When an area is redeveloped it can be hard to remember the buildings that once stood there. Over the next few months our blog will highlight a collection which helps to record the changing face of Cardiff and south Wales.
In June 2014 Glamorgan Archives received a very interesting and unique deposit from Mary Traynor, a Cardiff based artist who, since the late 1960s, has tried to capture buildings in Cardiff and the surrounding area which are at threat of demolition. Her work has been displayed in various exhibitions over the years and highlights many buildings that have since been lost. The collection contains her sketchbooks and loose works, some of which had previously been framed and on display.
These sketches and paintings complement many other series of records held in the archives, providing a valuable source to those researching the history of buildings in the area.
Glamorgan Archives volunteer David Webb has been using these records to undertake research into the histories of some of the buildings featured in Mary Traynor’s works of art. These will be published on the blog over the next few weeks.