QR codes have been installed at the memorial in Pontypridd to father and son Evan and James James.
Visitors to a park in Pontypridd can now listen to the national anthem on their mobile phones as they view the memorial to the song’s creators.
Information project HistoryPoints has teamed up with Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council to display QR (Quick Response) codes near the memorial in Ynysangharad Park, to the song’s writers, father and son, Evan and James James.
Pontypridd Male Choir provided a recording of the anthem, Hen Wlad fy Nhadau.
So, how does it work?
The QR codes give people instant access on their smartphones and tablets to a concise history of the men and how the anthem came into being. The anthem’s lyrics are also provided.
The information is available in English, Welsh and French, and can also be viewed on desktop computers at thewebsite.
Anyone who downloads the web page can hear the choir’s stirring rendition, with accompaniment by the Parc & Dare Band.
The facility is free to use, other than any data download charges by the user’s mobile provider. It was created without public funding, while the council installed the wooden post on which the QR codes are displayed near the memorial.
Andrew Herridge, chair of Pontypridd Male Choir, said: “We hope the public will enjoy hearing us sing the anthem when they visit the memorial, and that this new technology will raise awareness, among local young people especially, of the town’s musical wealth.”
That’s great – who made it happen?
HistoryPoints, which has created QR codes for more than 1,100 locations around Wales, has also created QR codes for on-the-spot access to the history of other places of interest in Pontypridd.
They include the old bridge – Europe’s longest span when completed in 1756 – and Ponty Lido, the historic outdoor swimming complex which recently reopened after a £6.3m restoration.
Rhodri Clark, editor of, said: “The option of listening to the anthem – and perhaps singing along – should appeal to patriotic Welshmen and women as they stand in the park and salute the weaver and innkeeper who produced this gem of an anthem.
“We hope that it will also provide entertainment and insight for tourists, including any visiting rugby fans who take the short trip from Cardiff to Pontypridd.”