The data which has been transcribed by volunteers as a part of the Cynefin project is now being used to study long term changes in agriculture.
In collaboration with Aberystwyth University and the Farmers Union of Wales, the detailed information about fields and land use in the 1840s is being used for statistical analysis of the changes in the nature of Welsh agriculture.
A little over half of the 30,000 pages of tithe documents have been transcribed, but it is already possible to analyse some parishes in detail. Einion Gruffudd, Cynefin’s Project Manager said that this research was a great example of the advantages which come from digitising old maps and documents.
“We are familiar with statistical analyses of recent trends, but we now have increasing opportunities to do similar work with historical data.” said Einion. He added: “I’m very proud of the work we have done with students from Aberystwyth University, and I’m grateful to FUW and to staff at the Welsh Government for enabling us to connect this with recent data.”
A display of the early findings will be shown at the Tŷ-Mawr stand at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show this week (from 18th-21st July 2016).
The transcription data is all available on the cynefin.wales website, as well as the opportunity to help transcribe the remaining 12,000 pages of tithe documents.