Welsh Culture and History

Begin exploring with the following sites:

Casgliad Y Werin Cymru
(People's Collection Wales)

People's Collection of Wales is a website full of fascinating photographs, sound recordings, documents, videos and stories about the history and heritage of Wales and its people, it is the first of its kind in Wales.

Smithsonian Cultural Connections with Wales - at the Smithsonian, Washington DC,  including the 2007 Folklife festival which featured Wales.


NINNAU & Y DRYCH - Our North American Welsh Newspaper, providing complete coverage of the North American Welsh community.


Welsh Icons

Arrays of images representing "all things Welsh" arranged in categories, linked to background information about each. The most comprehensive categories are, rather fittingly, Welsh writers and Welsh musicians.


Great Plains Welsh Heritage Project

(Wymore, NE) An active organization and museum that preserves, interprets and celebrates the history and contributions of Welsh pioneers on the North American prairies, to further public understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity.


A History of the Rhondda Valleys

A complete pictorial history of the Rhondda collieries and much more.

 


WELSH FOOD aND DRINK


UK Gourmet - A wonderful store at 78 Stony Hill Road, Bethel, CT, run by a British man and his American wife, selling all things British, including Welsh flags, Welsh cheeses and much more. On-line purchases too via the site, with delivery.


Aberfalls Distillery - Gin produced and bottled in North Wales: flavors such as Rhubarb & Ginger, Orange Marmalade and a Salted Caramel Liqueur entice. Fingers crossed they import to the USA soon.


Halen Môn - Halen Môn Sea Salt, from the Menai Straits. Available direct from Anglesey and also available on amazon.com. Buy the best salt in the world. Try their Salt Smoked Over Oak…yummm


Copper Kettle Bakery - Helen Coates of South Wales’ Welsh Cake Company has mixes and Welsh Cakes ready to ship to you! “Welsh Cakes are a traditional breakfast food and tea-time snack from Wales.  They combine the very best elements of a scone and a biscuit, but they're cooked on a griddle like a pancake. They are made in small batches to preserve the integrity of the cake.  If you want your kitchen to have an aroma of the holidays all year around then Welsh Cake Mix is perfect for you. “


WELSH PRODUCTS AND ARTS


Cefyn Burgess - Cushions; Welsh Tapestry Blankets; Upholstery; Kitchenware and more.

Born and raised in the slate quarry village of Bethesda, North Wales Cefyn Burgess graduated from Manchester with a BA (hons) in woven textiles then an MA in textiles from the Royal College of Art.

Leaving London in the late 1980’s he became the first weaver in residence at Paradise Mill Silk Museum in Macclesfield, this gave him the opportunity to develop his original range of fine hand woven silk fabrics. Since then he has been designing jacquard woven fabrics and quality interior products including his range of Welsh tapestry blankets, quilts, throws and cushions.

His designs are created to suit any setting from a castle to a room and respond to the clients brief but also taking into account his own cultural background giving the designs a distinctive Welsh appeal but with a contemporary reinterpretation of the traditional. From his studio shop at Ruthin Craft Centre he also stocks a variety of curtain and upholstery fabrics as well as products including blankets, throws, cushions and his new range of ceramics.


Barrie Doyle - Author of Welsh Novels, including The Excalibur Parchment, The Lucifer Scroll and The Prince Madoc Secret.


Jane Willan - Author of novels set in Wales.