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Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Wales, Newport And The Sea - MOROL (Institute of Welsh Maritime Historical Studies) Annual Conference





On 13-14 November 2010, the 2ndh Annual Conference of MOROL, Institute of Welsh Maritime Historical Studies, was held at Tredegar House, Newport. In the morning, speakers contributed illustrated talks on the theme of Wales, Newport and the Sea. Deanna Groom contributed a lecture on the compilation of the RCAHMW's Maritime Record

In the afternoon, the ground floor of the Tredegar House's coach house was opened to the public with stands featuring the work and collections of the Gwent Archives, Friends of the Newport Ships, West Wales Maritime Heritage Society and the Royal Commission. David James from the West Wales Maritime Heritage Society also presented an illustrated talk on the maritime history of Milford Haven

At the society's AGM, it was confirmed that last post on the committee had been filled (the Treasurer) which will hopefully allow the society to move forward with its aims and objectives.

The concept for the society grew from the legacy of the respected maritime author Aled Eames - society members organize the annual memorial lecture on Anglesey.

The society's aims include the promotion of interest and research into Welsh maritime history, as well as encouragement of the deposition of a maritime related sources to the care of relevant archives, libraries or museums.

Gwynedd Archive Service have also agreed that annual membership of the society will include receiving a copy of the journal Cymru a'r Mor/Maritime Wales.

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Monday, 29 November 2010

Cadw Funded Nautical Archaeology Society Training Course Records Sunken Aircraft In Quarry...





Last minute briefing and checks between NAS course participants and course leader, Ian Cundy (centre).
Over the weekend of 13-14 November 2010, the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) held a Part I training course at Chepstow Leisure Centre and National Diving and Activity Centre (NDAC). The course aims to introduce archaeological projects from the planning phase through to carrying out a 3D survey and publishing the results. The lecture and preparatory session being held at the Leisure Centre and the practical element (e.g. establishing control points from which to survey various features) is hosted by the NDAC.

A small cabin cruiser usually forms the focus of these underwater activities, but Ian Cundy and Sue Barker, NAS course leaders, arrived to find that the cruiser had been removed!

However, participants were able to swiftly revise their dive plans to apply the survey concepts that had learned to their new target - a British Aerospace Jetstream 200 which was sunk in the quarry in 2006 to provide divers with a point of interest during their descent into the depths.

A return to the classroom provided the opportunity to check their measurements for accuracy. It was followed by a short lecture looking at the aspects of post excavation fieldwork and preparing archives for deposition with National Monuments Records given by the RCAHMW’s Maritime Officer, Deanna Groom.

Course participants about to descend on the British Aerospace Jetstream 200 which rests on the quarry floor under the orange buoy at a water depth of 11m
The NAS, in co-operation with Nigel Nayling, University of Trinity St David and the Newport Ship, is to hold a follow up training weekend for intertidal hulk recording on 19-20th February 2010. The intended focus will be the mysterious hulk on the foreshore at Sully Island, near Swanbridge to the south of Cardiff.

The site was suggested by the Royal Commission because of the ongoing local interest to try and identify what the vessel might be. The Royal Commissions’ aerial photographic collectiosn suggest that the wreck since at least the early 1950s.

Places on the February course are filling up fast…. 1 place only remaining as of time of this post to the Heritage of Wales Bog.

For further Information, please click: 

or Contact NAS Office by Email at nas@nauticalarchaeologysociety.org by phone at 02392818419

See also www.coflein.gov.uk monument record NPRN 309865:

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Friday, 26 November 2010

Early Industrial Workers’ Housing of Wales





A good example of early industrial workers housing on Brecon Road in Hirwaun.
Note how much lower the roof is than that of the house on the right.
Scott Lloyd and Spencer Smith have recently carried out additional fieldwork for the Early Industrial Workers’ Housing of Wales Project in the Heads of the Valleys area. The work will gauge the survival rate of the houses built before 1840, as recorded by Jeremy Lowe during the 1970s. Many of the houses that he recorded have subsequently been demolished and those that remain have been extensively redeveloped however some interesting early examples have survived. The information gathered will be added to the existing database and also be used in the preparation of a future publication on the subject. 

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Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru - Y Bwthyn





Interior view of Wig-wen-fach showing wickerwork partition.
DI2008_1223     NPRN: 35396
In the last episode of the series Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru, Aled Samuel explores 'The Cottage' - for many a romantic symbol of a more simple past, a lost world that represents life before the modern industrial age.

