Here are some links to external websites that may be useful or interesting.
This list is arranged alphabetically.
Although every effort is made to ensure these links are accurate, up to date and relevant, Powys County Council can not take responsibility for websites or web pages maintained by external providers. This is because:
· Powys County Council does not produce or maintain them
· Powys County Council can not alter them
· The websites can be changed or updated with the knowledge or agreement of Powys County Council
If you come across any external links that do not work, please report them to the Powys War Memorials Project Officer by email: Warmemorials@powys.gov.uk.
Please note that external links from this website may include material of a political nature. Powys County Council takes no responsibility for information contained on external links from this website.
Archwilio is the online access system to the Historic Environment Records (HERs) of Wales. The system has been developed through a partnership of the four Welsh Archaeological Trusts (Clwyd-Powys, Dyfed, Glamorgan-Gwent, Gwynedd) to provide wider public access to this valuable resource. We believe that the dissemination of information leading to a wider understanding of our cultural heritage and historic environment is the most effective conservation tool. Archwilio translates as to explore, examine or audit and therefore encapsulates the use of the HERs in relation to the historic environment.
Biodiversity Information Service (BIS) for Powys & Brecon Beacons National Park
BIS was the first Local Record Centre in Wales and was established in 2000 covering the counties of Breconshire, Radnorshire and Montgomeryshire. It was one of 3 pilot record centres in the UK, (the others being in Cheshire and Northeast Scotland), funded by the partners and the Esmee Fairburn Trust through Wildlife Trusts UK. These pilot record centres were set up as 'nodes of the National Biodiversity Network (NBN) and would adopt the standards of NBN' (Linking LRC’s Project).
Brecon Beacons National Park Authority (BBNPA)
Brecon Beacons National Park Authority. The remit of our work is set out in our Statutory Purposes and Statutory Duty. In summary these are
To protect the natural beauty of the Park;
To help visitors enjoy and understand it; and
To foster the wellbeing of local people.
Building Conservation Directory
Information resources for conservation, restoration and repairs
Cadw is the Welsh Government's historic environment service working for an accessible and well-protected historic environment for Wales.
Clywd- Powys Archaeological Trust (CPAT)
This is one of the four Welsh Archaeological Trusts working to help protect, record and interpret all aspects of the historic landscape.
Clwyd Family History Society
The Clwyd Family History Society was founded in 1980 to encourage the study of genealogy and family history in north-east Wales, and to provide a forum for people who are interested in these subjects to meet, and to help each other. It now has approximately 1000 members worldwide.
Coflein is the online database for the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW), the national collection of information about the historic environment of Wales. The name is derived from the Welsh cof (memory) and lein (line).
Coflein allows access to details of many thousands of archaeological sites, monuments, buildings and maritime sites in Wales, together with an index to the drawings, manuscripts and photographs held in the NMRW archive collections.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)
We commemorate the 1,700,000 men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars.
Our cemeteries, burial plots and memorials are a lasting tribute to those who died in some 154 countries across the world.
Our Register records details of Commonwealth war dead so that graves or names on memorials can be located.
This project has conducted mass digitization of primary sources relating to the First World War from the Libraries, Special Collections and Archives of Wales. The project will make available a coherent, consolidated digital collection revealing the often hidden history of the First World War as it impacted all aspects of Welsh life, language and culture. This digital archive brings together source materials that were previously fragmented and frequently inaccessible. This digital archive is a unique resource of vital interest to researchers, students, and the public in Wales and beyond.
First World War Centenary
Together, through the First World War Centenary Programme, a vibrant global programme of cultural events and activities, and online resources, we are connecting current and future generations with the lives, stories and impact of the First World War.
Join us and take part in this global commemoration.
Forces War Records
Forces War Records is the sister site of Forces Reunited, the leading British military community on the web with more than one million members and reuniting veterans since 2001, part of Clever Digit Media Ltd.
The site was created in 2008 upon the request of some Forces Reunited members who were looking for information on their ancestors but had come up against dead ends with the usual genealogy sites. Since inception we have gone on to add over seven million individuals records and a ton of supplementary military data not found on any other sites and are currently adding over 200,000 records a month.
