Sharing local history digitally

The Five Communities History Group showcased their innovative digital approaches to heritage in Pembrokeshire at the Digital Past conference.

Organised by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, Digital Past is an annual two day conference which showcases innovative digital technologies and techniques for data capture, interpretation and dissemination of the heritage of Wales, the UK and beyond.

The Five Communities History Group is a pilot project based in Pembrokeshire, it has been created to ensure that the many unique and historically important collections held by individual heritage and history societies across Wales are recorded and shared with the general public. The group helps support, develop and increase access to local heritage.

Liz Rawlings from the Five Communities Group said:

“Two Digital Archivists are currently working on recording all information available to a professional standard and using the Dublin Core system, which is compatible with many Welsh Archives.

The main objective is to create access across the world to the history of the Five Communities Group within Pembrokeshire using current technology to digitally catalogue and record their collections. This includes the creation of a website and social media pages to ensure that everyone can access this information clearly, accurately and at any time.

The ultimate aim therefore is that this information is available to as many people as possible – students, historians, researchers, genealogists. The work will be also available on the People’s Collection Wales site.”

Arwain Sir Benfro – the Local Action Group (LAG) for Pembrokeshire, administered by PLANED has provided funding of £43,932 to the Five Communities Group for their Sharing Local History Project. This is funded through the LEADER programme, which is part of the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020, Funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

Digital Past 2020 was held in the Victorian seaside town of Aberystwyth, in the Aberystwyth Arts Centre. The Arts Centre, Wales’ largest, is an award-winning art centre recognised as a ‘national flagship for the arts’.