Where are all the women in Welsh history? Archif Menywod Cymru / Women’s Archive Wales works to raise the profile of women’s history in Wales and preserve the sources which tell their story.
We have two key aims:
- To identify and rescue materials relating to the lives of women in Wales past, present and future, and encourage their deposit in appropriate public repositories.
- To promote understanding of women’s roles in Welsh history, and the inclusion of women in history taught in schools and higher education.
What do we do?
- Seek out and identify the records of women’s lives and experience, women’s organisations and employment.
- Encourage the recognition of their historical importance.
- Work with the county archive services of Wales, the National Library and National Museum of Wales, university archives and other repositories to document, preserve and make these materials publicly accessible.
- Organise events
- Annual weekend conference: talks and presentations by amateur and professional historians, an opportunity to socialise with like-minded people.
- Day schools and other events, talks to groups, exhibitions, book launches and collaborations with similar organisations.
- Produce a quarterly newsletter for members.
- Undertake grant-aided projects
- Encourage study and research into all aspects of women’s lives in Wales, including sponsoring a prize in the Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative annual competition www.whsi.org.uk
AMC/WAW was founded in 1997. We are a non-profit-making organisation and a registered charity run by volunteers. We depend on members’ subscriptions, money donations and occasional grant aid to finance our work. We do not have premises which can be visited but work through our website and with our partners to achieve our aims.
The title ‘Archif Menywod Cymru / Women’s Archive Wales’ indicates that we include records of women who are not Welsh but lived or worked in Wales or in some way contributed to Welsh history. This also applies to our membership.
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