Participatory Design Workshop

  • March 12, 2013 - morfuddniajones

A Participatory Design Workshop was held at the National Library of Wales on the 6th of February 2013.
The workshop was collaborated by staff at the National Library of Wales and a team from the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Sheffield who are working on a project entitled Participating in Search Design: a study of George Thomason’s English Newsbooks. The goal of the workshop was to pilot a participatory design approach to the development of the library’s World War I digital resource by engaging with potential end users. The range of different media present in the archive means that compiling the digital resource has posed significant questions and challenges to the design of the interface.

The report by the Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield can be seen by clicking on the link below

NLW WWI Design Group Report

Here are some photographs taken on the day.

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The beginning of the First World War and Newspapers in Wales

  • September 18, 2012 - niawilliams

Having looked at over 40 newspapers one of the things which amazed me was the fact that the beginning of the First World War wasn’t heralded with major headlines across the front pages, but rather there would be a small article (perhaps), in some corner noting that the United Kingdom had declared war against Germany.

It’s hard to believe today, in an age when every little thing is huge news on the internet that a war which was to prove so bloody didn’t start with every single newspaper of the day shouting WAR from their front pages. To be fair it wasn’t that the newspapers ignored the war, at least not for the most part it was more a case of slipping seamlessly between the usual local news and information one week to a full coverage of what had been going on in the war the next. Often there’d only be a short sentence noting the beginning of the war, the real news was what was actually happening in the war.


  • August 30, 2012 - robphillips

The work of scanning newspapers from the WW1 period is now almost complete. The project staff have prepared and scanned 80,000 pages and now the next step; running OCR software to enable free text searching will begin.

While choosing the newspapers to include we attempted to select newspapers which covered all parts of Wales, reflected a variety of political and religious viewpoints and content in both English and Welsh. Here is the final list of titles.

  • Aberdare Leader
  • Abergavenny Chronicle
  • Abergavenny Mail
  • Adsain
  • Amman Valley Chronicle
  • Baner ac Amserau Cymru
  • Barmouth and Couny Advertiser
  • Barry Dock News
  • Brecon & Radnor Express
  • Brecon County Times
  • Y Brython
  • Cambria Daily Leader
  • Cambrian News
  • Carmarthen Journal
  • Carmarthen Weekly Reporter
  • Y Clorianydd
  • Y Cymro
  • Y Darian
  • Denbighshire Free Press
  • Dinesydd Cymreig
  • Y Drafod
  • Y Drych
  • Y Dydd
  • Y Genedl
  • Flintshire Observer
  • Glamorgan Gazette
  • Y Goleuad
  • Gwyliedydd Newydd
  • Haverfordwest and Milford Haven Telegraph
  • Herald Cymraeg
  • Herald of Wales
  • Llais Llafur
  • Y Llan
  • Llanelli Star
  • Llangollen Advertiser
  • Monmouth Guardian
  • North Wales Chronicle
  • The Pioneer (Merthyr)
  • Seren Cymru
  • South Wales Weekly Post
  • Y Tyst
  • Yr Udgorn