It’s been a busy week of making contact with people who have cine film of interest to the Archive – home movies mostly, reflecting people’s lives from the 1930s to the 1970s, in various part of Wales. What strikes me during our conversations is the variety of subjects that are mentioned – it seems we can expect films showing everything from chapel outings to scouting activities, from farming to ships docking at Cardiff and Liverpool – including, I believe, the famous Lusitania. Almost all of the potential donors I spoke to stressed that their cine films may contain much more of interest – images that they may just have forgotten about as they are no longer able to project them. So when the reels arrive we will all be holding our breath – you never know what treasures will escape from a rusty can!
[A word to other potential donors: please do not project your old cine films even if you have a working projector - the film is likely to be fragile, and may be in need of repair, cleaning etc before being transfer to DVD or other format. Let us do it for you, safely!]