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Haf i’r Hydref
Clip from title no. 445 (4480211)
16mm film | B & W | Silent
Filmed by Goronwy Moelwyn Hughes

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Summer holidays c.1933 for the family of Goronwy [Ronw] Moelwyn Hughes, a London-based lawyer born in Cardigan in 1897 to Anna Maria Lewis and the Rev. Dr John Gruffydd Moelwyn Hughes, minister at the town’s Presbysterian Tabernacle Chapel.

Goronwy married Louise Mary [Lulu] Greer, daughter of a Liverpudlian judge, in 1929 and their young sons, Arthur and Ifan, are seen experiencing life on a farm, including travel in a horse-drawn cart and the wearing of new Wellington boots.

The Moelwyn Hughes collection of family films, dating from the 1930s, includes footage of family weddings, a religious ‘sasiwn’ in Llangeitho to celebrate 200 years of Methodism in Wales, electioneering (unsuccessfully) by Goronwy Moelwyn Hughes on behalf of the Labour party for the Cardiganshire seat in 1935 (he later won the Carmarthen seat for Labour in 1941), and a meeting hosted by David Lloyd George in the garden of his home ‘Bryn Awelon’ in Cricieth.

Ifan Moelwyn Hughes, who deposited the films with the Archive, has formerly been Director of Computer Services at the University of Wales Aberystwyth and a member of the Council of The National Library of Wales.