My name is Oli Cowling and I am part of the photography team working on the Archives & Access project. Over a series of three posts, I want to share with you some of the highlights I’ve been working on

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  • Josef Herman's Pregnant woman in landscape

    Josef Herman, Pregnant woman in landscape (Notes from a Welsh Diary) c.1948

    © Estate of Josef Herman

  • Josef Herman's Untitled, standing man in overcoat

    Josef Herman, Untitled, standing man in overcoat date unknown

    © Estate of Josef Herman

  • Josef Herman's Untitled, man in clogs, bent under a back-pack

    Josef Herman, Untitled, man in clogs, bent under a back-pack c.1948

    © Estate of Josef Herman

  • Josef Herman's Untitled, scrubbing the front step

    Josef Herman, Untitled, scrubbing the front step date unknown

    © Estate of Josef Herman

Josef Herman - Ystradgynlais

Herman’s drawings and watercolours shown here are of the Welsh mining village of Ystradgynlais dating from 1944-1955. The watercolours especially emphasise what the living and working conditions were like for these people with the coal tips ever present towering over the village.

This is the second post in a series of three. Read part one: Archives & Access project: digitising the archive: Nigel Henderson