June 2008 Archives
Information has reached me about a Womenâs History Roadshow to be held at Caernarfon Record Office on Saturday, 28 June, 11am - 3pm (entry free). This is being organised by Archif Menywod Cymru / Women's Archive of Wales (WAW) which exists to promote the study, and to rescue and preserve the sources, of women's history in Wales. Their aim is to rescue material of all kinds which relate to womenâs lives in Wales and to ensure it is properly cared for and preserved, and made accessible (subject to any restrictions) to anyone interested.
The task of recovering womenâs history in Wales is urgent and pressing. Central to the reclamation of this distinctive history is the active process of tracking down, rescuing and conserving historical sources which throw light on womenâs lives. The past cannot be reconstructed without authentic historical sources.
WAW collect a broad range of archival, photographic and other material sources which illustrate the history and heritage of women in Wales, and their experience in a range of spheres including the domestic, political, religious, economic, cultural and social. They particularly seek diaries, scrapbooks, the minute books of womenâs organisations, literary manuscripts, photographs and similar materials. Their collections are deposited in WAWâs name in existing record offices in Wales, and in the National Library of Wales, where they are properly cared for, and where they can be accessed by researchers subject to any restrictions put on a collection.
Roadshows are a means of getting the public involved and are based on the popular model of the Antiques Roadshow. The public are being invited to bring memorabilia which tell us about the lives of women in Wales. As well as one-to-one discussions about the historical (as opposed to monetary) value of family or organisational records, each roadshow will also include talks and exhibitions, advice on conservation, and on safeguarding material for posterity.
Experts on hand at the Roadshow will give advice on conservation and preservation as well as discussing the historic value of the items. Items can be deposited with the Archive or copied for the Women's Archive of Walesâs website.
Professor Deirdre Beddoe, Emeritus Professor of Women's History at the University of Glamorgan and President of the Womenâs Archive of Wales, will be among the experts viewing items at the Caernarfon roadshow, as will Catrin Stevens, author and historian, and local archivists will provide the vital local link. Catrin Stevens said: âPeople are often unaware of the significance of many items, and may throw them away without realising their potential value â there is a lack of material about women of the twentieth century, and women in general, especially ordinary women.â?
If you have any material of this nature amongst your family records I would urge you to take it along to the Roadshow in Caernarfon on Saturday June 28th. A total of 17 Roadshows are being organised throughout Wales over a period of 2 years. One has already been held in Dolgellau and the next opportunity in this area will be in Anglesey on April 25, 2009. Even if you havenât got relevant information it could still be an interesting event and you could learn a lot about how records are kept in public archives.
For more information about the Caernarfon Roadshow, contact Rhiannon Gomer on 01341 420168 or email email@example.com, or visit the website: www.womensarchivewales.org.
Caernarfon Archives closed in June
The Gwynedd Archives in Caernarfon will unfortunately be closed to the public throughout the month of June due to maintenance work (Apart from the Roadshow on 28 June).
Ynys MÃŽn Archives Service
The special âAsk your Archivistâ? introductory sessions continue with one session in July as follows:
â¢ Have you wondered how to start tracing your family history?
â¢ Have you ever wondered about the history of your house?
â¢ Do you want to know more about a subject or a place on Anglesey?
â¢ Then come along and ask Anne Venables. You can get advice on how to go about doing your own research which includes how to use the Anglesey Archives in Llangefni. Once youâve started youâll find it hard to stop!
By appointment only: If you wish to attend any of the sessions listed in the following libraries you should telephone 01248 752083 to book your place.
Llangefni Monday, 7 July 2-7pm