ARA Scotland Announce Explore Your Archive Ambassador 2019

ARAScotland are delighted to announce that Jamie Crawford, who you may know from BBC1’s ‘Scotland from the Sky’, will be the ARA Scotland Explore Your Archive Ambassador for 2019-2020! 

James Crawford is an award-winning writer, publisher and broadcaster. His first major work of non-fiction, Fallen Glory: The Lives and Deaths of the World’s Greatest Lost Buildings was published to critical acclaim in November 2015. Selected as a ‘Book of the Year’ by the New Statesman, the Independent and the Scotsman, it also led to appearances on the Today Programme, Start the Week and Newsnight, among others. In 2016 Fallen Glory was shortlisted for the Saltire Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award. In March 2017 it was published by Picador in the US, going on to feature in the New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and the National Post. The Wall Street Journal described it as ‘a book of and for the world’. 

In 2018 James scripted and presented the three-part, landmark documentary series Scotland from the Sky on BBC One Scotland (shortlisted for the 2019 Royal Television Society Awards for Best Specialist Factual Documentary). A second three-part series followed in Spring 2019. For over a decade he has worked with and researched Scotland’s national collection of architecture, archaeology and aerial photography, and has written a number of photographic books on its history and application, including Above Scotland, Scotland’s Landscapes, Aerofilms: A History of Britain from Above and Scotland from the Sky, the book of the BBC series. He is also the co-author of Who Built Scotland: 25 Journeys in Search of A Nation, with Kathleen Jamie, Alexander McCall Smith, James Robertson and Alistair Moffat.

He was born in the Shetlands in 1978 and studied History and Philosophy of Law at the University of Edinburgh, winning the Lord President Cooper Memorial Prize. He went on to complete a Masters in Journalism and was a radio broadcast journalist before he moved to London to work as a literary agent. For the past eleven years he has been the Publisher at Historic Environment Scotland – the lead body for the historic and built environment in Scotland – winning the runner-up award for Publisher of the Year at the 2018 Saltire Awards and making the shortlist for Best Academic Publisher at the 2019 British Book Awards. In June 2019 he became Publisher at Birlinn Books.

In 2016 he was elected as Chair of the Board of Publishing Scotland, the network body for the publishing industry in Scotland. He lives in Edinburgh.

The Scottish Explore Your Archive Event will take place this November at the National Records of Scotland, and will feature a talk from Jamie, as well as a presentation from Dawn Sinclair, Harper Collins archivist. More information is available here,

Powys Archives

Powys Archives is located in Llandrindod Wells, and serves as the official repository for the records of the county of Powys. Our collections date from the fourteenth century and include public records from bodies such as courts and hospitals; official records such as county council and school records; ecclesiastical and non-conformist records, which can provide information on births, deaths and marriages; as well as deposited records from solicitors and local groups.

Many people make use of our resources for family history but the archive is also a rich source for social history and learning about the local area. Original documents can be viewed in our searchroom in our newly developed facility.

Powys Archive, Llandrindod Wells

Along with preserving original records, we also hold a comprehensive local history collection of books and other publications. We have plenty of table space along with computers with Find My Past and Ancestry subscriptions, wi-fi for use of laptops and other devices, and microfilm/fiche readers.

The best way to reach us is through our website, where you can also view our catalogues and search for items in our database: https://en.powys.gov.uk/archives

You can also use our website to apply to our research and copying services if you are unable to visit us in person.

Powys Archives is open Thursdays and Fridays between 9.30am and 5pm but please get in touch with us before travelling so that we can reserve you a space.

Lleolir Archifau Powys yn Llandrindod a hon yw ystorfa swyddogol ar gyfer cofnodion Sir Powys. Mae ein casgliadau’n dyddio o’r bedwaredd ganrif ar ddeg ac yn cynnwys cofnodion cyhoeddus o sefydliadau megis llysoedd ac ysbytai; cofnodion swyddogol megis cofnodion y cyngor sir ac ysgolion; cofnodion yr anghydffurfwyr ac eglwysig, a all rhoi gwybodaeth ar enedigaethau, marwolaethau a phriodasau; yn ogystal â chofnodion a ddyddodwyd gan gyfreithwyr a grwpiau lleol. Mae llawer o bobl yn defnyddio ein hadnoddau ar gyfer hanes y teulu. Ond mae’r archif hefyd yn ffynhonnell gyfoethog ar gyfer hanes cymdeithasol ac i ddysgu am yr ardal leol. Gallwch weld dogfennau gwreiddiol yn yr ystafell chwilio yn ein hadeilad newydd.

Powys Archive, Llandrindod Wells

Yn ogystal â chadw cofnodion gwreiddiol, rydym hefyd yn cadw casgliad o lyfrau hanes lleol cynhwysfawr a chyhoeddiadau eraill. Mae gennym ddigonedd o le ar y byrddau a chyfrifiaduron gyda rhaglenni Find My Past a thanysgrifiadau i Ancestry. Mae gennym wasanaeth DiWifr ar gyfer gliniaduron a theclynnau eraill, a pheiriannau darllen microffilm a microfiche.

Y ffordd orau o’n cyrraedd yw trwy ein gwefan lle gallwch weld ein catalogau a chwilio am eitemau yn ein cronfa ddata: https://cy.powys.gov.uk/archifau

Ar ben hyn gallwch ddefnyddio ein gwefan i wneud cais i’n gwasanaethau copïo ac ymchwil os nad oes modd i chi ymweld â ni wyneb yn wyneb.

Mae Archifau Powys ar agor bob dydd Iau a dydd Gwener rhwng 9.30am a 5.00pm ond cysylltwch â ni cyn ichi deithio fel y gallwn gadw lle ar eich cyfer.