The sixth and final episode of the BBC Wales series ‘The Story of Wales’ followed the events and changes in Wales from WWII to the present day, covering a host of topics such as WWII bombing in Swansea, the start of the NHS under Aneurin Bevan, the steel industries at Port Talbot, Ebbw Vale and Shotton, the Welsh language movement and the steps towards independent Welsh government. This popular series has been valuable in increasing understanding of the history of Wales and has sparked debate into what it means to be Welsh in the 21st century. The episodes are viewable on BBC iPlayer for the next few days and a DVD is now available through the Open University. The series will be shown again on BBC Two shortly.
If you want to find out more about some of the sites covered in episode 6, follow the links below:
- Swansea (including photographs showing the effects of WWII bombing)
- Llyn Celyn, Tryweryn
- Shotton Steelworks
- Ebbw Vales Steelworks
- Port Talbot Steelworks
- First purpose built Mosque in Wales
- Former Welsh Office building
- Senedd, Cardiff Bay
- Millenium Centre
- Link to The Story of Wales website
- Add your own photographs to People's Collection Wales to help tell the story of Wales
Finally, the Royal Commission's superbly illustrated book, Hidden Histories: Discovering the Heritage of Wales is an informative companion for anyone interested in the life and heritage of Wales and is now available for only £19.95 or alternatively only £17.95 for Friends of the Royal Commission with their special 10% discount.
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