Channel: S4C
Time: 21:00
Date: 24 November, 2010
Series title: Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru

Wig-wen-fach was empty for decades before being left to the National Trust in 1989 – the smoke-blackened interior of one end of the building appears to have been virtually untouched for over a century. The original wall surface, floor, wickerwork chimney and underthatch survive in a delicate but original condition.

Interior view of Wig-wen-fach showing fireplace.
DI2008_1222     NPRN: 35396

Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru - Bilingual Publication
This stunningly illustrated book provides a wonderful opportunity for a better understanding of our precious architectural history – from the early Medieval House and the Longhouse to Houses of the Welsh Border, through to the Modern House and the Cottage. For the first time it features spectacular CGI images which provide unique perspective views of the Welsh house.

Series link to last week's episode:
Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru - Y Tŷ Modern - subtitles available.
(Houses of the Welsh Countryside - The Modern House)

First Episode:
Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru - Y Ty Neuadd - subtitles available.
(Houses of the Welsh Countryside - The Hall House)

Second Episode: 
Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru - Tai Eryri - subtitles available.
(Houses of the Welsh Countryside - The Snowdonia house) 

Third Episode: 
Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru - Y Tŷ Hir - subtitles available.
(Houses of the Welsh Countryside - The Longhouse)  

Fourth Episode: 
Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru - Tai'r Ffin - subtitles available.
(Houses of the Welsh Countryside - Houses of the Welsh Border)

Fifth Episode:
Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru - Y Tŷ Modern - subtitles available.
(Houses of the Welsh Countryside - The Modern House) 


Related Domestic Architecture Links:
Read more: Wig-wen-fach www.coflein.gov.uk
Further: Wig-wen-fach images Coflein - Discovering Our Past Online 
Review of Contents: Houses of the Welsh Countryside

Coflein is the NMRW's public online database, searchable geographically through Ordnance Survey maps or by text queries.

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Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Medieval Dwellings Campaigns Of Improvement & Modernisation





The Medieval Hall, Appreciations
Medieval dwellings are often heavily disguised by numerous campaigns of improvement and modernisation. Reconstruction drawings are necessary to show the essential features of the hallhouse, and they are a prominent feature of Houses of the Welsh Countryside. The hallhouse is so called because the principal room was the hall, a large room open to the roof and heated by a centrally-placed open hearth.

Appreciations:
Bryndraenog
Buguildy, Radnorshire

Egryn Abbey
Llanaber, Merioneth

Gloddaeth
Llandudno, Caernarfonshire

Hendre’rywydd-uchaf
from Llangynhafal, Denbighshire (now at St Fagans)

The Hall House, Rhydycarw
Trefeglwys, Montgomeryshire

Tŷ-mawr
Castle Caereinion, Montgomeryshire

introducing Houses of the Welsh Countryside - Bilingual Publication
This stunningly illustrated book provides a wonderful opportunity for a better understanding of our precious architectural history – from the early Medieval House and the Longhouse to Houses of the Welsh Border, through to the Modern House and the Cottage. For the first time it features spectacular CGI images which provide unique perspective views of the Welsh house.

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Thursday, 18 November 2010

Digital Past 2011 - Conference Registration





Digital Past 2010 - Workshop See3D
Digital Past 2010 - Workshop

GORFFENNOL DIGIDOL 2011 – Cofrestru ar gyfer y Gynhadledd

Bydd y gynhadledd yn apelio at bawb sy’n gweithio yn y sector archaeolegol, y sector treftadaeth, y sector dehongli a sector yr amgueddfeydd. Bydd y gweithdai’n fodd i gael hyfforddiant ymarferol gan yr arbenigwyr mewn trin cymwysiadau meddalwedd, GIS, sganio â laser a thechnegau arolygu a delweddu eraill.

Cadarnhawyd y papurau, seminarau a sesiynau hyfforddi canlynol
:
Catherine Hardman, ADS
David Mitchell & Douglas Pritchard, Yr Alban Hanesyddol a Stiwdio Dylunio Digidol, Glasgow
Martin Dean, ADUS
Angharad Collins, Y Gweithfeydd, Prosiect Adfywio Glynebwy
Steph Mastouris, Amgueddfa Genedlaethol y Glannau, Abertawe
Tertia Barnett, Comisiwn Brenhinol Henebion Yr Alban
Liz Stewart, Amgueddfeydd Lerpwl
See3D
Technium CAST
Leica Geo-Systems
GCaD Cymru
Culturenet Cymru

Cost cofrestru am y ddau ddiwrnod yw £48.00, gan gynnwys cinio a lluniaeth ar y ddau ddiwrnod.

