Uncovering History: Lyra's D-Day Experience with the BBC

On the 80th anniversary of D-Day, a BBC programme brings the historical events of this pivotal day to life. One of the young stars of this programme, Lyra, a pupil from Aberystwyth, shares her personal experiences, insights, and reflections from the filming process. Through her eyes, we gain a deeper understanding of the significance of D-Day and the lasting impact it has on our world today.

The Holocaust and Wales

For Holocaust Memorial Day, we invited Klavdija Erzen, Programme and Project Manager for the Jewish History Association of South Wales, to tell us more about their project and the series of 20 free teaching resources that they have created and published on our website and Hwb, the Welsh Government's digital learning platform. The resources remind students that the Holocaust affected people from their own communities in Wales.

Hughesovka; a Welsh Connection to Ukraine

Ukraine and the Donbas region might seem a long way from Wales. But there are historical connections linking the two places. This blog, written by Dr Victoria Donovan, a Senior Lecturer in Russian and the Director of the Centre for Russian, Soviet, Central and East European Studies at the University of St Andrews, discusses the history of the Russian war against Ukraine, Welsh migration and industrialisation in the Donbas region and the complex legacy between European heritage and Russian imperialist ideology.

The West Wales Veterans' Archive

The West Wales Veterans’ Archive on People’s Collection Wales was recently announced as the winner of the Community Archives and Heritage Group’s Contribution to Wellbeing Award. This blog takes a look at how this archive has evolved to include nearly 400 items, unearthing veterans’ experiences and capturing stories that have remained untold until now. They include contributions mainly from WW2 veterans and those who were conscripted into National Service from 1947-1961 and a small number who served in later conflicts and on peace-keeping duties.

Postcards from the past: libraries sharing the history of our seaside resorts through postcards

In this blog, we dip into the social history of two seaside resorts in north and south Wales through a selection of historic postcards from the late 1890s to the 1930s, published by Rhyl Library and Barry Library (Vale of Glamorgan Libraries) on People’s Collection Wales.

Ice and Coal - and the Crandon's family history

Elaine Dacey, who now lives in Sheffield, was raised in the village of Pantyscallog near Merthyr Tydfil in the 1950s.  Most of her ancestors lived and worked in Pantyscallog, Penydarren, Dowlais and Merthyr in the 19th and 20thC, but her grandfather Albert Crandon, like many other Welshmen over the years, ventured further afield to look for work and for a while he and his young family lived in America. Here, we share Elaine Dacey’s memories of her family and life in Pantyscallog, and also her grandfather’s great adventure in America in the 1920s and 1930s.

Fair days

The seaside town of Criccieth in Gwynedd is well known for its castle, but it's also renowned for its fairs. Preserving the history of the fairs, which goes back several centuries, along with other stories, folk tales and songs has been one of the 'Names, Legends and Songs' project's objectives as part of the Criccieth Community intergenerational initiative.

Archif Cof | Memory Archive: Helping People Living with Dementia

In this blog, Reina van der Wiel (Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales) and Catalena Angele (People's Collection Wales) discuss how and why the Archif Cof | Memory Archive was established on the People's Collection Wales website and its importance of facilitating reminiscence work with people living with dementia.

WiciPics: creating a record of Wales' built heritage

National Wicimedian Jason Evans explains how you can contribute to the WiciPics project by uploading photographs of locations that will help enrich Wikipedia content for your local area. From listed buildings, old chapels and castles to doctors' surgeries and schools, these images will also form a new digital archive for the National Library of Wales and will feature on the People's Collection Wales website.

Vernon David Emmanuel’s Photographic Collection

Here, our guest blogger Graham Tudor Emmanuel talks about his father's legacy and the large photographic collection that has been deposited with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. 500 digital items from the Vernon David Emmanuel Collection will be available soon on People’s Collection Wales and will include images of chapels and churches in Carmarthenshire as well as various industrial sites in south Wales. Already published from the collection are 100 fantastic images depicting life in and around Usk, Monmouthshire in the Edwardian era, .