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Children on Beach 1898
Seaside play at Rhyl - charmingly filmed by Wales' first filmmaker
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent
This simple and endlessly charming seaside scene was filmed at his local beach by Arthur Cheetham, the Rhyl-based cinema owner who, starting with this film, became the first ever filmmaker based in Wales. According to the late Dave Berry, pre-eminent historian of Welsh film, the footage was shot in January of 1898 (which must have been chilly for the kids!) and first screened in Rhyl Town Hall.
Non-Fiction 1901 9 mins Silent Location: Old Trafford Cricket Ground
Did he bowl or did he throw? A fascinating record of an early cricketing controversy.
Non-Fiction 1901 1 mins Silent Location: Kingston upon Hull
A street scene in Edwardian Hull is dominated by advertising for an event to celebrate returning soldiers from the Boer War.
Non-Fiction 1896 2 mins Silent Location: Bradford
The earliest surviving footage of bustling Victorian Bradford.
Children Leaving Tyldesley Catholic School, Lodge Road (1901) Children Leaving Tyldesley Catholic School, Lodge Road (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Tyldesley
Edwardian boys and girls leave school, shuffled along by their earnest teachers.
Interest film 1899 1 mins Silent
A two-wheeled convoy of Victorian gentlewomen in a charming early film enigma.
Non-Fiction 1901 3 mins Silent Location: Irvine
Dock workers unload grain from a cargo ship in Edwardian North Ayrshire.
Advert 1962 0 mins Location: Rhyl
Cinema advertisement for Marine Lake & Ocean Beach, Rhyl, a popular destination for crowds set on a day's fun on free rides.
Amateur film 1954 21 mins Location: Moel Famau
Hwn yw fy nyffryn I - This is my valley: proud inhabitants of Dyffryn Clwyd illustrate its bounty and its ancient and religious buildings.
Advert 1972 0 mins Location: Rhyl
Diminutive Denbighshire ‘des reses’ - the Land of Song scaled-down, slate-roofed and spotless
Non-Fiction 1920 1 mins Silent Location: Rhyl
A good deal for a stranded seal - fishy handout for Rhyl’s sleek and adorable visitor
Non-Fiction 1920 2 mins Silent Location: Rhyl
Happy festive hockey - just what the doctor ordered for seasonal over-indulgence?
Non-Fiction 1920 0 mins Silent Location: Rhyl
Rhyl’s beached ship isn’t going anywhere, as the forces of nature trap the S.S. Pusey Jones No.2 on the sands
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.