Domestic Life in Wales

Edited by S. Minwel Tibbott and Beth Thomas

Edited by S. Minwel Tibbott and Beth Thomas

Distributed for University of Wales Press

164 pages | numerous b&w halftones | 9-1/2 x 6-7/10 | © 2002
Paper $19.95 ISBN: 9780708317464 Published July 2002 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Domestic Life in Wales is an essential and fascinating source of information on Welsh customs, traditions and domestic culture.  Based on oral evidence gathered during the twentieth century and on documentary evidence from a variety of sources and periods, it covers topics ranging from traditional foods to the covering of table legs, and from crafts such as stocking-knitting and cheese-making to the effect of the coming of electricity on Welsh home life.
The late S. Minwel Tibbott was a pioneer in the field of women's studies in Wales and an acknowledged expert in the study of domestic life and traditional foods.  Domestic Life in Wales brings many of Minwel Tibbott's writings together as a tribute to her contribution to folk life and women's studies.
This volume demonstrates the variety and depth of Minwel Tibbott's research, as well as offering a particularly accessible and readable introduction to Welsh domestic history.  It will be essential reading for all those interested in the social and cultural history of Wales, folk life and food history, but is also likely to be of interest to a wider audience including those who can still remember some of the traditional ways described.
Welsh History Review

“It will certainly enrich our appreciation of women’s role in society, but it has a wider remit also, for it promotes a fuller understanding of the very fabric of the social, economic and cultural life of Wales through the centuries. . . this is a beautifully crafted and illustrated collection of essays which should appeal to all scholars of modern Welsh history . . .” –Welsh History Review


“. . . an indispensable source of information on different aspects of domestic life in Wales . . . This anthology ‘demonstrates the variety and depth of Minwel Tibbott’s research as well as offering a particularly accessible and readable introduction to Welsh domestic history.” –Folklore

Foreword by Trefor M. Owen
A Bibliography of S. Minwel Tibbott
List of Plates
Liberality and hospitality: food as communication in Wales
Laundering in the Welsh home
Sucan and llymru: dietary oatmeal in nineteenth-century Wales
Cheese-making in Glamorgan
Traditional breads of Wales
Going electric: the changing face of the rural kitchen in Wales, 1945-1955
Modesty, protection or display? The covering of table legs in Wales
Knitting stockings in Wales: a domestic craft
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