BBC: Wales’ national broadcast archive gets £4.7m grant. “A £9m project to create a national broadcast archive is set to go ahead after securing a £4.7m lottery grant. The National Heritage Lottery money follows an initial £160,000 grant awarded last year to develop the scheme.”
News from Wales: Welsh Social Media Network “Tŵt” Now Open to the Public. “Tŵt is built on open-source technology and connects to a network of networks that boasts two million members, providing an instant audience and source of connections for new users. Unlike other social media platforms, the interface is fully available in Welsh and supports the use of non-English text.” This appears to be a singularly-purposed Mastodon setup.
University of Glasgow: White Paper raises concerns about access to the nation’s digital past. “People are struggling to access a treasure trove of the UK’s modern digital archives due to physical, technological and legal barriers, academics have warned in a White Paper published today. The paper says that unless regulations are changed to take account of user needs in the fast-paced modern world then this priceless national digital resource could become obsolete for future generations.”
Business News Wales: £1 Million for Museums, Archives and Libraries in Wales. “In addressing the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) Wales Annual Conference last week, the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord-Elis-Thomas, announced that museums, archives and libraries in Wales will benefit from nearly £1 million Welsh Government capital funding to develop and enhance their facilities and services.”
BBC: BBC urged to increase National Broadcast Archive for Wales funding. “The BBC should commit more to the running costs of a new National Broadcast Archive for Wales, the deputy minister for culture has said. Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas has refused to commit funding for the project at the National Library of Wales because of fears over its long-term sustainability. He told the assembly’s culture committee the BBC needed to increase its financial support for the plans in order to proceed.”
BBC: National BBC broadcast archive in Aberystwyth in doubt. “Plans to create a broadcast archive for Wales have been thrown into doubt after the Welsh Government withdrew support. The £9m project at the National Library of Wales (NLW) in Aberystwyth was due to become home to 160,000 recordings from the BBC Wales programme archive.”
BBC: Guide to help book lovers explore Welsh locations. “Book lovers will no longer have to rely on their imaginations to picture the scene of novels set in Wales thanks to a new website. Literary Atlas plots locations in stories set around the country, allowing readers to explore some of the places integral to the plot.”