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Celebrating our Volunteers

Heritage of Wales News - Tue, 2015-06-09 09:57



This week is Volunteers’ Week, and we couldn’t let it pass without saying a sincere ‘thank you!’ to all the people who volunteer their time to the Commission. In the last year, they’ve given 1,001 hours of time in support of our activities – that’s equivalent to 138 working days, and almost 28 working weeks!

All our volunteers make a vital contribution to our work across the organisation. They help enhance records on Coflein, our online database, and work closely with our Library staff to catalogue, label and shelve books so that they’re ready for our visitors to use. In return, we offer the opportunity to develop skills, enhance knowledge and gain valuable work experience.

Thank you all!

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National Monuments Record of Wales Archives and Library Bulletin - May 2015

Heritage of Wales News - Tue, 2015-06-09 09:54
Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives and Library Bulletin which lists all newly catalogued material. http://www.rcahmw.gov.uk/HI/ENG/Our+Services/Donate+Records/Recent+Acquisitions/. The archival items, library books and journal articles are all available to view in our public reading room. The full archive catalogue is available on Coflein and contains digital copies of many of the items listed.

Our Library and reading room is open:
Monday – Friday 09.30 – 16.00, Wednesday 10.30 – 16.30.
An appointment is advisable.



May 2015  Archives NMR Site Files
Maps, plans drawings and photographs produced by Geoff Ward in 2000 of the following sites:

• Cwmeinion CM Sunday School and Chapel: C605811
• Bwlch-y-Maen Farmstead, Cards: C605813
• Ty Isaf, Llanfarian: C605814

Investigators Digital Photography

Digital photographs taken by RCAHMW investigators of the following sites:

• Bethania Chapel, Maesteg, 2014: C605909
• Peniel chapel, Tremadog, 2014: C605917
• Llanlash farmhouse, 2015: C606005
• 23 Vale Street, 2009: C606034
• Bridgend English Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (United Reform Church): C606102
• Emmanuel Christchurch (previously Christ Church), Bridgend: C606218
• Pemprys, Ysgybor-y-coed, 2015: C605187
• Farm Buildings at Rhuwarthen-Uchaf, 2014: C606371
• Erddig Hall gardens taken duirng the popular Apple Festival in 2014: C606377
• The National Museum of Wales, Cathays Park, Cardiff, 2015: C606396
• Gorsedd Gardens, Cathays Park, Cardiff, 2015: C606398
• City Hall, Cathays Park, Cardiff, 2015: C606400
• Nazareth House, Colum Road, Cardiff, 2015: C606402
• Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, 2015: C606404
• Civic Centre, Cathays Park, Cardiff, 2015: C606414
• Gelmast Farm, Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn: C 606110


Pemprys, Detail of ventilation lintel with date inscription, ref: DS2015_064_027. C605900
•English Independant Chapel, Bridgend: C606224
•Hope Baptist Chapel, Bridgend: C606230
•Ruhamah Baptist Chapel, Bridgend: C606250
•Unitarian Chapel, Bridgend: C606253
•Tank trap blocks established near the crest of Happy Valley, Dysyrnant, 2011: C606358
•Maen Llwyd (Grey Stone), Cae Maenllwyd, Machynlleth, 2014: C606362
•Ty Maengwyn, Heol Maengwyn, Machynlleth, 2014: C606365
•Gates and gatehouses of Y Plas, Machynlleth: C606368
•Ty'n-y-coed, Dyffryn, 2009: C851902

Horse whim mechanism, Ty'n-y-coed, ref: DS2009_042_041, C530682
General Digital Donations Collection

Research notes on Pembrokeshire Parishes, Places and People compiled by Basil Hughes, 1970-2015, comprising 6 online pdf’s:  C606037

Three aerial photos of the Assembly Buildings and Council Building, Aberystwyth taken from a powered hang glider by P.J. Laverty while an Open Day for the Assembly Building was taking place, Oct 2009: C606076



Geoff Ward Slide Collection

Colour slides produced by Geoff Ward in 2001 showing:

•Garden at Bwlch yr Oerfa: C606109



Cadw scheduling Records

File of Cadw scheduled monument records for May Hill Pillboxes (MM348), consisting of scheduling notices, accompanied by Field Monument Warden reports and printed images.  Files stored in scheduled monument number order. Dated 2008: C605905



Additional Information Collection

Cefn Gwyn Lead Mine, annotated map extract (photocopied 25" OS map) and list of mine features, produced by Robert Protheroe-Jones. Dated 1993: C605812



RCAHMW Black and White Oblique Aerial Photographs

Newly digitized b&w aerial photographs taken by C R Musson showing:

•Brecon Gaer Roman fort, in 1996: C605966
•Clydach Terrace Mine Workings, taken in 1993: C605975



Ordnance Survey Aerial Photography Collection

Newly digitized aerial photographs taken by Ordnance Survey showing:

•Melin Llyn area, Caernarfonshire, in 1997 & 2005: C605984, C605986
•Penally area  in 1989 & 1994: C606073, C606075
•Area east of Tregynon in April 1997: C606074



RCAHMW Colour Oblique Aerial Photographs

35 newly digitised aerial views of sites across Wales taken 1988-2004.

