Workshop 6 October 2015 Dolgellau Record Office

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Seven members attended and Hanna Huws, North Wales Communities officer, Cymru dros Heddwch. It was interesting to exchange information and discuss the possibility of co-operating.
These are some of the subjects that emerged:

  • Looking at ways to find peace
  • Children ‘without history’ and how to close the gap
  • The Rememberance Book Project, Rhian James Jones, digitising everyone recorded on memorials in Wales – app available to download

Members: The on-line course ‘futurelearn’ Rhian W has used it and approves it. Two of them at least could be of interest to members.

WW1: Trauma and Memory – starting on 16 November, 2 hours a week for 3 weeks. BBC and the Open University.

WW1 Changing Faces of Heroism – starting on 26 October, 4 hours a week for 3 weeks, Leeds University.

Reference was made to ‘Y Ddau Gefnder’, the story retold by Beryl.
The work by Menna Jones on the history of hospitals in North Wales for World War I soldiers.

Catherine offered scans of documents scanned to place on the Cymru Dros Heddwch in the form of a story. These were transferred to Hanna.

Vivian gave a copy of the detailed work he has undertaken on the Llanrwst Tribunal, mentioned last time. He gave a copy of his article so that we can select parts to be placed on the website and possibly on the People’s Collection Wales website.

Coming up…

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19 September 2.30 at Glyndŵr Memorial Hall, Glyndyfrdwy: Lecture ‘Glyndŵr yn ei gynefin’ by Professor Gruffydd Aled Williams.

An unique opportunity to learn about Owain Glyndŵr in the area that gave him his name! (Translation facilities will be available)

10 October 2.00 at Llanelltud Village Hall following the Annual General Meeting: Lecture ‘Old, rare and interesting: 400 years of Merioneth books’ by Brian Slyfield and an opportunity to see his private collection of rare books relating to Merioneth.

Book launch

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Monday, 13 July will be long remembered at Ysgol Llanbedr. Two events were combined there when a volume to commemorate D J Williams, Y D.J. Arall. Bywyd a Gwaith D.J. Williams, Llanbedr 1886-1950 by his niece Gwenith Baker, was launched and a plaque was unveiled on the school wall. The pupils took part in the events to commemorate the father of the Welsh comic Hwyl and the welcome extended to the guests will long be remembered.


photo by Beryl Griffiths

Recognition for collection of historic photographs

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Congratulations to one of our Council members, Hugh G Roberts, on the recognition he received recently by the Welsh Council for Voluntary Action for his work on his collection of photographs of  Barmouth that can be seen here

Adult category – Hugh Griffith Roberts

A retired National Park officer has spent most of the past decade curating ‘probably the best collection’ of historic photographs in Britain, generating worldwide interest and building community cohesion in a seaside town with a historically transient population. Barmouth resident Hugh Griffith Roberts has also helped promote digital inclusion among older people, encouraging them to use a website to view the pictures and share them by email with friends.

Saturday 23 May – Yr Ysgwrn

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Many of our members turned out to visit Yr  Ysgwrn. It was a great privilege to hear the story by the hearth by Gerald and it gave us an insight into the true impact of the First World War on one rural farm, and therefore we could better understand the impact on many, many more families. Officers from Snowdonia National Park also explained the exciting developments that are planned for Yr Ysgwrn.


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Cofio a Chreithiau, HLF Project – 15 May 2015

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This meeting was used to summarise progress so far and to plant the programme for autumn and 2016. The possibility of arranging another day school at Tanybwlch was discussed to share discoveries and attract new members to the group.

We intend to continue to scan.  Rhian will return the scanner to Hazel at the National Library and it is planned to supply new equipment in its places as part of the History Hub.

Update on our new website and the recording equipment

Contact needed with Cymru Dros Heddwch to arrange placing the Society of Friends tapestry on their website (CJ)

Cofio a Chreithiau, HLF Project – 15 April 2015

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9 members met at the Dolgellau Record Office for a workshop 10.30-12.30

Some could not come due to the start of the tourism season.

Dai gave some ideas for group work for those who did not have relatives who went to the First World War. It was felt that we need a theme for people to research from home. The following were suggested: the history of the hospital for officers at Nannau, Belgian Refugees who came to the area (especially to Barmouth). The Society has sponsored the placing of copies of the Barmouth Advertiser on the web and these can be used as sources.

Cofio a Chreithiau, HLF project 24 March 2015.

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We made an early start by scanning the cover of the programme for the unveiling of the Dolgellau war memorial. Studying this on a large screen enabled us to discuss the implications involved of placing similar items onto our website. It also helped us to start formulating a protocol for our work and gave everyone the opportunity to contribute ideas and comments. We feel we have grown in self-confidence and vision. Catherine James spoke to us about her father, Jenkin W. James, using several documents and certificates to illustrate his painful experiences as a Conscientious Objector. Mr James subsequently became a widely respected head teacher of Bala Grammar School for Boys.

We will continue to develop our work, supporting the archives and encouraging people to deposit original documents in our collection there.

Cofio a Chreithiau, HLF project 10 March 2015

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The same members supported the second workshop. We discussed our specific objectives thoroughly before listening to Geraint Vaughan Jones who spoke about the experiences of his two grandfathers. Geraint described some of their moving experiences and we studied a number of related photographs and documents. In doing so, we discovered some of the useful sources of information and official records which are available to us during our researches.

There followed a fascinating discussion which led us to consider our next steps and what we hope to achieve.