National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales preserves and celebrates the sound and moving image heritage of Wales, making it accessible to a wide range of users for enjoyment and learning. Its film collection reflects every aspect of the nation’s social, cultural and working life across the 20th century, giving a fascinating insight into Welsh filmmaking, both amateur and professional.
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Ingot Pictorial No. 17
The steel industry: the men engage with gigantic machines on a huge scale; the apprentice boys help and holiday; the women have their hair done with the stars.
1953 20 mins
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You can’t beat the steel industry for size. “A big ‘un” – a 20-tonne slag bowl - is seen being cast at Richard Thomas & Baldwins’ Landore Foundry, and the second largest excavator in the world is used for development work at Scunthorpe. Small can be beautiful, though, and women operatives are used to provide a touch of glamour via hair make-overs at Merton Park Studios. Meanwhile, Ebbw Vale apprentices help out by working hard and are rewarded with an adventure holiday.
The Ingot Pictorials, quarterly screen reviews, were produced for a decade (1949-1959) for Richard Thomas & Baldwins by the Film Producers’ Guild, a collective (Verity Films, Technical and Scientific Films, Greenpark Films) operating mainly from 1940s-1980s. The Guild owned Merton Park Studios which explains the location for the hair make-overs seen here. The reviews were intended to be of interest to the steelworkers and their families and friends, each containing stories of developments in the industry and sports and social activities sponsored by the company. There were also personal stories from particular worker’s lives, as here the “bicycle made by two”.
Steel on Film
Industry sponsored film 1948 42 mins Location: Ebbw Vale/Glyn Ebwy
The drama and spectacle of steelmaking at Ebbw Vale.
Documentary 1970 7 mins
A window on to a futuristic vision of concrete, glass and steel.
Industry sponsored film 1964 31 mins
At Rotherham a revolution in steelmaking has human consequences.
Industry sponsored film 1967 26 mins Location: Consett
Sparks fly in an industrial film that captures the exciting visual drama of steel production in Consett.
Industry sponsored film 1951 42 mins Silent
An industrial epic plays out in steelmaking South Wales.
1975 13 mins Silent Location: Swindon
After a glorious history, Baldwin's iron and steelworks in Swindon, Staffordshire, faces closure.
Ebbw Vale/Glyn Ebwy
Amateur film 1959 16 mins Silent Location: Crumlin
Owen Humberstone Prosser, an expert on railways and canals, captured the Crumlin Viaduct on film in 1959, before its demolition in 1967, a victim of the Beeching rail cuts.
Promotional 1958 17 mins Location: Ebbw Vale/Glyn Ebwy
RTB, the Ebbw Vale steel company, records a town highlight, preparations for which have been in train a year, involving organisers, competitors, quarrymen and steel workers.
Amateur film 1937 3 mins Silent Location: Ebbw Vale/Glyn Ebwy
Richard Thomas & Co. Ltd (later Richard Thomas and Baldwins) brings government-backed hope to depressed Ebbw Vale with new steelworks.
1956 21 mins Location: Ebbw Vale/Glyn Ebwy
Only connect: a little Welsh Lady doll, a steel rocking horse, burning Schnapps and the “Limestone Special”.
1949 18 mins Location: Ebbw Vale/Glyn Ebwy
RTB has lots to celebrate and Howard Marshall, director of personnel/public relations and the main Ingot Pictorial commentator, downs a pint in one on opening Ebbw Vale House.
Flat Rolled Products of Richard Thomas & Baldwins Limited Flat Rolled Products of Richard Thomas & Baldwins Limited
Advert 1960 22 mins Location: Ebbw Vale/Glyn Ebwy
A cinematic catalogue of the flat rolled steel products of Richard Thomas and Baldwins, showing some of their typical applications - car parts, cooker hobs, tins, wheelbarrows.
Travelogue 1907 9 mins Silent
A grand tour of Japan’s major cities, offering scenic views of the streets and daily life.
Interest film 1913 3 mins Silent
This ethnographic film offers a brief overview of the traditional culture of the Ainu, an ethnic minority in Japan.
Documentary 1905 4 mins
The performance of a masked dancer is followed by a scene from a kendo match, contrasting grace and ferocity.
Non-Fiction 1904 2 mins Silent
In a school gymnastic festival, boys and girls demonstrate their physical rigour through exercise and dance.
Interest film 1909 5 mins Silent
A vibrant festival with parades of fishermen and geisha celebrates the 50th anniversary of the opening of Yokohama Port.
1912 5 mins Silent
Pathécolor’s mechanical stencil colouring is put to good use illustrating a festival at an ancient shrine.