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MS highlights new service for the public in North Wales

Sam Rowlands, Member of the Welsh Parliament for North Wales, has welcomed a new initiative to encourage people to learn more about local history.

Mr Rowlands, is supporting the new Conwy and Llanrwst Clip Corners which have been set up by the Wales Broadcast Archive to allow free and local access to view and listen to the National Library of Wales’ entire digitised audiovisual collection.

They will also be offering outreach activities with various community groups such as schools and will create volunteering opportunities.

Mr Rowlands said:

“I was delighted to have the opportunity to call into to Clip Corner in Llanrwst’s Glasdir Centre and find out more about this wonderful idea.

“I think it is great that local people will have the chance to access all the information they need to find out more about the history of their area.

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“I am also happy to see that Clip Corner is now also available in the Culture Centre in Conwy and will be extending the service to Wrexham, Ruthin, Caernarfon and Llangefni in the coming months.”

The Wales Broadcast Archive is the first national broadcast archive in the UK. With support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Welsh Government, and in partnership with major broadcasters in Wales, the National Library of Wales has brought together the archives of BBC Wales, ITV Wales and S4C to give access more than a century of television and radio.

The archive includes materials from:

  • the early days of BBC broadcasting in Wales during the 1920s 
  • the first commercial broadcast by TWW, the establishment of Harlech Television, the age of HTV Wales and ITV Cymru Wales
  • the launch of S4C, the first Welsh language tv channel

With over half a million clips, this archive includes digital access to material that has been preserved in various formats throughout the decades, and scripts from the period from 1932 onwards.

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