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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The Steel Company of Wales Limited - Burry Works
Sheets of steel: processed, packaged and ready for despatch from Llanelli, aka ‘Tinopolis’.
Non-Fiction 1961 11 mins Silent
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The Burry Works were situated in Llanelli, a town that earned the epithet ‘Tinopolis’ during the Victorian era owing to the quantity – and quality - of tinplate manufactured there. Here we see a furnace being opened, steel sheets being lifted by suction and then dunked, coated and rolled before being packaged for dispatch.
Steel on Film
Pattern for Progress
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.
Burry Port/Porth Tywyn
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.
Holidays under Canvas, near the sea
Amateur film 1953 19 mins Silent Location: Burry Port/Porth Tywyn
A group of family/friends encamped at Burry Port, Carmarthenshire, enjoys the outdoor life which involves cockling, fishing, singing, dancing and general larking about.
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.
1935 9 mins
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.