On the 26th of July, the Centre for Alternative Technology celebrated a truly momentous occasion as it handed over 40 years worth of documents, photos and oral history interviews to the National Library of Wales. The magnificent library building is situated in Aberystwyth overlooking Cardigan Bay. Stunning views, a sunny day and real excitement marked the event which included speakers from CAT and the National Library, performances and exhibitions of materials.
Over 90 oral history interviews, hundreds of documents and publications, approximately 1000 photographs and a selection of digitised videos from the past 40 years of CAT will now be accessible to the public.
According to Allan Shepherd, Voices from the Valley Project Co-ordinator, “The Archive Launch is the culmination of three years of work involving hundreds of people across the Dyfi Valley and beyond. Over the last 40 years CAT has become an important part of the cultural landscape of Wales, influencing technological development, public opinion and government policy, as well as changing the lives of people who have come into contact with it. It’s fitting the archive is finally arriving at the National Library of Wales, one of the great guardians of Welsh cultural life.”
“This is a significant day for the National Library of Wales”, according to Aled Gruffydd Jones, Chief Executive and Librarian. “Working with CAT – a partner with international credentials and global reach – is very exciting, and a great honour for us. The arrival of the initial part of their unique archives of contemporary environmental materials will enrich and broaden our collections, and we look forward to working closely with them for many years to come as we look to build an extensive archive, accessible to all.”
Adrian Ramsay, CEO of CAT speaking at the event said;
“Our 40th anniversary is not only a chance to look back on the incredible impacts of CAT over the last 40 years, but it is also a chance to look forward to the next 40. We need to grasp the environmental challenges we face and create a healthier, sustainable society for a changing planet. The work of CAT, through our educational programmes, visitor centre and Zero Carbon Britain research project, is crucial in order to inform, inspire and enable that change.”