Volunteers are still welcome for the Gwent Archives Chartist Trials project. If you would like to help transcribe documents please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01495 353363. Training using the transcription site can be provided for interested volunteers on request.
‘Trails to Trials’ is an exciting volunteer based on-line transcription and geo-tagging project using the Chartist Trials document collection. It is part of the Cynefin partnership project led by Archives Wales with National Library of Wales and the People’s Collection, which aims to digitise more than 1100 Tithe Maps of Wales. It is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with support from The Welsh Government through CyMAL, the National Library of Wales and Archives Wales.
The Cynefin project will promote the use of tithe maps through local projects and workshops, and will be dependent on a volunteer effort for geographic positioning and transcription. The period when the Tithe maps were being drawn was a very exciting period in Welsh history, including the Chartist Protest, 1839. The trials of the leaders and protesters which followed produced a large number of documents which have already been digitised.
The aim of the ‘Trails to Trials’ project is to transcribe all the trial documents and geo-tag them to the contemporary tithe maps. Geotags are geographic links between the documents and the maps. This means it will be possible to recognize the geographic location within the documents, and to use them in modern geographic search interfaces in the future.