During the 2016 International Council on Archives (ICA) Congress in Seoul, Korea, the ICA Section of Professional Associations (SPA) hosted a Film Festival on Archives and Records Management.
Nine films were nominated in three categories. The only UK archive service to feature amongst the nominations was Glamorgan Archives, which won in the category ‘Best Film Portraying the Relevance and Importance of Archives’!
Users of Welsh archives were asked to submit a story about their experiences and discoveries as a result of using archives. A selection of these stories were made into films. The film from Glamorgan Archives shows how self-advocacy group Cardiff People First developed a project to help their members tell their stories about Ely Hospital in Cardiff. Glamorgan Archives played a key role in their research, showing them old documents relating to Ely Hospital and the surrounding area, and helping them understand what they all meant.
The jury said of the film:
‘There is so much heart and soul in this film, it´s not possible to watch it without being touched somehow. Equally important, however, is it that it captures the essence of why all the work we do in the archives is essential both to society at large, but also to individual citizens. Glamorgan Archives have been smart about getting the message across in their film, when they´ve used real people, real stories and just the right amount of facts, footage, information and most of all: pathos’ (See http://www.arkivrad.no/the-spa-film-festival-2016-the-winners )
Glamorgan Archives is thrilled to win this award, and especially pleased to highlight the amazing work of our partners, members of Cardiff People First.
Watch the film and be inspired! https://youtu.be/q6rO_JUFzmo
About Glamorgan Archives
Glamorgan Archives serves the authorities of Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taff and the Vale of Glamorgan. It collects, preserves and makes available to the public documents from the area dating from the 12th century to the present day. Over 12km of documents are held in the strongrooms of its purpose-built facility which opened in January 2010.
More information on Glamorgan Archives can be found at www.glamarchives.gov.uk
About Cardiff People First
Cardiff People First is a self-advocacy organisation run by and for people with a learning disability in Cardiff. We support each other to make our voice heard, learn about life and do new things. We stand up for our rights and campaign to change attitudes, get better services and enjoy more opportunities. We fight for equality, understanding, respect and acceptance.
More information on Cardiff People First can be found at http://home.btconnect.com/cardiffpeople1st/
For further details contact:
Rhian Diggins, Senior Archivist
Glamorgan Archives, Clos Parc Morgannwg, Leckwith, Cardiff CF11 8AW
Email: email@example.com Tel.: 029 2087 2299