Saesneg fydd iaith y gynhadledd. Gan fod nifer y lleoedd yn gyfyngedig, fe’ch cynghorir i gofrestru’n gynnar.

Cofrestrwch ar-lein: www.cbhc.gov.uk

Digital Past 2010 - Laser Scanning
Digital Past 2010 - Laser Scanning

DIGITAL PAST 2011 - Conference Registration

The conference will appeal to all those working in the archaeological, heritage, interpretation and museums sectors. Workshop sessions will allow ‘hands on’ training in software applications, GIS, laser scanning and other survey and visualisation techniques from the experts.

Papers, seminars and workshops currently confirmed include:
Catherine Hardman, ADS
David Mitchell & Douglas Pritchard, Historic Scotland & Digital Design Studio, Glasgow
Martin Dean, ADUS
Angharad Collins, The Works Ebbw Vale Regeneration Project
Steph Mastouris, the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea
Tertia Barnett, RCAHMS
Liz Stewart, Liverpool Museums
See3D
Technium CAST
Leica Geo-Systems
NGFL Cymru
Culturenet Cymru

Registration cost for the 2 days is £48.00, including lunch and refreshments on both days.

The conference language is English. Limited places are available and early registration is advised.

Please register online at: www.rcahmw.gov.uk

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Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Royal Air Force Vertical Aerial Photography Collections





Black and white vertical aerial photograph taken by the RAF on 25/09/1945 centred on SS96627105 at a scale of 1:10000.
The photograph includes part of Llandow community in The Vale of Glamorgan.
DI2008_1292     NPRN: 300513
Aerial photography is one of the most powerful ways to document the changes in the landscape of Wales from earliest times to the modern day. From high above archaeologists can look down on centuries of landscape change, photographing known monuments, discovering long-hidden sites, and providing a new perspective on our cities, towns and built heritage.

The Royal Commission holds an extensive archive of black and white, high-quality vertical aerial photographs of Wales, flown by the RAF and the Ordnance Survey.

  •  The RAF collection comprises 170,000 6"x6" (15x15cm) prints taken between 1945 and 1965.
  • The Royal Commission holds RAF low-level oblique cover of the costal belt of Wales and a few urban settlements, taken in the latter part of the 1950s.
    • Ordnance Survey collection comprises 84,000 9"x9" (23x23cm) prints and negatives also a limited number of 20"x20" (51x51cm) enlargements, dating from 1962 to 2005.
    • Our smaller collections include prints of some areas of rural Wales, taken by the Ministry of Agriculture, and project studies by a few private contractors.
    • There is also a small collection of black and white. low-level oblique photographs of archaeological sites in Wales, taken by officers of Cambridge University during the 1950s and 1960s.
    • Aerofilms Collection of over 1 million photographs dates from 1919 to 2006 and presents an unparalleled picture of the changing face of Britain in the twentieth century.
    Black and white vertical aerial photograph taken by the RAF on 1946 centred on Aberaeron at a scale of 1:10000.
    DI2005_0854     NPRN: 33034


    Coflein is the NMRW's public online database, searchable geographically through Ordnance Survey maps or by text queries.

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    Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru - Y Tŷ Modern





    Ty-faenor, Abbey Cwmhir; photo survey comprising seven black and white photographs taken by Harry Brooksby, c.1968
    DI2010_0452     NPRN: 81548
    On tonights episode of Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru, Aled Samuel reveals the architectural, cultural and social influences that led to the rise of the modern house.

    Channel: S4C
    Time: 21:00
    Date: 17 November, 2010
    Series title: Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru

    Tŷ-faenor is a substantial three-storeyed house dating from the seventeenth century probably built by Richard Fowler, High Sheriff of Radnorshire in 1656.

    Tŷ-faenor, Abbey Cwmhir; measured drawings comprising floor plans, sections and detail, as published in the RCAHMW volume, Houses and History in the Marches of Wales.
    Radnorshire 1400-1800, page 215, figure 225.
    DI2010_0433     NPRN: 81548


    Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru - Bilingual Publication
    This stunningly illustrated book provides a wonderful opportunity for a better understanding of our precious architectural history – from the early Medieval House and the Longhouse to Houses of the Welsh Border, through to the Modern House and the Cottage. For the first time it features spectacular CGI images which provide unique perspective views of the Welsh house.