Grow in Powys
Our mission is to nourish strong and vibrant communities, to provide support and a capacity to grow for businesses and to enhance and protect the physical, social and cultural identity of the area.
Hay Castle Trust
Hay Castle Trust is a registered charity that was formed in 2011 to preserve this historic site and provide a future of cultural enrichment, educational opportunities and community enjoyment.
The Heritage Alliance now unites over 100 independent heritage organisations in England, acting as a powerful, effective and independent advocate for the movement.
The Heritage Alliance is the biggest coalition of heritage interests in England. It brings together the independent heritage organisations, from the National Trust, Canal & River Trust and Historic Houses Association, to more specialist bodies representing visitors, owners, volunteers, professional practitioners, funders and educationalists. Between them, their 6.3 million volunteers, trustees, members and staff demonstrate the strength and commitment of the independent heritage movement.
Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)
Heritage Lottery Fund. From the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks we love, from precious memories to rare wildlife… we use money raised by National Lottery players to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about.
Historic Religious Buildings Alliance
We bring together those working for a secure future for historic religious buildings.
We are an independently-funded group within the The Heritage Alliance (established in 2002 as Heritage Link). This is the biggest alliance of heritage interests in the UK and was set up to promote the central role of the non-Government movement in the heritage sector.
HistoryPoints.org delivers Welsh history to your mobile, on the spot!
Look out for our QR codes on windows, fences, doors, walls, gateposts and noticeboards at more than 1,000 places across Wales. Simply scan the codes with your smartphone or tablet to read a concise history of the object in front of you.
Imperial War Museum: UK War memorials register (IWM)
This is a register of about 66,000 UK War Memorials.
In Memoriam 2014
2014 will be the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I and war memorials were, and still are, erected by communities to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. In Memoriam 2014 is a national project which will, with the assistance of local communities and groups, locate, log, maintain then protect the nation's war memorials in time for Remembrance Day 2014.
Please follow this link through Living Legacies 1914-18 Engagement Centre to find the Powys war memorials – Welsh Memorial and Honour Rolls of WW1’:
Llangammarch Wells History Society
Llangammarch Wells History Society has been in operation for many years - at their monthly meetings they have welcomed many interesting speakers from far and wide, and whilst numbers fluctuate over time, enthusiasm for local history has remained popular with local people as well as those who have come into the community from "off".
Llangynidr Local History Society
The aims of the society are to establish, record and maintain the historical make up of the village.
It seeks to examine the archeological and social history of the village and to create a record which is as comprehensive as possible, easy to access by all and safely preserved in the digital and material archive.
Particular areas which form the base of the society’s work are
Archeological digs in areas of known or suspected local historical value.
Studies of the historical development of village institutions and services.
The impact of major external events on the community, particularly the two world wars and changes in transportation.
The patterns of work in the village and the means of living.
Studies of families and social mobility over time.
Llanidloes Great War Trail
A guided trail around the market town of Llanidloes, in mid Wales, highlighting the sacrifice made by families in the town during World War One. The trail gives details of the war experience of men from Llanidloes, many of whom paid the ultimate sactifice and whose names are recorded on the war memorial at the start of the trail. By linking the names on the memorial to the places where the men lived, worked and socialised, the trail brings them back to life and reconnects the present to a past Llanidloes that is in danger of slipping out of memory. This trail is the first in a series that illustrates the experience of a rural Welsh community (Arwystli) in the Great War.
Never Forget Your Welsh Heroes
Never Forget Your Welsh Heroes is the national archive that tells the story of the wars and conflicts of Welsh soldiers through the letters and diaries they wrote. There must be lot of letters and diaries still out there, hidden in family papers. we want to share them with the nation, and allow thses soldiers to be recognised for their sacrifice. But that does not mean families letting go of their valuable personal histories. The archive uses copies of letters or diaries, or even videos of family members reading selected passages. The digital archive is being built now for Never Forget Your Welsh Heroes, and this is your gateway into all that it holds. Get involved, and help us build a resource for future generations to understand our past.
People's Collection Wales
History, culture and traditions of Wales
Pevsner Architectural Guides
The publication of The Buildings of Wales: Powys means Wales is the first nation to be covered in full by the prestigious Pevsner Architectural Guides.
