Celebrating Welsh Language Rights Day
Today, Tuesday 7 December, is Welsh Language Rights Day, a day for us to raise awareness of the rights you have to use the Welsh language with us and to promote our Welsh language services.
Watch Marisa and Rhodri in discussion for Welsh Language Rights Day here:
Who are we?
The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (‘the Royal Commission’) helps people value and enjoy the heritage of Wales. We hold Wales’s third national collection, the National Monuments Record of Wales. This wonderful archive holds information about the archaeology and buildings of Wales from the earliest times to the present day. Discover what riches you can find in the almost 2 million photographs and many thousands of drawings, surveys, reports and maps! Our archive is available for consultation via our online database, Coflein.
Using the Welsh language with us
We welcome enquiries from individuals and organisations interested in all aspects of the heritage of Wales and encourage everyone who wishes to contact us through the medium of Welsh, to use our Welsh language service. Whether you are a fluent speaker or a learner, we would love to hear from you!
You can contact our bilingual public enquiry service by telephone (01970 621200), by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or in person at our library and search room in Aberystwyth. Our team of specialist staff will be happy to provide information and help to answer your enquiry by searching our databases and archive material.
We also invite you to interact with us on social media via Facebook or Twitter (@RCAHMWales) or browse our bilingual online shop (shop.rcahmw.gov.uk). You will be able to access our entire catalogue of publications, with out-of-print titles available as eBooks.
Using the Welsh language internally
This Welsh Language Rights Day we will be launching our Welsh in the Workplace policy. This document sets out the Royal Commission’s policy on using Welsh internally for the purpose of promoting and facilitating the use of the language.
This includes commitments to our fluent Welsh speakers as well as our learners, and to existing as well as new members of staff. It ranges from having the right to receive documents, forms, policies and procedures in Welsh to us promoting the increased use of Welsh during informal socialising (for instance, through our weekly “Sgwrs dros Baned”).
The Royal Commission encourages a culture which values and supports the use of Welsh internally. This, in turn, contributes towards the delivery of high-quality services in both Welsh and English.