Would you like to take part in this project?
We have created opportunities for Community Research Volunteers to undertake local research.
We need help to find evidence in hill farming communities and small market towns about the local production of woollen cloth between 1650 and 1850, and possibly the scale of this production.
You will be looking at place, field, house and road names with guidance given from the Welsh Place Name Society.
You can also be trained by local Archivists and our specialist advisors to be more confident in checking through Parish Records and other documents for evidence about the early wool trade and life in local communities.
You will be asked to link up with local historians to find out what local knowledge there is about the spinning and weaving cottage industry.
What will you do with information and stories that you find?
You will share through the one of the local Hidden History Research and Reading Groups we will be setting up and you will share information on the Museum of Wales, People’s Collection. Training and support will be provided.
You may want to create a website, or a specific local history Facebook page, or PowerPoint presentation to help share the story, with a local history time line, related to national and international events, and record dates of properties and dates of local events.
You can research and choose how you get involved, in agreement with the Project Managers, and do some research in whichever way you feel you may get results.
Register your interest now using the Feedback form.