(Wales) Grant to Collect and Preserve Oral Histories #unitedkingdom


Jan Meisels Allen
 

The Jewish History Association of South Wales, received a grant of £40,000
coming >from the Heritage Lottery Fund in Wales. The grant is for a project
exploring how Jews helped develop the region in order to record memories of
life in the valleys dating back to 1768. The money will be used to record
testimonies to collect and preserve histories showcasing the 250 year
community. They also plan to digitize the CAJEX magazine >from 1950-1991.
The remainder of the funds, £30,000, will come >from crowd-sourcing. A
website will be available to indicate all available resources bot visual and
oral and an attempt to record all Jewish artifacts in public collections
throughout South Wales.

Swansea's Jewish burial ground dates >from 1768 and Cardiff's Jewish
community began in the 1840s with two remaining synagogues: one Orthodox and
one Reform. Apart >from Swansea's Jewish burial ground, which is the earliest
physical evidence of Jews in Wales, most surviving material heritage is
Victorian, since the Cardiff community began in the 1840s. The Jewish
presence in Wales was also in Merthyr Tydfil, Pontypridd, Newport, Brynmawr,
Tredegar and Llanelli.

To read more see:
https://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/jewish-historians-in-wales-get-40k-national-lottery-boost-for-heritage-project/
[or https://tinyurl.com/y87kxyj4 --Mod.]

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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