National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales preserves and celebrates the sound and moving image heritage of Wales, making it accessible to a wide range of users for enjoyment and learning. Its film collection reflects every aspect of the nation’s social, cultural and working life across the 20th century, giving a fascinating insight into Welsh filmmaking, both amateur and professional.
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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.
Industry sponsored film 1960 24 mins
A new luxury express is put through its paces. This film looks over the shoulders of the select band of craftsmen, engineers and operators, whose combined skills try to ensure that a train journey is a delightful experience.
Documentary 1973 15 mins
British Transport Films record the varied daily lives of their neighbours as seen from the high roof of their building in London’s Marylebone.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
Industry sponsored film 1957 20 mins
Illustrating the efficiency of express freight trains, and how they link manufacturers with their customers at the other end of Britain.
Documentary 1952 30 mins
Examining a day in the life of what was then the busiest railway system in the world – British Railways.
Industry sponsored film 1957 9 mins
A 1957 film examining the future for British Railways, and some of the opportunities provided by a new modernisation plan.
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