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In Welsh Hills - a record of pleasant hours among the mountains of Snowdonia
A film highly commended in 1950 by the National Eisteddfod in Caerffili, the Scottish Amateur Film Festival, and Amateur Cine World magazine.
Amateur film 1950 15 mins Silent
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Atmospheric record of walking in Snowdonia, with views of Nant Ffrancon, the Ogwen Falls, Cwm Idwal, Twll Du, Tryfan (showing the north and south ridges to the summit and the 'notch arete' on the west face being climbed by a novice, with whom the film-maker has a bit of fun via inter-titles), and the approach to the summit of Snowdon along the perilous Crib Goch.
Sidney Whiteley, the film-maker, was a keen photographer and climber who visited Snowdonia regularly during the 1930s and 40s, often with his friend and fellow climber Fred Watkins. This film, which includes shots of Sidney and his wife Margaret Ellen (nee Simon, who was London-born of Welsh parents) won an award at the National Eisteddfod in Caerffili in 1950, was Highly Commended at the 1950 Scottish Amateur Film Festival, and was awarded a Special Commendation by Amateur Cine World magazine.
1940 11 mins Silent
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Non-Fiction 1929 1 mins Silent Location: Herne Hill
Women cyclists go for gold! Singer Gracie Fields presents the grand prize at South London's premier women's cycling event.
News 1974 4 mins Location: Woodsetton
They breed them hard in Dudley - running non-stop for 24 hours is nothing to Ron Bentley: his next challenge is to race over 800 miles.
School programme and Educational film 1952 14 mins Location: Leigh-on-Sea
Want to learn to dance the Swedish Masquerade, Dutch Hakke Toone, or maybe the Italian Tarantella? Essex schoolchildren show us how it’s done.
News 1980 6 mins Location: Belfast
Meet the president leading the haggis hurling revival and learn how delivering lunch became a sport for kilted gentlemen.
Amateur film 1967 19 mins Silent Location: Stoke Mandeville
Rare home movie capturing sporting action in 1967 at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, birthplace of the Paralympics.
Amateur film 1945 14 mins Silent Location: Nant Ffrancon
It’s all hands on deck at shearing time and Maes Caradoc farm, Nant Ffrancon, has help from an Italian prisoner-of-war.
Non-Fiction 1926 2 mins Silent Location: Nant Ffrancon
Jack Frost has been out and about, freezing the River Ogwen’s waterfalls with striking effects.
Promotional 1987 25 mins Location: Snowdon/Yr Wyddfa
An introduction to the splendours, both ancient and modern, of Snowdonia: land, sheep, slate, gold, water, power, outdoor pursuits and the artist Kyffin Williams.
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