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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Circus Comes to Denbigh
A brave new world of elephants is revealed to waiting schoolchildren when 5 of the enormous pachyderms alight from a train at Denbigh station.
Home movie 1960 4 mins Silent
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A posse of pachyderms arrive in Denbigh by train and trundle through the town accompanied by the schoolchildren who had waited with anticipation at the station to see 5 of these enormous creatures alight. The Big Top is put up and, in what appears to have been a special performance for the children (a rehearsal, perhaps?), the elephants are put through their paces, trapeze artists and a clown try out their act and a trainer cracks the whip in the cage with his lions and tigers.
Ordinary and Extraordinary Lives
Home movie 1936 28 mins Silent
Lloyd George tours the sights of Nazi Germany while his chauffeurs lark about with an SS Officer in this grimly fascinating film.
Home movie 1962 24 mins Silent
An intimate portrait of the family life of the Taberhams, including Ruth and Tigger Cat at Christmastime, idling in the garden, and a wedding.
Home movie 1948 8 mins Silent Location: Michaelston-le-Pit
A newly-built, dream home in Michaelston-le-Pit, Cardiff, where industrialist H H Merrett’s grandchildren have ample space to play.
Home movie 1957 14 mins Silent Location: Porthcawl
Socialising at home - on George’s birthday, perhaps, and at Christmas – and walking the promenade.
Arthur Conan Doyle Relaxes with his Family at Windlesham Arthur Conan Doyle Relaxes with his Family at Windlesham
Amateur film 1929 17 mins Silent
The creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, relaxes with his family in Windlesham and goes on tour to Egypt, Africa and Australia
Home movie 1950 4 mins Silent Location: Galgate
50 years together - congratulations! A family celebration of a long and happy married life.
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.
Castles (Flint, Denbigh, Hawarden) and Garden (Bodnant) Castles (Flint, Denbigh, Hawarden) and Garden (Bodnant)
Home movie 1969 10 mins Silent Location: Flint/Y Fflint
History looms large for the family visiting Flint, Denbigh and Hawarden castles. Bodnant Garden provides a welcome profusion of colour.
Home movie 1952 8 mins Silent Location: Bangor
New arrivals: Annes Jones at St David's Hospital, Bangor, in 1952, and her cousin Haf Humphreys at Denbigh Infirmary in 1954.
Home movie 1960 2 mins Silent Location: Denbigh/Dinbych
Baby's biscuit eating has to be swiftly followed by a bath!
Amateur film 1974 18 mins Silent Location: Denbigh/Dinbych
Denbigh’s Rotary Club demonstrates its appreciation for local support by decorating its 1975 carnival float with uplifting undergarments for ladies.
Amateur film 1950 16 mins Silent Location: Denbigh/Dinbych
Two eager 'visitors' are up early in the morning, as the milkman arrives, to tour Denbigh's principle points of interest which include a cockpit and Dr Johnson's memorial.
1962 12 mins Location: Soho
A children’s guide to bustling Soho, with a glimpse of its music industry, architecture and thriving restaurant scene.
Documentary 1969 25 mins
On release from jail, a man recalls the events leading up to his imprisonment.
1968 78 mins
It’s Britain vs USA in this drama by Dennis Potter as mild-mannered George finds himself in thrall to brash American Sam.
Drama 1968 27 mins
Three women seek the truth about love from a crystal ball in an early Fay Weldon play about trust and jealousy.
Action and Adventure 1955 28 mins
Four village schoolchildren encounter a spot of trouble when some crooks take up residence in the woods.
The one where Lindsay Anderson makes a film about fuel efficiency…