Glamorgan Archives provides a variety of services to the schools, colleges and universities – and their students and teachers – within the local authority areas we serve.
We welcome visits from school groups of all ages. School visits are free of charge and last up to two hours. We can accommodate a maximum of 30 children in one visit.
Visits can be self-guided, with teachers leading their students through research using primary resources from the Glamorgan Archives collection, with advice from professional archivists. Structured workshops are also offered at the Archives. Delivered by our staff they can be tailored to the locality of the school visiting.
To date, workshops have only been delivered onsite at Glamorgan Archives. But, thanks to grant funding from the Welsh Government distributed through the Archives and Records Council Wales, our workshops are now available to download from our website for use in the classroom.
Each workshop includes a series of images of digitised documents from the Glamorgan Archives collection, with accompanying teacher notes. The resources are aimed at Key Stage 2 but can be adapted for use at any level.
The topics featured are:
World War II
Find out about the impact the Second World War had on Cardiff and south Wales. Discover how schools were affected; learn about air raids and air raid precautions; find out more about evacuees; explore how the war was fought on the Home Front through Dig for Victory and Make Do and Mend; see how rationing had an impact on everyday people in south Wales.
Sources used include school log books, maps, photographs, letters and much more.
Rich and Poor in Victorian Times
Find out how rich people in south Wales lived in Victorian times; and discover how the poor Victorian people of south Wales led their lives. Learn what was it like to go to school in Victorian times; explore the working lives of people in south Wales; discover more about the houses Victorian people lived in and the furniture and appliances they owned.
Sources used include census returns, maps, photographs, school log books, diaries and much more.
From the Collieries to Cardiff Docks: Industry and Shipping in South Wales
Discover more about coal: where did it come from? How was it used? Where did it go? Learn how Welsh coal powered the world and explore how it was exported via Cardiff Docks.
Sources used include: maps, photographs, census returns, trade directories, shipping records and much more.
The First World War
Discover more about the impact of the First World War on the people and communities of south Wales. Learn about life at the front, about the people from south Wales who served in the war, and the care provided for injured soldiers; discover how the War affected life at home and in school; and explore the changing role of women during the war.
Sources used include school log books, photographs, letters, diaries and much more.
Shopping in the Past
Learn about how the way we shop has changed over time. Explore the changing face of the local high street and Cardiff city centre; discover more about the development of home delivery; find out about food rationing during difficult times; and learn about the treats on offer at cafes in the past.
Sources used include photographs, trade directories, building plans, census returns and much more.
The resources are available to download from the Glamorgan Archives website http://glamarchives.gov.uk/workshops/