The drowning of the Tryweryn valley near Bala was a turning point in the history of Welsh nationalism. The City of Liverpool decided to drown the valley and the Welsh-speaking village of Capel Celyn to create a reservoir. Despite political opposition and widespread protests, the 48 villagers had to leave their homes and the reservoir opened in 1965.
This is a Welsh language clip.
This clip can be used when studying Welsh culture. Students could be given a vocabulary sheet to enable them to follow and understand the clip as they view it and then a reading and comprehension task could be set. The clip offers an opportunity to start a discussion about the history of Tryweryn, focusing on expressing opinions and the associated vocabulary, structures and phrases. Learners can be asked to write a letter or an article giving their personal opinions about the topic.