12 pictures that show historic Wales frozen in time

Wednesday 19 August 2015

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A series of images comparing historic Welsh sites today with how they looked at the end of the 19th century have been released to highlight the importance of conserving the historic environment.

The incredible images, also available as a video on Cadw’s YouTube channel, show the transition between recent photographs and images held at the US Library of Congress.

The remarkable "photochrom" pictures were created by image-makers fascinated by Wales’s castles and landscapes – they were originally published by the Detroit Publishing Company.

They were created through a painstaking process where a picture would start life as a black and white negative and each new colour would be added using a different asphalt-coated lithographic stone.

Ken Skates, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “It is fascinating to compare images of our historic sites today with those taken more than 100 years ago.

“The images highlight the importance of protecting the rich historic environment that our country is blessed with.

“Through vital conservation work, we aim to ensure these iconic sites will be around for future generations to enjoy and for people to look back on in another 100 years.”