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My Favourite Book In The Royal Commission Library

Heritage of Wales News - Tue, 2015-02-03 16:15


Well if a picture is worth a thousand words, what’s a map worth? Try looking through the Railways of Great Britain: A Historical Atlas by Colonel M H Cobb. This, my favourite book in the Royal Commission library, has 646 maps, showing all the passenger railways in Great Britain with their owning companies and the opening and closing dates for each station and stretch of line, all drawn over an Ordnance Survey map base. If you’re into that sort of thing – ok, so I am! – it‘s a wonderful historical resource to have available in one place and also provides hours of browsing enjoyment.

And for Radio 4 listeners: along with the Bible and the works of Shakespeare, Cobb’s book would be my choice when castaway on my ‘Desert Island.’

Brian Malaws, Content Development Officer, Royal Commission


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Shedding Light on Rombalds Moor

Heritage of Wales News - Tue, 2015-02-03 11:11

We are pleased to announce that the CSI: Rombalds Moor project, shortlisted for the 2014 English Heritage Angel Award, will be showcased at Digital Past 2015 by speakers Sarah Ann Duffy, Richard Stroud and Louise Brown.


This community led project explored the application of innovative recording and visualisation techniques to record all the known prehistoric carved rocks on Rombalds and Baildon Moor in the South Pennines. Using Rock Art Monitoring forms, volunteers mapped the context of individual rock carvings and collected information on their condition. Imagery was captured to enable 3D modelling using a photogrammetric approach, alongside trials of other digital recording techniques such as Reflectance Transformation Imaging and Structure from Motion. Based on the efforts of 30 volunteers over 3 years, information on some 500 carvings was captured to assist future monitoring, management and protection.

Website: http://www.watershedlandscape.co.uk/heritage-landscape/).
Website: http://www.watershedlandscape.co.uk/heritage-landscape/rock-art-monitoring/

Digital Past 2015
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The Library - Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales

Heritage of Wales News - Mon, 2015-02-02 18:30

Join us all this week as the Royal Commission celebrates our wonderful library with Blogs and Tweets in the lead up to National Libraries Day on 7 February 2015. Find out which books inspired our staff to enter the world of archaeology and watch out for our #shelfies. For news about events around the country see the National Libraries Day website at http://www.nationallibrariesday.org.uk/.

Come and see our fantastic range of books, journals, guides and pamphlets relating to archaeology, architecture, industrial archaeology and the history and heritage of Wales in our small, but perfectly formed specialist library. You are bound to find something of interest!


I particularly like the section on architecture containing a huge array of books on the various building types, their history and structural and decorative features. One of my favourite books is The Victorian House by Kit Wedd (2002) which contains beautiful photographs depicting some of the rich colour schemes and elaborate designs used by the Victorians. There are fascinating chapters on the rise of industrial estate housing, architectural styles as well as ironwork, fireplaces and chimneys.

Visit the library and see this lovely book and many others.

We are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday; 09:30-16:00; Wednesday 10:30-16:30.

Penny Icke, Information Services Manager, Royal Commission


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

Heritage of Wales News - Mon, 2015-02-02 14:09
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.


Ionawr ~ January 2015

Archif ~ Archives
Ordnance Survey Antiquity Models Collection: Ref No OSAM
Multiple sets of maps and Antiquity Models at various scales including 1:1250; 1:2500 and 1:10000 produced, collated and annotated by RCAHMW in the course of work carried out for Ordnance Survey c.1980-1995

NMR Site Files – B/W Photos
Exterior view of Plas Mawr, Llanedy, taken 30.04.63.NPRN:1771, Ref: DI2014_2491
  • Cross-slab inscribed stone at Llandefaelog Fach Church: Field monument warden report produced by J.A. Arnold, 1986: C599291 and 3 black and white photos taken in c1967: C599292 
  • 1958 Photo survey of Haverfordwest Castle: C600075 
  • 1981 and 1988 Photo surveys of St Mary's Church, Coity: C599627, C599643 
  • Undated Photo survey of Heol y Cyw Baptist Chapel: C599654 
  • 1963 Photo survey of Plas Mawr, Llanedy: C599886 
  • Undated Photo survey of Haverfordwest Castle: C600067 
  • Undated Photo survey of an unidentified cottage in Ponterwyd: C600135 
  • Undated Photo survey of Gwaunysgor Church: C600187, C 600195 
  • Two black and white photographs taken by S.M. Reynolds, showing St David's Cathedral: C600210 
Haverfordwest Castle from the south, taken by G. B. Mason, 1958 NPRN: 94235 Ref: DI2010_1528
RCAHMW General Scanned Image Collection
  • Digitised negatives showing St David's Church, Llanddewi Brefi in 1970: C599794 
  • Digitised negatives showing St Padarn's Church, Llanbadarn Fawr in 1970: C599797 
  • Digitised negatives showing Ty Cerig, Blaenpennal in1963: C599846 
Cadw Registered Files Collection
  • Bilingual, illustrated booklet relating to the life and work of Sir John Rhys, 1949-1968: C600226 
History of the Royal Commission Collection
  • Set of negatives (without prints) showing members of staff of RCAHMW in their new offices at Plas Crug. c.1991: C599197 
Ordnance Survey Antiquity Models Collection
  • 1980 Antiquity Models for NGR: C599565 
Archaeology Wales Project Archives
  • Archaeological archives for sites across Wales all with electronic reports. 
Investigators' Digital Photography

Fron Newydd - Clom extension and house from the west, NPRN: 420719, Ref: DS2015_001_0371976 Photo surveys of:
  • Trefechan Lead Store and smelting furnace, Aberystwyth: C599177 
  • Twyn-Glas Furnace, Llanover: C599190 
  • Trefechan Limekiln, Aberystwyth Harbour: C599180 
  • Pentyrch Forge: C599194 
  • Pantyfedwen;Grand Hotel, Borth: C599198 
  • Bridgend Sawmill, Llanidloes: C599200 
  • Bridgend Flannel Mill;Town Factory, Llanidloes: C599204 
  • Union Ironworks Stables and Manager's House: C599207 

1993 Photo surveys of:
  • White Rock Copperworks Complex, Swansea, final stage of White Rock Heritage Park consolidation: C599467, C600023, C600049 
  • Townshend's Great Leat and Waggonway: C600059 
  • Esgair Hir Lead Mine, Ceredigion: C600080 
  • Esgair Fraith Mine, Ceredigion: C600086 
  • Ystrad Einion Lead, Silver, Zinc and Copper Mine, Ceredigion: C600098 
  • Bwlch Gwyn Lead Mine, Ystumtuen, Ceredigion: C600113 

