Welsh Keywords: Treftadaeth

From Planet 242

by Andrew Green

This is the thirty‐eighth contribution to our Welsh Keywords series – inspired by Raymond Williams’ Keywords – which offers contemporary perspectives on contested meanings of words in Welsh and how these shifting meanings continue to shape our society.

It’s not a word I’m fond of. I’ll go to some lengths to find an alternative term. Its English counterpart, ‘heritage’, comes trailing scents of lavender and thyme in stately home tea-shops. It’s even less appealing.

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