Posted - 15-11-2010


Standard 8mm collection

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.

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