Swansea officially became a city on 3rd July, 1969. However, the industry and events of the port town had long captured the attention of photographers and filmmakers.
A montage of old photos of Swansea, set to music.
Photographs and oral history about the Hafod Morfa Copperworks, including a discussion about the fumes from the white rock.
⏯ Swansea Battalion (1919)
A short clip from 1919, showing the Swansea Battalion return home from the Great War.
In 1920, Queen Mary and King George V officially visited Swansea. A lot of smartly dressed spectators and dignitaries appear.
Civil Defence Messenger Hubert Thomas talks about his experiences during the German Luftwaffe bombing raids 19 to 21 February 1941, which killed 230 people and injured a further 397. Includes a number of old photographs of the town.
HuntleyFilmArchives uploaded this short clip from the 1940s.
More footage of the Swansea and Mumbles Railway. Includes a scene of people playing tennis in Cwndonkin Park.
In 1952, the Duke of Edinburgh visited a number of industrial sites at Port Talbot and Swansea, and the University College of Swansea.
David Sandler’s compilation of home movies from the 1960s and 70s show Swansea from many different locations.
The post war employment boom saw increased sales of toys for children, leading to more manufacturing jobs producing toys. One of the leading brands was Corgi, launched in 1956 and named after the Welsh breed of dog.
In the 1960s Swansea was home to a number of toy making factories, including Corgi, Triang, and Louis Marx.
Over the following decades, toy production moved abroad, with fewer employees and sites left operating in the UK. When Corgi moved to Mattel’s UK headquarters in Leicester in 1991, Corgi’s Swansea factory closed forever.
A narrated short film from the 1960s, when the manufacturing industry was a major source of local employment.
Wales Online uploaded a short film to YouTube. Photographs of Swansea in the 1970s lead into the planner’s vision of the 2017 £50million redevelopment scheme.
A five minute BBC Wales programme from 1998 explaining the origins, service and end of the world’s first passenger railway service.
In 2007, a cyclist rode from a high vantage point over Swansea, down through the city and stopped at the beach promenade.