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Film Archive

Please note that due to staff shortages, we are unable to offer an archive or library enquiry service at present.

Film and Video Archive

16mm Films

Baking bread in a pot oven

The Museum has a collection of approx. 50 hours of 16mm film footage. Much of this is material shot during the 1970s by curatorial staff who were anxious to record a way of life that was fast disappearing. Using a hand-cranked Bolex cine camera, they made silent colour films of traditional farming techniques, foods, and crafts.

Making oat bread

As well as these fieldwork films, we have 16mm material which was either donated to the archive or acquired from television companies, such as the BBC and TWW, following a collaborative project with Museum staff.

Among these there are films of the Mari Lwyd in Llangynwyd in the 1960s; Hywel Wood the Welsh gipsy clog dancing in St Fagans Castle kitchen; and a copy of Y Chwarelwr (The Quarryman) - the first Welsh-language talkie.

Threshing with flails

Archive Staff

Meinwen Ruddock, Archivist (02920 573427)
Lowri Jenkins, Archive Assistant (02920 573444)
Hywel Evans, Audio-visual technician (02920 573429)

Salting bacon