1996 Photo surveys of:
  • Cefn-Coed-y-Cymmer Viaduct, Merthyr Tydfil: C599214 
  • Tabor Welsh Independent Chapel, Cefn-Coed-y-Cymmer: C599218 
  • St John's Church, Cefn-Coed-y-Cymmer: C599226 
  • Hen Dy Cwrdd;Unitarian Chapel, Cefn-Coed-y-Cymmer: C599235 
  • Neath Canal, Ynysbwllog Aqueduct: C599239 
  • Nant Carn Aqueduct, Monmouthshire Canal, Abercarn: C599370 
  • Abercarn Blast Furnace: C599380 
  • Rhymney Limestone Railway;Rhymney Mineral Railway: C599346 
  • Llanbradach Colliery site: C599353 
  • Tabor Welsh Congregational Chapel, Maesycwmmer: C599356 
  • Hengoed Viaduct, Ystrad Mynach: C599360 
  • St David's Church, Pengam: C599363 
  • Britannia Colliery site, Pengam: C599366 
  • Penrhyn Bridge, West drive, Penrhyn Castle Estate: C599332 
  • Pen-y-Bryn House, Penrhyn Estate: C599336 
  • Aber-Ogwen Bridge, Penrhyn Castle Estate: C599296 
  • Penrhyn Castle Complex: C599319 
  • Cegin Viaduct, Penrhyn Railroad, Port Penrhyn: C599323 
  • Nant Carn Aqueduct, Monmouthshire Canal, Abercarn: C599370 
  • Abercarn Blast Furnace: C599380 
  • Rhymney Limestone Railway;Rhymney Mineral Railway: C599346 
  • Llanbradach Colliery site: C599353 
  • Tabor Welsh Congregational Chapel, Maesycwmmer: C599356 
  • Hengoed Viaduct, Ystrad Mynach: C599360 
  • St David's Church, Pengam: C599363 
  • Britannia Colliery site, Pengam: C599366 
  • Ebbw Vale former Steelworks Complex: C599849 & C599861 

1997 Photo surveys of:
  • St Stephen's Church;St Ystyffan, Llansteffan: C599385 
  • Holy Trinity Church, Llanybri: C599388 
  • Hen Gapel;St Mary's Church, Llanybri: C599390 
  • Coombe Cheshire Home, Cwm: C599396 
  • Cefn Gwyn Lead Mine, Ceredigion: C598753 
  • Ty Newydd Lead Mine (disused), Moelgolomen, NE of Bont-goch: C599713 
  • Bwlchglas Mine;Ochrlwyd Mine, E of Talybont: C599744 
  • Old road bridge, Gilwern: C599800 
  • Dan-y-Bont Woollen Mill;Clockworks, Gilwern: C599803 
  • Forgeside, Blaenavon: C599808 
  • Cwm-Du Railway Viaduct, Pentre Piod: C599833 
  • Newport Cattle Market, Newport: C599838 
  • Baltic Warehouse, Newport Docks: C599844 
  • Riverside building NE of Whitebrook Village Hall: C599988 
  • Bridget's Mills, Wye Valley Paper Mills, Whitebrook: C599990 
  • The Glynn Paper Mill;The Glyn;Whitebrook Fram, Whitebrook: C599993 


1998 Photo surveys of:
  • St John the Baptist Church, Risca Rd, Newport: C600006 
  • Clewer Court;Old Theological College, Newport: C600014 
  • Llanthewey Road Baptist Chapel, Allt-yr-Yn: C600019 

1999 Photo surveys of:
  • Tabernacl Welsh Calvinistic Methodis Chapel, Aberaeron: C599339 
  • Tabernacl Welsh Independent Chapel, Ffairfach: C599344 
  • Carnedd Tre'r Ceiri, Llanaelhaearn: C599935 
  • Tre'r Ceiri Hillfort: C599945 

2000 Photo surveys of:
  • Congregational Memorial College, Brecon: C599401 
  • Dinas Noddfa Welsh Baptist Chapel, Landore: C599080 
  • Methodist Church, Plas Marl: C599105 
  • Hebron Welsh Independent Chapel, Clydach: C599114 
  • Town Clock, Tredegar: C599130 
  • Congregational Memorial College, Brecon: C599132 
  • Saron Welsh Independent Chapel, Tredegar: C599117 
  • Siloh Independent Chapel, High Street, Maesteg: C600131 
  • Rechabite Hall, Bangor: C600133 

2001 Photo surveys of:
  • Bethesda Welsh Independent Chapel (New chapel), Llangennech: C599051 
  • Bethesda Independent Chapel (Old chapel) and Sunday School, Llangennech: C599057 
  • Capel Als Independent Chapel, Llanelli: C599062 
  • Bethel Welsh Baptist Chapel, Llanelli: C599072 
  • Siloah Independent Chapel, Llanelli: C599074 
  • Ebenezer Welsh Independent Chapel, Llansadwrn: C599257 
  • Pumpsaint Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel: C599244 
  • Caio Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel: C599248 
  • Seion Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Llansadwrn: C599252 
  • Providence Welsh Independent Chapel, Llangadog: C599264 
  • Ebenezer Independent Chapel, Lower Brynaman: C599271 
  • Carmel Welsh Independent Chapel, Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen: C599277 
  • Merchants Hill Baptist Chapel, Pontnewynydd: C599283 
  • Pen-Ffordd-Goch pond or Keeper's pond, Llanfoist Fawr: C599288 
  • Saron Welsh Independent Chapel, Tredegar: C599428 
  • Pendref Welsh Methodist Church, Mold: C599668 
  • Y Green, Welsh Independent Chapel, Green: C599672 
  • St Alphonsus Catholic Church, Great Mersey Street, Liverpool: C599680 
  • Tabernacle English Congregational Church, Holywell: C599685 
  • Tabernacle Methodist Church, Somerset St, Abertillery: C599689 
  • English Congregational Chapel, Blaina: C599695 
  • River Row Independent Chapel, Blaina: C599700 
  • Garnfach Methodist Chapel, Nantyglo and Blaina: C599704 

2002 Photo survey of:
  • Ogofau Goldmines, Dolaucothi, Pre 19th century workings: C599974

2007 Photo survey of:
  • Hufenfa Meirion Milk Depot: C599574

2011 Photo survey of:
  • Pont Llanio Old Milk Factory and Railway station: C599593, C599617

2013 Photo of:
  • April Jones Memmorial Tree, Machynlleth

2014 Photo survey of:
  • Ffairfach Creamery: C599599


Ffair Fach Creamery, 2014, NPRN: 300568, Ref: DS2015_008_003
2015 Photo surveys of:
  • Tal y Garreg hillfort: C599506 
  • Tal-y-Garreg deserted homestead: C599508 
  • Glantant-uchaf, Llangedwyn: C599556 
  • Llanfair PG Womens Institute Hall: C599554 
  • Fron Newydd, Llangelynin: C599175 
  • Ysgol Syr John Rhys, Ponterwyd: C600218 

Tal y Garreg Hillfort, 2015, NPRN: 420719, Ref: DS2015_002_003
Llyfrau ~ BooksArnott, R. P., 1953, The Miners: Years of Struggle: a History of the Miners' Federation of Great Britain (from 1910 onwards), G. Allen & Unwin, London.

Boon, George C., 1974, Caernarvon – Segontium, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff.

Boon, George C., 1984, Laterarium iscanum : the antefixes, brick & tile-stamps of the Second Augustan Legion, Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Cymru, Cardiff.

Brewer, R .J., 1980, Gelligaer Roman Fort, Rhymney Valley District Council, Caerphilly.

