Archives across Wales have been getting ready to celebrate their services and collections for the Explore Your Archive week, which this year runs between 23rd and 30th November. The weeklong campaign encourages people to discover the stories, facts, places and people that are at the heart of Welsh communities.
As part of the celebrations, Anglesey Archives held a one-day project entitled “Ail-gylchu’r Gorffennol” with North Wales jeweller, Hannah Coates and a group of home-educated children from the Amlwch area. The aim of the project was to explore and celebrate Anglesey’s close connection with the sea and draw attention to the blight of plastic in our oceans.
Drawing inspiration from a recent deposit of maritime records, the children recycled and reused discarded materials and found objects to create interpretive designs of early cross channel vessels, which once operated on the Irish Sea.
Lia Griffiths, Learning and Engagement Co-ordinator said “In repurposing plastic waste the children have created art works that are not only beautiful, but also serve as a reminder of the impact of waste on our planet and its wildlife”.
The finished pieces will be displayed in the foyer of the Anglesey Archives in January 2020 alongside surrogate copies of the maps, plans, and images, which inspired them.