Witness testimonies from the 1839 Newport Rising uncovered as part of Explore Your Archive week

Crucial transcripts of the witness testimonies from the Chartist Trials, which reported on the 1839 Newport Rising, the last large-scale armed protest in Great Britain, have been shared by Archives Wales as part of Explore Your Archive week (Saturday 20th – Sunday 28th November 2021) Held online at the People’s Collection Wales for anyone to … Continue reading Witness testimonies from the 1839 Newport Rising uncovered as part of Explore Your Archive week

From claims of Welsh descendants of Queen Elizabeth I, to evidence of an octopus in the Bristol Channel: hidden history uncovered for Explore Your Archive week

A wealth of historic documents, each with unique stories from the past, are being shared ahead of Explore Your Archives Week (Saturday 20th – Sunday 28th November 2021).Items highlighted as part of the week include a 12-metre-long family tree from the 1500s claiming that a Welshman is descended from the Virgin Queen, Queen Elizabeth I; an … Continue reading From claims of Welsh descendants of Queen Elizabeth I, to evidence of an octopus in the Bristol Channel: hidden history uncovered for Explore Your Archive week

Covid-19 Archives Fund: Records at Risk Project

Archivists’ roles are wide-ranging and encompass skills and responsibilities such as the selection of archival materials to be retained, cataloguing and describing their contents, and determining arrangements for public access. Perhaps the foremost responsibility of the archivist, however, is to ensure that the records in their care are capable of being preserved securely and permanently. … Continue reading Covid-19 Archives Fund: Records at Risk Project

S4C programmes to be protected at the National Library

S4C has reached an agreement with the National Library of Wales to ensure that all the channel's programmes are protected and transferred to the National Library's care as part of the National Broadcast Archive for Wales. All S4C content, programmes and series which have been broadcast since the channel's launch in 1982 will be transferred … Continue reading S4C programmes to be protected at the National Library

Teaming up to save the bits: digital sustainability in Wales

The theme for this years’ International Archives Day is Empowering Archives. Sally McInnes, Chair of the ARCW Digital Preservation Group and Head of Unique Collections and Collections Care at the National Library of Wales, explains how services are supporting each other to advance the digital preservation agenda in Wales. The ability to remotely connect and network … Continue reading Teaming up to save the bits: digital sustainability in Wales

Decades of dedication – an archival appreciation of the nursing profession

2020 was the year when we clapped for our carers, and publicly celebrated our health heroes. The nursing profession was a big part of this, and they have continued with their incredible work and devotion throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Looking through the archives, it is clear that an appreciation of nurses and the nursing profession … Continue reading Decades of dedication – an archival appreciation of the nursing profession