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Wednesday 20 August 2014, 13:32
Pembrokeshire is often called the County of Castles. It might also be known as the County of Islands, as some of the most beautiful, remote and fascinating of all Welsh islands can be found lying along its rocky coast.
Monday 18 August 2014, 09:13
Hermann Ethé was a German Professor of German and Oriental Languages at Aberystwyth University. Following the outbreak of war, his continuing presence in the town sparked a series of disturbances that targeted him and his wife.
Tuesday 12 August 2014, 11:35
Earlier this year I received a plea for help that I defy anyone to resist responding to and becoming emotionally involved in.
Monday 11 August 2014, 16:19
What would have happened to Britain's art treasures if the Nazis had invaded during World War Two? The threat from U-Boats meant that works of arts could not be shipped elsewhere. The solution was found in the disused slate mine of Manod just outside Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Friday 8 August 2014, 10:20
A BBC Cymru Wales film about the chance discovery of 18,000 unpublished photographic negatives depicting life in the Valleys during the 1960s and 70s is currently in production and needs your help.
Wednesday 6 August 2014, 08:42
How did the war affect women in Britain and, particularly, in Wales? There is a widely-held view that women were rewarded with enfranchisement for their participation in the 'total war' effort and there is evidence that supports such a view.
Wednesday 30 July 2014, 14:51
We are now just a few days away from 4 August and commemorating the centenary of the start of World War One. The date has been etched in my mind for a long time and I’ve been so busy researching and preparing for this time that I find myself looking forward to next week, whilst at the same time reflecting...
Friday 25 July 2014, 12:51
On 27 July 1877, John Frost - Chartist leader and the man who, more than anyone else, reflected the desire of the Welsh working classes to obtain universal manhood suffrage - died quietly at his home in Bristol. It had been a wild, troubled and often dangerous life.
Thursday 24 July 2014, 15:53
Last night's Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow was a glorious rousing spectacle of Scottish sight and sound. A terrific riot of musical colour and visual flourishes.
Wednesday 23 July 2014, 14:02
As the Commonwealth Games begin in Glasgow take a look back to the summer of 1958 when its predecessor, the British Empire and Commonwealth Games, took place in Cardiff.
Wednesday 16 July 2014, 09:07
The date 17 July 1951 might not mean much to the majority of people in south Wales. However, for those living in the Port Talbot and Swansea parts of the country it held – and still holds – a significance that is almost beyond belief.
Thursday 3 July 2014, 08:54
Wednesday 2 July 2014, 14:34
For well over a century, the Mond nickelworks has been a major landmark and an important employer for the people of Clydach, in the lower Swansea valley. The works first produced nickel in 1902, using a process pioneered by a German chemist-entrepreneur named Ludwig Mond whose statue stands nearby, surveying...
Tuesday 24 June 2014, 11:16
My last reunion film for BBC One's The One Show was broadcast at the end of January and as usual a flurry (or perhaps more accurately I should say 'blizzard') of requests for help came flooding in via email and have kept me and my mind occupied ever since. One of the emails that caught my eye was one...
Monday 23 June 2014, 13:45
Phil Carradice on the Albion Colliery explosion in Pontypridd in 1894, that became the second largest deep pit disaster in Wales.
Wednesday 18 June 2014, 09:06
On 18 June 1815 one of the most important battles ever fought on European soil took place at Waterloo in Belgium. In a brutal and bloody encounter, victory for the Allied army, led by the Duke of Wellington, finally ended the career and reign of the Emperor Napoleon.
Tuesday 17 June 2014, 13:37
Cat Whiteaway reunites a bible with the five times great grandson of its original owner.
Friday 6 June 2014, 10:31
Visitors to Tenby will almost certainly have seen St Catherine's Island, the small tidal rock which sits at the 'town end' of South Beach. The stretch of sand in front of the island is actually called Castle Beach and is sometimes known as the Catterns. It hardly matters – it’s the old Victorian...
Monday 2 June 2014, 10:33
D-Day, 6 June 1944. Shortly before dawn, the greatest sea-borne armada in the history of the world anchored off northern France preparing to disembark thousands of American, British and Commonwealth troops onto five pre-ordained invasion beaches.
Friday 16 May 2014, 05:25
Company Sergeant Major Fred Barter was Cardiff’s first Victoria Cross winner in the Great War.
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