Following the reopening of the Carmarthenshire Archives last year, a magnificent Tithe map and a linked written apportionment (award) for the parish of Talyllychau was deposited with the archive service. Dating from 1839, these documents are extremely valuable sources of information about the parish of Talyllychau in the 19th century.

Unfortunately, the documents were in a very poor condition when surrendered to staff and were in urgent need of repair. Thanks to a generous grant of £3,450 from the Welsh Government, the archives staff were able to not only send the documents away for professional conservation treatment, but also create an enjoyable learning experience for the children of Ysgol Gynradd Talyllychau.

Over the course of 5 bilingual sessions, 29 children from Ysgol Talyllychau took part in an exciting creative experience both at the archives and at the school. These sessions were developed and led by local artist, Seren Stacey and the staff at Carmarthenshire Archives. The aim of the initiative was to promote a greater understanding of both the children’s Cynefin, and the role and relevance of the Carmarthenshire Library and Archives.

Children are standing in a row looking up at the wall where their colourful finished artworks have been framed and hung.
© Carmarthenshire Archives

This engaging experience culminated in the creation of 2 wonderful artworks which were unveiled in the archive search room by Cllr. Gareth John, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Leisure, Culture & Tourism. During the unveiling Cllr. John praised the work of the children and emphasised the importance on teaching Cynefin and added that: “this wonderful project has not only allowed the pupils of Ysgol Gynradd Talyllychau to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of their local area but has also enabled them to learn more about the wider relationship between community and culture in Carmarthenshire.

The artworks are on permanent display at the Carmarthenshire Archives.

Leave a Reply