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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Railway Scrapyard - Barry
“Help”, “Save me”, “I need a home”, are the cries inscribed on the scrapped engines at Woodham Brothers Scrapyard, Barry. Other messages are warnings e.g. “Do not take parts!!”.
Home movie 1981 8 mins
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Whilst on holiday at Butlin’s Barry Island holiday camp, Ken Shaw, a train enthusiast, visits the nearby Woodham Brothers Scrapyard with his camera and his family. As they wander around the grassy rails where wildflowers are blooming, Ken records the impassioned pleas inscribed on the scrapped engines: “Help”, “Save me”, “I need a home”. Other messages are warnings e.g. “Do not take parts!!”. A hopeless case, perhaps, bears sympathy: “Rest in Peace”.
Building a British Railway
Documentary 1959 17 mins
This poetic Free Cinema documentary, filmed near Manchester, reflects on the changing world of the engineman.
Non-Fiction 1976 7 mins Location: Bridgnorth
Is Chris Tarrant up to shovelling a ton and a half of coal to keep the fire burning and the steam up between Bridgnorth and Bewdley?
Industry sponsored film 1939 45 mins Silent Location: Northampton
With the horrific effects of gas warfare still fresh in the memory, rubberised men – like extras from a 1950s British sci fi movie – prepare for more, with 1940s attention to detail.
Amateur film 1975 33 mins Silent Location: Rainhill
Come and see Rocket 150, and visit a selection of railway locations, past and preserved.
Documentary 1955 10 mins Location: Bleathgill
Snowploughs are readied to rescue a snowbound train - in one of the most popular of all British Transport Films.
Industry sponsored film 1960 24 mins
Telling the story of four British Road Services drivers who lived and worked together for two years.
Home movie 1962 2 mins Silent Location: Barry/Barri
Racing and messing about in boats is fun for the Sea Scouts. Mothers and sisters or girlfriends support from the sidelines.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1966 9 mins Location: Barry/Barri
Impressionistic homage to the sound and fury of the steam engine, creating an illusion – a dream – of a locomotive rising again from the Barry scrapyard.
Industry sponsored film 1929 86 mins Silent Location: Cardiff/Caerdydd
"Any Ware to Anywhere" - a film advertising the thoroughly modern merits of the Great Western Railway ports (e.g. Cardiff, Newport, Barry, Port Talbot, Swansea, Fishguard).
Home movie 1950 14 mins Silent Location: Penarth
A Penarth family enjoys the garden at 3 Cwrt-y-Vil Road in summer (with hammock and swing seat), in winter (with snow) and trips to the seaside (The Knap, Barry) and Scotland.
Amateur film 1935 38 mins Silent Location: Penarth
George and Maurice Holley, Cardiff pharmacists and pianists, go on a tour, witnessing the crowds at Barry and the seaweed drying near Castlemartin for the making of laver bread.
1926 40 mins Silent
Compelling travel feature edited from footage of the 1925-26 Worsley Algarsson Arctic expedition.
Inside Film 2021 41 mins
In this illustrated discussion, BFI programmer-at-large Geoff Andrew and Catherine Wheatley, the author of two books on Michael Haneke’s work, examine what makes him such a distinctive, important and often controversial cinematic artist.
Inside Film 2021 41 mins
Film critic Carmen Gray and film writer Ela Bittencourt discuss three films by trailblazing Czech filmmaker Věra Chytilová.
Inside Film 2021 40 mins
In this discussion, BFI programmer-at-large Geoff Andrew and Sue Harris, Professor of Film Studies at Queen Mary University of London, will focus on three titles to look at what made Malle such a rewarding filmmaker.
Inside Film 2021 38 mins
BFI National Archive curator Will Massa and film critic Beatrice Loayza explore the work of contemporary British filmmaker Joanna Hogg.
Inside Film 2021 47 mins
Writer and activist So Mayer joins filmmaker and critic Alexandra Hidalgo to discuss the work of acclaimed French director and artist Agnès Varda.