The Women’s Archive of Wales

Our list of 75 75th accessions includes a deposit received via the Women’s Archive of Wales.

The Women’s Archive of Wales was established in 1997. Its aim is to raise the profile of women in the history of Wales and encourage the study and understanding of those women’s lives. It works with archives services across Wales to ensure that documents relating to the history of women are preserved for the future. Items are donated to the Women’s Archive, and are then placed on deposit at the appropriate local archive service, or national body, where they are preserved in the best conditions possible and made accessible to members of the public for research.

The Women’s Archive of Wales is a charity funded through the subscriptions of members. They hold an annual conference each autumn, produce a regular newsletter and host a lecture each year at the National Eisteddfod. They also undertake a number of projects. Currently they are recording the oral histories of women who worked in the manufacturing industries throughout Wales between 1945 and 1975 as part of their Heritage Lottery funded project, Voices from the Factory Floor.

Women’s Archive of Wales collections deposited at Glamorgan Archives include records of the South Wales Branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom; the Women’s Arts Association, Permanent Waves; records of local Merched y Wawr branches, and the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp Collection, along with personal papers of several local women.

You can find out more about the Women’s Archive of Wales at http://www.womensarchivewales.org/

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