Community Archives Wales - Our Wales
Community Archives Wales works with groups within Communities First areas across Wales to create digital community archives. These are collections of material in private hands that have been digitised and interpreted by community groups, enabling the communities to present their own history in their own words.
Community Archives Wales has brought together individuals from different age and language groups, giving them pride in their local heritage and a shared sense of identity. The project also contributes to the regeneration of disadvantaged communities by providing participants with valuable IT skills which increase employability and give a sense of empowerment.
Over the past year, the groups, with the help of our Project Officers, Richard, Paul, Siân and Stefan, have been placing their history online and the website, www.ourwales.org.uk, now holds over 2,500 images, with more being added each week.
From the Scouts in Troedyrhiw to the ladies of Bonymaen and the rural communities of Nantlle and Cwmystywyth, take a look at the website and see the fruits of their labour over the past year.
The project has been running since March 2007 and is currently coming to an end in December 2008. The project team is actively seeking funding for the future of this project.