Dating Old Welsh Houses Group

October 14, 2014

We have decided to try something new this month and invite a guest blogger to write for us. This month it is Janice Dale telling us about the Dating Old Welsh Houses group in Denbighshire…..

“If you use a search engine and persevere and get past the dating websites, you will come across the website for the Dating Old Welsh Houses Group, and I would like to think your curiosity will make you click on it, because if you do you will find a treasure trove of research on work carried out by the members of this group.

Since April 2012 the Dating Old Welsh Houses Group, a community heritage charity with around 100 members, has been investigating the development of pre 1700 Welsh houses by focusing on:

  • Building recording, archaeology and architecture
  • The study of the landscape, community, economic and social history of the period
  • House/family history & other researchon a range of topics through lectures, events, visits & study tours
  • Widely publicising resultsonline, through leaflets & a quarterly Newsletter
  • Branch-led activitiesin Anglesey & Caernarfonshire, Conwy, Denbighshire, & Merionethshire.
Branch visit to a 17th century house in June 2014

Branch visit to a 17th century house in June 2014

The branches, encourage members to research their own houses, other houses which have been identified as ‘old’, the history of the families who have lived in these houses and even to the family’s pre and post occupation. We also look at land ownership and will research any other area which broadly fits in with the aims of the group.

In the Denbighshire Branch we are working on a ‘Cynwyd Scrapbook’; working in conjunction with the National Library of Wales on land ownership from the tithe maps, with members transcribing schedules for Llandrillo, Llangar, Corwen, and eventually Gwyddelwern. We are focussing on Edeyrnion first, but hoping to roll out this project to cover a wider area. Other members are looking at the history their own houses in Ruthin, Llangar, Cynwyd, Glyndyrfrdwy and Corwen.

We usually meet together once a month, either at Rhug or members houses to review progress, resolve problems or often just to generally chat – we are a pretty laid back bunch. So if you fancy something different do look at our website”

Written by Janice Dale – Denbighshire Branch

contact Janice at

Photo caption- Branch visit to a 17th century house in June

Caring for your records at home

October 1, 2014

Many of you will have your own personal papers stored at home or you may be storing records on behalf of a club or society. If you have letters, photographs, diaries, newspaper cuttings etc that you want to survive in a good condition, have a look at our advice below….

Paper, especially modern paper, can be damaged by: light; heat; humidity; mould; pests; handling; and acid from within the paper, packaging, binding, and from hands, so to prevent the worst of these:
  • Handle with clean hands and carefully.
  • Undertaken simple preservation, including: brushing any dirt off the records; removing paper clips, staples, rubber bands, metal bindings, and any plastic; and package in acid free envelopes or boxes.
  • Do not use adhesives on records (including cellotape)
  • Do not laminate records.
  • Store records flat but do not flatten or unfold with force.
  • Store records away from: bright light, heat, damp areas, water sources, and areas where pests are likely to live.


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Photographs on paper are affected by the same things paper are but can be more susceptible, especially to heat, light, and acids from hands. In addition to the above follow the below instructions:

  • Handle at the edges or ideally use cotton gloves.
  • Store in acid free envelopes or albums but do not use magnetic or adhesive photograph albums.

Also remember to record the people and places in the photographs as you may well forget in years to come. Do so by writing in the albums next to the photograph or if necessary with a 2B pencil on the back.

If you own records of local historic significance we would strongly recommend depositing them with your local archive. By depositing them with your local archive, you can be assured that researchers can access them in years to come. If you would like to discuss a deposit, please contact us on at

For more information about caring for records such as books, prints, drawings and watercolours, visit The National Archives Website.



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