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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Aberaeron - Alban Square
Aberaeron’s pharmacist, with ready access to film, takes a camera out with his family and records them in town, on the beach and by the river.
Home movie 1929 13 mins Silent
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Could this film, one of a small collection shot by pharmacist Evan John Thomas, be amongst the earliest footage of Aberaeron in existence? Thomas came to the town in 1924 and, with ready access to film, recorded his family at the seaside (donkey, merry-go-round), along by the river and in Alban Square. There are also shots of various animals including a farm's bull. Thomas was Chair of Cardiganshire Civil Defence Committee, for which service he received an OBE in 1963.
Pioneers of Personal Film
Local Scenes and Family Pictures
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
1934 Spirits from the Vasty Deep
Amateur film 1934 14 mins Silent Location: Aberystwyth
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.
Our Holidays 1932
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
Outing on the Thames
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.
Barnstaple Fair in the 1920s
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
Non-Fiction 1929 11 mins Silent Location: Plymouth
Seven O'Clock Regular Swimmers' Club open the new season with a splash!
Home movie 1965 12 mins Silent Location: Aberaeron
Absolutely Aberaeron: the boats, the buildings and the greasy pole!
Home movie 1965 5 mins Silent Location: Aberaeron
The ‘Ku Klux Klan’ makes an appearance at the carnival in Aberaeron, as it did in 1923 on the streets of Aberystwyth during a “Rag” parade.
High Explosive Bombs and their effects
Amateur film 1940 1 mins Silent Location: Aberaeron
Controlled explosions take place in a field, probably organised for civil defence training purposes, and are shot by Aberaeron pharmacist Evan John Thomas.
Comedy 1919 35 mins Silent
A protective father masquerades as an automatic doll in this bonkers interwar comedy.
Spirit of Mayday
1937 11 mins Silent
May Day – a significant day for the labour movement – is covered by the cameras of the Film and Photograph League.
Cornelius Cardew 1936-1981
Performance 1986 55 mins
An exploration of the life and work of the controversial British composer.
1935 9 mins
Let it bleed? This exemplary education film gets to the heart of the matter.
U.A.B. (Workers Newsreel No.3)
Non-Fiction 1935 12 mins Silent
Punchy political film capturing mass protests against unemployment.
The Merry Month of May
1937 15 mins Silent
A spirited satire on the coronation of George VI made by members of the Film and Photograph League.