Bulletin: New films released

Tithe maps capture virtually the whole of Wales and together create a snapshot of our nation on the cusp of transformation. Two new films exploring the transformation of Wales’ landscape and the impact on people’s lives have just been released by the Cynefin project to celebrate International Archives Day on 9th June.

View the films on our blog:

The March of Industry

Changing Landscapes, Changing Lives


Cynefin Project

The Cynefin project aims to repair and digitise around 1,200 tithe maps and transcribe over 30,000 pages of index documents by March 2017. The aim of this project is to create an online resource which can be freely accessed to research the tithe maps and their indexes in an efficient and innovative way. In order to create the online resource, this crowdsourcing website has been set up to allow anyone to contribute to the project by volunteering online.


What are Tithe Maps?

Tithes were payments charged on land users. Originally, payments were made using commodities like crops, wool, milk and stock. Tithe maps were produced between 1838 and 1850 to ensure that all tithes were paid with money rather than produce.

These are the most detailed maps of their period and they cover more than 95% of Wales. The index documents for each map list the payable tithes, the names of the landowners and land occupiers, the land use, and in most cases (75%) the field names.


Volunteering Online

All the volunteering work for the Cynefin project can be done through this crowdsourcing website, and can be done at a time and place which suits you. There is no commitment required in terms of volunteering hours – every contribution is appreciated.
Your volunteering work will allow us to connect people and information about the land to specific places on the maps.The online volunteering tasks include transcribing, geo-referencing, and clipping.

Visit our events page for a full list of all our volunteering workshops across Wales. Come join us!



Contact us by e-mail, phone or post – we look forward to hearing from you!

  • cynefin@llgc.org.uk
  • 01970 632 416
  • Cynefin project, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3BU

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