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Snowdonia is one of the oldest and most beautiful areas in Europe. Called Eryri (the place of eagles) in Welsh, Snowdonia offers a breathtaking natural environment, with the Snowdonia National Park at its center. People have lived, worked in this Celtic principality for more than 5000 years. Their legacy is rich in languages, culture and ancient rituals.

Wanting to preserve more of the area’s legacy, the Women’s Archive is looking for photographs, diaries, scrapbooks, flyers, leaflets and other documents relating to the history of women in Wales that may be sitting in their attic or in old boxes

Members of the public are invited to bring their items to be assessed by experts at various Roadshows across Wales. Professor Deirdre Beddoe, Emeritus Professor of Women’s History at the University of Glamorgan and President of the Women’s Archive of Wales, will be among the experts viewing items, as will Catrin Stevens, author and historian. Local archivists will provide the vital local link.

Ann Rhydderch, Gwynedd Council’s Principal Archivist said: “People are often unaware of the significance of many items, and may throw them away without realising their potential value – there is a lack of material about women of the twentieth century, and women in general, especially ordinary women. The materials which have come to light give us a precious glimpse into the lives of some of our forebears, and the valuable contributions made by women to shape of our history.”

The Roadshow is part of a two-year project, including a series of 17 Roadshows throughout Wales, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which will give the public a chance to make their stories part of Welsh history. For more information about the Wales Roadshows visit the website at www.womensarchivewales.org.

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