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05 Mar 2020

Wales’s history books are packed full of extraordinary heroes — from NHS founder, Aneurin Bevan, to 14th-century leader, Owain Glyndŵr.

But what about the inspiring women that have helped to shape our country?

From fierce medieval warrior, Gwenllian, to 20th-century author, Dr Kate Roberts, the women of Wales’s past have so many stories to tell… And we intend to tell them.

This International Women’s Day (08 March) we made a start, by announcing the publication of a brand new feminist history book for children.

Entitled Welsh Women Making History, the book tells the stories of 12 women from Wales’s past and present — from St Elen, the 4th-century founder of churches in Wales to Cranogwen, the female bard born in 1839, to Hayley Gomez MBE, a current Professor of Astrophysics at Cardiff University.

Illustrated by up-and-coming Welsh artist, Efa Lois, the book also features portraits of Wales’s favourite historical figures, reimagined as they might have been in the 21st century — from Gwenllian as a women’s rights activist to Siwan as a Welsh politician.

All part of our Rediscover History campaign, this celebration of the old with the new has been designed to offer a snapshot of female brilliance through the ages — thereby encouraging future generations of inspiring Welsh women to carve their own exciting paths.

The Welsh Women Making History book is available to pre-order for just £2.95.

Click here to reserve your copy now.

Fancy a sneak peek? Click here to see six excerpts from the book, shown alongside portraits of our re-imagined Welsh heroines…

*Very soon, the book will also be available to purchase at the following Cadw gift shops: Beaumaris Castle, Blaenavon Ironworks, Caerleon Roman Fortress and Baths, Caernarfon Castle, Caerphilly Castle, Castell Coch, Chepstow Castle, Cilgerran Castle, Conwy Castle, Criccieth Castle, Denbigh Castle, Harlech Castle, Kidwelly Castle, Laugharne Castle, Oxwich Castle, Plas Mawr, Raglan Castle, Rhuddlan Castle, Rug Chapel, St Davids Bishop’s Palace, Strata Florida Abbey, Tintern Abbey, Tretower Court and Castle and Valle Crucis Abbey.