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The National Library of Wales Broadcast Archive

The National Library of Wales Broadcast Archive is a brand new ambitious project at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth!
With financial support from the HLF, we’re receiving BBC Cymru/Wales sound and video recordings to add to our collections – so, that’s all of the original recordings and their digital copies.  These will be a valuable addition to the ITV Wales film and video archive and the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales collection, already kept at the Library
We will be preserving the collection for ever by keeping it safe in a brand new storage area and also making it digitally available to the public in 4 locations across Wales.  All of the material will be available to view in 4 digital viewing hubs that we will be opening in the Library in Aberystwyth, Wrexham, Carmarthen and Cardiff.  1000 clips will also be available to view online on our website.                                                    The collection is unique in that it records all aspects of life in 20th century Wales.  It includes radio recordings from the 1930s and television from the 1950s and with over 360,000 sound and video items to choose from the programmes are as varied as life is in Wales!
This is a vital resource as all key moments and events in modern Wales’ history are recorded in this collection – the Second World War, Aberfan, the miners’ strike, devolution – it’s all here.  The collection is an invaluable chronicle of the life of the nation, showing how television has informed as well as entertained.
Maybe you will discover something that interests you personally .. a clip of your favourite rugby game .. news of an exciting event .. a piece of comedy that makes you laugh until your sides hurt .. a children’s programme that reminds you of your childhood … or even maybe a clip of your grandparents … Who knows what you will find?

We are excited about receiving such a valuable collection and establishing an ambitious project that will make it accessible across Wales.  But we want to make sure that we develop a project that will really be of benefit to our users – so we’d like to know what you want us to do!                                                                                                                           We want to give as many people as possible a chance to tell us what they want and to developing working partnerships by conducting a public consultation, so why not help us at the National Library to plan and develop a project for you by taking part?

You can be as involved as is convenient for you; you can help by sparing five minutes of your time to complete a questionnaire online: goo.gl/viCTgn.


But we’d really like it if you could spare some of your time to participate in our hands-on activities by attending a workshop and associated events or becoming a member of a focus group.  A series of these will be organised and held at various locations around Wales so as to make it convenient for as many people as possible. We’re eager for as many people as possible to get involved!

You are welcome to contact Nia Dafydd directly for more information or to express interest in participating: nia.dafydd@llgc.org.uk.


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