Swansea sixty years ago: historic videos go viral

Swansea Market Credit: West Glamorgan Archive Service

Nostalgic video clips of Swansea city centre have gone viral across the world. The historic clips were shot in the years that followed the Second World War blitz when large parts of the city centre were being reconstructed.

Footage includes recordings of the Kingsway, Swansea Market and Castle Gardens in the 1950s and early 1960s.

The Kingsway clip includes footage of the Mayflower restaurant, a London-style double decker bus and motorcars that would now be considered vintage.

The videos have already been watched more than 30,000 times since being shared on the West Glamorgan Archive Service’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The archives team is planning to use #FilmFriday on its Facebook and Twitter accounts each Friday in the near future to accompany the uploading of more nostalgic video clips. Search for the West Glamorgan Archive Service on Facebook or follow @WestGlamArchive on Twitter.

Visit www.swansea.gov.uk/westglamorganarchives or call 01792 636589 for more information.