    Series link to last week's episode:
    Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru - Tai'r Ffin - subtitles available.
    (Houses of the Welsh Countryside - Houses of the Welsh Border)

    First Episode:
    Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru - Y Ty Neuadd - subtitles available.
    (Houses of the Welsh Countryside - The Hall House)

    Second Episode: 
    Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru - Tai Eryri - subtitles available.
    (Houses of the Welsh Countryside - The Snowdonia house) 

    Third Episode: 
    Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru - Y Tŷ Hir - subtitles available.
    (Houses of the Welsh Countryside - The Longhouse)  

    Fourth Episode: 
    Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru - Tai'r Ffin - subtitles available.
    (Houses of the Welsh Countryside - Houses of the Welsh Border)  


    Related Domestic Architecture Links:
    Read more: Tŷ-faenor www.coflein.gov.uk
    Further: Tŷ-faenor images Coflein - Discovering Our Past Online 
    Review of Contents: Houses of the Welsh Countryside

    Coflein is the NMRW's public online database, searchable geographically through Ordnance Survey maps or by text queries.

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    Tuesday, 16 November 2010

    Bookshop - Order Publications Direct From The Royal Commission





    The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales fulfils part of its role in developing and promoting understanding of the archaeological, built and maritime heritage of Wales through its publication programme.

    To order any of the books listed below please contact: 

    Book Sales
    RCAHMW
    Plas Crug
    ABERYSTWYTH
    Ceredigion
    SY23 1NJ
    U.K.

    Telephone 01970 621200
    Fax: 01970 627701
    e-mail Book Sales via the Enquiry Form


    Houses of the Welsh Countryside

    By Richard Suggett, Greg Stevenson, 2010


    The Welsh Cottage

    By Eurwyn Wiliam, 2010


    Y Bwthyn Cymreig

    By Eurwyn Wiliam, 2010


    Hanes wrth Law / History in Your Hands

    By T. Pert, 2008


    Hidden Histories: Discovering the Heritage of Wales

    By A.P. Wakelin, Editor and R.A. Griffiths, 2008


    Pontcysyllte Aqueduct & Canal: Nomination as a World Heritage Site

    By A.P. Wakelin, 2008


    Trysorau Cudd: Darganfod Treftadaeth Cymru

    By A.P. Wakelin, golygydd and R.A. Griffiths, golygydd, 2008


    International Transport & the Significance of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Llangollen Canal (Industrial Patrimony 18).

    By L. Bergeron, Editor, 2007


    Pembrokeshire: Historic Landscapes from the Air
    By T.G. Driver, 2007


    Houses and History in the March of Wales: Radnorshire 1400-1800
    By R.F. Suggett, 2005


    Guns Across the Severn: Victorian Fortifications of Glamorgan

    By A Saunders, C.J. Spurgeon, H.J. Thomas and D.J. Roberts, 2001


    Copperopolis: Landscapes of the Early Industrial Period in Swansea

    By S.R. Hughes, 2000

    Related Publication Links:
    Gwerthu Llyfrau
    Book Sales

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    Friday, 12 November 2010

    ADIT: Horizontal Tunnel Opening From The Surface





    View of Aberllefefni Slate Quarry, Merionethshire

    Definition of Monument Types
    ADIT: Horizontal tunnel opening from the surface used for haulage or access to a mine. In Wales it is a term usually applied to a drainage level.

    Aberllefefni Slate Quarry, interior of mine tunnel entrance
    Search Coflein to discover Abbey's in Wales or in your community.

    Related Industrial Wales Links:
    Read more: Aberllefenni Slate Quarry www.coflein.gov.uk
    Further: Aberllefenni Slate Quarry images Coflein - Discovering Our Past Online 

    Coflein is the NMRW's public online database, searchable geographically through Ordnance Survey maps or by text queries. Coflein allows free access to details of many thousands of archaeological sites, monuments, buildings and maritime sites in Wales, together with an index to the drawings, manuscripts and photographs held in the NMRW archive collections.