Briggs, C. S. and Graham-Campbell, J. A., A Lost Hoard of Viking-Age Silver from Magheralagan, County Down, Ulster Journal of Archaeology, Ulster

British Museum,1921, A Guide to the Early Christian and Byzantine Antiquities in the Department of British and Mediaeval Antiquities, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Brown, John H.,1981, The Valley of the Shadow : an account of Britain's worst mining disaster the Senghenydd explosion, Alun Books, Port Talbot.

Burnham, Barry, 1987, Excavations at Pumsaint: 1987, Dyfed Archaeological Trust, Carmarthen.

Campbell, Ian, 1981, A Practical Guide to the Law of Footpaths and Bridleways, Commons, Open Spaces and Footpaths, Preservation Society, Henley on Thames.

Carrington, D.C., 1993, Slates to Velinheli: the railways and tramways of Dinorwic Slate Quarries, Llanberis, Bala Lake Railway Society, Llanuwchllyn.

Casey, John, 1977, Excavations at Segontium (Caernarfon) 1975: An interim report and visitors guide, Durham University, Aberystwyth.

Casey, John, 1977, Excavations at Segontium (Caernarfon) 1976: An interim report, Durham University, Aberystwyth.

Clayton, Peter A., 1980, A Companion to Roman Britain, Phaidon Press Limited, Oxford.

Cooper, Trevor (ed.), 2014, For Public Benefit: Churches Cared for by Trusts [Topical volume of Ecclesiology Today (vol. 45-50, July 2014).

Cullen, Phil, 2001, Outburst: Curse below the Gwendraeth Valley, Carmarthenshire County Council, Carmarthen.

Davies, D. L., 1987, Children of the Mines in the Cynon Valley: to Commemorate 150 Years of Coal in the Cynon Valley, 1837 – 1987, Reprint, Cardiff.

Davies, Henry, 1906, Coal Mining: A Reader for Primary Schools and Evening Continuation Classes, The Educational Publishing Co., Merthyr Tydfil.

Davies, Oliver and Evans, Estyn, Irish Court Cairns, Ulster Journal of Archaeology, Ulster.

Dawson, D. P., Jackson, R. G. and Ponsford, M. W., 1972, Medieval Kiln Wasters from St. Peter’s Church, Bristol, Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society.

Days, P. D, (n.d.), A Short History of Pembroke Dock in Words and Pictures, Haven Colourprint, Pembroke.

Delderfield, E. R., 1991, The Lynmouth Flood Disaster, E.R.D Publications Ltd., Exmouth.

De Paor, Liam, 1955-6, The Limestone Crosses of Clare and Aran, Galway Archaeological and Historical Society, Galway.

Evans, B.G. 1900, Diwygwyr Cymru, G. Evans, Caernarfon.

Farr, Grahame, 1967, Wreck and Rescue in the Bristol Channel: Vol. 2: The Story of the Welsh Lifeboats, Bradford Barton Ltd., Truro.

Frankfort, H., Frankfort, H. A., Wilson, J. A. & Jacobsen, T.,1959, Before Philosophy: A Study of Primitive Myths, Beliefs, and Speculations of Egypt and Mesopotamia, out of which Grew the Religions and Philosophies of the Later World, Penguin Books Ltd., Harmondsworth.

Gerald of Wales, 1978, The Journey Through Wales and the Description of Wales, Penguin, London.

Gregory, Donald,1992, Wales before 1066 : a Guide, Gwasg Carreg Gwalch, Llanrwst, Gwynedd.

Griffiths, D.R., 1970, The New Testament and the Roman state, John Penry Press, Swansea.

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Hodges, H. W. M., Studies in the Late Bronze Age in Ireland, Ulster Journal of Archaeology, Ulster.

Jones, Barri, 1971, Roman Gold Mines at Dolaucothi, The, Carmarthen County Museum, Carmarthen.

Jones,E.T and Jones,T.R.,1931, Hanes Eglwys Capel Sion Llanelli, Argraffwyd Yn Swyddfa’r, Llanelli.

Jones, G.D.B., 1974, Excavations on the Roman Fort at Pumpsaint, Dyfed County Museum, Carmarthen.

Kellet, Ernest Edward, 1954, A short history of religions, Gollancz, London.

Hall, S. C. and Hall, A., 1979, The Book of the Wye, Charlotte James, Teddington.

Heather and Hillforts Landscape Partnership, 2014, Y Grug a'r Caerau: Adroddiad Gwerthuso a Chwblhau / Heather and Hillforts: Evaluation and Completion Report, Heritage Lottery Fund Landscape Partnership.

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Maker, L., 1935, Cob and Moorstone: The Curious History of some Cornish Churches, The Epworth Press, London.

Moore, Donald, 1973, Caerleon, Fortress of the Legion, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff.

Morgan, Gwenllian Elizabeth Fanny, Brecon Cathedral, South Wales, Campfield Press, St. Albans.

Mumbles Railway Society,1981, The Mumbles Railway: The World’s First Passenger Railway, R. J. Cottle Ltd., Swansea.

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Parker, Joanne, 2014, Britannia Obscura: Mapping Hidden Britain, RHCB, London.

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Thomas, Charles, 1966, Ardwall Isle: The Excavation of an early Christian site of Irish type, Dumfriesshire and Galloway Natural History and Antiquarian Society, Dumfries (P)

Thomas, Ian A., 2014, Quarrying Industry in Wales: A History / Y diwydiant chwareli yng nghymru : hanes, National Stone Centre, Wirksworth.

Warhurst, Cynthia, 1967, Excavations at Drumee Rath, Co. Fermanagh, Ulster Journal of Archaeology, Ulster (P)

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Young, Robert, 1985, The Copt Hill, Houghton Le Spring, Round Cairn: A Reassessment, The Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Cyfnodolion ~ Journals
BSI Update Standards (January 2015)

Casemate no. 102 (January 2015)

The Georgian issue 2/2014

Heritage in Wales no. 59 (Winter 2014)

Historic Scotland: The Magazine for Historic Scotland Members 2009-2014 (some gaps) - donation

Industrial Archaeology News vols. 170 & 171 (Autumn & Winter 2014)

Industrial Archaeology Review vol. 36 no. 2 (November 2014)

Manifesto: The Welsh Political Archive Newsletter no. 45 (2014)

Mine d’histoires no. 11 (January 2015) [electronic journal, X/Share/All/NMR/Electronic Journals]

Panel for Historical Engineering Works Newsletter no. 144 (December 2014)

Pembrokeshire Life (January 2015)

Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society vol. 80 (2014)

Railway and Canal Historical Society Bulletin no. 453 (Jan/Feb 2015)

Salon: Society of Antiquaries Newsletter no. 334 [electronic journal, X/Share/All/NMR/Electronic Journals]

Twentieth Century Society News and Events (December 2014 & January 2015) [electronic journal, X/Share/All/NMR/Electronic Journals]

Vernacular Architecture vol. 45 (2014)

Welsh Mills Society Newsletter no. 118 (January 2015)


Cylchgronau: Gwasanaeth Ymwybyddiaeth Gyfredol ~
Journals: Current Awareness

Casemate no. 102, p. 8: in ‘Awards and Grants’ section, mention of award recognising the exceptional restoration work on Chapel Bay Fort.

