The Welsh Assembly government‘s heritage minister, Alun Ffred Jones, has announced that The National Library of Wales has been successful in its funding bid to create a new digital resource that will provide an insight into Wales’s past.
£2m will be allocated from the Assembly government’s Strategic Capital Investment Fund specifically to digitise two million pages of newspapers and magazines relating to Wales.
The publications date as far back as the 18th century, covering up to 300 titles from children’s magazines such as Cymru’r Plant to newspapers such as the Star of Gwent, Tarian y Gweithiwr and Herald y Rhos.
The project, which will create the largest body of Welsh-language material yet published online, is expected to be completed and available online by 2012.
It will add to, and complement another project funded by the Welsh Assembly government, the People’s Collection, which aims to improve access to the wealth of material already available online.