This week I have been mostly..
We are on a mission! Here at the NSSAW we have a massive collection of Umatic Tapes (3,681 to be precise!) which ranges from 1981 to 1993, of which contain ‘off air’ recordings of Welsh related TV programs from this period. We are currently transferring these to DVD and DigiBita for conservation for the future and also for you’re viewing pleasure. This mass transfer has been going on for a couple of years now, so our mission this year is to get these done! The collection contain some classic Welsh TV (as well as some classic adverts, of which I remember some of them as a child!). Classic Welsh TV programs such as ‘Teulu’r Mans’ ( a Welsh comedy which follows a Welsh family, with the father as a quirky Welsh Priest), some classic episodes of ‘Cefn Gwlad’ (presented by the legendary Dai Jones Llanilar, a farmer who is afraid of cats and water! One particular highlights is “Dai ar Y Pyst”, following Dai on a ski-ing trip to Italy) and also the cult comedy series ‘C’mon Midffild’ (another classic Welsh comedy, which follows hilarious antics of a North Wales football team).
This weeks highlights include ‘Y Byd ar Bedwar’ ( broadcast 25/06/1990-UM3222) of which is a Welsh current affairs programme. In this episode they follow the then Argentine president Carlos Menem. A colourful and a highly controversial figure at the time. Apparently this was the first time an international film crew were given permission to follow him. A highly interesting incite into his life and his political and personal ways. Other highlights include ‘Ar Waelod Cof’ (UM3229 – 05/07/1990) of which follows the life and works of D.Gwenallt Jones. And to quote wikipedia ‘a poet a critic and scholar, was one of the most important literary figures in the Welsh language ’. A black and white film, scripted by Dafydd Rowland. A highly interesting incite in to his mind frame. Another highlight was ‘A Letter For Wales’ (UM3228 – 05/07/1990), Donald Houston recollects his childhood in Wales whilst posting a letter on the ‘night mail’. A fantastic if slightly romantic reflection of Wales.
If you have any interest in any of these or want to have a look at our collection have a look on our on-line catalogue or contact us here at NSSAW!
Grym a parch am y tro!