Ecclesiology Today vol. 45-50, p. 96: ‘Addoldai Cymru – the Welsh Religious Buildings Trust’ by Neil Sumner & Gruff Owen

The Georgian issue 2/2014, p. 44 ff: ‘Architectural Awards 2014’: Hendre House, Caerns. is joint winner of the ‘Restoration of a Georgian country house’ category; Llanelly House, Carms. is winner of ‘Restoration of a Georgian building in an urban setting’ category.

Vernacular Architecture vol. 45, p. 125 (in Tree Ring Lists 2014 section): ‘Welsh Dendrochronology Project – Phase 17’, Martin Bridge, Daniel Miles, Richard Suggett and Margaret Dunn (List 267)


Cysylltwch â ni ~ Contact us If you have any comments or enquiries, please feel free to contact us:
NMRW Library and Enquiries Service
Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales
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Telephone: +44 (0)1970 621200
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Job Vacancy - Finance Manager (Strategy & Resources Team)

Heritage of Wales News - Fri, 2015-01-30 13:09
Location: Aberystwyth

Salary Range £27,550 - £33,900
37 hours per week – permanent appointment
(Appointment will be at or near the minimum of the pay band) 

The Royal Commission is seeking a new Finance Manager to fill an important role in the next chapter of our 106 year history.

Based in Aberystwyth, The Royal Commission is the investigation body and national archive for the historic environment of Wales. The Finance Manager at the Commission will be responsible for all aspects of the Commission’s financial management, ensuring that we fulfil our responsibilities to our Royal Warrant and the Welsh Government.

The Finance Manager will be a proactive and effective manager with experience of all aspects of the financial management of an organisation. As well as being confident and self motivated with good communication and IT skills (including Sage), candidates must have proven experience and/or appropriate professional or academic qualifications in a relevant discipline.

Applications would also be welcomed from those who have experience of managing the finances of Heritage Lottery Fund or European Union funded projects or of charitable organisations. Developing and maintaining positive and professional working relationships with staff and external contacts is integral to this post. As such, the ability to communicate through the medium of Welsh would also be an advantage.

An application form and further details are available from:-
Mr S Bailey John
Royal Commission
Plas Crug
Aberystwyth
Ceredigion
SY23 1NJ

E-mail: stephen.bailey-john@rcahmw.gov.uk
Tel: 01970 621230
Fax: 01970 621246

Closing date for applications is 16:00 on Friday 27 February 2015.
The Royal Commission is an equal opportunities employer

Full details: http://bit.ly/163Y3KA


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Our Past And Its Future: Sites in the National Monuments Record of Wales

Heritage of Wales News - Thu, 2015-01-29 11:32
Great Orme Copper Mine, Llandudno.On 20 January 2015, Kenneth Skates, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism gave a statement in the Senedd on 'our past and its future.'

http://www.assembly.wales/en/bus-home/pages/rop.aspx?meetingid=3101&assembly=4&c=Record of Proceedings - 193652#193652

If you would like to see further details of the sites mentioned in his statement and the responses, click on the sites below to link to the record on our online database www.coflein.gov.uk

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Appointment of the new Royal Commission Secretary: Christopher Catling, MA, FSA

Heritage of Wales News - Tue, 2015-01-27 12:18

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales is pleased to announce that its new Secretary (Chief Executive) will be Christopher Catling, MA, FSA.

Chris is well-known as a journalist, author, and consultant on the historic environment. He is the editor of the Society of Antiquaries’ highly regarded online newsletter Salon and a regular contributor to Current Archaeology and Country Life. He is the Director of the Marc Fitch Fund, managing investments of £7m and making grants of £200,000 annually to support academic research and publishing in the fields of history, archaeology and art history.

He sits on a number of boards and advisory bodies, including Cotswold Archaeology (of which he is Vice Chairman), the British Archaeological Awards and the Gloucester Diocesan Advisory Committee. He helped set up the All Party Parliamentary Archaeology Group in 2000 to raise the profile of archaeology in both Houses of Parliament, and in 2002 he set up Heritage Link (now the Heritage Alliance), establishing its constitution, membership, funding base and Heritage Update newsletter.

Chris is the author of a number of best-selling travel guides, including the Eyewitness Guides to Venice and the Veneto and to Florence and Tuscany, as well as A Practical Handbook of Archaeology: a beginner's guide to unearthing the past. As a consultant he has researched and written numerous conservation management plans for bodies such as English Heritage and The National Trust and other organisations, including those for Dover Castle, Leeds Castle and Knole, which have supported recent successful bids for funding from the HLF and other bodies.

The Royal Commission’s Chairman, Dr. Eurwyn Wiliam, said ‘I am delighted to welcome Chris as our new Secretary. He has an excellent track record of demonstrating the social and economic value of our heritage and in persuading others that they should understand and care for our past more effectively. In welcoming Chris I also wish to pay tribute to the sterling work of Mrs Hilary Malaws who so readily agreed to postpone her retirement to stand in as Acting Secretary for the past year.’

After his recent visit to the Commission, Chris said

“It is a great honour to be entrusted with this role and I am fortunate to be joining such a competent and versatile team. The Commission's recent research into the Welsh slate industry, nonconformist chapels, the archaeology of the Welsh uplands and maritime heritage are examples of important projects that create the knowledge base to enable crucial decisions to be taken about the future of our past. The fruits of that research are then made available to the people of Wales through books, exhibitions and lectures, the Coflein online database and through the outstanding collections that make up the National Monuments Record for Wales in Aberystwyth.”
“We know that there are many people in Wales who are as passionate about heritage as we are, and we plan to find ways to involve more people in our work. The Commission has already run a very successful project researching medieval houses in Snowdonia working with volunteers. We hope to build on this to develop effective ‘citizen science’ and volunteering systems with some of the 700 or so heritage groups that exist in Wales. That is the challenge for the future that I look forward to: ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to take part in the rewarding and enjoyable work of exploring, recording and understanding the distinctive heritage of Wales."
Christopher Catling will take up his post on 2 March 2015.


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Minecraft comes to Digital Past

Heritage of Wales News - Mon, 2015-01-26 15:30

We are excited to announce that Adam Clarke from The Common People will be a keynote speaker at Digital Past 2015! Adam is a freelance artist, film-maker and games-for-learning consultant who has pioneered the use of Minecraft in cultural, heritage and environmental education and engagement for younger audiences.

In projects such as Tatecraft, Adam is creating accessible worlds where the 12+ million global players of Minecraft can participate, learn from, enjoy and be inspired. He has also been instrumental in setting up projects using MinecraftEdu, a version of the game that has been developed as a school-ready remix, specifically designed for the classroom.

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Presenting the Europa Barbarorum Project at Digital Past 2015

Heritage of Wales News - Fri, 2015-01-23 09:59


The Europa Barbarorum project is a volunteer organisation composed of academics, technicians, programmers, artists and other volunteers that has sought to present a historically accurate depiction of the later Iron Age (272BC-AD14) in the form of modified versions of mainstream computer games. Since conception it has received critical and popular acclaim from both the gaming community and wider populace.

