Added on: 22/05/2024 Publish Date: 2024 239 Cymraeg Yn Unig

Video Timeline: History of the Welsh Language


A new video resource that brings the history of the Welsh language to life in 4 minutes.

From its origins in the Brythonic language and the earliest written versions through the Acts of Union and the Industrial Revolution to the establishment of the Urdd and Welsh-medium schools in the twentieth century, this video goes from the year 40 to 2022, when the language was used for the first time in the biggest sporting stage, the football World Cup.

“Today, over half a million speak the language and the Welsh Government wants to have one million Welsh speakers by 2050 so that the Welsh language becomes an integral part of everyday life, in communities, school, at work and in digital technology.”

A resource to be used widely with learners of all ages, and specifically for Welsh Second Language A Level Unit 5 (The Welsh Language in Society).


Welsh subtitles can be selected on video in YouTube (English subtitles available soon).

Funded by Welsh Government.

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Collection Level
Higher Education, Post-16 and Vocational, AS/A Level
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History, Welsh
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