Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 15 Hours. 15 lectures x 1 hour
Other Extended visits to the National Library of Wales, the Ceredigion Record Office and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment main project  3,500 words  90%
Semester Assessment project proposal  10%

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this module, students should have an understanding of:

  • the significance of local history: analysis of the role, development and growing significance of local history in Wales;
  • major sources of information:
  • i. archive and record sources (Ecclesiastical Records, Administrative Records, Court Records, Estate Papers) ii. other sources (maps and plans, newspapers and periodicals, prints and photographs, oral history, census returns and population studies) iii. sources of subject areas (family history, sources for Education, transport and communication, trade and industry, agriculture and rural life, towns and villages, linguistic evidence, buildings and architecture);
  • local history publications: examples of Welsh local history publications produced by individuals, societies, organisations and institutions

Brief description

The last twenty-five years has witnessed an enormous growth of interest in local history in Wales as elsewhere and an increase in the range and format of materials that are now available for those pursuing the history and development of a particular community or a particular local theme. More emphasis than ever before is placed on "local studies" within the National Curriculum and the growth of Heritage Centres and specialist Museums of various kinds in Wales in recent years has focussed greater attention on this area of study. Welsh family history societies have been particularly successful since 1980. All this is reflected in the increased demands for local materials in libraries and record offices and in the proliferation of publications of a local nature in both Welsh and English.


This module aims to provide an introduction to:

  • the major sources of information for local/community history in Wales:
  • the services for local historians that are currently provided by Libraries, County Record Offices, Museums, the Public Record Office, and the Heritage Manuscripts Commission:
  • the role of Cadw Welsh Historic Monuments, The Royal Commission in the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, Local History and denominational history societies in Wales


This module is at CQFW Level 7