Llangors Lake during excavations, 1990, ref: 90/CS/0542, C605871
Aerial view of Mynydd y garn settlement and field system, taken in 2001,  ref: 2001/CS/0497: C605815
Brecon Beacons, taken in 1992, ref: 925507/4, C605873

A.J. Parkinson Slide Collection

289 35mm colour and black and white slides showing sites across Wales produced by A.J. Parkinson between 1970-1971



RCAHMW General Scanned Image Collection

Digital copies of a set of undated architectural drawings of The Coliseum, Aberystwyth produced by J. Arthur Jones, and loaned for copying by Ceredigion Museum



J. Evans Skomer Collection

Skomer: Hut Group 8, north stream settlement. Enhanced field survey drawing at 1:50 scale undertaken by Cardiff University archaeology students, 19-20 March 1984: C605950

Skomer: Hut Groups 6, 7 and 8. Publication survey plan drawn at 1:200 scale - reproduced as Figure 6 in Evans, J.G. 1990 "An archaeological survey of Skomer, Dyfed" Proc. Pre. Soc. 56, 247-267: C605951



Vernon D. Emmanuel Collection

A further 56 digital photographs from this collection showing views of iron works, collieries, brickworks and other industrial sites in South Wales scanned from photographs taken between 1970 and 1990 by Vernon David Emmanuel and deposited in the NMR by his son David Tudor Emmanuel. C604461



R.E. Kay Collection

Sketch plan of Hen Castell, with notes, produced by R.E. Kay, 1950.



 Books:

Abergavenny and District Tourist Association, 1998, The historic market town of Abergavenny: Traditional gateway to Wales 1998, Abergavenny.

Abergavenny Museum and Castle: Abergavenny, Gwent, South Wales, Advertising & Publicity Associates.

Andreae, Sophie, & Binney, Marcus, 1978, Save Britain's heritage a sentence of mutilation: the effects of the listing cutbacks, SAVE Britain's Heritage, London.

Andrews, W., 1898, Church treasury of history, custom, fokelore etc, Andrews & Co, London.

Barton, I. M., 1958, Further excavations at Pennocrucium, near Stretton Bridge, 1953-4, Charles Batey at the University Press, Oxford.

Bouquet,  A. C., 1962, Comparative Religion, Penguin Books, Harmondsworth.

British Waterways, 2000, Waterways for Wales: improved quality of life through the sustainable development of the waterways in Wales, British Waterways,London.

Brewster, T. C. M., 1952, Two medieval habitation sites in the Vale of Pickering, Dennis and sons, Scarborough.

CADW, 2014, Cefn Mawr a'r Cylch : deall nodweddion trefol, Cadw, Caerdydd.

CADW, Cyflwyno: Tirwedd hanesyddol canol dyffryn gwy/Introducing: Middle Wye Valles historic landscape

CADW, 2015, Pembroke: understanding urban character, Cadw, Cardiff.

CADW, 2015, Penfro: deall nodweddion trefol, Cadw, Cardiff.

CADW, 2015, Merthyr Tudful: deall nodweddion trefol, Cadw, Cardiff.

CADW, 2015, Merthyr Tydfil: understanding urban character, Cadw, Cardiff.

Clark, H. F. and Sampson, D., 1964, River Ouse Survey Report, City of York (Civic Trust),York.

Coppen, Rodger, 1980, Save Britain's the best buildings in Britain, SAVE Britain's Heritage, London.

Dalglish, Chris (Ed.), 2013, Archaeology, the public and the recent past, The Boydell Press, Woodbridge.

Davies, J. B., 2002, Saint David and the early Welsh Saints, Catholic Truth Society, Cardiff.

Davies, John E., 1908, Y Drysorfa, David O'Brien Owen, Caernarfon.

Delafons, John, 2004, Politics and preservation: a policy history of the built heritage, 1882-1996, E. & F. N. Spon, London.