Powys County Council Archives
Access to the records held by Powys Archives is granted in compliance with the Freedom of Information Act, Data Protection Act and the Environmental Information Regulations. There may be restricted access to certain records that we hold.
Powys County Council museums
There are five museums run by Powys County Council, which display local artefacts and hold exhibitions about the culture and heritage of the county.
Powys Family History Society
The Powys Family History Society was formed in 1980, is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies, the Association of Family History Societies of Wales and Capel, the Welsh Chapels heritage society. We are a registered charity, No 511875, our membership currently stands at 700.
Public Monuments and Sculpture Association (PMSA)
The PMSA aims to heighten public appreciation of Britain's public sculpture, and to contribute to its preservation, protection and promotion. It seeks to achieve this through several projects that include: the National Recording Project, the Sculpture Journal, Save our Sculpture and the Marsh Award for Public Sculpture.
Roll of Honour: Lest We Forget
Dedicated to men and women who fell fighting for their country. Recorded here are various war memorials within a variety of countries.
Royal British Legion
The Royal British Legion provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community - serving men and women, veterans, and their families.
Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum
The Museum is housed in two towers of Caernarfon Castle. In it you will find a wealth of original exhibits, supported by film, sound and models, which tell the story of over 300 years of service by Wales’ oldest infantry regiment, in peacetime and in war, all around the world.
Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families (SSAFA)
We are the longest serving national tri-service military charity. For 130 years, we have provided lifelong support to those who are serving or have ever served in our Armed Forces. Today nearly five million people living in the United Kingdom are estimated to have served in the Armed Forces at some point in their lives. Every year, around 20,000 servicemen and women leave the services and return to civilian life.
For over 20 years SmartWater® has consistently delivered significant reductions in criminal activity on behalf of our customers and clients, helping the police to convict hundreds of offenders in the process.
Talgarth Walking Festival
We are delighted to welcome you to Talgarth's Fourth Walking Festival 30th April - 2nd May 2016. The ancient market town of Talgarth is an ideal base for visitors wishing to explore the Brecon Beacons National Park on foot, particularly as it forms the "Gateway to the Black Mountains".
The Building Conservation Directory
Information resources for conservation, restoration and repairs
The Great War 1914-1918
This site provides an overview of the First World War battlefields on the Western Front by showing you where they are and what you can see there today. Established in 1998, the website is dedicated to the memory of more than 20 family members who served in the military during the Great War of 1914-1918.
The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC)
The IHBC is the professional body for building conservation practitioners and historic environment experts working in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, with connections to the Republic of Ireland. The Institute exists to establish, develop and maintain the highest standards of conservation practice, to support the effective protection and enhancement of the historic environment, and to promote heritage-led regeneration and access to the historic environment for all.
The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) Wales branch
The Wales branch of the IHBC is the professional body for building conservation practitioners in Wales. All Branch Members promote the highest standards of conservation practice and heritage led regeneration in the historic environment in Wales.
The Radnorshire Society
The Radnorshire Society, established in 1930, is a local field club concerned with the archaeology and history of the historic county of Radnorshire (now part of Powys).
The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW)
The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales has a leading national role in developing and promoting understanding of the archaeological, built and maritime heritage of Wales, as the originator, curator and supplier of authoritative information for individual, corporate and governmental decision makers, researchers, and the general public.
The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB)
The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings was founded by William Morris in 1877 to counteract the highly destructive 'restoration' of medieval buildings being practised by many Victorian architects. Today it is the largest, oldest and most technically expert national pressure group fighting to save old buildings from decay, demolition and damage.
Big Ideas Community Interest Company is working with the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) on a new community engagement programme The Unremembered, commemorating the bravery and sacrifice of the Labour Corps throughout World War One.
The Village Quire
The Village Quire: Back to the Garden: A new musical story of life and hope in the trenches of war-torn France during the Great War, from the letters of Corporal William Bevan, soldier and gardener.
The War Graves Photographic Project
The original aim of The War Graves Photographic Project was to photograph every war grave, individual memorial, Ministry of Defence grave, and family memorial of serving military personnel from WWI to the present day. However, due to its popularity we have now extended our remit to cover all nationalities and military conflicts and make these available within a searchable database.
