Dates & Times

Wed 06 Nov 2024
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Estimated running time 60 minutes plus post-screening interview

On the morning of 16th December 1914, the towns of Hartlepool, Whitby, and Scarborough were bombed by German battleships from the North Sea. The bombardments caused hundreds of civilian casualties and resulted in public outrage in Britain against the German Navy for the raid and the Royal Navy for failing to prevent it. It was the first attack of World War One on British soil.

This documentary explores exactly what happened on that fateful morning, it explains why Winston Churchill referred to the Germans as “the baby killers of Scarborough”, seemingly overlooking Hartlepool and Whitby, and it shows what the government spin doctors did to save face and benefit from the atrocity.

The Baby Killers – The 1914 Bombardment of Hartlepool, Whitby & Scarborough has been produced in partnership with TVIFF, Eden Camp in Malton, and Heugh Battery in Hartlepool. The screening will feature an interview and Q&A with historian Summer O’Brien and filmmaker Mick Child.


  • Seating accessibility information


    Seat size

    Seats in the Cinema are 45cm (172/3“) wide and 46cm (18“) deep, are 40cm (152/3“) from the floor, and have 12cm (42/3“) between seats.


    Seats in the Cinema have armrests that do not fold away, and cannot be completely removed.


    Seats in the cinema have 30cm (112/3”) of legroom in front of seats, with additional legroom on row A and seats B1-B4 and B11-B14.

    Further information

    If you have any questions about accessibility our Box Office team are always happy to help and can be contacted on 01642 525199 or by emailing [email protected] - you can also tell us about your access requirements when prompted to do so during the online booking process.