Edwards, O. M., 1896, Cymru Volume X, Wasg Genedlaethol Gymreig, Caernarfon.

Faversham Society,1967, The Chart Gunpowder Mills - St Ann's, town and port of Faversham, Kent, Faversham Society, Faversham.

Fiennes, Oliver, 1973?, The fight to save Lincoln Cathedral, Stellar Press, Hatfield.

Hobley, William, 1878, Hanes Methodistiaeth Arfon.

Jervoise, E., 1936, The Ancient Bridges of the Wales and Western England, The Architectural Press, Westminster.

Jones C. and E. and Griffith, H.,1988, History of St. Eleth Church, Amlwch.

Maddison, John, 1981, Save Union Chapel, SAVE Britain's Heritage, London.

Matthews, John Hobson, 2001, The life and memorials of St. Teilo (Patron of Llandaff and Cardiff), Wales and the marches Catholic History Society, Cardiff.

McInnes, Robin, 2013, Defnyddio celfyddyd yn gymorth i ddeall newid artfordirol yng Nghymru : adroddiad ymchwil forol / Art as a tool in support of the understanding of coastal change in Wales : marine research report, The Crown Estate, London.

Mercer, S.,1948, Trevithick and the Merthyr Tramroad, Newcomen Society, London.

Meller, Harald, 2005, Geisteskraft : Alt- und Mittelpaläolithikum / Mind power : Early and middle Palaeolithic, Landesmuseum für Vorgeschichte, Halle.

Meller, Harald, 2011, Menschenwechsel : Jungpaläolithikum und Mesolithikum / Human Evolution : Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic, Landesmuseum für Vorgeschichte, Halle.

Meller, Harald, 2011, Bronzerausch : Spätneolithikum und Frühbronzezeit / Bronze noise : Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age, Landesamt f. Denkmalpflege, Halle.

Meller, Harald, 2012, LebensWandel : Früh- und Mittelneolithikum / Lifestyle : Early and Middle Neolithic, Landesmuseum für Vorgeschichte, Halle.

Meller, Harald, 2015, Glutgeboren : Mittelbronzezeit bis Eisenzeit / Ember-born : Middle Bronze Age to the Iron Age, Landesamt für Denkmalpflege, Halle.

Mentor Mon, 2001, Historic Anglesey, W. O. Jones, Llangefni.

O'Keeffe, Madge Cusack, 1970, Four martyrs of South Wales and the marches, Allens, Wales.

Ollington, Robin, 1981, Save Britain's heritage West Midlands: historic buildings at risk, SAVE Britain's Heritage, London.

O'Reilly, Emma, 1985, Save Britain's heritage Trowbridge: the fastest disappearing mill town in the West!, SAVE Britain's Heritage, London.

Oswald, Adrian, Observation on the constructions of the by-pass road at Wall, Staffs., Lichfield and South Staffordshire Archaeological and Historical Society.

Powell, Ken, 1980, Save Britain's heritage Burnley: mill-town image: Burden or asset?, SAVE Britain's Heritage, London.

Powell, Ken, 1981, Save Britain's heritage Hull: gateway to the north, or end of the line?, SAVE Britain's Heritage, London.

Powell, Ken, 1981, Save Britain's heritage Leeds: must old still mean bad?, SAVE Britain's Heritage, London.

RCAHMS, 2011, Scotland's rural past : community archaeology in action, RCAHMS, Edinburgh.

Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, 2008, The Antonine Wall : 1:25 000 map, RCAHMS, Edinburgh.

SAVE, 1980, Save Billingsgate, SAVE Britain's Heritage, London.

Severn Estuary Partnership, 2001, Strategy for the Severn Estuary, Severn Estuary Partnership Dept. of Earth Sciences, Cardiff.

Shaffrey, Ruth, 2006, Grinding and milling: A study of Romano-British Rotary Querns and Millstones made from Old Red Sandstone, Archaeopress, Oxford.

Sims-Williams, Patrick, 2011, Irish Influence on Medieval Welsh Literature, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Smith, Bernard & Geroge, T. Neville, 1948, British regional geology / North Wales, HMSO, London.

St. Joseph, J. K., 1958, The Roman site near Stretton Bridge, the Ancient Pennocrucium, Charles Batey at the University Press, Oxford.

Story, James Ambrose, 2001, The life and legends of St. David, Wales and the Marches Catholic History Society, Cardiff.

Stout, Geraldine,1993, Archaeology in County Dublin, Office of Public Works, Dublin.

