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1934 Spirits from the Vasty Deep
A new baby holidays with London-based lawyer Goronwy Moelwyn Hughes, his wife and sons, and Lloyd Georges David and Megan discuss a new deal.
Amateur film 1934 14 mins Silent
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Owen Glendower claims, in Shakespeare's Henry IV – part 1, that he can summon "spirits from the vasty deep" and here Aberystwyth university students are seen emerging from the va[r]s[i]ty deep of the Old College basement, engaged in a drama. Filmed by the Moelwyn Hughes family, this title also features holidaying with a new baby ('seine' fishing at Aberporth and trip to Sussex grandparents) and Lloyd Georges David and Megan hosting outdoor 'New Deal' meetings.
Goronwy [Ronw] Moelwyn Hughes, Labour MP for Carmarthen from 1941, is seen here addressing fellow actors from the plinth of a statue. He married Louise [Lulu] Greer, daughter of barrister Frederick Arthur Greer (eldest of the 14 children of a Manxman) who was living at the time in Sussex. The Lloyd Georges (David, wife Margaret and daughter Megan) are seen here at one of a series of conferences they hosted at ‘Brynawelon’ and ‘Bron-y-de’ during September and October 1934 to discuss Liberal Party politics and Lloyd George’s New Deal (a programme of economic reform which he launched, without much success, in January 1935). Ronw started his political life as a Liberal but switched to Labour in the early 1930s.
Pioneers of Personal Film
Amateur film 1927 14 mins Silent
Grandma and Grandad also join in the fun of this home movie - with beaches, swings & roundabouts and a medieval pageant led by Christopher Robin
Home movie 1935 15 mins Silent Location: Cardiff/Caerdydd
Yards of bunting have been put up in Cardiff to celebrate King George V’s 25 years on the throne and the Wade home in Park Place has its share.
Amateur film 1932 10 mins Silent Location: Walton-On-The-Naze
With the luxury of a beach hut as their base, the Mann family from Southend took any opportunity to head up the coast to spend many happy days at Walton-on-the-Naze
Amateur film 1933 9 mins Silent Location: Henley-on-Thames
An interwar outing on the River Thames with a reminder of the Great Western Railway's influence in Birmingham.
Non-Fiction 1926 5 mins Silent Location: Barnstaple
Join the crowds in Barnstaple for fairground attractions
Seven O' Clock Regulars' Swimming Club Part 1 of 3 Seven O' Clock Regulars' Swimming Club Part 1 of 3
Non-Fiction 1929 11 mins Silent Location: Plymouth
Seven O'Clock Regular Swimmers' Club open the new season with a splash!
Home movie 1965 2 mins Silent Location: Aberystwyth
A shoal of mackerel has drawn hordes of fishermen and women to Tanybwlch beach, Aberystwyth, on a warm summer's evening.
Home movie 1969 4 mins Silent Location: Aberystwyth
Onwards and upwards goes toddler Miriam Jones, her little legs taking her to the very top of Aberystwyth's hill fort, Pen Dinas.
Home movie 1975 4 mins Silent Location: Aberystwyth
Children dressed as double yellow lines indicate that parking in Aberystwyth has been an issue across the centuries!
Home movie 1967 2 mins Silent Location: Aberystwyth
Victor Williams returns to his roots for a holiday that offers trampolines, donkey rides and dodgem-type cars for his daughters to enjoy.
Documentary 1974 10 mins Silent Location: Aberystwyth
The men, the inflatable boat and the equipment that help keep those in peril on the sea around Aberystwyth safe.
Amateur film 1937 15 mins Silent Location: Aberystwyth
Behind the scenes at The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth: as readers enter by the front door, acquisitions arrive by lorry at the back.
Comedy 1896 1 mins Silent
A deft music hall act adapted for film, featuring the only known appearance of pioneer filmmaker Robert Paul
Advert 1985 2 mins
Take a fighter jet, a Top Gun pilot with sunglasses and a brand new SAAB 900 and you have a sure-fire vehicle to launch a Hollywood career.
Promotional 2019 10 mins
A wandering warrior dreams of a new form of expression, in this promo for UNKLE’s album The Road: Part II / Lost Highway Pt. II directed by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones.
1935 16 mins
A rare glimpse of 1930s London in colour: the Thames has never looked lovelier.
1965 1 mins Location: York
A world away from zany humour, Richard Lester shows he can also capture the easy opulence of the upper class nibbling After Eight mints.
Advert 1946 1 mins Silent
Life is looking up! The war is over and the “Corona” Man can visit his “Corona” families once more, door-to-door.
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