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    Thursday, 11 November 2010

    Remembrance Day Welsh National War Memorial





    The Welsh National War Memorial, erected in Cathays Park in 1928
    Today is Remembrance Day, 11 November. It is a special day set aside to remember all those men and women who were killed during the two World Wars and other conflicts. Also known as Armistice Day, renamed Remembrance Day after the Second World War.

    The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marks the signing of the Armistice, on 11th November 1918, to signal the end of World War One.

    The Welsh National War Memorial was erected in Cathays Park in 1928. Designed by Sir Ninian Comper, it is a circular colonnade of unfluted Corinthian columns with 3 projecting rectangular porticos. There is an inscription in English (exterior), and Welsh (interior).

    Related Military Wales Links:
    Read more: The Welsh National War Memorial www.coflein.gov.uk
    Further: The Welsh National War Memorial images Coflein - Discovering Our Past Online 
    Also: War Memorials around Wales

    Coflein is the NMRW's public online database, searchable geographically through Ordnance Survey maps or by text queries. Coflein allows free access to details of many thousands of archaeological sites, monuments, buildings and maritime sites in Wales, together with an index to the drawings, manuscripts and photographs held in the NMRW archive collections.

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    Wednesday, 10 November 2010

    Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru - Tai'r Ffin





    Exterior view of Talgarth House, 1962
    DI2010_0994     NPRN: 21386
    On tonights episode of Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru, Aled Samuel looks at houses of the Welsh Marches. This episode will investigate the timber-frame tradition, the importance of oak in Powys and the carpenter's craft.

    Channel: S4C
    Time: 21:00
    Date: 10 November, 2010
    Series title: Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru

    "Talgarth ... is the outstanding example of the 17th century half-timbered, storeyed, Montgomeryshire house". (source Os495card; SN99SE17)

    Multi site RCAHMW drawing showing half-timbered houses in Montgomeryshire including Talgarth, Trefeglwys
    DI2010_1187     NPRN: 21386


    Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru - Bilingual Publication
    This stunningly illustrated book provides a wonderful opportunity for a better understanding of our precious architectural history – from the early Medieval House and the Longhouse to Houses of the Welsh Border, through to the Modern House and the Cottage. For the first time it features spectacular CGI images which provide unique perspective views of the Welsh house.

    Series link to last week's episode:
    Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru - Y Ty Hir - subtitles available.
    (Houses of the Welsh Countryside - The Long House)

    First Episode:
    Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru - Y Ty Neuadd - subtitles available.
    (Houses of the Welsh Countryside - The Hall House)

    Second Episode: 
    Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru - Tai Eryri - subtitles available.
    (Houses of the Welsh Countryside - The Snowdonia house)


    Related Domestic Architecture Links:
    Read more: Talgarth House www.coflein.gov.uk
    Further: Talgarth House images Coflein - Discovering Our Past Online 
    Review of Contents: Houses of the Welsh Countryside

    Coflein is the NMRW's public online database, searchable geographically through Ordnance Survey maps or by text queries.

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    Tuesday, 9 November 2010

    Heritage of Wales News Blog October 2010





    Subscribe to the Heritage of Wales News Blog

    A look back at articles from the Heritage of Wales News blog, during October 2010.


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    Monday, 8 November 2010

    Digital Past 2011 New Technologies In Heritage, Interpretation & Outreach






    Mae Comisiwn Brenhinol Henebion Cymru
    yn eich gwahodd i fynychu cynhadledd yng Ngwesty’r Faenol Fawr, Bodelwyddan, mewn cydweithrediad â Chasgliad y Werin Cymru, Leica a See3D.

    Gorffennol Digidol 2011
    Technolegau newydd ym meysydd treftadaeth, dehongli ac estyn-allan
    15eg – 16eg Chwefror 2011
    Gwesty’r Faenol Fawr, Bodelwyddan, Gogledd Cymru


    Gan adeiladu ar lwyddiant yr ail gynhadledd Gorffennol Digidol yn Sain Ffagan, Caerdydd, mae Gorffennol Digidol 2011 yn cynnig deuddydd o weithgareddau a gynhelir yng ngwesty hanesyddol Faenol Fawr, Bodelwyddan, gogledd Cymru, a’r cyffiniau. Cyfunir papurau cynhadledd, seminarau, a sesiynau hyfforddi ymarferol i ymdrin â’r technegau arolygu a dehongli diweddaraf ac â’u cymhwyso’n ymarferol at ddehongli ac addysgu am dreftadaeth ar gwarchodaeth.