Taff-Ely Borough Council, 1985, The Railway and Industrial Heritage of Pontypridd & District, Taff-Ely Borough Council, Taff-Ely.

Thomas, Charles & Howlett, David, 2003, Vita sancti paterni / the life of Saint Padarn and the original "Miniu", Trivium Publications, Lampeter.

Ulster Architectural Heritage Society, 1993, Buildings at risk : a catalogue of historic buildings at risk in Northern Ireland, Ulster Architectural Heritage Society, Belfast.

Warner, Philip, 1977, Famous Welsh Battles, Fontana.

Webster, Graham, 1958, Road-widening at Pennocrucium in 1956; a note, Charles Batey at the University Press, Oxford.

Webster, Graham, 1959, A Section through the Romano-British Defences at Wall, Staffordshire, Vivian Ridler at the University Press, Oxford.

Webster, Graham, 1965, The Roman Forts at Greensforge, Vivian Ridler at the University Press, Oxford.

Webster, Graham, 1974, The West Midlands in the Roman period: a brief survey, Vivian Ridler at the University Press, Oxford.

1857-1864,Yr Annibynwr, Thomas Roberts, Llanfyllin.

1882, Y Drysorfa, Evans and Son, Treffynnon.



Journals:

Capel Local Information Leaflet 77: Bridgend

Casemate no. 103 (May 2015)

Current Archaeology no. 303 (June 2015)

Institute of Historic Building Conservation Yearbook (2015) [shelved in Library for 1 year, B8.IHBC]

Jahresschrift für mitteldeutsche Vorgeschichte vol. 94 (2014)

Journal of the Mining Heritage Trust of Ireland no. 14 (December 2014)

Maplines vol. 23 no. 1 (Spring 2015)

Mine d’histoires no. 3 (May 2015) [electronic only]

Monmouthshire Antiquary vol. 31 (2015)

Pembrokeshire Life (May 2015)

Planet no. 218 (Summer 2015)

Welsh Mines Society Newsletter no. 72 (Spring 2015)


Journals Current Awareness:

Casemate no. 103, p. 5: ‘WW1 Home Front Legacy’ – on the UK-wide project, illustrated with photographs from RCAHMW

Current Archaeology no. 303, p. 10: ‘Rare cist burial found in Nefyn’ [during excavations at St. Mary’s Church]; p. 28: ‘Dwelling in the past: Discovering the historic houses of Snowdonia’ by Chris Catling

Journal of the Mining Heritage Trust of Ireland no. 14, p. 103: ‘Bronze age copper mines in Wales, and a brief comparison with the evidence from Ireland’ by Simon Timberlake



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Roman Life in Abermagwr: Villa finds go on display in Ceredigion Museum

Heritage of Wales News - Tue, 2015-06-09 09:51
 A new exhibition of Roman finds from Abermagwr villa has opened to the public at Ceredigion Museum in Aberystwyth.   The discovery, including part of the earliest known slate roof in Ceredigion, has radically altered archaeologist’s understanding of Romano-British life in the region.
Reconstruction of Abermagwr Roman Villa by Toby Driver. The coins discovered at the site of the late – Roman villa near Aberystwyth date from the fourth century AD. NPRN: 405315.
Until quite recently no Romano-British villas were known in Mid and West Wales, and the only archaeological evidence for Roman activity in the area came from military sites such as forts and encampments.  However all that changed during summer  2006 when aerial survey work by the Royal Commission identified a potential Romano-British villa from cropmarks in a field near Abermagwr.  Geophysical survey followed by excavations in 2010 and 2011 confirmed what the archaeologists had suspected— that a previously unknown villa lay under the fields of Abermagwr.

The excavation in 2011 of the newly-discovered Roman villa at Abermagwr. NPRN: 405315.
Roman villas were the high-status homes of wealthy landowners and the centre of, controlling a farmland estate.  Situated within a large rectangular enclosure with a neatly cobbled yard, the villa at Abermagwr is relatively modest in size.  The building had a main block, the domus, with three main rooms measuring 22m east-west and 8m north-south, a verandah, and two projecting alae or wings on the southern side.  A small room measuring 5m x 4m was added later to the rear of the building.  However it is the villa’s unusual location that makes it so important for our understanding of Romano-British Wales.   Most villas in Wales are concentrated in the south-east, with a few outliers in Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire and one in the middle reaches of the Usk Valley.  The discovery of a villa in Ceredigion demonstrates that the favourable social and economic conditions must have existed that were necessary to support the construction of such a large estate.

