Aerofilms historic images of Wales go on show

Aberystwyth seafront in 1932 Aberystwyth seafront as seen in 1932

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Historic images of Wales from the air have gone on show in a new exhibition at Cardiff airport.

Founded by veterans of World War One, Aerofilms was the world's first commercial air photographic business.

The collection's pictures range from 1919 to 2006 and were bought for the nation by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales.

"These extraordinary bird's eye views provide an opportunity for visitors to understand both changes and continuities with town and country in twentieth-century Wales from First World War to devolution," said Nicola Roberts from the commission.

The exhibition is on show until November 2014.

Cardiff Arms Park in 1947 Cardiff Arms Park in 1947, including the cricket ground which survived until 1969
Millennium Stadium in 2006 The Millennium Stadium now dominates the riverside location
Tenby Harbour in 1929 Tenby Harbour, Castle Hill and St Catherine's Island in 1929
Gresford colliery, Wrexham, October 1934 Gresford colliery, Wrexham, one month after the September 1934 explosion and fire which killed 266 miners
Rhyl seafront, in 1949 and 2007 Rhyl seafront, in 1949 and 2007
Caernarfon Castle in 1953 Caernarfon Castle in 1953
Oystermouth Castle, Swansea in 1947 Oystermouth Castle, Swansea in 1947, overgrown and surrounded by allotments
Oystermouth Castle, Swansea in 2006 The castle has now been cleaned up but some of the allotments remain
Cathays Park, Cardiff, in 1920 Cathays Park, Cardiff, in 1920, showing City Hall, the Law Courts, and the National Museum (top right)
Cathays Park, Cardiff in 2006 Cathays Park, taken in 2006 - note the expansion of government and university buildings to the left
Francis Lewis Wills, pilot Jerry Shaw and Claude Friese-Greene take to the air in a DH9B biplane in July 1919 Francis Lewis Wills, pilot Jerry Shaw and Claude Friese-Greene take to the air in July 1919

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