The Women of West
Wales (WOWW) project is a three-year project led by Narberth Museum to research
and collate the diverse
histories of local women and to make them as accessible to as many people as
possible through the creation of this digital ‘museum’.
In the past, a discrepancy in the recording and display of women’s history has been noted by many of our visitors and reflects a wider issue (particularly in rural areas) of the female experience being ‘lost.’ Our archives are a treasure trove of fragmented information, letters, diaries and photographs that, because of this ongoing project, are now available to all.
The concept evolved from working with
pupils from Greenhill School on an exhibition called ‘Wicked Welsh Women’. The
group were inspired by the stories of six local women to create a series of
Facebook-style ‘profiles’. This was warmly received and went on to gain
national recognition by winning the Women’s History Network Community prize. In
this spirit of collaboration and widening audiences, we have worked with other heritage organisations* to share the eclectic
experiences of local women that continue to shape our identity and enrich our
As well as ensuring that women are fairly and accurately represented in rural Welsh heritage, #WOWW provides social and other opportunities through workshops, talks, exhibitions and events based around the project’s themes. Discover more about the kinds of things we’ve been up to in our Facebook Page.
Narberth Museum is grateful for the
support of PLANED, Arwain Sir Benfro’s LEADER funding and the Heritage Lottery
Fund. As well as making this project possible, their support continues to enhance
the sustainability of the museum , provide volunteer & employment
opportunities, develop new skills and create a more comprehensive legacy for
future generations. Thank you.