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Anglesey County Archive Service
Denbighshire Record Office
Flintshire Library & Information Service
Haverfordwest Reference and Local Studies Library
Powysland Museum
West Glamorgan Archive Service

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Anglesey County Archives Service
Anglesey County Record Office, Shirehall, Glanhwfa Rd, Llangefni, Isle of Anglesey, LL77 7TW
Contact: Anne Venables, County Archivist
Telephone: 01248 752080 Fax: 01248 751289
Email: archives@anglesey.gov.uk

Collection description:
In the early 1980s the office used a government scheme to employ people to undertake an oral history project and some of the people recorded their memories of their wartime service in the forces or life during the war.

Recordings relating to World War II:
20 (Life histories which include references to wartime experiences)

Subjects covered:
Home Front Evacuees British Army (Northern Europe / N. Africa & Italy / other) Royal Navy Royal Air Force Merchant Navy

Format of recordings:
Audio - all or some with transcripts
Access:
Via the record office
Current status: Not presently under development but this is under consideration

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Denbighshire Record Office
46 Clwyd Street, Ruthin, Denbighshire, LL15 1HP
Contact: Jane Brunning, Archivist
Telephone: 01824 708250 Fax: 01824 708258
Email: archives@denbighshire.gov.uk

Collection description:
TRD/5/1 Interview concerning employment with BINDAL [Bacon Importers Defence Association Limited] at Colwyn Bay, while evacuated from London. Refers to Ministry of Food, social activities, WEA lectures, general election campaign, 1945 and youth hostelling in Snowdonia. 1940-5. TRD/7/1 Interview concerning war injury and working at Brymbo Steelworks.
There are also a considerable number of photos and documents relating to the war in the Record Office archive. This can be searched via the website.

Recordings relating to World War II:
2

Subjects covered:
Home Front Evacuees

Format of recordings:
Audio - no transcripts
Access:
Prior notice required, and a County archive Research Network Reader's Ticket (can be applied for at the time of visit)
Current status: The collection is still under development

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Flintshire Library & Information Service
Mold Library and Museum, Earl Road, Mold, Flintshire, CH7 1AP
Contact: Mrs Gillian Fraser, Senior Information Librarian
Telephone: 01352 754791 Fax:
Email: gillian.fraser@flintshire.gov.uk

Collection description:
The bulk of the collection comprises approx. 300 recordings made in the 1980s and 90s of elderly people in the community now Flintshire. It covers their recollections of life in industry, agriculture, mining, shipping etc. Other more recent recordings were made in 2005 to find out about Flintshire's contribution to WW2.

Recordings relating to World War II:
20 (Life histories which include references to wartime experiences)

Subjects covered:
Not specified

Format of recordings:
Audio - all or some with transcripts
Access:
Prior notice to: Senior Information Librarian Tel: 01352 754791
Related products:
Flintshire remembers: reminiscences of World War II, Flintshire County Council 2006. Available in the library - not for sale.
Current status: The collection is still under development

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Haverfordwest Reference and Local Studies Library
County Library, Dew Street, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1SU
Contact: George Edwards, Local & Family History Librarian
Telephone: 01437 775248 Fax: 01437 767092
Email: haverfordwestlibrary@pembrokeshire.gov.uk

Collection description:
The oral history collection relates primarily to local history within Pembrokeshire, and the experiences of Pembrokeshire people. The collection covers a variety of aspects of World War Two. These include:
Pembroke Dock Bombing Sunderland Flying Boats Prisoners of War D Day preparations Village life in Pembrokeshire during the war years Memoirs of a WW2 RAF pilot, paratrooper & member of Royal Marine Band Ambulance driver 1939 1945 Fireman 1939 1945. The oral history project ran in the mid 1980's, the interviews were conducted by a variety of volunteers through the medium of Welsh or English. Some of the interviews were then transcribed, and catalogued, however, a great deal of the collection was never transcribed.

Recordings relating to World War II:
25 (Life histories which include references to wartime experiences)

Subjects covered:
Home Front British Army Royal Air Force (see collection description for further details)

Format of recordings:
Audio - all or some with transcripts
Note: Some recordings are on standard cassette tapes, others are on either 5 inch or 8 inch reel to reel tapes. Currently there are no facilities to play any of the reel to reel tapes. Again, some of the recordings are transcribed, but the majority are not.
Access:
The recordings are kept in a secure environment. The library should be contacted beforehand to arrange access to the collection, but please note that there are only facilities to play the standard cassette tapes.
Current status: The collection is no longer being developed
Additional notes:
The recordings focus predominantly on the history of Pembrokeshire and can be very useful resources for local researchers. It is intended to digitise the collection in the future, which will greatly improve the importance and usefulness of the collection.

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Powysland Museum
The Canal Wharf, Welshpool, Powys, SY21 7 AQ
Contact: Eva Bredsdorff, Senior Museum Curator
Telephone: 01938 554656 Fax:
Email: powysland@powys.gov.uk

Collection description:
Small collection of recordings of local people.

Recordings relating to World War II:
Less than 10

Subjects covered:
Home Front Evacuees Women's Land Army

Format of recordings:
Audio - no transcripts
Access:
For educational/ research purposes only. Prior notice is required.
Current status: The collection is no longer being developed

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West Glamorgan Archive Service
County Hall, Oystermouth Road, Swansea, SA1 3SN
Contact: Mr Kim Collis, County Archivist
Telephone: 01792 636589 Fax: 01792 637130
Email: westglam.archives@swansea.gov.uk

Collection description:
Reference code: GB 0216 TH / Title: Swansea Tape Recording Local History Project / Dates: 1975-1980 / Level of description: Fonds / Extent and medium: 75 CD-Roms / Name of creator(s): Swansea Tape Recording Local History
Project Administrative/biographical history: The spring of 1975 saw the beginning of an important initiative, whose purpose was to make tape recordings of the memories of people in Swansea, the Swansea Valley and in Gower. The project was organised by Dr John Alban and Dr Hywel Francis. Interviews were conducted with local people and topics discussed include various aspects of industry, both mining and smelting, as well as agriculture, the War, and social conditions. In 2004, with funding from CyMAL, the recordings were copied to CD in a digital format.
Scope and content: recordings of interviews with local people in Swansea, the Swansea Valley and Gower, 1975-1980.

Location of originals: the original reel-to-reel tapes are held in the National Screen and Sound Archive, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth. In 2004, with funding from CyMAL, the recordings were copied to CD in a digital format and the original reel-to-reel tapes were transferred to the National Screen and Sound Archive, housed in the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth. The DVDs can be listened to in the Archive Searchroom in County Hall, Swansea. Advance booking is advisable. When you come in, please quote the reference number of the recording you want to listen to (contact the archives service for details).

Publication note: for further information about the project, see Dr J. R. Alban, 'Tape recording Local History in Swansea' in The Local Historian XIV no. 5 (1981).

Recordings relating to World War II:
12 (Life histories which include references to wartime experiences)

Subjects covered:
Home Front

Format of recordings:
Audio - no transcripts
Access:
The recordings are available on CD-Rom, where they can be heard by researchers using the PCs in the searchroom. Advance booking is strongly advised.
Current status: The collection is not presently being developed, but this is under consideration

Additional information:
Swansea was heavily bombed in 1941, and several of the recordings include reminiscences of the destruction of the town centre by bombing. 

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