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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Among the Rails of Wales
Jim Fraser of Bristol, with great affection for his subject, introduces the viewer to the “quaint little railways and tramways” of Wales.
Amateur film 1952 12 mins
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Among the narrow-gauge rails, J T Fraser finds desolation and despair where lines have fallen into disuse, but one track's dereliction (Corris) is providing the materials for the restoration of another (Talyllyn). Other “quaint little railways and tramways” featured are Welshpool-Llanfair, Llandudno and Colwyn Bay Electric, Great Orme, Snowdon Mountain, Padarn (for Dinorwic Quarry), Ffestiniog and Vale of Rheidol.
Watching the Trains Go By
Amateur film 1966 37 mins Location: Maldon
Shy and testy retired signalman Wally Trigg chats to amateur filmmaker and railway enthusiast Chib Thorp, as Micky the Collie happily ambles along the overgrown railway line.
Amateur film 1929 4 mins Silent Location: Darlington
A full size replica of Robert Stephenson’s world famous locomotive, The Rocket, steams up a 1920s crowd at the North Road Works in Darlington.
Documentary 1965 15 mins Location: Talyllyn Railway
At the heart of the Talyllyn Railway are the volunteers – e.g. schoolboys, bus drivers, actors – whose commitment ensures the line’s continuance, despite the odd derailment.
Amateur film 1958 2 mins Silent
The West Sussex Downsman railtour visits Midhurst, eminent Victorians appear in Petersfield and part of the town's railway fabric is demolished just before its centenary
Non-Fiction 1978 7 mins Location: Royal Leamington Spa
Church bells, organs and choirs are all sounds you'd expect to hear at a church - but what about the sound of a steam locomotive at full tilt?
John Betjeman Goes by Train: King's Lynn to Hunstanton John Betjeman Goes by Train: King's Lynn to Hunstanton
Travelogue 1962 10 mins
John Betjeman revels in the pleasures of travelling along the small branch line from King's Lynn to Hunstanton.
Teulu Owain Owain: Tywyn, Castell Powys, Morfa Bychan Teulu Owain Owain: Tywyn, Castell Powys, Morfa Bychan
Home movie 1967 9 mins Silent Location: Tywyn
The summer holiday starts with a traffic jam – in the rain - but things improve!
Amateur film 1967 14 mins Silent Location: Meifod
The attractive village of Meifod, in the Vyrnwy valley, is the holiday destination of the Cone family who arrive with baggage and cameras.
School programme and Educational film 1961 4 mins Silent Location: Welshpool/Y Trallwng
The hills are alive with the sound of shearing. At the end of a hard day, the team of hand shearers gather to be filmed, before the dipping.
School programme and Educational film 1956 6 mins Silent Location: Welshpool/Y Trallwng
The band plays and the livestock parade, the hefty bulls and enormous work horses weighty on the ground. Above, acrobats balance in the air.
School programme and Educational film 1956 2 mins Silent Location: Welshpool/Y Trallwng
The viewer’s first sight of a piglet in this short film is as bemusing as it is to the calves in the yard!
School programme and Educational film 1955 5 mins Silent Location: Welshpool/Y Trallwng
The cider pressing produces barrels of juice, and sacks of apple mash for animal feed; the chopped tree's logs become planks at the saw mill.
Documentary 1922 68 mins Silent
Potent record of the 1921 Shackleton-Rowett Antarctic expedition, marked by the death of Sir Ernest Shackleton.
1930 62 mins
Unreleased footage of an expedition in Bolivia, filmed by British explorer and naturalist JC Bee-Mason.
Travelogue 1926 1 mins
The Court Treatt expedition arrives in Luxor in this fragment from the film record of their journey across Africa.
1926 40 mins Silent
Compelling travel feature edited from footage of the 1925-26 Worsley Algarsson Arctic expedition.
Inside Film 2021 41 mins
In this illustrated discussion, BFI programmer-at-large Geoff Andrew and Catherine Wheatley, the author of two books on Michael Haneke’s work, examine what makes him such a distinctive, important and often controversial cinematic artist.
Inside Film 2021 41 mins
Film critic Carmen Gray and film writer Ela Bittencourt discuss three films by trailblazing Czech filmmaker Věra Chytilová.