Wales' Story Told through Huw's Family; Tale Reflects How We Became World's First Industrial Nation
BBC news presenter Huw Edwards delves into his own family's past to explain how Wales became the world's first industrial nation, in a new television series on S4C - Creu Cymru Fodern gyda Huw Edwards (The Creation of Modern Wales with Huw Edwards).
"My family, the Edwardses, were tenant farmers near Bwlchllan, in the hills of Ceredigion above Aberaeron," says Huw.
"When the industrial revolution took off, and hard times hit rural Wales, some of the family emigrated to Ohio. But others headed for the Welsh Klondike - the South Wales coalfield. There, they linked up with tens of thousands of other Welsh speakers, and were part of a community which helped to forge a modern identity for the nation."
In the first episode, Huw returns to the family graves in Bwlchllan, Ceredigion to start an incredible journey which will reveal how the commerce, industry and nature of Welsh society were revolutionised within a century between 1750 and 1850.
CREU CYMRU GYDA HUW S4C tomorrow, By the end of that period, industry in Wales was employing more people than agriculture - Wales became the world's first industrial nation.
One of the main reasons for the industrial change was increased literacy says Huw, which was all down to a clever scheme thought up by two individuals from Carmarthenshire.
"Children are still being taught about Griffith Jones and Bridget Bevan, the two people responsible for this change. Their idea was to have a school that travelled from village to village, to ensure everyone could read the scriptures. …