Introducing resources and support for Registered Community Research Volunteers (CRV)
NB this is a working document and while we are developing resources we are not able to include a final translation. If you need the document translated into Welsh in its current form to use, please let us know and we will try to get this ready as soon as possible.
Firstly, Diolch yn Fawr / Thank You, on behalf of the Learning Links International team for registering as a “Community Research Volunteer” CRV for the “From Sheep to Sugar – Welsh Wool and Slavery” NLHF project which will be exploring the story of Welsh Plains.
You can undertake the role of Community Research Volunteer (CRV) as an individual, with a friend or friends, or as a group, or support in many other ways, check back to the First Step if you need to consider again how you would like to get involved.
The focus of these resources is to help individuals or small working groups to work independently.
Information for “Active” Community Research Volunteers who are going to undertake local area research to help to map the localities of production of the cloth called ‘Welsh Plains’
First of all consider where you want to explore to find evidence.
We think taking a relatively small area may be best, a small village or a valley, but you will consider the surrounding locations to set it in context:
the site of an old fulling mill / pandy (ie before 1800) is the very best indicator and the Royal Commission have a list of locations which we will post
other nearby sites where fulling mill / pandy was working and could have been used
place names, house names, street names or field names (probably in Welsh) referring to wool, sheep, shearing, carding, spinning, weaving, fulling, dyeing or to the use of tenterhook frames – see below
you may also want to consider where the local markets are and the transport routes
and also to find out about the lives of hill farmers and their families the time which saw the dramatic rise and fall of the cottage industry:
population growth and decline from as 1650 – 1850
local farms / cottages with a ‘weaving shed’ attached
or anything else that might be relevant
field – maes
Next draft out a historical timeline from 1650 – 1850 with key dates over that time that you relate to, so you can match in your local timeline.
Others may be volunteering in other ways, but together we will be successful in uncovering this hidden history!
We have a great team of advisors and project organisers, who are bringing a great deal of expertise to the project, so we can all learn from one another.
Remember you are not on your own! There is help just a phone call or email away!
The Project Development Team are also happy to hear from you when you find something significant and exciting! Please let us know - this is how we will pull the findings together.