People's Collection Wales

Do you have a story about life in Wales that you want to share with the world?

A new bilingual website, People's Collection Wales launches today and promises new ways to explore, share and engage with Welsh history and culture.

This is an exciting online project that is truly groundbreaking, both in terms of the scope of content and in terms of the ambitious new technologies that it uses.

 

Welsh museums currently hold around three million artefacts, many of which never see the light of day. It is very early days for People's Collection Wales but already there over 24,000 objects and images online that can be explored by theme, location, date, places and events.

However this is not just a showcase for museum collections - ordinary people's stories and objects are key to the success of the project.

If you register with the People's Collection Wales you can add your own objects to the online collections, curate your own exhibitions, set up groups and map out and share walks in Wales that are rich with cultural and historical references,

People's Collection Wales is has a whole host of new digital technologies. The Labs section allows people to explore Welsh history in both 2D and 3D.

If genealogy is your passion you can create your own family tree with the People's Collection Family Story tool.

On the Historic Maps section of the site you can peel back time and explore the changing landscapes of Wales.

Funded by the Welsh Assembly Government, and developed over two years, the collection has been created with the close involvement of the National Museum Wales, the Welsh Museums Archives and Libraries association (CyMAL), and the National Library of Wales.

Other organisations such as Visit Wales and the Ramblers Association have also been involved - as well as BBC Cymru Wales.

People's Collection Wales will be launched today, Monday 2 August, 2010 at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in Ebbw Vale by Heritage Minister Alun Ffred Jones.

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