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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V.E. Celebrations at Newport May 1945
Beautifully presented production from The Newport and District Amateur Film Society which gives a real flavour of city celebrations on Victory in Europe Day (8th May 1945).
Amateur film 1945 9 mins
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There is a place in Newport’s victory parade for every organisation that contributed to the successful war effort so as well as the armed forces there are representatives from e.g. the St. John’s Ambulance Brigade, the WVS [Women’s Voluntary Service], the Post Office and local industries – Lysaghts (i.e. The Orb Steelworks), Northern Aluminium and New Crown Forgings. The streets are chock-a-block, the city’s substantial buildings bedecked with flags.
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The Home Front
Instructional film/TV programme 1941 4 mins Location: West Sussex
There's a wrong way and a right way to deal with Nazi spies and fifth-columnists - as you'll see in this this hilarious colour film starring the Home Guard and various Nazi rotters.
Amateur film 1945 11 mins Location: Whitchurch
The war is over at last and Victory in Europe Day is celebrated on 8/5/1945 at the Iles home in Heathwood Road, Cardiff, and with parties in Heathway and Albert Street.
Amateur film 1945 14 mins Location: Cardiff/Caerdydd
It’s all over, for Britain at least – the dreaded telegrams, the bombings, the blackouts - and Cardiffians celebrate the end of the war with tea and cake, fancy dress and bonfires.
Documentary 1943 10 mins Location: London
Whilst some cultural treasures were stowed away in wartime, there was still an array of objects, artworks and experiences on offer to the public.
Amateur film 1945 5 mins Location: West Wickham
The War might be over but there's work to be done in the Lauste family's garden. So their son, Leslie, now back from active duty, helps his mum with the apples and the hollyhocks.
Documentary 1946 21 mins
Soldiers from the far reaches of the British Empire arrive in London to take part in the official commemoration of the end of war in Europe.
Drama-documentary 1981 39 mins Location: Cardiff/Caerdydd
War and a grinding economy take their toll on the spirit and soul of the Welsh in this haunting, poetic study
Travelogue 1946 8 mins Location: Shrewsbury
Pin-sharp post-war views of the welshest parts of Wales, from slate and coal mines to the fine cities like Aberystwyth.
Home movie 1952 6 mins Location: Newport/Casnewydd
The notables of Newport know how to party! Men of the cloth live carouse with the best of them at the Mayor's summer bash
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.
Promotional 1959 12 mins Location: Newport/Casnewydd
Forget the old castle and the remains of Caerleon fort, and never mind the increased traffic: Newport is alive to modern business and offers award-winning new housing.
Amateur film 1959 16 mins Location: Crumlin
Owen Humberstone Prosser, an expert on railways and canals, captured the Crumlin Viaduct on film in 1959, before its demolition in 1967, a victim of the Beeching rail cuts.
Non-Fiction 1900 mins
An Edwardian Bolton Wanderers football team file onto a threadbare pitch
Advert 1972 1 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Workmen clean an oversized bottle perched on a factory chimney. At lunch, two beers are delivered to them by helicopter.
Non-Fiction 1930 1 mins Location: Liverpool
Liverpool students run riot for the annual rag race
Non-Fiction 1922 1 mins Location: Criccieth
PM David Lloyd George gets outdoors, hoeing potatoes in Criccieth, Wales
Travelogue 1951 9 mins
Travelogue following the historical route taken by Pilgrims from Winchester to Canterbury.
Factual TV 1969 55 mins
A terrible beauty: impressive early TV history programme looks at Ireland 1913-23.
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