The Welsh Experience of World War 1
This project will conduct mass digitization of primary sources relating to World War One from the Libraries, Special Collections and Archives of Wales. Wales had the highest level of recruitment of any UK country during World War One. The project will make available a coherent, consolidated digital collection revealing the often hidden history of World War One as it impacted all aspects of Welsh life, language and culture. These source materials are presently fragmented and frequently inaccessible, yet they collectively form a unique resource of vital interest to researchers, students, and the public in Wales and beyond.
Ty Mawr Lime Ltd
Established in 1995, by husband and wife, Nigel and Joyce Gervis, Ty-Mawr Lime Ltd has made an enormous contribution to resurrecting the use of traditional building materials in Wales.
Ty-Mawr Lime Ltd has gone on to become a market leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of environmentally-friendly building materials and systems, providing a 'one-stop' shop to clients throughout the UK.
Wales at War
The Wales@War website will be a fully bilingual platform in which students from Wales are able to explore the WW1 timeline and also have the possibility to add user-generated content. The user-generated content will be gathered continuously and will be publicly available.
This site provides news, events and signposting information for the commemoration of the centenary in Wales.
War Memorials Online
War Memorials Online is an unprecedented opportunity for the public to upload images of war memorials and log concerns for the conservation of these important community and historical sources for future generations. Together, we can build a complete picture of the whereabouts, type and condition of all war memorials in the UK.
Anyone and everyone can help protect war memorials for future generations. Your content is vital. Register to contribute information or explore the site to find out more about war memorials.
War Memorials Trust
War Memorials Trust works for the protection and conservation of war memorials in the UK. We provide advice and information to anyone as well as running grant schemes for the repair and conservation of war memorials. The website provides a range of resources to help you discover more about war memorials and their preservation. Please remember we are a registered charity relying entirely on voluntary contributions to undertake our work.
Celebrating and protecting our yew tree heritage.
Welsh Memorials to the Great War
In addition to the ‘official’ war memorials to the fallen that can be seen in public places around the towns and villages of Wales there were thousands of memorials dedicated to First World War servicemen by private institutions – chapels, workplaces, schools and clubs. Most of these are not included on the available databases of war memorials. Many of these have been lost as the workplaces and chapels have closed down and the schools have relocated; many of those that remain are vulnerable. This project aims to preserve the information that is on these memorials, and to share images of them and any research that has been carried out into them.
Welsh Traditional Buildings Forum
This Group promotes the development of traditional building skills and sustainability issues relating to all old buildings across Wales. We provide support through educational events, advocacy on national construction committees and sharing information.
The focus is on the 500,000 buildings in Wales built before 1919.
Western Front Association
The Western Front Association was formed in 1980 to maintain interest in the First World War (1914-1918). The 'WFA' works to perpetuate the memory, courage and comradeship of all, from all sides, on all Fronts: on land, at sea, in the air and on the Home Front. The Western Front Association is non-political and does not seek to glorify war.
West Wales War Memorials Project
Welcome to my website, The West Wales War Memorial Project. The aim of this website is to remember the men and women of the old county of Dyfed (Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire) who are commemorated on war memorials throughout the three counties. These many memorials cover such conflicts as the Anglo Boer War, World War 1, World War 2, Palestine, Korea, the Falklands, and Iran and Afghanistan.
World War 1
Various resources, information and links.
World War One Cemeteries
A site of remembrance and a comprehensive guide to the military cemeteries and memorials around the world. This site contains photographs of all 940 cemeteries in France and Belgium of 40 or more burials visited by Sidney C. Hurst whilst compiling his 1929 book "The Silent Cities".
Ypres 2016: International Blacksmithing Event
In September 2016, a striking new World War 1 Cenotaph will be created at the Grote Markt, in front of the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, Belgium. The Cenotaph will be located adjacent to the German War Cemetery at Langemark Poelkapelle.
Standing 7m tall and weighing 12 tonne, the metal Cenotaph for the 21st century will feature the evocative image of a single Flanders poppy surrounded by a field of 2016 steel poppies handcrafted by blacksmiths and farriers worldwide.
Hundreds of blacksmiths and farriers from around the world will come together in Ypres to create the Cenotaph in the week-long event.