16 September 2012
Last updated at 09:58
Wales’ industrial past is the focus of a national touring exhibition being hosted by Gwynedd Archives throughout September. The exhibition aims to highlight industries across Wales, but galleries will be able to include images of local interest. In Gwynedd, local images focus on the region's slate industry. This picture shows a worker splitting slates at Dinorwig Quarry in 1950.
Gwynedd Archives obtained a National Cataloguing Grant to examine the collections of local slate merchants Inigo Jones and the Davies Brothers of Porthmadog. The exhibition, called Powering the World: Looking at Welsh Industry Through Archives, hopes to show the importance of collections owned by businesses for research purposes.
The exhibition aims to raise awareness of the knowledge that industrial records can reveal about ancestors’ lives. Councillor John Wynn Jones, who leads on culture on Gwynedd Council, says: "The exhibition will be a great opportunity for local people to learn more about their past."
Images from other areas of Wales include this undated photograph of Emlyn Colliery, which was built in 1893. It came from the records of Emlyn Anthracite Colliery Company Limited at Carmarthenshire Archive Service.
Waddle fans revolutionised colliery ventilation across the world, and this picture shows the size they could reach. The picture comes from the Waddle Engineering and Fan Company Limited collection at Carmarthenshire Archive Service.
This illustrated roll of honour, 1914-1918, lists the officials of Powell Duffryn Steam Coal Company Limited, who served during World War I. It comes from the Powell Duffryn collection at Glamorgan Archives.
A view of Cardiff's East Dock, 1883, by Alfred Freke. It is part of a group of photographs showing Cardiff docklands, Barry docks and railway, and comes from the Cardiff Chamber of Commerce collection at Glamorgan archives.
A report showing service times, 1885, drawn up during a dispute over the running of the Swansea and Mumbles steam tram. According to Swansea University, the Mumbles Railway is thought to be the world's first passenger service. This picture comes from the South Wales Transport Collection at the university's Richard Burton Archives.