    Bydd y gynhadledd yn apelio at bawb sy’n gweithio yn y sector archaeolegol, y sector treftadaeth, y sector dehongli a sector yr amgueddfeydd. Bydd y sesiynau gweithdy poblogaidd yn fodd i gael hyfforddiant ymarferol gan yr arbenigwyr mewn trin cymwysiadau meddalwedd, GIS, sganio â laser a thechnegau arolygu a delweddu eraill.

    Cost cofrestru am y ddau ddiwrnod yw £48.00, gan gynnwys cinio a lluniaeth ar y ddau ddiwrnod. Bydd cofrestru ar agor cyn bo hir.

    Saesneg fydd iaith y gynhadledd. Gan fod nifer y lleoedd yn gyfyngedig, fe’ch cynghorir i gofrestru’n gynnar.

    Cofrestrwch ar-lein: www.cbhc.gov.uk

    BYDDWCH CYSTAL Â CHYLCHREDEG Y NEGES HON I UNRHYW GYDWEITHWYR A ALL FOD Â DIDDORDEB YN Y GYNHADLEDD. YMDDIHEURIADAU AM GROES-BOSTIO.

    Edrychwn ymlaen at eich croesawu i ‘Gorffennol Digidol’ yn 2011.
    Susan Fielding, Toby Driver, Angharad Williams a Tom Pert, CBHC

    Cysylltwch â Ni: Susan Fielding
    e-bost: susan.fielding[at]cbhc[d-o-t]gov[d-o-t]uk
    Ffôn: (0)1970 621 219 

    Gwefannau defnyddiol:
    Cyrraedd Gwesty’r Faenol Fawr. www.faenolfawrhotel.co.uk/location.html
    Gwefan CBHC: www.cbhc.gov.uk



    The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales invites you to attend a forthcoming seminar at Faenol Fawr Country House Hotel, Bodelwyddan, in conjunction with People’s Collection Wales, Leica and See3D entitled:

    Digital Past 2011
    New technologies in heritage, interpretation & outreach
    15th – 16th February 2011
    Faenol Fawr Country House Hotel, Bodelwyddan, North Wales


    Building on the success of the second Digital Past conference in St Fagans, Cardiff, Digital Past 2011 offers two days of events held within and around the historic Faenol Fawr Country House Hotel, Bodelwyddan. Conference papers, seminars, and practical training sessions will be combined to cover the latest technical survey and interpretation techniques and their practical application in heritage interpretation, education and conservation.

    The conference will appeal to all those working in the archaeological, heritage, interpretation and museums sectors. Popular workshop sessions allow ‘hands on’ training in software applications, GIS, laser scanning and other survey and visualisation techniques from the experts.

    Registration cost for the 2 days is £48.00, including lunch and refreshments on both days. Registration will be opening shortly.

    The conference language is English. Limited places are available and early registration is advised.

    Please register online at: www.rcahmw.gov.uk

    PLEASE CIRCULATE THIS MESSAGE TO ANY COLLEAGUES YOU FEEL MAY BE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING. APOLOGIES FOR CROSS-POSTING.

    We look forward to welcoming you to Digital Past in 2011.
    Susan Fielding, Toby Driver, Angharad Williams and Tom Pert, RCAHMW 

    Contact: Susan Fielding
    e-mail: susan.fielding[at]rcahmw[d-o-t]gov[d-o-t]uk
    Telephone: (0)1970 621 219

    Useful websites:
    Directions to Faenol Fawr. www.faenolfawrhotel.co.uk/location.html
    RCAHMW website: www.rcahmw.gov.uk 


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    Egryn Abbey Welsh Gentry Medieval Hall House