The finds from the villa paint a vivid picture of Romano-British life in Abermagwr.  Although no mosaics have been discovered at the villa, the building had an elaborate decorative slate roof – the earliest known slate roof in the county.  As well as locally produced pots, bowls and platters, the villa had used Roman vessels from production centres across England including the Malvern Hills, Poole Harbour, Dorset, and Oxfordshire.  There were also fragments of fine red Samian ware from Gaul (southern France) and sherds from a southern Spanish amphorae used to transport olive oil.  Coinage included a Roman bronze coin of Emperor Constantine I minted in Lyon, France, in AD 314-5, and a denarius of Severus Alexander minted in Rome c.AD 224.  These finds demonstrate the thriving trade links that must have existed between Ceredigion and the rest of the Roman world during the 2nd to 4th centuries AD.  There are also finds of a more personal nature, including a fragment of a fine glass drinking vessel, probable gaming counters, and a brick with a dog paw print, evidently made whilst the brick was still drying out.  The unexpected discovery of the Abermagwr villa also raises the tantalising question: are there more Romano-British villas waiting to be found in the region?


The new Abermagwr villa exhibition at Ceredigion Museum, Aberystwyth.
  

Some of the Abermagwr villa artefacts, including part of the earliest known slate roof in the county, on display at Ceredigion Museum, Aberystwyth. Dr Toby Driver will be leading a talk entitled ‘Druids, Romans and Death: Exploring the Treasures of the Bowen Gallery at Ceredigion Museum’ on Thursday 23 July at 11am, as part of the Festival of British Archaeology. Contact the Royal Commission on 01970 621200 for more details or to book a place.


Further information and contact details:
The Abermagwr villa  can be found on the Royal Commissions’ online database, www.coflein.gov.uk. The Internet can be searched for ‘Abermagwr villa’.
Alternatively, contact one of the discoverers and excavators, Toby Driver on 01970 621207 or toby.driver@rcahmw.gov.uk

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Jobs Opportunities at the Royal Commission

Heritage of Wales News - Tue, 2015-06-09 09:28

  The Royal Commission is seeking to fill three important roles to support development into the next chapter of its 106 year history.  Based in Aberystwyth, The Royal Commission is the investigation body and national archive for the historic environment of Wales. We have the lead role in ensuring that Wales’s archaeological, built and maritime heritage is authoritatively recorded, and seek to promote the understanding and appreciation of this heritage nationally and internationally. One of the three ‘national collections’, the National Monuments Record of Wales is our principal asset, which contains over 1.25 million images of the historic environment of Wales, as well as text documents, artworks and other records numbering to the hundreds of thousands.  These three posts are fundamental to ensuring that we fulfil our responsibilities to the people of Wales, our Royal Warrant and the Welsh Government, in making the National Monuments Record for Wales as widely accessible as we can. The ideal candidates will have a passion for the history of Wales, and will delight in contributing to our public service work.  
Mapping and Information Projects Officer
Salary Range £22,400 - £25,750
37 hours per week – permanent appointment
 
Enquiries and Library Officer
Salary Range £22,400 - £25,750
37 hours per week – permanent appointment
 
Enquiries and Library Assistant
Salary Range £17,200 - £20,950
37 hours per week – permanent appointment
 
(All appointments will be at or near the minimum of the pay band)
 
An application form and further details are available from:-
 Mr S Bailey John                           
Royal Commission                          Plas Crug  
Aberystwyth                                      CeredigionSY23 1NJ
Tel: 01970 621230
Fax: 01970 621246
email: stephen.bailey-john@rcahmw.gov.uk       
                                                Closing date for applications is 16:00 on 19 June 2015.
 
The Royal Commission is an equal opportunities employer
 


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Royal Commission supporting Dementia Awareness Week 17-23 May 2015

Heritage of Wales News - Tue, 2015-06-09 08:58
Last Thursday images from the People’s Collection Wales www site provided a talking point at an event promoting Dementia Awareness at Y Plas, Machynlleth. Many of the images were from a previous digitisation event in the town organised by Communities First initiative in 2011, but many were also from the Royal Commission’s own collections.

The photographs included the Queen’s visit in the 1977 Jubilee year; the Eisteddfod held in the town in 1981; former businesses such as the Powys Cinema, Arvonia Bakery and Read’s Garage; and buildings on the PhotoScoot 2014 wheelchair-friendly town trail.
http://www.peoplescollection.wales/collections/385998

The event was organised by The Alzheimer’s Society and Crossroads Care Mid & West Wales as part of the Dementia Friendly Powys project funded by Powys Council.

