This blog entry is by Dr. Lynn Bruce, whose company and expertise we have recently enjoyed. Lynn came to us from Edinburgh on a very short project contract , and we have been delighted by the quality and quantity of research work, and digitization, that she has been able to complete in her short time with us. Thanks so much Lynn, and au revoir!
For the past month I have been working on the Recording the Great War project here at Ceredigion Archives. I have been employed using funding from the Wales at War project which is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, in order to supplement the fantastic work done by Margaret on the Recording the Great War blog and to help free up her time to develop educational resources and sessions for local schools.
I have been delving into the archive to uncover some fascinating material. Along with newspapers and photographs, we have found scrapbooks, poems, albums, posters and even a knife made from a gun cartridge!
Particular highlights have included a collection of hundreds of letters between Reverend Islan Jones and men from his Sunday School who were on active service, and a wonderful photograph album of Emrys Robert Jenkins who was in Africa during the war.
As ever, though, some of the most interesting material came from unexpected places. A file of applications to sell concert tickets and hold flag days contained posters, raffle tickets and concert programmes from throughout the area.
Meanwhile, a rather dry sounding correspondence file regarding the Shop Act of 1911 shed light on the small businesses that proliferated throughout the towns and villages of the county and even included a miniature census of businesses (including one umbrella mender!)
It has been a privilege to work on this project and I feel that I have only been able to scratch the surface of the collections. I am sure that there remain many Great War gems to be uncovered at Ceredigion Archives.
[Although there is no more funding available we are interested to hear from anyone with good & proven research and IT skills who would like to volunteer specifically for this project]