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Wales (culture)

07 Sep 2015

Our Subjects / Ā Mātou Kaupapa:
Geography, Society and culture

Where can I find out about the culture and customs of Wales?

LEVEL: Intermediate

Wales is one of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom and although there are many similarities wth its neighbours, it does have its own unique culture and customs. Wales is also co-hosting the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Some good sources of information on a country's history and culture can be found on the tourist websites, including those for Wales. Clicking on the Explore Wales tab at the VisitWales official tourism site and choose Traditions and History to find some information and links about myths and legends, national symbols and traditional food.

For some general facts we recommend the Woodlands Junior School homework site, called ProjectBritain. This site is about 'Great Britain' (England, Scotland and Wales), and has pages about historyfoodsportscustoms and lots of other topics.

A good place to find more detailed information about a topic like this is by using an online encyclopedia. The Encyclopedia Britannica is a source of reliable information and is one of the EPIC databases. Use the link for Britannica School; holding the cursor over the Middle option will give you a search box. Entering the keyword Wales will produce a list of results, and a further click on Wales (country in the United Kingdom) leads you to further links, one of which is people and culture. You may want to consider changing the reading level to 3 (top right of page) which has more detailed information with a separate section titled Cultural life.

HOT TIP: To get to the EPIC databases you will need a password from your school librarian first. Or, you can log to between 1 and 6pm Monday to Friday, and one of the librarians can help you online.

A further resource to check is Wikipedia. This online encyclopedia has a comprehensive article on the Culture of Wales which brings together a number of features on the topic, complimented by links and references for further information. Do be aware that while Wikipedia has great coverage of many topics, the information is contributed by lots of different people. If you are using this site, it always pays to check the information against that on other sites, or in books from the library.

Another site to visit is Every Culture. They have a comprehensive article all about the Culture of Wales, plus a separate article about the Culture of the United Kingdom as a whole. It can be hard to find out information about who wrote the articles on Every Culture however every article includes references to where they go their information from. 

If you want to check out some illustrations of this topic don't forget to have a look at Google Images. Enter the key phrase 'culture of Walesand you will find a wide range of options.

HOT TIP: When using Google images you can usually see the full size image by double clicking on the thumbnail sized one.

You might like to check out our ManyAnswers entries about Scotland and England.

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