Historical DVDs

Selection of History DVDs available

These are the History DVDs produced under our Production arm Past In Vision Productions.

Please note some of these vdeos were prroduced in the 1980s, so although we have used the best available master footage, the quality is not of HD standard.

In this video we show how our town has developed over the last 100 years. We show some of the people, places & events that have shaped Merthyr Tydfil.

In the last 100 years our town has changed almost beyond recognition, through “boom” times & recession through tragedy & happiness the one thing remained, its sense of community.

The Iron fountain, Bethesda Street, the Urdd Eisteddfod, Philip Madoc, the Prince of Wales. All signposts in the development through the last 100 years of Merthyr Tydfil.

In this DVD using photographs, cine film and excerpts from the Video archive held by Robert O’Keefe Video Services we show aspects of this journey.

In this DVD we look at the History & Life of the community of Cefn Coed.

Containing interviews with local people, old photographs, scenes of the village in the 1990’s & stories from the past.

Produced over 2 years it was filmed in and around the village of Cefn Coed

In this video we have endeavoured to show our view of how Merthyr Tydfil has changed over the past 20 years.

To show this change we have used old photos mixed with new images taken at the same location, thus showing how individual locations have been developed.

Past In Vision Productions would like to thank:

Mr Robert Thomas

Mr Mansel Richards

And Mr Andrew O’Keefe

For their contribution of photographs.

In this video we have endeavored to show how Merthyr Tydfil has changed over the years.

To show this change we have used old photos mixed with new images taken at the same location, thus showing how individual locations have been developed.

Areas include: Abercanaid, Dowlais, Treharris, Merthyr Tydfil town Centre, Aberfan and others.

Past In Vision Productions would like to thank: Merthyr Tydfil Central Library for their contribution of archive photographs.

In this video commissioned by the Dic Penderyn Society (Merthyr Tydfil) we will show our interpretation of the story of Dic Penderyn.

Many differing accounts of his life and death have been offered over the years, and they vary depending who you are talking to and for that matter where you are when the topic of Dic Penderyn comes up.

This video is made up of illustrations, live footage of important locations in thelife of Dic Penderyn as they look today, and includes a dramatised presentation of excerpts from the transcript of his trial.

In this programme we have endeavored to show our interpretation of the histories of Penyrheolgerrig & Heolgerrig both commonly known today as Heolgerrig.

Through the use of archive footage, scenes of the village today,and images of various locations taken over the last 40 plus years we have compiled a comprehensive presentation showing the varied and interesting history of the village.

Also we have talked to the next generation of the residents of Heolgerrig, some of the children of Heolgerrig School to ask them what they know of the history of their home.

Over 18 months in the making this DVD shows the history of our village.

In 1907 a school was opened in Heolgerrig, it was the first purpose built educational establishment in the village. It served the children of the area for over 102 years.

In 2008 work began to build a new school. In this DVD we will show

scenes of the old school & look at its history. Show scenes of the building of the new school, the demolition of the old one and have footage of the first fete to be held at the newly opened Heolgerrig community School.

We also have photos and video footage of some past & present pupils & staff...are you one of them?

“Our Heritage...” is the new project from Past In Vision Productions.

Using old Cine film, archive photographs and footage from the collection of Robert O’Keefe Video Services, we celebrate the centenary of the incorporation of Merthyr Tydfil by highlighting some of the important places, events and people from the last 100 years.

Mixed with state of the art digital footage of our town today it offers a unique keepsake of Our Town.

Over 4 years in the making, this interactive CD-ROM shows Religious Premises in the Merthyr Tydfil area.

Our only criteria for inclusion is that the Church /Chapel were found within the confines of Merthyr Tydfil, and that an image or images of it exist.

You can navigate through the list to access the information we have been able to uncover. Also included in the CD are: an introduction by Carloyn Jacob Chief Reference Librarian of Merthyr Tydfil Central Library, and a comprehensive list produced by Mr. Hier in which you can find information on some of the religious premises we were unable to locate images of.

If you have any information (and images) relating to religious premises and wish to have it included in futureprojects our contact details are on the disc.

In this video we have endeavored to show scenes of the last days production at this factory.

We feature the staff who were there, give a tour of the buildings. Show the party in the canteen and also the “re-union” party at the Locomotive and Railway Inn.

This offers a great memento for the staff who worked there and a valuable historical record of one of the main employers in the town of Merthyr Tydfil for many years

Mrs. Margaret Pritchard

Mrs. Margaret Pritchard talks to Past In Vision Productions about memories of her 100 years.

Memories from her childhood, working at a public house at Senghenydd at the time of the mining disaster, bringing up her family and general remembrances of life during this time of great change .

Interview conducted by Carolyn Jacob Reference and Local studies Librarian.

Just Not Cricket - An Interview with Charles “Horace” Jones

In this second DVD in the Merthyr Memories series Merthyr poet Charles “Horace” Jones talks of his Memories of Merthyr Tydfil and reads some of his works.

Interesting, controversial and amusing, meet one of Merthyr’s great characters.

Interview conducted by Carolyn Jacob Reference and Local studies Librarian.

The Views expressed in this DVD do not necessarily represent those of the video company or any of its agents.