To find out when your local archive will be open over the festive period, visit our home page and go to ‘Find your archive’, find the archive you would like to visit and follow the links to find their Christmas opening hours. Best wishes to everyone for Christmas and the New Year.
On Saturday 19th November as part of the national Explore Your Archive campaign Flintshire Record Office hosted a fascinating fully illustrated talk “The March of Archery”- by Advolly Richmond. The talk was based on the activities of the Royal British Bowman Society and the various estates and families in the Flintshire and Shropshire/Wales Marches area. … Continue reading “The March of Archery”
Student records at Aberystwyth University dating back almost 150 years are being digitised and transcribed to make them more accessible. The records are contained in ten leather-bound manuscripts and date back to 1872 when the University opened its doors for the first time. To date, access to the fragile volumes has been restricted and the … Continue reading Opening a digital window to the past
In a special ceremony held on 4 November 2016, volunteers at The National Library of Wales were awarded for their work. ‘Helping us to Achieve’, the National Library of Wales’s scheme to expand access to Wales’ national archives by developing a cadre of skilled volunteers, has won the prestigious national Archive Volunteering Award for 2016. … Continue reading The National Library wins prestigious volunteering award
With busy lives it can be hard to find the time to think of, let alone actually get out and take part in, volunteering. However, if the right opportunity arises and you are able to say ‘yes’ it can offer a host of benefits – reducing stress, finding friends and learning something new. When he … Continue reading Volunteering: making friends and creating legacies
The Rt Hon Ann Clwyd was the keynote speaker at The National Library of Wales Welsh Political Archive Annual lecture on the 4th of November 2016. The main themes of the lecture was the miners strike and Tower Colliery. The lecture can be read here. Rob Phillips, Welsh Political Archive said: “We are … Continue reading Welsh Political Archive Annual Lecture
1203 out of 1219 Welsh Tithe maps have been loaded on cynefin.wales, 18329 out of 27225 tithe apportionment documents have been transcribed, by over 1,000 volunteers. However there are 8896 pages left and we need your help! Areas which need most help with transcription – ordered by number of pages remaining. Montgomery 1626 pages done … Continue reading Cynefin needs your help!
Using Richard Burton’s diaries, young people investigate growing up in a changing Port Talbot – through the eyes of one of the town’s most famous sons. Actor, lover, drinker: possibly the first three words that come to mind when thinking of Port Talbot born film star and heartthrob, Richard Burton. But he was also a … Continue reading From dung collecting to buying the world’s most expensive diamond!
An image has been released by the Cynefin project showing progress of how the historic tithe maps of Wales will be linked together to create a unified tithe map of Wales. The image demonstrates the scale of the work involved in creating the complete tithe map, which will cover 95% of Wales. Over 1,200 separate … Continue reading First glimpse of complete 1840s tithe map of Wales
A distinctive caravan is in Swansea this week, which turns out not to be a caravan when you look inside but a mobile recording booth for the BBC. The booth is part of BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Listening Project’ and is here to record conversations between friends or relatives for the popular radio programme. The … Continue reading Radio 4 Visits Swansea