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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Coracles, Jet Skis and the Girls' Friendly Society
From the River Teifi and coracles at Cenarth to Fishguard and the sea around Pembrokeshire for jet-skiing, sailing and sandcastles.
Home movie 1960 10 mins Silent
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The waters of west Wales provide ideal conditions for coracles (on the River Teifi at Cenarth, Ceredigion) and for jet-skis, sailboats and sandcastle building (Pembrokeshire). For land lubbers, there are parades through the streets of Fishguard. In the summer, members of the Girls' Friendly Society process to St Mary's Church, some wearing blue veils; in the winter a Remembrance Day procession arrives at the war memorial.
The GFS was established in 1875 to protect/support country girls moving to work in urban areas and continues to provide support/training for young women. John James Thomas, who shot this footage, was born and brought up in Fishguard which is where he set up shop as a pharmacist in 1948. His wife, Florence Joan (nee Lewis), who reached the age of 100, worked in the shop with him and they had three children – Cherry, James and Judith with whom they would regularly visit the beaches at Cwm yr Eglwys and Whitesands Bay. All are featured on this reel, building castles in the sand. Mr Thomas was known for preparing popular and effective medicaments - e.g. cream for nappy rash, a cough mixture – using his own secret recipes.
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
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Home movie 1957 14 mins Silent Location: Porthcawl
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Arthur Conan Doyle Relaxes with his Family at Windlesham Arthur Conan Doyle Relaxes with his Family at Windlesham
Amateur film 1929 17 mins Silent
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Home movie 1950 4 mins Silent Location: Galgate
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Home movie 1972 4 mins Silent Location: Cenarth
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Home movie 1943 11 mins Silent Location: Cenarth
Grandpa, in smart 3-piece suit with pocket watch, celebrates his birthday on the beach, assisted by a lively grand-daughter.
Home movie 1959 8 mins Location: Cenarth
Craftsman John Christmas Thomas demonstrates how to make a coracle step-by-step, and Cyril Jones and Will Jones instruct learners how to manage one on the water.
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