We are pleased to announce that Andrew Lamb, Faction Coordinator and Researcher for the project will be speaking at Digital Past and will look at the issues surrounding the way the past is depicted, with a paper titled ‘Don’t dumb it down, historical accuracy is fun: Discussing the Europa Barbarorum project and its impact on the gaming community’.

Website: http://www.europabarbarorum.com/
Twitter: @EBTeam

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DigVentures at Digital Past 2015

Heritage of Wales News - Thu, 2015-01-22 13:18

Founded in 2011, DigVentures is an innovative social enterprise committed to designing, developing and delivering community archaeology projects throughout the UK and further afield. Projects have included Flag Fen Lives, the world’s first crowdfunded and crowdsourced archaeological excavation, and the recently launched DigStarter, the world’s only crowdfunding and crowdsourcing platform dedicated exclusively to helping archaeology and heritage projects launch sustainable projects, build communities and profile, and raise funds.

Brendon Wilkins, Project Director at DigVentures will be talking about all this and more.  A must for anyone interested in Community Archaeology, Crowdfunding, Crowdsourcing and the Future of Archaeological research.

Website: http://digventures.com/
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New Technologies in Heritage, Interpretation and Outreach: Digital Past 2015

Heritage of Wales News - Thu, 2015-01-22 13:07
Event Date: 11 and 12 February 2015
Location: Brangwyn Hall, The Guildhall, Swansea

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This year’s Digital Past Conference will be held in the spectacular venue of the grade I listed Swansea Guildhall complex designed by Percy Thomas of Cardiff. Four austere blocks with facades of white Portland stone are ranged around a central courtyard incorporate the Law Courts, Council Chamber, the Brangwyn Hall and ceremonial rooms. Construction of the Guildhall, opened on 23 October 1934, began in 1930. The Guildhall was the fulfilment of Swansea County Borough Council’s wish to have an impressive architectural statement of the town’s civic identity.The Guildhall exemplifies the simplicity and beauty of modernism but with embellishments which identify the building with Swansea, particularly the details of the landmark clock-tower design and internal decorative reminders of Swansea’s Viking origins.

Aerofilms photo of the newly-built Swansea Guildhall in 1935: the venue of the Royal Commission’s Digital Past 2015 conference.
Named after the artist Frank Brangwyn, the Brangwyn Hall is an assembly room with seating for up to 1,300 people. Its most prominent features are the seventeen wall-paintings by the artist, commissioned in 1924 to commemorate the First World War. Known as the British Empire Panels, the highly-coloured paintings were created originally for the House of Lords, and are, in the words of Brangwyn, a “panorama of the beauty of Greater Britain…[to show] what the Forces of the Empire fought for.” However, following the display of the first five panels in 1930, they were rejected by the House of Lords. Undaunted, Brangwyn completed the set in 1932, and after exhibition at the Ideal Home Exhibition they were acquired for the new Guildhall, where they can still be viewed today.

The themes of this year’s Digital Past are Visual Heritage and Digital Public & Community Archaeology. Delegates will be offered a combination of presentations, seminar sessions and hands-on workshops and demonstrations in a friendly and informal atmosphere that aim to promote the exchange of ideas and facilitate networking.

Exhibition and Poster stands provide an opportunity for displays and the demonstration of projects or products, and the chance to talk to heritage organisations, societies, universities, product developers and retailers.

Delegate registration for the two day conference, 11-12 February 2015, is only £69 (to include morning & afternoon refreshments and lunches).  A three-course conference dinner will be held in the Lord Mayor's Reception Hall on 11 February, and will cost £30.

Sponsorship of the event is invited. There are a range of packages available to suit different budgets, offering a variety of benefits including logo branding, advertising and the ability to showcase projects and products during the two-day event. Stands are also available over the two days: an exhibition stand for two days is £100, with a half size-poster stand £50.

If you are keen to sponsor any aspect of the conference, or would like to exhibit or advertise with us, please do not hesitate to get in touch and discuss options with our staff.

For information about the conference please go to: http://digitalpast2015.blogspot.co.uk
For registration go to: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk
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Showcasing the Blaenau Gwent Access to Heritage Project at Digital Past 2015

Heritage of Wales News - Thu, 2015-01-22 13:07
Through a number of initiatives this project aims to make the rich local heritage of the County Borough accessible to as wide a range of people as possible.  Frank Olding and Emyr Morgan will be at Digital Past to talk about the project, showcasing how they’ve established a partnership of local heritage organisations to offer training and advice to volunteers and community groups and how they’ve created a project website to provide community groups with a presence on the web and make their archives accessible.

From the Brynmawr Community Archive:  Brynmawr Fire Brigade on parade at the unveiling of the war memorial in 1927.



The website also includes on-line resources, school visit formats and themed exhibitions to enhance educational activities and increase school visits at local heritage attractions.

Website: Blaenau Gwent Access to Heritage Project
Twitter: @BGA2H


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Cartooning the First World War

Heritage of Wales News - Thu, 2015-01-22 13:06
Professor Chris Williams, Head of the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University will be speaking at Digital Past 2015 on Cartooning the First World War, a web resource bringing together all the wartime newspaper cartoons of Joseph Morewood Staniforth, which originally appeared in the British Sunday paper the News of the World and the Cardiff daily paper the Western Mail. Over 1300 cartoons document the war’s changing fortunes and the ways in which the conflict was experienced and represented by one of the most popular visual artists of the time. Each cartoon is presented with explanatory notes and with an open invitation to users to comment on the image and its possible meanings. The cartoons are accompanied by a range of resources which help to contextualise the cartoonist, his work, and the newspapers which published him.



Once upon a time, a conceited hare challenged a humble tortoise to a race, and the challenge was taken up. The hare, which had long been in training, bounded forward in great style and outdistanced the tortoise easily. But the tortoise did not lose heart; he kept steadily on his way, gaining strength and speed as time went on, whilst the hare became weary and sick of the struggle. The race is not yet finished, but the odds are on the tortoise.

Cartooning the First World War is a project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and based at Cardiff University.

Website: http://www.cartoonww1.org/index.htm

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Llŷn Crowd Sourcing Project to be showcased at Digital Past

Heritage of Wales News - Thu, 2015-01-22 13:06


Digital Past 2015 will be showcasing an innovative crowd sourcing project undertaken by the Llŷn Archaeology and History Society.  The society was founded in 2013 and aims to become a model for a virtual society, one that combines the traditional values of county societies with new technologies and a focus on engaging wider audiences.

Simon Jones and Jamie Davies will be speaking about a project undertaken in 2014 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Royal Commission publication Caernarvonshire: West III: An inventory of the Ancient Monuments in the County. A website based on the publication has been developed and contains original digitized site records, plans and notes against which residents or visitors to the Llŷn can add comments and upload photographs to provide an updated snapshot of the Peninsula’s archaeological and built heritage today.

