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What's available on Clip Cymru?

Developed as part of the Wales Broadcast Archive project, it is a free online resource that provides unprecedented access to the unique and historical audiovisual collections held at The National Library of Wales. A celebration of our rich cultural heritage, the project will provide public access in Clip Corners throughout Wales to over 400,000 items of radio and television material from Wales dating back to the 1930s, in addition to hundreds of films from the Screen and Sound Archive, which date back to 1898. 

Bringing together extensive broadcast material from the collections of BBC Cymru Wales, ITV Cymru Wales and S4C, the Broadcast Archive records close to a century of Welsh life in unparalleled diversity, offering a unique insight into the histories and cultures of Wales. By preserving, cataloguing, and digitising this material and presenting them on a fully searchable website, this remarkable collection will be accessible to all. 

From the history of the Second World War to the Aberfan disaster; from the campaign for Devolution to the Miners' strike; from iconic sporting successes to the entertainment of the Noson Lawen, Clip Cymru presents a historical snapshot of 20th century Wales and beyond.

Where can I access the Broadcast archive?

Online to all

As part of Clip Cymru’s innovative website, a diverse collection of 1,500 clips from the Broadcast Archive will be curated and made available for anyone to view online. The clips will also be available to be viewed on the Broadcast Archive YouTube account. Due to rights restrictions, it is not possible to view or listen to Clip Cymru’s whole collection from home, however, the entire catalogue will be searchable online. 

Wales Broadcast Archive

The Wales Broadcast Archive is based at The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, and a Clip Centre is also being developed at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff. As well as providing free access to the entire Broadcast Archive collection held at The National Library of Wales, material from the Archive will also be accessible through events, exhibitions and presentations at these locations. 

Clip Corners

Over the period of the project, Clip Corners will also be established throughout Wales to allow free and local access to the entire digitised audiovisual collection held at The National Library of Wales. The formation of these Clip Corners will ensure that communities beyond Aberystwyth will be able to enjoy the benefits of the archive in their local area. Find your nearest Clip Corner now.