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Politics

Institute of Welsh Affairs: The IWA is an independent think tank and research institute, based in Cardiff but with branches operating in north, mid and west Wales, Swansea Bay, and London. Founded in 1987 their goal is to raise the level of information and debate on Welsh public policy issues by publishing reports and policy papers.

National Assembly for Wales Home Page: After Devolution bills passed in both Scotland and (more narrowly) in Wales, the process of establishing the new Assembly's got underway. This is the Web-based component of the Welsh effort. "With the launch of a new phase of the Assembly Information Campaign, this website has being redesigned to make all the latest news more accessible. Access to the Welsh Office, WDA and the Wales Tourist Board websites are now gained via this site."

Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg (the Welsh Language Society): is a radical pressure group campaigning for the Welsh language. (When you first access this site, it is in Welsh. A small link to English language materials is located in the lower right of the screen.)

Political Parties/Nationalist Organizations

Plaid Cymru: is the major nationalist party in Wales. They frequently win Parliamentary seats and forward similar policies (with perhaps a little more cultural focus) to those of the Scottish National Party.

Cymru Annibynnol / Independent Wales Party: A newly formed Welsh nationalist group that believes Plaid Cymru's approach is too moderate. (Due to a programming error at the main site, I have opted to include a link to the South Wales branch.)

Nationalism

Cymru 1400: is a Republican nationalist organization which hopes to campaign for Welsh independence and in defence of Welsh culture. They argue that tourism is killing Wales. Cymru 1400 is currently in its infancy.

Tourism/Heritage

Activity Wales Web-Site: Information on traveling in Wales, as well as a travel magazine focused on Wales.

The Castles of Wales: Information, history and photos of the many castles in Wales.

Official Wales Tourist Board Web Site - Welsh regions, culture and history. Activities and events and accommodation: The government agency in charge or promoting tourism in Wales.

Wales National Parks Holidays: In addition to its historical attractions, Wales is a great place to get outdoors. This group offers: "offers Hotel, Guesthouse, Self catering, Farmhouse, Caravan or Caravan Park accommodation each meeting the Wales Tourist Board Approval Standards for excellent holiday opportunities in the Brecon Beacons, Pembrokeshire Coast and Snowdonia National Parks and surrounding areas of Wales. "

Visit Wales with Sand Leisue: A travel company offering holidays in Wales.

History

19th Century Welsh Newspapers: National Library of Wales page detailing the periodical press in Wales during the 19th Century.

Archaeology in Wales - The Prehistoric Monuments of Wales: Contains a large selection of information about prehistoric monuments in Wales.

Culture

Welsh Photographic Federation: "The Welsh Photographic Federation comprises of 52 clubs spread from Aberystwyth in the North to Newport and Haverfordwest in the South. The Federation caters for some 1200 photographers. During the year it puts on numerous exhibitions of work by Welsh photographers, at venues throughout the area, and biannually from further afield."

Amgueddfeydd ac Orielau Cenedlaethol Cymru - National Museum & Gallery of Wales: Contains information about their sites and collections, as well as providing other educational materials. (Warning: this site loads very slowly.)

Welsh Authors - Standard Texts: A useful resource for those who speak Welsh. Contains extensive texts from a range of authors from the Ancient to the Modern period, as well as information about the authors. This site is entirely in Welsh.

The British Council - Wales: The Welsh division of the United Kingdom's international network for education, culture and development services.

Welsh Literature: Introduction: Yet another excellent introductory resource from Britannia. This one contains information about Welsh authors from earliest days to the present.

Arts Council of Wales: A group working to promote the arts in Wales.

Stones of Wales: The site creators visited 80 Welsh Neolithic sites and are now putting information about these sites online. Includes driving directions, a brief description of the site, photos and more.

Bwrdd yr Iaith Gymraeg / Welsh Language Board: "The Welsh Language Board’s main aim is to make it easier for everyone to use Welsh, to encourage more people to speak, read or write the language in new situations, and to pass on the language to their children."

Countryside Council for Wales: "The Countryside Council for Wales is the Government's statutory adviser on sustaining natural beauty, wildlife and the opportunity for outdoor enjoyment in Wales and its inshore waters. The national wildlife conservation authority."

Welsh Studies Association: "NAASWCH is a multidisciplinary association of scholars, teachers and individuals based in North America and dedicated to advancing scholarship on Welsh studies, supporting the study of Welsh-American culture and fostering international bonds between scholars, teachers and the Welsh-American community."

Cymdeithas Madog: the Welsh Studies Institute in North America Inc., is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization dedicated to helping North Americans learn, use and enjoy the Welsh language. It takes its name from Madog ab Owain Gwynedd, a Welsh prince who sailed (according to legend) to America in the 12th century. That makes him a fitting symbol of the cultural and linguistic links which Cymdeithas Madog maintains between Wales and the New World. Cymdeithas Madog is a clearinghouse for information about Welsh language resources. We can help you find Welsh literature, publications from Wales, books about Wales and Welsh in Welsh and English, Welsh music, and Welsh resources on the internet.

News organizations

The County Times: A weekly Welsh newspaper containing stories of regional Welsh interest.

 


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