Film ArchivePlease note that due to staff shortages, we are unable to offer an archive or library enquiry service at present.
Film and Video Archive
[image: 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.
[image: 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.
[image: Threshing with flails]
Meinwen Ruddock, Archivist (02920 573427)
Lowri Jenkins, Archive Assistant (02920 573444)
Hywel Evans, Audio-visual technician (02920 573429)
[image: Salting bacon]