Facebook: http://cy-gb.facebook.com/archllyn
Website: http://www.crwydro.co.uk/aberdaron
eBook: Caernarvonshire: West III: An Inventory of the Ancient Monuments in the County

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Vivian Slate Quarry, Llanberis, North Wales - Royal Commission Animation

Heritage of Wales News - Thu, 2015-01-08 13:05


An animation with sub-titles, reconstructing the history and work of Vivian slate quarry which formed part of the extensive Dinorwic group of quarries. It opened in 1869 during the boom years of the slate industry when Wales dominated the world markets.

Royal Commission YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/RCAHMWales
If you would like to purchase a high-resolution copy of the animation or have any other enquiries regarding the work of the Royal Commission, or the collections held in the National Monuments Record of Wales, please contact:
Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales,Plas Crug,Aberystwyth,SY23 1NJ
Tel: +44(0)1970 621200Website: www.rcahmw.gov.ukE-mail: nmr.wales@rcahmw.gov.uk

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National Monuments Record of Wales Archives and Library Bulletin - December 2014

Heritage of Wales News - Tue, 2015-01-06 11:33
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.


Rhagfyr – December 2014 

Archif ~ Archives

General Digital Donations Collection:
  • Report entitled, The Siabod Hone Quarry, Dolwyddelan produced by W.T. and A.M. Jones, October 2014. Ref: DD2014_017 
  • 47 postcards loaned for copying from the private collection of Thomas Lloyd: C598490
C.1905 postcard view showing sheep and stock dealer outside Rhos Inn, Blaenffos. Ref: CD2005_630_039
Investigators’ Photographs Collection
  • Over 600 b/w prints taken by S.R. Hughes during the course of fieldwork – mainly industrial sites and chapels. Date Range: 1990 – 2002 

Photo surveys of the following sites: Court Henry - detail of gable truss and decoration. Ref: DS2014_546_006
  • Court Henry, Llangathen: C598612 
  • Barmouth War Memorial: C597807, C597796 
  • Sites in Eglwyscummin, Carmarthenshire, including St Lawrence church and war memorial, Marros Mill, peat exposure and a wreck on Morros Sands: C597514, C597520, C597523, C597718 
  • Tanks used for firing practice on the Castlemartin Ranges: C597745 
  • Mills in Pembrokeshire: C598371, C598379, C598385 
  • Fron Factory, Rhayader: C598392 
  • Wheeler Paper Mills, Caerwys: C598407 
  • Maes-y-Coed Farm building, Afon Wen: C598537 
  • Moorshead Farmhouse, Sigingstone: C598567 
  • Waterwheel, Great Abbey Farm, Strata Florida: C598213 
  • Tregaron Union Workhouse / Edward VII Hospital C598221 
  • Schwyll pumping Station, Ogmore: C598226 
  • Usk Railway Station goods yard: C598240 
  • Barry Railway Station signal Box: C598257 
View from the west of Barry Station Signalbox. Ref: DS2014_529_002

  • Aberthaw Railway Station signal box: C598268 
  • National Mining Memorial, Senghenydd: C598276 
View of the western pylon, Newport Transporter Bridge . Ref: DS2014_532_002

  • Newport Transporter Bridge: C598307 
  • St Mary Church Railway Station and signal box: C598335; C598340 
  • Cardiff Bridge, Cowbridge Road, Cardiff: C598544 
  • Ty Bronna, Fairwater: C598354 
  • Fairbourne Railway: C598356 
  • East Hook Farmhouse, Haverfordwest: C598364 
  • Mills in Pembrokeshire: C598371, C598379, C598385 
Weaving looms, Solva Woollen Mill. Ref: DS2014_539_005


Islwyn Jones Chapel Collection
Photo surveys of the following chapels were added to this collection:
  • Rhydybont Welsh Independent 
  • Pisgah Welsh Baptist 
  • Hebron Welsh Baptist, Pencader 
  • Horeb CM, Mynyddygarreg 
  • Nebo Independent 
  • Pumpsaint Welsh CM 
  • Capel Nonni, Llanllwni 
  • Gwyddgrug Welsh Independent 
  • Aberduar Welsh Baptist, Llanybyther 
  • Moriah Welsh Baptist, Pencader 
  • Sardis Welsh Independent, Trimsaran 
  • Caio Welsh CM 
  • Ffaldybrenin Welsh Independent 
  • Salem CM, New Inn, Nevern 
  • Tabernacl Welsh CM, Pontyates 
  • Abergorlech Welsh Independent 
  • Noddfa Welsh Baptist, Trimsaran 
  • St Teilo’s Mission Church, Mynyddygarreg 
  • Esgairdawe Welsh Independent 
  • Moriah Welsh Baptist, Tonypandy 
  • Ty Cwrdd Welsh Independent, Gwernogle 
  • Cwmwrdu Welsh Unitarian 
  • Nasareth Welsh Independent, Ponyates 
  • Ebeneser Welsh CM, Llanedi 
  • Trinity English CM, Dunraven 



Cambrian Archaeological Projects Archives
  • Archaeological evaluation of the roman fort at Dinefwr Park, Llandeilo carried out by Amelia Pannett of Cambrian Archaeological Projects Ltd. CAP Report No. 447, 2007: C598274 
Cambridge University Committee for Aerial Photography Collection
  • Additions of 4 boxes of index cards for Welsh sites dated 1965: C846012 

Archaeology Wales Project Archives
  • Archaeological desk-based assesment and field evaluation for Morgannwg Nursing Home, Brecon, report no. 371. Produced by Cambrian Projects Ltd in 2005 with addendum in 2011: C598895 
  • Archaeological evaluation for Baglan Road, Baglan, Report No. 1117, 2013: C598491 
  • Archaeological Desk-based Assessment for Tan y Foel Quarry, Cefn Coch, report no. 1089. 2012: C598913 
  • Archaeological Evaluation, Assessments and Interim Statement for Gatewen Colliery, Wrexham. Report Nos. 542 and 558, 2008 and 2009: C598511 
  • Archaeological Desk-Based Assessments for Grange Road, Cwmbran, Report No. 638; Llantarnam Grange, Cwmbran, Report No. 574; Grange Road, Cwmbran, Report No. 638; Grange Road, Cwmbran, Report No. 1006. 2009 and 2010: C598499 
  • Archaeological Watching Brief for Sain Tathan’s Church, St Athan, report no. 598. 2009: C598897 


NMR Site Files
  • Castle House, Hay: photos surveys dated 1970 and 1987 and measured drawings dated 1979: C598002, C598005, C598019, C598088 
  • Black and white photo survey of Gwaun Clawdd Circular Byre at Lamb and Flag Farm, produced by RCAHMW, March 1988: C598195 
  • Black and white photo survey of the Brewery/Bakery at Builth Wells, produced by RCAHMW: C598208 
  • Upper Forest Feeder Weir, Swansea; two black and white photographs copied from originals held in Swansea City Archive: C598223 
  • Lower Forest Feeder Weir, Swansea; two black and white photograph copied from originals held in Swansea City Archive: C598232 
  • Set of measured drawing of buildings at Penllegaer Gardens, produced by Geoff Ward, 2000: C598390 


Llyfrau ~ Books

Dunstone, W. J., 1930, Braslun O Hanes Eglwys Moriah, Ynystawe.