A Memory Café for Machynlleth is one of the ideas currently being explored. The venue would provide people with memory problems or dementia and their carers an opportunity to meet regularly with others in similar circumstances. Health and Social Services professionals would also be available to provide practical advice and information about support services.

Memory Boxes comprising old photographs, objects from bygone eras, and games designed to stimulate reminiscences, often form part of the therapeutic activities available at such cafés.
The laminated images provided by the Royal Commission for the event may eventually form part of the ‘Memory Box for Mach’. 

Follow this links to see more of the images available on the People’s Collection Wales www site for Machynlleth:
http://www.peoplescollection.wales/collections/376935


Ingrid Bernathova, Crossroads Care Mid & West Wales, and Glenys Jones, Carer’s Voice Machynlleth, (left), learning from locaIngrid Bernathova, Crossroads Care Mid & West Wales, and Glenys Jones, Carer’s Voice Machynlleth, (left), learning from local residents that South Pacific and Love Me Tender (starring Elvis Presley) were among the films once shown at the Powys Cinema (http://www.peoplescollection.wales/items/32837).



(left to right) Heather Lewis, Dementia Advisor Nurse, Powys Local Health Board; Deanna Groom, RCAHMW; Richard Jones, Machynlleth Community Council Clerk; Glynis Jones, Carer’s Voice Machynlleth; and Vanessa  Garwood, Alzheimer’s Society.



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International Archives Day

Heritage of Wales News - Tue, 2015-06-09 08:50
On International Archives Day, it seems appropriate to highlight one of the many international stories our collections can tell.

This is an image of the panelled seventeenth-century dining room at Gwydir Castle near Llanrwst in north Wales:
Gwydir Castle, DI2011_1054, NPRN 26555
The photograph is attributed to Una Norman, and was taken sometime prior to 1912. In 1921, Gwydir Castle was sold and the ornate dining room furnishings were stripped out and purchased through auction by the American newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst. When he died in 1951, he bequeathed the Gwydir dining room furniture to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The museum took the items into their stores, where they remained out of sight and out of mind for over forty years.

In 1994, Gwydir Castle once again changed hands and its new owners began an ambitious programme of renovation and restoration. As part of this programme, they negotiated with the Metropolitan Museum for the return of the dining room furnishings. It was eventually repatriated to Wales in 1996, and reinstated at its original location. The Prince of Wales formally opened the dining room at a ceremony in 1998, almost eighty years after it was removed, and nearly sixty years after Gwydir was described in the Royal Commission’s Caernarvonshire Inventory!


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80th Anniversary of the Death of Lawrence of Arabia

Heritage of Wales News - Tue, 2015-05-19 14:12
Gorffwysfa, Tremadog, Gwynedd.Today marks the 80th anniversary of the death of Lawrence of Arabia. Thomas Edward Lawrence died on 19th May 1935 six days after he had been seriously injured while swerving to avoid colliding with two schoolboys cycling in a dip in the road near his home in Dorset. He lost control of his Brough Superior SS100 motorcycle and was thrown over the handlebars. He was an author, a renowned archaeologist, and a highly regarded British Army officer who mobilised the Arab Revolt during WWI. Otherwise known as Lawrence of Arabia, he was born in Tremadog on the 16th of August 1888. A small plaque mounted above one of the bay windows on the ground-floor of Gorffwysfa (NPRN 17044) notes the birthplace of one of the greatest military leaders this country has ever known.

By Medwyn Parry

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Welsh Slate: Archaeology and History of an Industry

Heritage of Wales News - Mon, 2015-05-18 11:33

A book which tells the story of an industry that changed the landscape and communities of Wales will be launched this week in a castle which was at the centre of one of the longest industrial disputes ever seen in British history.

Welsh Slate: Archaeology and History of an Industry is published by the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales and is the result of a collaboration with Dr David Gwyn, an industrial archaeologist who lives in Pen y Groes in the Nantlle Valley. The book brings together Dr Gwyn’s life-long fascination with the industry and the Royal Commission’s recording expertise and extensive visual archive.

Dr David Gwyn is in no doubt about the importance of the industry.

“The slate industry left its mark on not only the country’s landscape but also had a profound social and cultural impact on the region, on Wales and on the wider world.”

Professor R. Merfyn Jones, who has written the book’s Foreword, agrees:

“The Industrial Revolution may have been founded on textiles and powered by steam; but it was roofed with slates skilfully wrenched from the Snowdonia hills.”

