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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…
Footage from our Archive has been used to make the following 20 part series ‘Reel History of Britain’ that’s beginning tonight on BBC Two at 18:30. For a taster of the series, follow this link.
Since the beginning of the year many events and screenings have taken place in the Drwm. If you were not fortunate enough to have a ticket for one of these events, or were unable to attend, our technical crew have recorded many of the events, for prosperity.
If you would like to visit the Archive to view one of these items, you can take a look at our on-line catalogue. Choose the relevant cataloguing record, and then make a request for the item. We will need 24 hours notice, and you can visit the Archive between 9.30 and 5.00, Monday to Friday.
Here are a few items that have been held in the Drwm recently:
‘Precious Life Project’ – Students from Coleg Ceredigion presenting their short films, using amateur footage from the Archive.
‘A Cook’s Year in a Welsh Farmhouse’ – Elisabeth Luard discusses her new book.
‘Coronation Street – Terry Dyddgen-Jones’ – the director of the famous soap series Coronation Street, and many others.
‘An Evening of Antique Porcelain‘ – Henry a John Sandon, familiar faces from BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, give an entertaining and informative talk on antique porcelain.
From time to time, we come across a few oddities whilst inspecting accessions.
Whether it’s unusual receptacles containing reels, illegible hand-written notes or odd film related parapharnelia accompanying the accession. Yesterday, I came across a fly preserved in a squashed manner within this mute 16mm B&W reel from a Tal-y-Llyn Railway collection. This batch of reels will be ready to be transfered onto digital tape in the forthcoming weeks.
Rest in peace
We get requests for frame enlargements of film titles held here at the Archive for usage in printed matter and for broadcast on television. A few weeks ago, John captured several frames from the 1980s Joni Jones series for the production company Cwmni Da. This flagship S4C series was directed by Stephen Bayley and starred Richard Love and Iola Gregory.
The high resolution jpeg enlargements will be used in a programme called ‘ Lle Aeth Pawb?’, translated as ‘Where Are They Now?’, which traces the actors, almost 30 years on.
‘Lle Aeth Pawb? Joni Jones’, can be viewed on S4C this Thursday evening at 9pm
Image copyright – S4C
This Saturday, the Archive will have a stall at The Cinema Museum’s Memorabilia Bazaar, London. Nearest tube stations – Kennington(Northern line) or Elephant & Castle(Northern/Bakerloo lines). See you there!
We get our equipment serviced frequently in order to keep them in tip top condition. Yesterday, we packed one of our 16-35mm sound followers in order for it to be shipped to Berlin, Germany.
The servicing usually takes place on site but on this instance we’re having to ship the container to Europe. The library’s exhibition team constructed the wooden shipping container which weighed in at 190kg once we’d packed the follower carefully with bubble wrap. Gute reise!
Currently, I’m in the middle of inspecting and transferring a standard 8mm collection. What I enjoy most with the amateur captured small format films is that they’re a window into a very private world. Approximately 50 reels were donated to the archive and these silent films seem to date from the 1950s/early 60s. I’ve had to wear a face mask whilst inspecting some of these reels as there’s quite a bit of mould present. These reels were then hand cleaned with a chemical called perchloroethylene before the transfer.
From what I’ve viewed with the current digital video transfers, it’s predominantly scenes from the Aberystwyth area which includes GPO workers raising a satellite onto Blaenplwyf transmitter mast in addition to scenes taken from the top!, the town’s harbour plus the National Eisteddfod of Wales that visited the town in 1952.
Once these reels have been transferred to digital tape, a DVD copy will be made for the depositor and another copy for our Viewing Room. These titles should be available to view in December.
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:
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