Evans, Beriah Gwynfe, 1900, Digygwyr Cymru, Sef Ymchwiliad Hanesyddol I Ddechreuad Yr Enwadau Ymeillduol, A'i Brwydrau Dros Ryddid Cydwybod, Beriah Gwynfe Evans, Caernafon.

Glover, T. R., 1948, The Ancient World, Pelican Books, London.

Morgan, D. Arthur, 1955, Yr Eglwys Fethodistaidd, Y Tabernacl, Llanfyllin.

Oakley, K. P., Rankine, W. F. & Lowther, A. W. G., 1939, A Survey of the Prehistory of the Farnham District (Surrey), The Surrey Archaeological Society, Guildford.

Roberts, Gomer M., 1964, Y Can Mlynedd Hyn / These Hundred Years: A History of the Beginning and Development of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Wales, C.M Bookroom, Caernarvon.

Stamp, Gavin, 2010, Lost Victorian Britain: How the Twentieth Century Destroyed the Nineteenth Century's Architectural Masterpieces, Aurum Press, London.

Stevenson, Josephus (Ed.), 1875, Radulphi De Coggeshall Chronicon Anglicanum, De Expugnatione Terrae Sanctae Libellus, Thomas Agnellus De Morte Et Sepultura Henrici Regis Angliae Junioris, Gesta Funconis Filii Warini, Excerpta Ex Otiis Imperialibus Gervasii Tileburiensis, Longman & Co., London.

Suggett, Richard and Dunn, Margaret, 2014, Darganfod Tai Hanesyddol Eryri / Discovering the Historic Houses of Snowdonia, RCAHMW, Aberystwyth.

Waddington Shirley, Walter (Ed.), 1866, Royal and Other Historical Letters Illustrative of the Reign Of Henry III: Vol. II 1236-1272: From the Originals in the Public Record Office, Longmans, Green, Reader & Dyer: HMSO, London.

Warner, George F. (Ed.), 1891, Giraldi Cambrensis Opera Vol. VIII: De Principis Instructione Liber, HMSO, London.


Cyfnodolion ~ Journals

Ancient Monuments Society/Friends of Friendless Churches Newsletter no. 03/2014 (Autumn 2014)

Antiquity vol. 88 no. 342 (December 2014)

Archaeologia Cambrensis vol. 162 (2013)

Archive no. 84 (December 2014)

Below! Quarterly Journal of the Shropshire Caving & Mining Club no. 2014.4 (Winter 2014)

British Archaeology no. 140 (Jan/Feb 2015)

Cartographic Journal vol. 51 no. 4 (November 2014)

CBA Newsletter no. 32 (Late Winter 2014)

Current Archaeology no. 298 (January 2015)

Etifeddiaeth y Cymry rh. 59 (Gaeaf 2014)

Europa Nostra Scientific Bulletin no. 65 (2012) ‘The reuse of ancient fortified settlements from middle ages to early modern time’

Gower vol. 65 (2014)

Merioneth Historical and Record Society Journal vol. XVII pt. 1 (2014)

Mine d'Histoires no. 10 (November 2014) [electronic journal, X/Share/All/NMR/Electronic Journals]

NAMHO Newsletter no. 70 (December 2014) [electronic journal, X/Share/All/NMR/Electronic Journals]

Past: The Newsletter of the Prehistoric Society no. 78 (Autumn 2014)

Pembrokeshire Life (December 2014)

Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland vol. 143 (2013)

Sheetlines no. 101 (December 2014) and Index to nos. 69-101

Studia Celtica vol. 48 (2014)

Update Standards (December 2014)

Welsh History Review vol. 27 no. 2 (December 2014)

Welsh Railways Archive vol. 5 no. 10 (Winter 2014)

Welsh Railways Research Circle Newsletter no. 141 (Winter 2014)



Cylchgronau Gwasanaeth Ymwybyddiaeth Gyfredol ~ Journals Current Awareness

Ancient Monuments Society/Friends of Friendless Churches Newsletter no. 03/2014, p. 3: ‘English Heritage/Historic England’ [about EH’s forthcoming restructuring]; p. 5 ff: Friends of Friendless Churches section [reports on a number of Welsh churches]; p. 12 ff: Casework section [mentions several Welsh sites]

Antiquity vol. 88 no. 342, p. 1099: ‘Beyond Stonehenge: Carn Menyn Quarry and the origin and date of bluestone extraction in the Preseli Hills of south-west Wales’ by Timothy Darvill and Geoff Wainwright

Archaeologia Cambrensis vol. 162 p. 359: Review, by Raimud Karl, of The Hillforts of North Ceredigion by Toby Driver; p. 370: Review, by Lawrence Butler, of Fields of Play by Daryl Leeworthy; p. 371: Review, by Will Davies, of Radnorshire from Above by Chris Musson.

CBA Newsletter no. 32, p. 3: ‘English Heritage “new model” confirmed’ [about EH’s forthcoming restructuring]

NAMHO Newsletter no. 70, p. 10: ‘Cambrian Mines Trust’ by Roy Fellows: report on the Trust’s work, incl. Cwmystwyth, Frongoch, and Goginan mines; p. 13, in ‘Other Mining News’, Wales section: round-up of reports, on Navigation Colliery, Crumlin; service to mark Aberfan anniversary; The Coal Exchange, Cardiff; and Clogau Gold Mine.


Cysylltwch â ni ~ Contact us
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Season's Greetings​

Heritage of Wales News - Fri, 2014-12-19 10:53
Snowdon – a winter scene taken by the Royal Commission’s aerial photographer, Dr Toby Driver.Season's Greetings​ and a Happy New Year
Thank you for your support during 2014

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National Monuments Record of Wales Archives and Library Bulletin - November 2014

Heritage of Wales News - Tue, 2014-12-16 13:18
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.

Tachwedd ~ November 2014
Archif ~ Archives Abbey Tintern Furnace Excavation Archive: Ref. No. ATFE
Archive relating to an excavation at Abbey Tintern Furnace directed by John Pickin, 1979-1981.

Archaeological Reports/Evaluations (non Trust) Ref. No. AENT39_09
EAS Client Report 2014/03 and associated records relating to Prys Mawr, Llanuwchllyn produced by Engineering Archaeological Services Ltd, Aug 2014.