The Ffestiniog quarries and slate-quarrymen’s city of Blaenau Ffestiniog (AP_2011_3093, NPRN 305760)
World Heritage Status

Slates from quarries the length and breadth of Gwynedd once roofed large parts of the world, and its global significance has been recognised with the inclusion of the Slate Industry of North Wales on the UK’s tentative list of World Heritage Sites to be submitted to UNESCO.

This book makes an important contribution towards developing the Gwynedd Council led nomination.

Councillor Mandy Williams- Davies, Chair of the bid’s Steering Group, believes that the book is undoubtedly a key step in gaining UNESCO World Heritage Status for the slate industry but also believes that it will have an impact locally:

“The book will help the people of Gwynedd take pride in yet another part of the county’s rich heritage, ensuring that the industry continues to bring benefits of all kinds to people still living in the slate communities and beyond.”

Reconciliation

Welsh Slate is encyclopaedic in its range, immensely detailed in its research but is also accessibly written and illustrated by outstanding drawings and photography.

The book will be officially launched in the Great Hall of Penrhyn Castle near Bangor. The neo–Norman castle was built in the nineteenth century and is now owned by the National Trust.

In 1900, conflict between Lord Penrhyn and the Bethesda quarrymen led to a bitter three year strike and the launch of this book is seen as an important step in reconciling the heritage of the castle and the surrounding communities.


NOTES TO EDITORS:
The book is available in both English and Welsh versions:

Welsh Slate: Archaeology and History of an Industry (ISBN: 978-1871184-51-8)

Llechi Cymru: Archaeoleg a Hanes (ISBN: 978-1871184-52-5).

These are large format books of 291 pages with 243 high-quality illustrations and cost £45.

The launch will take place in the Great Hall of Penrhyn Castle, Llandygai, Bangor 17:30 – 19:30 Thursday 21 May 2015.

For further details, please contact the Royal Commission on 01970 621200, nmr.wales@rcahmw.gov.uk

For further information and images, please contact:

Nicola Roberts, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales nicola.roberts@rcahmw.gov.uk Tel:- 01970 621248

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales is the investigation body and national archive for the historic environment of Wales. It has the lead role in ensuring that Wales’s archaeological, built and maritime heritage is authoritatively recorded, and seeks to promote the understanding and appreciation of this heritage nationally and internationally.

Website: www.rcahmw.gov.uk


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December 2011: Heathrow Terminal 5 Excavation Archive released.

Archaeology Data Service - Wed, 2011-12-07 17:45
The ADS and Framework Archaeology are pleased to announce the release of Heathrow Terminal 5 Excavation Archive, 2011. Framework Archaeology is a Joint Venture agreement between Oxford Archaeology (OA) and Wessex Archaeology (WA) to provide archaeological services to BAA. Between 1996 and 2000 they undertook extensive excavations of an important prehistoric and Roman landscape at Perry Oaks sludge works, Heathrow, Middlesex. Further archaeological work in advance of a fifth passenger terminal ('T5') at Heathrow Airport took place from 2002 onwards, and the results of those excavations will be integrated with the data contained in this archive.
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November 2011: York Archaeology wins Queen's Anniversary Prize

Archaeology Data Service - Wed, 2011-12-07 17:45
The Department of Archaeology at York University, which hosts the ADS, has been given a Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. Introduced following the 40th Anniversary of the Queen's reign in 1992, the prizes, which rank alongside the Queen's Awards for Industry are awarded biennially for 'work of exceptional quality and of broad benefit either nationally or internationally'. This is the fifth to be conferred on the university in 15 years, only the second time it has been awarded to a whole Department.
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December 2011: Settlement Hierarchies in Roman Essex data online.

Archaeology Data Service - Wed, 2011-12-07 17:45
The ADS, ASE, English Heritage and UCL are pleased to announce the release of Town and Country in Roman Essex: Settlement Hierarchies in Roman Essex datasets, This is a large scale regional study based on correspondence analysis of finds assemblages, including coins, pottery, registered finds, animal bone and vessel glass. Data was primarily gathered from existing published or archive sources and was collected from sites in Essex, south-east Cambridgeshire and London dating to the period c 50BC-AD250. The database includes linked tables on small finds, glass, pottery and coins, as well as for the following aspects of the animal bone assemblages: NSIP, MNI, tooth-wear, MNE and metrics for bone elements.
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November 2011: CAA Recycle Awards announced

