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Steel Sheet Making
Enduring immense heat and deafening noise, a team of 4 follow the traditional choreography for the production of steel sheets, the danger demanding perfect timing.
Non-Fiction 1961 14 mins Silent
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Here at work, enduring temperatures and decibels that are an affront to notions of health and safety, are a mill team of 4 - the furnaceman, the rollerman, the behinder, the doubler. Their work is skilled, involving perfect timing and a high level of trust and inter-dependence. Also seen are the bar cutters, the picklers, galvanisers and corrugators and the men who package the finished articles.
This footage was shot in Llanelli and probably shows the Llanelly Steel Works, bought in 1960 by Duport Ltd (a steel-rolling and engineering company based in Staffordshire) at a time when four other steelworks in west Wales closed. The mill team seen at work here would have had 2 extra men attached to it, ready to take the place of any of the 4 who needed a break, thereby ensuring there was no stoppage at all during an 8 hour shift. Copious amounts of beer or ginger beer – water tending to cause stomach cramps - were drunk during such shifts, to replace the amount of water sweated away as the men toiled in the immense heat.
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Industry sponsored film 1948 42 mins Location: Ebbw Vale/Glyn Ebwy
The drama and spectacle of steelmaking at Ebbw Vale.
Iron Ore in Britain
Documentary 1956 30 mins Location: Corby
A richly detailed depiction of the history and technology of the iron ore industry - plus some dramatic explosions.
Ingot Pictorial No. 4
1949 18 mins Location: Ebbw Vale/Glyn Ebwy
RTB has lots to celebrate and Howard Marshall, director of personnel/public relations and the main Ingot Pictorial commentator, downs a pint in one on opening Ebbw Vale House.
Ingot Pictorial No. 6
1950 21 mins Location: Panteg
This Ingot Pictorial – a quarterly review of life inside and outside RTB steelworks – brings back memories of summer events (carnival, tennis, singing cousins) in December.
Lancashire Steel Corporation - Irlam Works
Industry sponsored film 1935 16 mins Silent Location: Irlam
Inside the steel works - come and take a close look at a very heavy industry.
Sad Day for Bilston
Documentary 1979 24 mins Location: Bilston
A steelworks and a workforce under the shadow of closure. Bilston faces a cold winter as it loses its traditional heavy industry.
The Shop Assistants' Outing to Ilfracombe
Non-Fiction 1913 2 mins Silent Location: Llanelli
A tantalizing fragment of a Haggar film of an outing from Llanelli that included shots of “somewhat humorous incidents on board”.
Ingot Pictorial No. 23
Promotional 1955 23 mins Location: Newport/Casnewydd
You can experience the Orb Works Carnival and watch a ship being built in Newport, and you can laugh as Jon Pertwee takes to the catwalk years before he travelled in the Tardis.
Croeso i Lanelli/Welcome to Llanelli
Promotional 1970 13 mins Location: Pembrey
Llanelli has much to draw businesses and visitors, as this promotional film seeks to show, from brewery to rubber factory and the wonderful scenery beyond.
Parc Howard', Llanelli and 'Castell Gorfod', Llangynin
Home movie 1969 14 mins Silent Location: Llanelli
1969 at 'Castell Gorfod' farm, Llangynin, and Llanelli's 'Parc Howard': ponies, potatoes, poinsettias and toasting the Prince of Wales.
Atodiad Incwm Teulu (Family Income Supplement)
Public Information Filler 1971 1 mins Location: Llanelli
Family Income Supplement: because you’re worth it! Mrs Pugh, as model single mother, is used to encourage eligible viewers to claim this benefit, available from August 1971.
Promotional 1975 82 mins Location: Glan-Llyn Centre
An introduction to Urdd Gobaith Cymru, a youth movement founded in 1922 – and still going strong - to promote the use of the Welsh language through social and cultural activities.
Comedy 1919 35 mins Silent
A protective father masquerades as an automatic doll in this bonkers interwar comedy.
Spirit of Mayday
1937 11 mins Silent
May Day – a significant day for the labour movement – is covered by the cameras of the Film and Photograph League.
Cornelius Cardew 1936-1981
Performance 1986 55 mins
An exploration of the life and work of the controversial British composer.
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Let it bleed? This exemplary education film gets to the heart of the matter.
U.A.B. (Workers Newsreel No.3)
Non-Fiction 1935 12 mins Silent
Punchy political film capturing mass protests against unemployment.
The Merry Month of May
1937 15 mins Silent
A spirited satire on the coronation of George VI made by members of the Film and Photograph League.
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