Investigators' Digital Photography
Photo surveys for the following sites were added to this collection:
Drill Hall Aberystwyth (Ref: DS2014_489)
Drill Hall, Aberystwyth.
NPRN: 402566 , DS2014_489_004, C597145
  • Memorial Hall, Tregaron (Ref: DS2014_485)
  • 21 sites in and around the town of Chirk
  • 20 sites in and around the town of Hay-on-Wye


Drill Hall, Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye.
NPRN: 420572, DS2014_452_002, C596467
  • Welsh Highland Railway (Ref: DS2014_434)
  • Snowdon Mountain Railway (Ref: DS2014_474 & DS2014_477 )
  • Cambrian Coast Line Railway (Ref: DS2014_435)
  • St Helen’s Road Railway Tunnel (Ref: DS2014_436)
  • DeWinton Foundry, Caernarfon (Ref: DS2014_458)
  • Snowdon Mill, Caernarfon (Ref: DS2014_473)
  • Millstone, Whitchurch (Ref: DS2014_485)
  • Nantgarw Colliery Monument (Ref: DS2014_486)
  • Glamorganshire Canal (Ref: DS2014_484)
  • Garreg-fawr ironstone and copper mines, Betws Garmon (Ref: DS2014_475)
  • Porthmadog Harbour (Ref: DS2014_476)
  • Bridge abutments and railway embankment, Cwm Clydach Railway (Ref: DS2007_010)


Railway bed and rock cutting from the southeast a short distance north of Pont y Lon.
NPRN: 405517, DS2007_008_001, C596407
  • All Saints’ Church, Cwm Ffrwd-Oer (Ref: DS2014_294)


Mothers Union banner, All Saints’ Church, Cwm Ffrwd-Oer.
NPRN: 12946, DS2014_294_017, C596450

NMR Site Files – B/W Photos
Images of inscribed stones from 11 sites including:
  • St Michael’s church, Llanfihangel-ar-arth
  • Ogmore Castle
  • St Padarn’s church, Llanbadarn Fawr

Photo surveys of 11 coastal sites in Pembrokeshire including:
  • St Brides Bay
  • Whitesands Bay
  • Tenby
  • Stack rocks
  • Newgale Bridge

Photo survey of Bremia Llanio Roman Fort carried out in 1973


Cambrian Archaeological Projects Archive
Piercefields Walks Archive (Ref: CAM2004/23_169)

Islwyn Jones Chapel Collection
Photo surveys of the following chapels were added to this collection:
  • Shiloh Chapel , Pentre 13884
  • Bethania CM chapel, Tonypandy 13970
  • Llidiadnennog Welsh Independent chapel, Llanybydder 6599


Llyfrau ~ Books
Barber, Chris (ed.). 1989. Hando’s Gwent Vol. 2, Abergavenny: Blorenge Books.
Brabham, Peter. 2013. Barry: The History of the Yard and its Locomotives, Surrey: Oxford Publishing Co.
Bebb, Richard. 2009. The Bardic Chair / Y Gadair Farddol, Carmarthenshire: Saer Books.
Daniel, Glyn. 1981. A Short History of Archaeology, London: Thames and Hudson.
Edey, Maitland A. 1979. Lost World of the Aegean, Netherlands: Time-Life Books Inc.
Evans, Gareth. 2014. The History of Ruthin, Rhuthun: Ruthin History Society.
Flaherty, Thomas H. 1993. Lost Civilizations: Wonderous Realms of the Aegeon, Virginia: The Time Inc. Book Company.
Gaunt, Peter. 1991. A Nation under Siege: The Civil War in Wales 1642-48, London: HMSO.
Geertz, Clifford. 1993. The Interpretation of Cultures, London: Fontana Press.
Grant, Michael. 1989. The Classical Greeks, London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
Hood, Sinclair. 1971. The Minoans: Crete in the Bronze Age, London: Thames and Hudson.
James, Heather (ed.). 1991. Sir Gâr: Studies in Carmarthenshire History: Essays in Memory of W. H. Morris and M. C. S. Evans. Monograph Series Vol. 4. Carmarthen: Carmarthenshire Antiquarian Society.

Cyfnodolion ~ Journals
Britannia vol. 45 (2014)
Conservation Bulletin no. 73 (Winter 2014)
Current Archaeology no. 297 (December 2014)
Heritage Counts 2014
Landscapes vol. 15 no. 2 (November 2014)
Medieval Archaeology vol. 58 (2014)
Meisgyn and Glynrhondda Local History Research vol. VIII no. 2 (July 2014)
Pembrokeshire Life (November 2014)
Pen Cambria no. 27 (Winter 2014)
Planet no. 216 (Winter 2014)
Update Standards (November 2014)
Welsh Mines Society Newsletter no. 71 (Autumn 2014)

Cylchgronau Gwasanaeth Ymwybyddiaeth Gyfredol ~ Journals Current Awareness
Conservation Bulletin no. 73, p. 34: ‘Britain from Above’ [about the joint English Heritage, RCAHMS and RCAHMW project involving the Aerofilms collection]

Landscapes vol. 15 no. 2, p. 181: Montgomeryshire Past and Present from the Air and Radnorshire from Above by Chris Musson reviewed by Paul Stamper

Medieval Archaeology vol. 58, p. 270: ‘Bayvil in Cemais: An Early Medieval Assembly Site in South-West Wales?’ by Rhiannon Comeau

Pembrokeshire Life, p. 4: ‘Booting out the witches’ by Sue Lloyd [article about the apotropaic practice of concealing shoes inside chimneys and walls, and a cache of such shoes being discovered at Templeton Farm]; p. 26: ‘Photo focus’ [about drone aerial photography and its use by Cadw and other heritage and tourism bodies]

Pen Cambria no. 27, p. 41: ‘Virtual Chapels in Wales’ [about the virtual museum of Welsh nonconformity developed by RCAHMW and the Welsh Religious Buildings Trust]


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Laying Bare the Landscape: commercial archaeology and the potential of digital spatial data

Internet Archaeology - Thu, 2014-12-11 12:45
This article summarises the methodology we have applied to an intensively investigated part of the Upper Thames Valley. We discuss the potential of digital spatially referenced data to help bridge the gaps between the various commercial units who work side by side in the landscape, as well as between the various planning authorities. This article will be of interest to anyone working with digital data or with diverse datasets to understand wider landscapes, as well as anyone working with various funders, developers, and consultancies to plan for the best use of such 'big data' to improve heritage management and archaeological enquiry.
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Issue 37. Human Exploitation of Aquatic Landscapes - themed issue

Internet Archaeology - Thu, 2014-12-11 12:45
Aquatic landscapes such as rivers, lakes, and seas played an important role in past human behaviour, affecting modes of subsistence, patterns of mobility, access to material resources, and technological choices and their developments. The interaction with aquatic landscapes was also influential in the establishment of economic and social structures and in the formation of communal identities. The aim of this special themed issue of Internet Archaeology is to contribute to a better understanding of different forms of human interaction with aquatic landscapes. Contents: Beneath Still Waters - Multistage Aquatic Exploitation of Euryale ferox (Salisb.) during the Acheulian; 4200 New Shell Mound Sites in the Southern Red Sea; Fishing and Fish Consumption in the Swahili Communities of East Africa, 700–1400 CE; The 'Wretched Poor' and the Sea: Contest and exploitation of Achill Island's historic maritime landscape; Direct Evidence for Bottom-fishing in Archaeological Whelks (Buccinum undatum); Shellfish from the Bronze Age Site of Clos des Châtaigniers (Mathieu, Normandy, France); Late Mesolithic-Early Neolithic Sealers: a case study on the exploitation of marine resources during the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition in the south-western Baltic Sea; Exploitation of Aquatic Resources in Ahanve, Badagry, south-western Nigeria; Inland Ertebølle Culture: the importance of aquatic resources and the freshwater reservoir effect in radiocarbon dates from pottery food crusts; Increasing Mobility at the Neolithic/Bronze Age Transition - sulphur isotope evidence from Öland, Sweden
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