Saturday, 29 December 2007

Welsh History Online

Century of history made available online

Dec 27 2007 by Karen Price, Western Mail

MILLIONS of people from around the world will now have access to a landmark exhibition at the National Library of Wales after it went online yesterday.

In This Place features exhibits relating to Wales during the past 100 years. Visitors can turn the pages of Dylan Thomas’s passport – the one which came home to Wales following his death in the US – or see Welsh recruitment posters from World War I.

The website also features pages from Welsh newspapers, including the Western Mail, as they reflect the changing face of Wales and the world from 1907 – which is when the National Library was awarded its foundation Royal Charter.

There is news on the Senghenydd mining disaster of 1913, the formation of the Urdd in 1922, the Spanish Civil War and World War II.

The exhibition, which was displayed at the National Library earlier this year, has been described by organisers as a treasure trove of information in photographs, correspondence and newspaper.

The website includes cartoons by the Barry-born cartoonist Leslie Illingworth and literature from the 1979 and 1997 devolution referendums, as well as archives from Charlotte Guest and her interest in the Mabinogi legends.

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