A unique piece of Wales’ Black history from Cardiff online: William Hall’s Slavery Narrative

An extremely rare piece of Wales’ Black history is available digtially after being published online for the first time earlier this year. William Hall, an escaped slave and resident of Cardiff, published his life story from Bute Street in 1862. Published on the city’s Bute Street in 1862, William Hall’s “Personal Narrative” is a shocking … Continue reading A unique piece of Wales’ Black history from Cardiff online: William Hall’s Slavery Narrative

The events leading up to the emancipation of an American slave at Swansea

During the eighteenth century the movement to abolish the Slave Trade and slavery in the British colonies was strongest in urban centres. Large towns and cities were often home to cultural and philosophical societies where the urban elite could debate the major issues of the day. Urban centres were also well served by newspapers: the … Continue reading The events leading up to the emancipation of an American slave at Swansea

Denbighshire Archives Service and Flintshire Record Office Become North East Wales Archives

On 1st April 2020, despite the fact that we were in national lockdown due to the Coronavirus Emergency, Flintshire Record Office and Denbighshire Archives Service were working behind the scenes to become a joint service. We are now called North East Wales Archives - or NEWA for short - representing a new joint service for … Continue reading Denbighshire Archives Service and Flintshire Record Office Become North East Wales Archives

Subordination and Devastation: Two Sea Voyages from the Port of Cardiff

Glamorgan Archives holds crew agreements and log books for ships registered at the Port of Cardiff for the years 1863-1913 (ref.: DCA).  The following incidents illustrate two extraordinary occurrences recorded in these logs. The master of the Talca (official number 50438), Charles Woollacott, a Devonshire man, aged 41, must have wondered at the events which … Continue reading Subordination and Devastation: Two Sea Voyages from the Port of Cardiff

The experience of Basque refugee children in Swansea in the 1930s

In 2010, Swansea was officially designated a City of Sanctuary, a testament to Swansea’s long tradition of providing shelter and a safe space for persons fleeing war, famine and persecution. A neglected collection in the archives throws new light on one episode in this continuing narrative. Reproduced in countless exhibitions, books and television documentaries, photographs … Continue reading The experience of Basque refugee children in Swansea in the 1930s

International Archives Day 2020

Happy International Archives Day! Today we celebrate the richness of archival collections, and the importance of the work of archivists and archival institutions around the world. As part of the Explore Your Archive campaign, Archives Wales recruited ‘Archive Ambassadors’ to share their own experiences and of using archive collections and service for professional and personal … Continue reading International Archives Day 2020