Background information


The Project could not have succeeded without the support and encouragement of a number of organisations and individuals, which is gratefully acknowledged here:

Llwybr/Pathway for agreeing to part-fund the project and in particular Lindsey Jones for being a supportive Project Officer; and the councillors of the Shire Committees of Brecknockshire, Radnorshire and Montgomeryshire who voted to support the project through the Council’s Social Development Fund.

The County Librarian Miss Tudfil Adams for her support, without which the project would never have got off the ground, and her long-suffering library staff at Machynlleth, Llanidloes, Presteigne, Rhayader, Hay-on-Wye and Ystradgynlais who allowed their work to be disrupted while work on the project went on in their libraries, and who used their local knowledge and contacts to ensure that we spoke to the right people from the very beginning. Thanks are also due to Margaret Stacey of Newtown Library and Chris Price of Brecon Library for their support and interest.

The curators of the Brecknock Museum, the Radnorshire Museum and the Powysland Museum for giving us access to their collections and for letting us reproduce some of them on the site.

Nick Talbott and Janet Knill of the Council’s Corporate IT Unit who provided technical advice and support throughout the life-span of the project.

The staff of repositories across Wales and beyond who made their collections available to us, in particular: Gwyn Jenkins, Cyril Jones and Sara Weale of the National Library of Wales; Sue Hubbard and Arwyn Jones at the Herefordshire Record Office; and Susan Beckley of the West Glamorgan Archives Service.

Presteigne: Cherry Leversedge, Keith Parker, Sadie Cole of the Radnorshire Society, Community worker Claire Purcell, Gaby Rivers and her staff at the Judges Lodging.

Machynlleth: The late James Barfoot and other members of the Machynlleth Civic Society, Dilwyn Jones of Machynlleth Primary School, Margaret Crellin of the Dyfi Valley 2000 project, Tabernacl Museum of Modern Art.

Upper Swansea Valley: Ann Soroka, Mrs Morris of Tan-y-farteg, Dai Roberts, Bernie Owen, Len Ley, and Mansel Jones.

Llanidloes: Brian Owen, Ronald Morris and the other members of the Arwystli Society, Cyrus Meredith, Maldwyn Rees, Cynthia Mills,  Newsletter, Telecentre.

Rhayader: Chris Tally, Rachel Palmer and all at CARAD; local historians Bryan Lawrence, Lloyd Lewis and Stephen Collard; Walford Wyn Jones of the Dolmynach Trust; Winston Collins of Brynafon Hotel.

Hay-on-Wye: The Rev Martin Reed, Eric Pugh and the members of Hay Conservation Society, Mr and Mrs Leitch of Glasbury.