Ice and Coal - and the Crandons' family history

Wed, 09/01/2021 - 16:49

Elaine Dacey, who now lives in Sheffield, was raised in the village of Pantyscallog near Merthyr Tydfil in the 1950s.  Most of her ancestors lived and worked in Pantyscallog, Penydarren, Dowlais and Merthyr in the 19th and 20thC, but her grandfather Albert Crandon, like many other Welshmen over the years, ventured further afield to look for work and for a while he and his young family lived in America. Here, we share Elaine Dacey’s memories of her family and life in Pantyscallog, and also her grandfather’s great adventure in America in the 1920s and 1930s.

Fair days

Mon, 06/21/2021 - 17:04

The seaside town of Criccieth in Gwynedd is well known for its castle, but it's also renowned for its fairs. Preserving the history of the fairs, which goes back several centuries, along with other stories, folk tales and songs has been one of the 'Names, Legends and Songs' project's objectives as part of the Criccieth Community intergenerational initiative.

Archif Cof | Memory Archive: Helping People Living with Dementia

Wed, 05/12/2021 - 13:22

In this blog, Reina van der Wiel (Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales) and Catalena Angele (People's Collection Wales) discuss how and why the Archif Cof | Memory Archive was established on the People's Collection Wales website and its importance of facilitating reminiscence work with people living with dementia.

WiciPics: creating a record of Wales' built heritage

Mon, 11/30/2020 - 18:24

National Wicimedian Jason Evans explains how you can contribute to the WiciPics project by uploading photographs of locations that will help enrich Wikipedia content for your local area. From listed buildings, old chapels and castles to doctors' surgeries and schools, these images will also form a new digital archive for the National Library of Wales and will feature on the People's Collection Wales website.

Photoscoot: a 'then and now' photography project for wheelchair and disability scooter users

Mon, 09/28/2020 - 12:43

In this latest blog, our guest blogger, Deanna Groome talks about their family’s Photoscoot Project which was inspired by a copy of the Borough Guide for Machynlleth, published originally in 1911, and describes how she and her mother, Audrey, decided to undertake their most recent local history project in the popular seaside town of Aberystwyth during the Spring 2020 lockdown.

Behind the Mask

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 13:27

A new normal has formed during COVID-19 lockdown and wearing a mask is something that we are going to need to get used to, especially as restrictions are eased. This blog looks at different kinds of masks worn over the centuries, and their significance in various cultures.

Welsh-Italian Heritage

Mon, 05/04/2020 - 12:09

Stories from families who came to Wales from different regions of Italy, passed down from one generation to the next – stories shared with affection and a proud heart

Enriching our Collections – The Martin Ridley Collection

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 15:43

National Library of Wales staff share their knowledge and views of Martin Ridley’s photographic collection. The recently uploaded images capture life in Wales in 1905, as seen through the eyes of a commercial photographer from Bournemouth.

The Angel Shark Project: Wales needs your help!

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 11:21

Angelsharks were once common, gliding over the seabeds of the East Atlantic and Mediterranean. This amazing species has disappeared from much of its range, and is now Critically Endangered. An important population remains in Wales, and they need your help to safeguard it.

Europeana Migration Collection Days 6th-7th July

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 10:49

In partnership with People’s Collection Wales and Tiger Bay Tales, along with migration museums across Europe, Europeana is inviting people young and old to be part of its project to build an online collection dedicated to migration.