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Welcome to Gathering the Jewels.

Here you will find over 20,000 images of objects, books, letters, aerial photographs and other items from museums, libraries and record offices in Wales.

About Gathering the Jewels

Gathering the Jewels was established by a consortium of the following bodies -

  • National Library of Wales
  • Society of Chief Librarians (Wales)
  • National Museums and Galleries of Wales
  • Federation of Welsh Museums
  • Archives Council Wales
  • Royal Commission of Ancient and Historic Monuments Wales
  • Council of Museums in Wales
  • Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum
  • Welsh County Archivists Group

The goal of the project was to put the cream of Wales' cultural history, from repositories throughout Wales, on the Internet for people to learn from and enjoy.

Launch, September 2002

The first stage of Gathering the Jewels was completed at the end of September 2002 and the event was celebrated with a grand launch at the National Museums and Galleries of Wales in Cardiff. More than 300 people including Assembly Members, MPs, academics, historians and representatives from many of Wales's top public bodies attended the event. Amongst the speakers were Jenny Randerson AM, Minister for Culture, Sport and the Welsh Language and the renowned historian and author Dr. John Davies.

Celebrating the Jewels, October 2003

By May 2003 the website at will contain over 20,000 images of Welsh life through the ages. These have been gathered from hundreds of museums, libraries, record offices and archives throughout Wales, putting them in one collection for the first time available to all free of charge. The scale of the project is vast; the contents include historic letters, paintings, documents, artefacts and photographs, encompassing everything from well known items to the rare and little seen. Together this material illustrates the natural and social history of Wales from the earliest times to the recent past. This website will create a vast learning resource for the people of Wales while preserving these jewels for future generations to enjoy.

Gathering the Jewels represents a unique coming together of libraries, museums and archives from all over Wales - national and local - to share their collections and create a national resource across the World Wide Web. This project is funded by the New Opportunity Fund (NOF) under the cultural enrichment strand of its programme for the 'Digitisation of Learning Materials'.