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VIth British Empire & Commonwealth Games Wales 18-26 July
The sporting event for which the Wales Empire Pool was built in Cardiff, reflecting the city's promotion, in 1955, to capital of Wales.
Amateur film 1958 14 mins
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Cardiff City Corporation's Parks Dept film unit, which had made a number of films showing the city in bloom, set to work to record the various elements of the games which took place in 1958, setting the seal on Cardiff's 1955 promotion to capital city. They record the Duke of Edinburgh visiting, the Empire Games Village at RAF St Athan, hurdling at Cardiff Arms Park (main stadium) and cycling at Maindy Stadium. A marathon is referred to but there are no accompanying shots.
The film closes with shots of the opening of the Empire Games Running Track at Maindy Stadium in October 1958, an event which was used to close the Festival of Wales which also occurred in 1958. The track had been laid in the main stadium – Cardiff Arms Park – on the understanding that it would be swiftly removed once the games were over. The Wales Empire pool remained in place for 40 years, being demolished in 1998 to make way for the Millennium Stadium (once Cardiff Arms Park). It was replaced with the Cardiff International Pool, opened in 2008.
Olympics on Film
Sport 1948 9 mins Silent
Tricky weather conditions cause some spills in the downhill and ski jumping at the 1948 Winter Olympics in St Moritz.
The Olympic Games
Non-Fiction 1948 8 mins Silent
The 1948 London Olympics see Wembley stadium host the athletics plus diving and the swimming at the Empire Pool.
Non-Fiction 1947 14 mins Silent Location: Sheffield
Rare film of an exciting sprint and cycle racing event just after the war, capturing most of the large expectant crowd and many competitors.
The Olympic Games in Paris 1924
Sport 1924 91 mins Silent
The real Chariots of Fire heroes feature in this comprehensive look at the 1924 Olympic Games.
Documentary 1993 30 mins Location: Belfast
The incredible highs and crushing lows of the Belfast's boxing community
Documentary 1968 25 mins Location: Norton
“It isn’t the will to win, it’s that you don’t like to get beaten,” states the redoubtable Harvey Smith, revealed as smart, tough and easy going.
J.G. - John Ivor Golding
Biopic 1973 14 mins Location: Cardiff/Caerdydd
A glimpse of the life of a chain-smoking, proud-to-be-gay raconteur-of-sorts and resident of Whitchurch Hospital, Cardiff.
The Boat Builders
Documentary 1963 16 mins Location: Cardiff/Caerdydd
A boat is a work of art, as this film illustrates so beautifully.
The Opening of the Prince of Wales Hospital at Cardiff
Non-Fiction 1918 13 mins Silent Location: Cardiff/Caerdydd
Miss Clara Deacon, matron (or 'commandant' as the press refer to her) of this pioneering hospital, accompanies the royal patron on his visit.
Encil Yr Haul/ The Sun's Retreat: an example of art in the environment
Documentary 1978 19 mins Location: Cardiff/Caerdydd
A mechanical grave digger is co-opted to help with the creation of a garden at Glan Ely High School, Cardiff.
From Dyserth to Llandudno and Cardiff
Home movie 1958 4 mins Silent Location: Llandudno
Donald Duck comes home with the Sunday School trippers from Bethel Chapel, Dyserth!
Along the Glamorganshire Canal
Amateur film 1945 6 mins Silent Location: Gabalfa
The once thriving but now derelict canal is full of interest for members of Cardiff Amateur Cine Society.
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent
The Victorian great and good mark the passing of a political titan
Parade of Troops with Band and Crowds Following
Non-Fiction 1900 2 mins Silent
For Britons during the Boer War, a welcome opportunity to support the troops - and march alongside them
Workers Leaving Work at Vickers
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Location: Barrow-In-Furness
Factory gate glimpses at - we think - Barrow-in-Furness
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent Location: Worthing
Worthing waves at us in this mesmerising early film
The Biter Bit
Comedy 1898 1 mins Silent
Film's first joke? A fresh take on an old prank.
Opening of the Kiel Canal
Non-Fiction 1895 0 mins Silent
This was one of a series of actuality films made by the Victorian pioneer Birt Acres during 1895. The film is thought to have been shot on June 20, on the occasion of the opening of the Kiel Canal by the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. Acres shot other films at the same time, but they have not survived.
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