Archaeology Data Service - Wed, 2011-12-07 17:45
Do you use ADS data in your research? If so then the CAA Recycle award should be of interest.CAA believes that any vibrant discipline must continually return to its own roots and re-evaluate legacy data if it is to progress. Furthermore, in the field of Archaeology it provides a far less destructive means of researching the past, and maximizes the return on resources invested in fieldwork. Digital technologies have a particularly strong role to play in this regard, thanks to their ability to synthesize large volumes of information and because they often apply new techniques unavailable to the original investigators. To this end, CAA is commencing an annual CAA Recycle Award that seeks to recognize those who breathe new life into old data.
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November 2011: Parts and Wholes Project archive released

Archaeology Data Service - Fri, 2011-12-02 16:45
The ADS, The British Academy and Durham University are pleased to announce the release of Parts and Wholes: object categorisation and fragmentation in prehistoric context by J C Chapman and Bisserka Gaydarska, 2011. The 'Parts and Wholes' project is concerned with the relationship between complete objects and their fragments. The primary premise of the project can be concisely stated: deliberate object fragmentation was commonplace in the past, with widespread re-use of the ensuing fragments in an extended life 'after the break'. The project studied the artefact assemblages from Chalcolithic sites at Dolnoslav tell and the Durankulak and Varna cemeteries in Bulgaria.
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October 2011: Historic Seascape Characterisation, Hastings to Purbeck

Archaeology Data Service - Thu, 2011-12-01 12:45
The ADS, SeaZone Solutions and English Heritage are pleased to announce the release of the Hastings to Purbeck and Adjacent Waters archive by SeaZone Solutions Limited, Maritime Archaeology Ltd, 2011.The project resulted in a GIS-based characterisation of the project area, extending from Hastings, Kent, to Purbeck, Dorset, along the coast and seaward across adjacent waters to the Median Line with France.
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October 2011: The Virtual Amarna Project now released.

Archaeology Data Service - Thu, 2011-11-24 13:45
The ADS, the University of Arkansas and Barry Kemp are pleased to announce the release of The Virtual Amarna Project. This archive resulted from the 3D digitisation of objects from the ancient Egyptian city of Amarna using a Konica Minolta Vivid 9i system. Data includes images, 3D PDF files, meshes (obj) and point clouds (ascii). This archive was undertaken in conjunction with an electronic publication through the LEAP II project and the corresponding article (Limp et al, 2011) can be found in Internet Archaeology 30.
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October 2011: Historic Seascape Characterisation, The Irish Sea (English sector)

Archaeology Data Service - Mon, 2011-10-31 15:45
The ADS, the University of Newcastle and English Heritage are pleased to announce the release of the Historic Seascape Characterisation: The Irish Sea (English sector) archive by Sam Turner, 2011. The project comprises a GIS-based historic seascape characterisation (HSC) of the English sector of the Irish Sea. HSC is guided by the same principles as Historic Landscape Characterisation, and is intended to inform coastal and marine management and planning, with particular reference to the role of English Heritage and its statutory responsibilities.
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September 2011: Midlands ceramic project archive released

Archaeology Data Service - Tue, 2011-10-18 11:45
The ADS, Worcestershire Historic Environment, English Heritage and the Royal Archaeological Institute are pleased to announce the release of the Midlands purple and Cistercian-type wares in the west Midlands in the 15th-16th centuries by Susan M Wright, Derek Hurst, 2011. This project aimed to develop understanding of a major ceramics industry, its products being some of the commonest wares on late medieval to post-medieval (transitional) sites though it is an industry whose origins, dating and distribution are not sufficiently well understood.
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August 2011: Medieval Britain and Ireland database updated

Archaeology Data Service - Thu, 2011-10-06 12:45
This searchable on-line database of fieldwork summaries has just been updated to include data from fieldwork carried out in 2009. Individual database records link through to unpublished reports in our on-line library of grey literature reports where appropriate. Updates to the Post-Medieval Fieldwork in Britain and Northern Ireland database will follow shortly.
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August 2011: Southampton's Designated Archaeology Collections

Archaeology Data Service - Mon, 2011-10-03 12:45
Three new archives from excavations in Southampton have been added to this collection. The excavations were carried out in 2008 and 2009 by Thames Valley Archaeological Services and Southern Archaeological Services Ltd and cover sites at 20-26 College Street, Woolston Riverside and The 'Coach House' on Bevois Valley Road. Files available for download include reports, photographs and CAD diagrams.
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August 2011: Vernacular Architecture Group Bibliography and Cruck database updated

Archaeology Data Service - Mon, 2011-09-12 17:45
These two resources from the Vernacular Architecture Group have been updated with new data and revisions. Some interface changes have also been implemented in order to make the searchable databases easier to use.
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