Digital project puts technology into perspective
Carmarthen’s historic past is being digitally mapped by a nationwide scheme.
Town residents were invited to bring along old photographs of the town to the market as part of the Digital Heritage in the Community project which is linked to the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth.
It is hoped through old photographs and people telling stories on video cameras an internet website can be created detailing the town’s past.
This project is supported by Communities 2.0 through the Assembly Government and European ERDF scheme.
Hazel Thomas and Carys Evans of Culturenet Cymru were overseeing the market event.
Hazel said: “The aim was to take copies of old photos, not just of the market but the town as a whole, which will then be loaded onto the web to form a history of the town.
“We wanted it to be engaging and fun for people and at the same time focus on introducing new and existing computer technologies in a context that is relevant and meaningful to their interests.”
She added: “As a result, it was agreed that heritage would be a natural vehicle to achieve this, with most people enjoying informal banter and storytelling with friends, families and their communities, referencing personal memories of how their communities, lives and way of living has changed and evolved over the years.”
Hazel said that Carmarthen was being piloted and that this scheme will hopefully be rolled out across Wales.
She said older people were being encouraged to get involved with bringing along photos and their stories and then use the computer equipment to load them on.
She said the scheme hoped to introduce technology into their daily lives.