The tithe maps of Wales showcased at the National Eisteddfod

Cynefin is an innovative HLF funded project which aims to digitise all the tithe maps of Wales. The project’s showcase currently is a sophisticated and enjoyable crowdsourcing website which aims to get the public involved in transcribing tithe documents and geographically positioning the maps. This website, and many of the digitised maps will be shown … Continue reading The tithe maps of Wales showcased at the National Eisteddfod

National Library of Wales awarded UK Archive Service Accreditation status

The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth has been awarded Archive Service Accreditation, a UK-wide quality standard scheme. Accreditation is supported by a partnership including The National Archives and the Welsh Government through its Museums, Archives and Libraries division.  It defines good practice and identifies agreed standards, thereby ensuring the long-term collection, preservation and accessibility of … Continue reading National Library of Wales awarded UK Archive Service Accreditation status

West Glamorgan Archives, Guest Blog Post by Kim Collis

On Monday 15 April last year, West Glamorgan Archives was host to an experiment which may yet have far-reaching effects for archives in the UK.  A live link was made between the archive cataloguing software of West Glamorgan Archives and Richard Burton Archives, Swansea University, proving it was possible to share reader registration data between … Continue reading West Glamorgan Archives, Guest Blog Post by Kim Collis

Rhymney Valley Water Board Records

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The 75th deposit received by Glamorgan Archives in 1976 was the Rhymney Valley Water Board Records.  The Board was established in 1921, after many years of campaigning leading to the passing of the Rhymney Valley Water Board Bill.

The Board was comprised of councillors from Gelligaer, Bedwellty, Bedwas and Machen, Mynyddislwyn, Rhymney and Caerphilly.  It had the power to acquire certain water undertakings and works and to construct new works, as well as to supply water. The water itself came from the Taf Fechan Water Supply Board, whose records we also hold at Glamorgan Archives.

Minutes of the Rhymney Valley Water Board Minutes of the Rhymney Valley Water Board

Although the Board was established in 1921 the records date from 1916; these early items comprise newspaper cuttings tracking reports on the campaign for the creation of the Board.  The records continue until 1966.  

The Rhymney Valley Water Board Recordscomprise 45 volumes of minute books, accounts…

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Pembrokeshire Archives

Thanks to Pembrokeshire archives for this blog post! Pembrokeshire Archives (formerly Pembrokeshire Record Office) is located in Prendergast, Haverfordwest and holds an extensive collection of archive material for Pembrokeshire dating back to 1272. Our location and opening hours can be found via the below link: http://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/archives We also have our online catalogue which currently holds … Continue reading Pembrokeshire Archives

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Happy 75th anniversary Glamorgan Archives!

Glamorgan Archives

Glamorgan Archives is 75 this year.  We share seniority in Wales with our neighbour, Gwent: they were the first to set up an archive service (1938) but we were the first to appoint an archivist (1939).  The county showed impeccable timing with the result that our anniversary year will also be shared with two world wars and one national strike to name but a few of the major commemorations we will also be marking in 2014.

Glamorgan Archives

The first County Archivist, Emyr Gwynne Jones, soon moved on, becoming Bangor University’s Librarian in 1946.  He has had only 4 successors and this continuity of senior staff is reflected in the continuity of the service’s core function, defined by Madeleine Elsas in 1959 as: the task of preserving records, restoring them, collecting additional material about the geographical county, and making these records freely available.”

To celebrate our 75 years of care for…

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Vote now to show your support for 3 Welsh Museums/Archives!

3 Welsh Museums/Archives have been shortlisted for the national Connect10 competition for venues to win a contemporary artist and £2000 towards running an event in the Museums at Night Festival (15-17 May 2014). Shortlisted venues/artists are: Swansea Museum - Amy Sharrocks The Cardiff Story Museum - Janette Paris Denbighshire Archives & Ruthin Gaol Museum - … Continue reading Vote now to show your support for 3 Welsh Museums/Archives!