Jazz Heritage Wales

The only multimedia resource in Wales and the UK focusing
on the contribution made by Wales to a British Jazz identity.

Emphasis is given to including less well known themes

Emphasis is given to including less well known themes, such as the role of women within this story, and the legacy of African American music in Wales. The Collection contains Oral Histories, papers, photographs, Videos, DVDs, libraries, Stage Gowns and ephemera.

As Professor Sir Deian Hopkin, (former President of the National Library of Wales) put it, Professor Jen Wilson, pianist and historian, Founder of the Collection has:

“Made an enormous contribution to the rediscovery of the historical role of women in Jazz and dance music, and the organization which she has created plays a vitally important role in the preservation of this significant aspect of our musical and cultural heritage.”

Or as Kim Collis, West Glamorgan County Archivist describes:

“The purpose and principles of the organisation provide a valuable re balancing of the narrative of modern Welsh history away from one which focuses solely on white male achievements to recognise the contribution of women and the BME community to Wales.”

Based at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David

The Collection and its research including performances are based at the University of Wales Trinity St David (UWTSD).

Founded in 1986, we are run by a Board of Trustees and became a registered Charity in 1998.

Our work was recognized by the Welsh Government in 2017 when we received the St David Award for Culture.