Archives are brilliant. They connect us directly with the people who lived in the past.
Whatever your interest, you will find all sorts of fascinating material in archives. Discover for yourself the thrill of using records created by past generations.
Maps can transport us back to the past in an instant. This map dates back to 1776, when Owen Holland of Plas Isa, Conwy, had a set of plans drawn up by A. Bowdler, to show all of his properties. This is one of the plans, showing the properties he owned in the town of Conwy.
This Register of Felons lists those accused of serious crimes who were sent to Carmarthen gaol in the mid nineteenth century. It is held by the Carmarthenshire Record Office (reference ACC 4916)
As a taster, why not explore the digital images of archives available online on various websites. Or find out What's Happening - check out current exhibitions and events.
Then set off on your own quest to look at records in archive repositories around Wales.
Remember, though, that not all archives repositories have exhibitions. If you plan to visit an archive that does not have an exhibition, or has only a small display of documents, it's a good idea have an area or subject of research in mind. To find out what sort are archives are held, why not browse the catalogue on this website? It only contains summary catalogues, but it gives an indication of the collections that are held in all archives across Wales.