‘Memory Lanes’ is a selection of films from the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales, which have been digitised as part of the British Film Institute’s ‘Unlocking Film Heritage’ project, supported by the National Lottery funding. In this selection, we catch a rare glimpse of the characters and communities of 20th century Wales. From rural and village life to community celebration, we discover that life in the old days was not black and white at all, and that Welsh cameras from Anglesey to Monmouthshire captured aspects of life that were untouched by the newsreels of Hollywood. This free screening section includes three short films, Conway Castle (2mins 30 sec), Newport Hospital Carnival (11mins) and Gwylliaid Cochion Mawddwy (22mins). There will be a reception after the free screening, and audience are welcome to bring their own objects about cinema memories or memories through film to share with each other, as an alternative way to present ordinary people’s relation to cinema history and history in general.
This event is enabled through an awarded postgraduate student project by the University Graduate College and presented to you by the Tom Hopkinson Centre for Media History of Cardiff University, which aims to enhance the university’s public engagements with a wider public. Professor Stuart Allan, Co-director of the Tom Hopkinson Centre for Media History, will be delivering an opening address, and the post-screening event will be chaired by Claire Vaughan.