see the sights and sounds, faces, changing landscapes and industries of the area. You’ll experience special events as they happened and watch everyday lives and the region’s rich past unfold on screen.

If these films spark your own memories or you spot a familiar face, let us know. Any nuggets of information, or tales about the people or the locations featured all help to tell the stories of our past.

CineSecrets is a tiny fragment of a vast catalogue of film collected and preserved by the North East Film Archive and its specialist team.

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A scene from the building and the launch of the Mocamedes.

It’s part of North East Film Archive’s major project NORTH EAST ON FILM, which will re-connect the people and communities of the region with their film heritage and provide important glimpses into our history through special screenings, events and online collections.

CineSecrets: Sunderland has been specially curated with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

To find out more about #NorthEastonFilm visit:

Our clip features the workers in a busy shipyard in the 1940s, building and launching the Mocamedes. We have 3 questions for you to think about:

Shipyard workers celebrate the successful launch of the Mocamedes.

l Which shipyard was the Mocamedes built in?

l What was unique about launching ships from this yard?

l Throughout history, how many registered shipyards did Sunderland have?Next week, we reveal the CineSecrets answers and share some of your comments.

Watch the full length film on North East Film Archive’s website here:

The launch of the Mocamedes.