North East Wales Archives in Ruthin are to host a free ‘open doors’ event on the 9th of September, welcoming all to come and explore some of the historical photographs that are held there.

There will also be activities planned for families and children, such as Cyanotype printing with a local artist. This uses an early photography process known as Cyanotype or sun printing to create a beautiful blue toned image using inspiration from archive collections.

There will also be a guest exhibition by local photographer Jac Williams named “Honest Agriculture”. The exhibition highlights the photographer’s lifelong project capturing evocative images of farming in North Wales.

Visitors will even get a chance to have their portrait taken by ‘The Vintage Camera lady’ who has the only street box camera in all of Wales.

Located at the Gaol in Ruthin, the open doors event will run from 10am to 4pm and will join the more than 200 other historic sites, landmarks and hidden gems that will be opening their doors during September.

‘Open Doors’ is Wales’ annual contribution to the European Heritage Days initiative, which invites heritage organisations, private owners, local authorities and more to open their doors or offer activities to the public free of charge during September.

Earlier this year, North East Wales Archives, which is jointly run by both Flintshire and Denbighshire County Councils was awarded Archive Service Accreditation.


Archivist, Sarah Roberts said:

“We are excited to be involved in Open Doors once again and have joined up with some new partners this year to make the event even better. We will have some of our favourite photography collections on display which are always a popular attraction with visitors during open days.”


Councillor Emrys Wynne, Lead Member for Welsh Language, Culture & Heritage said:

“It is great that the service is opening its doors for free to the public for this special event. The archives hold information and photographs from across the county, and beyond so it will be a great opportunity for locals to come and discover more about the history of the area they live in.”


Artist activity has been funded by Welsh Government as part of the annual Explore Your Archive Campaign. This is a free event (except for takeaway portraits provided by The Vintage Camera Lady).