Caernarfon’s 19th century cholera epidemic uncovered as part of Explore Your Archive week

Gwynedd Archives Service holds a number of items in their collections detailing the 1866 Caernarfon cholera epidemic. There were numerous outbreaks of cholera across the UK during the 1860s, with Caernarfon suffering most severely in 1866. It is estimated that during this time around 100 people died of the disease and 77 of the victims … Continue reading Caernarfon’s 19th century cholera epidemic uncovered as part of Explore Your Archive week

Green Shield Stamp catalogue from the 1960s uncovered by Ceredigion Archives as part of Explore Your Archive week

A Green Shield Stamp catalogue from the 1960s has been uncovered by Archives Wales, ahead of Explore Your Archive Week (Saturday 21st – Sunday 29th November 2020). Before the Argos catalogue or Tesco Clubcard, shoppers in the 1960s and 70s earned Green Shield Stamps for purchases in a range of smaller shops like local grocers, … Continue reading Green Shield Stamp catalogue from the 1960s uncovered by Ceredigion Archives as part of Explore Your Archive week

Historic property listing for ‘I’m a Celebrity’ castle uncovered as part of Explore Your Archive week

A historic property listing for Gwrych Castle, made famous by this year’s series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! has been uncovered, ahead of Explore Your Archive Week (Saturday 21st – Sunday 29th November 2020). Gwrych Castle 1910, North East Wales Archives The 19th century castle and estate, which is based near … Continue reading Historic property listing for ‘I’m a Celebrity’ castle uncovered as part of Explore Your Archive week

Keeping the Good for Good: Preserving the Laws of Hywel Dda at the National Library of Wales

World Digital Preservation Day Every year, the Digital Preservation Coalition holds a World Digital Preservation Day with the aim of drawing attention to the complex strategic, cultural and technological issues involved in ensuring sustained access to digital content. This year has brought into particular focus the global reliance on digital information, infrastructure and connectivity and … Continue reading Keeping the Good for Good: Preserving the Laws of Hywel Dda at the National Library of Wales

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