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Last week, a few of us from the technical arm of the Archive went on a visit of the ITV Cymru Wales headquarters at Culverhouse Cross, Cardiff. Their film and video archive is now housed with us at Aberystwyth since the end of last year and that is where we transfer footage requests for broadcast. The final step on our side is sending the video file via ftp connection to our colleagues at Culverhouse Cross.
Therefore, it was good to meet the staff that we’re familiar with via phone/email and get a tour of the news studio and gallery which broadcasts daily. Formerly known as the HTV Television Centre, this mammoth tv complex was built at the height of a prosperous period for HTV (Harlech Television), in 1984. These days, the ITV Cymru Wales set-up has downsized from the 1980s and the site is now also home to other independent television and media companies.
Take a note of the departments from yesteryear;
Last month, we received an important and substantial film accession.
This arrived by lorry from S4C in Cardiff. It roughly consists of around 400 cans of 35mm & 16mm prints of film and animation which date predominantly from the 1980s and 1990s. The first task after un-loading the shrink wrapped collection of 10 pallets was to make an inventory and then this information will be input into our library’s database.
By now, the collection sits safely in our film vault where the next step will be to inspect, re-can and number it for access purposes. Here follows a selection of just a few of the titles: Leaving Lenin, Coming Up Roses, Gogwana, multiple titles from the Superted series, Solomon & Gaenor, Arthur’s Departure, Otherworld, My Pretty Valley, Boy Soldier…
Since the beginning of Summer many events and screenings have taken place in the Drwm, with many of these being extremely popular. Our technical crew record most of these for prosperity, and are stored here at the Archive.
Should you wish to view any of these recordings, you can browse our on-line catalogue and make a request so that you can view them here at the Archive. Please remember that we need 24 hours notice, and the Archive is open between 9.30 and 5.00, Monday to Friday.
Here are a few items in our collection:
- Sêr Ceredigion – live concert of some who had been competing in the Urdd Eisteddfod this year
Yesterday I had a very long, but worthwhile and inspirational day, at the National Eisteddfod, which this year is being held at Ebbw Vale.
The National Eisteddfod is one of the most important, if not the most important, cultural engagement in our calendar, and each year NSSAW takes part in a number of events on the Eisteddfod field, mainly on the National Library stand.
This year we have on display some very interesting pearls from past eisteddfodau, and one gleaming gem, a film depicting the last eisteddfod to be held in Ebbw Vale. The 1958 event was rather special, as it was visited by Aneurin Bevan and Paul Robeson, who spoke from the podium.
Our special screening of the 1958 film was introduced by local historian Frank Olding, and we had the great pleasure of receiving Susan Robeson, grandaughter of the great man, as our special guest.
She was very interested to hear of any film material of her grandfather dating from his visit in 1958 had survived.
If you know of any such material, please let us know!
In the picture – Susan Robeson, Frank Olding, Iola Baines and Anwen Pari Jones.
John and myself visited Pinewood Studios on the outskirts of London yesterday, with the rain in tow.
We were there to visit Martin Sawyer who has recently relocated his dubbing theatre to Pinewood under the umbrella of their post-production department. Martin specialises in re-recording, transfer and noise reducton of 16mm & 36mm sound for the film and television industry. We also got a tour of the post-production facilities which included the viewing of a Northlight scanner in operation. This is able to scan 16mm & 35mm film up to the resolution of 8K and this is then saved as a digital DPX file. These files can then be worked on via a Mac/PC in order to create restored prints/files for digital cinema projection and Blu-ray releases.
I also got to view Stanley Kubricks’s very own office. This director was quite partial to cigars I think!
Example of 9.5 m.m. film from NSSAW
An important report by the Commission of the European Communities has been published.
Insomniacs may like to read the 160 page report, which can be downloaded here.
Accessions arrive at the Archive in various states. The photo below shows a few boxes of 16mm film cans from a collection that arrived at the Archive recently, which also includes numerous formats of video tape and sound reels. A few titles from the collection include “Jack Petersen Material”, “Cricket Glamorgan v Australia 1968” and “All Blacks in Wales, All Blacks v Gwent 1972”.
Before anything can be done a unique number is created for all new accession. Information such as title etc. will then be entered into our catalogue and then the accession number will be noted on every can/case. Once this process has been completed, the collection will then be sent to our technical department where it will be stored in a conditioned cold store and will remain there until our technical staff has the opportunity to inspect the material.
A Dave Berry memorial event will be held at Chapter, Cardiff on Friday 23rd of April.
bfi Mediatheque, Wrexham Library
The bfi Mediatheque at Wrexham library was opened yesterday by Ruth Jones.
The Mediatheque (think along the lines of a giant multi-screened video jukebox) is part of the totally refurbished Wrexham library. NSSAW has worked closely with the bfi and Wrexham library staff to help curate the “Through the Dragon’s Eye” collection. Just over a third of the collection was sourced from NSSAW.
The Mediatheque provides a permanent gateway to a part of our collection, and allows users from around the UK to gain access to a fine collection of material relating to Wales and the Welsh.
Over the last few months, the Archive has been working very hard to help the bfi and Wrexham County Borough put in place a bfi Mediatheque in Wrexham library.
This will be the first Mediatheque outside England, and will allow visitors to the library to view a massive range of digitised archive films. The films are sourced mainly from the bfi National Archive, but also included are items from associated regional / national archives and broadcasters – including ourselves. The Wrexham Mediatheque will open officially towards the end of next month.
The Mediatheque was covered recently on the BBC news website.
Mediatheques on the bfi website.
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