Women of West Wales
Natural and cultural resources
The project will research and start to collate the diverse histories of local women in new and innovative ways including a searchable database/website/app or virtual museum. The main aims of the project are to redress the balance in recorded history, ensuring that women are fairly & accurately represented. We also wish to enhance the sustainability of the museum, provide volunteer & employment opportunities, develop new skills among staff and volunteers, provide meaningful, accessible information for all, create a more comprehensive legacy & something that can be consistently developed in the future.
This pilot year will centre on Pembrokeshire & the focus will be on research and initial development of the web based searchable database/app. However, we also aim to provide opportunities for older people to get involved and share their stories, perhaps with intergenerational oral history workshops & consultation. This will harness the valuable resource of memoir spanning the past century, as well as providing young volunteers, schools, Duke of Edinburgh candidates & those on work experience with enriching and meaningful skill development.
Schools and young people will not only benefit from educational packs within the school environment, but will have direct and autonomous educational opportunities to work with older people and capture oral history reminiscences using film and audio technology. Non-digital users and/or older audiences will have access to printed information including books, display boards and photographs. Digital audiences such as family history and other researchers will benefit by being able to search the database online. Local residents will benefit from creative and educational workshops reflecting female experience. Similarly, community groups such as the dementia and Parkinson’s groups that meet at the museum will have opportunities to reminisce and share their experiences in an environment where they will be valued and preserved for the benefit of future generations; contributing to the rounded legacy of West Wales.