Category Archives: Sara Huws

Taith Hanes Menywod: Canol Dinesig Caerdydd

Rydym yn falch o ddatgan bod taith newydd ar gael, sy’n rhoi golwg ar hanes menywod Canol Dinesig Caerdydd.

Mae Parc Cathays yn gartref i brif Gampws y Brifysgol, yn ogystal â Neuadd y Ddinas, adeiladau’r Llywodraeth a’r Amgueddfa – ardal sy’n gysylltiedig â dynion pwerus hanes y brifddinas.

Map Hanes Menywod gan Frank Duffy, rhan o’r daith y gellid ei lawrlwytho am ddim

Ond edrychwch yn ofalus, a mi welwch bod hanes menywod ym mhobman, yn ffabrig ein gofodau dinesig.

Os ydych chi’n gweithio, astudio neu’n ymweld â Pharc Cathays: lawrlwythwch y daith am ddim, a mynd am dro hamddenol, heb risiau, o amgylch y Canol Dinesig.

Datblygwyd y daith ar y cyd ag Archif Menywod Cymru, sydd wedi creu dwsin o deithiau hanes menywod – o Fangor i’r Barri, gallwch lawrlwytho teithiau am ddim i archwilio hanes menywod ar draws Cymru.

Am fwy o wybodaeth am fersiwn dywysiedig o’r daith hon, dilynwch ni ar twitter am fwy o wybodaeth.

Women’s History Tour: Cardiff Civic Centre

We’re excited to announce that a new self-guided tour is available, giving a glimpse into women’s history in Cardiff’s Civic Centre.

Home to the main University Campus, as well as Government buildings, City Hall and institutions such as National Museum Cardiff, it is an area known for its dazzling white buildings and its association with the ‘great and the good’ of the city’s past – mostly men on plinths with big moustaches.

Women’s History Map by Frank Duffy, part of the downloadable tour

However, look closely, and you’ll see that women’s history is everywhere, woven into the fabric of our public spaces. From activists to scientists, musicians to militant suffragettes – this tour brings together a snapshot of women’s history in Cardiff.

Whether you work, study, or visit at Cathays Park: download the tour for free, and take a leisurely, step-free route around the Civic Centre.

This tour was developed in partnership with Women’s Archive Wales, who have produced twelve women’s history tours – from Bangor to Barry, you can download a tour for free to explore women’s history across Wales.

For information about future guided versions of this tour, please follow us on twitter for more updates.

A unique piece of Wales’ Black history from Cardiff goes online: William Hall’s Slavery Narrative

William Hall, an escaped slave and resident of Cardiff, published his life story from Bute Street in 1862

An extremely rare piece of Wales’ Black history has been published online for the first time.

hand holding a pamphlet named 'Slavery in the United States of America, a Personal Narrative'

William Hall’s ‘Personal Narrative’ – one of two known copies in the world. The other is believed to be in Chicago.

Published on the city’s Bute Street in 1862, William Hall’s “Personal Narrative” is a shocking and graphic account of his birth into slavery in Tennessee, and his arduous journey to Cardiff. Hall describes being sold to various plantation owners, detailing multiple attempts to escape his captors, as well as his encounters with other escaped slaves.

Now held in Cardiff University’s Special Collections and Archives, it is believed to be one of two surviving copies in the world.

Inspiring the next generation of researchers

It is a small, fragile and unassuming pamphlet – and from today, it will be available online for anyone to read and download.

Says Tracey Stanley, Cardiff University Librarian:

“This unique document is such an important part of the Black history of Cardiff, and Wales, and we wanted to make it available to everyone.”

“We’re still discovering more about William Hall and his life thanks to ongoing research. By publishing this work online, we hope to inspire a new generation of researchers who will go on to explore Black history in Wales.”

Sharing rare works by Black authors with a wider audience

The document was originally funded by people attending Cardiff’s Wesleyan chapels, and sheds light on historic support for the anti-slavery movement in the city.

Due to its rare and fragile nature, the pamphlet would normally be handled under specialist conditions at Cardiff University’s Special Collections and Archives. The lockdown period has made accessing rare books a particular challenge for researchers – and digital technology is providing a way for this work to continue.

“Our staff have been working hard to support students and researchers during this difficult lockdown period. Here at Special Collections and Archives, that includes bringing some unique texts online, that may be rare or too fragile to handle.” says Alan Vaughan Hughes, Head of Special Collections and Archives at Cardiff University.

“Historic works by Black authors – such as William Hall’s work – deserve a wider audience, and we’re proud to be able to share this with the public today through the Internet Archive. We’re also grateful to Professor William Jones and Dr David Wyatt for shedding light on this significant document through their research.”

Discover more about William Hall, and Cardiff’s pro- and anti- abolition movements in Canu Caeth, edited by Daniel G. Williams.

Download William Hall’s ‘Personal Narrative’ in full: