UNESCO recognition for one of the National Library of Wales’s treasures

Tuesday evening at the Senedd eight new pieces of documentary heritage were inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World UK Register. The only item from Wales to be included was The Survey of the Manors of Crickhowell & Tretower by Robert Johnson (1587), held at the National Library of Wales.

This survey is a part of the Badminton Collection held in the Library’s Map Collection. Like many other such estate surveys of the period it includes a textual description of the estate, its extent, its properties and tenants; unlike most other surveys this survey also includes a set of maps produced as part of the survey. This is the earliest example of a grand estate atlas designed as a coherent volume of decorative estate maps.

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Further information in the press release:

https://www.llgc.org.uk/en/information-for/press-and-media/press-releases/2016-press-releases/first-minister-of-wales-celebrates-the-award-of-unesco-memory-of-the-world-status-to-outstanding-historical-collections/

(Thank you to Nia Mai Daniel, Head of Archives and Manuscripts Section, NLW for this information)

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