Background information
Project specification


To provide a focal point for the study of local history within the rural communities of Powys through the use of the Internet.
To promote the use of information technology across the county.
To publicise the history and culture of Powys to an international audience, and to encourage tourism.

To produce six complete multimedia archives websites in English and Welsh by 31 May 1999, accessible via the Powys County Council internet pages, one for each of the following towns: Machynlleth, Llanidloes, Rhayader, Presteigne, Hay-on-Wye, and Ystradgynlais.
To produce supplementary materials for use by local communities and schools, in the way of hard copy facsimiles, exhibition materials, study aids, etc

Indicative Content
Each multimedia archives website is to contain information covering the following topics at the minimum:
A history of the community from earliest times to the present day.
Religion (established church and nonconformity).
Crime and punishment.
Treatment of the poor.
Biographies of eminent local characters.
Local buildings.
The local landed estates and families.

Types of records.
It is expected that the following types of records will be included in the above topics:
Contemporary and historical mapping.
Contemporary and historical photographs,engravings, paintings and other images.
Sound and video (oral history) clips.
Archival documents held by the County Archives Office, the County Museums and other repositories as appropriate, with transcripts.
Images of artefacts held by the County Museums and other repositories as appropriate.
Background information will also be necessary to support the individual web sites, as follows:
A glossary of unfamiliar words and phrases.
An explanation and history of each territorial unit (county, hundred,etc)
referred to.
An explanation and history of each administrative unit (poor law union, district council, etc) referred to.
Background historical material to place local events in context.
Links to websites with related material.
Information on the towns at the present day, with full acknowledgement to all individuals who contributed to the project.