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Friday, April 26, 2019

Eisteddfod gets £19,000 grant for heritage project

* The eisteddfod field in 1952.
Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £19,900 for an exciting heritage project, Archiving the Past.
Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project will be the first step in collating and digitalising the wealth of archive material relating to the festival so that it can be enjoyed by all.
Supported through The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project will enable the eisteddfod to employ an archivist who will work with volunteers and children from Dinas Brân School to bring the history of the festival to life. 
Work will include developing a sustainable and expandable online archive system, educational resources and displays for use in the community and a short film about the history of the eisteddfod.
The first International Musical Eisteddfod was held in Llangollen in 1947 as a way of bringing people together after the horrors of the Second World War. 

Over the 70 year history of the festival a huge array of photographs, documents, audio and video has been generated and distributed across the globe.

This project will begin the process of identifying and bringing together in one location this wealth of archive material so that it is much more accessible and can be investigated by all that have an interest.
Commenting on the award, Barrie Potter, chair of the Archive Committee, said: “We are thrilled to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players and are confident the project will ensure that the history of Llangollen Eisteddfod is preserved and celebrated."
Director of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Wales, Richard Bellamy, said: "Archives have never been more important. They provide such a valuable resource for anyone who wants to delve into their past. 

"Thanks to National Lottery players, the National Lottery Heritage Fund is able to support projects such as Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod – Archiving the Past that are bursting with information about what life was like and how that has shaped who we are today.”

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