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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Cofeb, Coroni a Theithio
The unveiling of a statue (Sir Ifan ab Owen Edwards), the crowning of a bard (Dafydd Rowlands) and a trip on the Vale of Rheidol Railway for writer Annes Glynn and friends.
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Art, poetry and an iron horse. Firstly, commemoration in Llanuwchllyn 23/9/1972: a statue of Sir Ifan ab Owen Edwards, founder of youth movement Urdd Gobaith Cymru, is unveiled by his widow. Secondly, but a month previously, the crowning of poet Dafydd Rowlands at the National Eisteddfod [Welsh language cultural festival] in Haverfordwest. Thirdly, a trip on the Vale of Rheidol Railway, 12/6/1976, for writer Annes Glynn and friends, Laura Ashley outfits in evidence
Sir Ifan ab Owen Edwards' statue in his home-town Llanuwchllyn was placed beside that of his equally renowned father, Sir O M Edwards, Chief Education Officer for Wales. Both were academics committed to promoting and developing the Welsh language and culture, producing magazines and books for adults and children in the language. Dafydd Rowlands was a Congregationalist minister then teacher, writer and poet, winning the crown at both the 1969 and 1972 National Eisteddfods, becoming Arch-druid of the Gorsedd of Bards 1996-99. Annes Glynn (long green dress) is the daughter of the film-maker – Dr John Glyn Jones, GP, Brynsiencyn, Anglesey. She won the Prose Medal at the National Eisteddfod in 2004.