    Exterior view of Egryn, 1999.
    DI2010_0847     NPRN: 28371

    Egryn Abbey
    Llanaber, Meirionnydd

    Am resymau cymdeithasol ac ymarferol dechreuodd y ffasiwn am neuaddau agored canoloesol ddifl annu tua diwedd yr unfed ganrif ar bymtheg, ac erbyn y ganrif ddilynol cawsai llawer ohonynt eu haddasu i’w gwneud yn debycach i dai deulawr modern a gynhwysai leoedd tân a simnai. Y drefn arferol fyddai ychwanegu llawr dros y neuadd a lle tân ar hyd un o’r waliau ochr. Er i’r ‘Ailadeiladu Mawr’ hwnnw, fel y’i gelwir, ddigwydd ledled Prydain, mae’n debyg i fwy o neuaddau yng Nghymru gadw’u ffurf wreiddiol am gyfnod hwy nag a wnaeth y rhai dros y ffi n (yn wir, mae’n debyg i neuaddau agored gael eu codi’n ddiweddarach yng Nghymru hefyd).
       Mae Egryn yn enghraifft dda o addasu neuadd. Fe’i codwyd tua 1510 ac yna, ganrif yn ddiweddarach, ychwanegwyd llawr a ffenestri dormer a lle tân ochrol heb wneud fawr o niwed i’r fframwaith gwreiddiol. Nid amharodd ychwanegu adain sylweddol ati yn oes Victoria hyd yn oed ryw lawer ar y neuadd er bod yr ychwanegiad diweddarach hwnnw’n cymryd lle’r ystafelloedd gwreiddiol islaw pared y cyntedd croes.
       Mae’r addasu ar Egryn yn ddiddorol am ei fod yn dangos y newid yn agweddau pobl at ofod ar draws y canrifoedd. Tua dechrau’r unfed ganrif ar bymtheg yr oedd ar bobl eisiau neuadd agored addurnol a thrawiadol a adlewyrchai eu statws. Yn gynnar yn y ganrif ddilynol fe addaswyd y tŷ i greu rhagor o ofod preifat i’r teulu gan ychwanegu lle tân a simnai i’w wneud yn ofod mwy ymarferol. Tua 1850 fe ychwanegwyd adain newydd sy’n cyferbynnu’n fawr â maintioli a chynllun y tŷ gwreiddiol.
       Enw rhyfedd yw Egryn Abbey am nad oes yr un cofnod o fodolaeth adeilad eglwysig yma, ond cred rhai y gall ysbyty fod wedi’i godi yma yn y bedwaredd ganrif ar ddeg. Yn ddiddorol ddigon, mae dyddio’r blwyddgylchau wedi dangos i ail dŷ sylweddol gael ei godi ger yr un gwreiddiol tua 1618, yr un pryd, efallai, ag yr addaswyd y neuadd wreiddiol. Rhyw ffurf ar uned ddomestig eilaidd, a thŷ agweddi, efallai, oedd yr adeilad newydd. Erbyn heddiw, mantais fawr ychwanegu’r llawr newydd yw ei fod yn dod â’r ymwelydd yn nes at fframwaith addurnol a chysbedig y to – pleser a fyddai wedi bod yn amhosibl o weld y to o lawr isaf y neuadd.

    Houses of the Welsh Countryside, ffi gurau 53, 56b, 64a.


    Interior view of Egryn showing louvre truss, 1999.
    DI2010_0787     NPRN: 28371
    Egryn Abbey
    Llanaber, Merioneth

    Medieval open halls began to fall from fashion in the later sixteenth century in Wales for social and practical reasons, and by the seventeenth century many were modified to make them more like modern storeyed houses with chimney-fireplaces. Typically, a floor would be inserted over the hall and a fireplace would be added along one of the side walls. This ‘Great Rebuilding’, as it has become known, took place across Britain, though it appears that more halls retained their original form for a longer time in Wales than across the border (indeed, open halls seem to have been built later in Wales as well).
       Egryn is a good example of a modified hall. Built around 1510, the modifications of a century later involving inserting a floor and adding dormered windows and a lateral fireplace have done little to damage the original structure. Even the addition of a substantial Victorian wing has left the hall largely unscathed, though the later addition does replace the original rooms below the cross-passage partition.
       The modifications at Egryn are interesting as they show changing attitudes to space across the centuries – in the early sixteenth century people wanted an impressive and decorative open hall space that reflected their status. In the early seventeenth century the house was modified to create more private space for the family, and also to make it more practical with its chimney-fireplace. Around 1850 a new wing was added which contrasts strongly with the proportions and design of the original.
       The name Egryn Abbey is curious, since there is no record of any ecclesiastical building here, though some believe a fourteenth-century hospital may have been at this location. Interestingly, treering dating has established that a substantial second house was built close to the original around 1618, possibly at the same time that the original hall was being modified. This new building was some form of secondary domestic unit, possibly a dower-house. The great advantage to the modern viewer of the inserted floor is to bring you close to the decorative cusped roof structure – a delight that would have been impossible when the roof was seen only from the ground floor of the hall.

    Houses of the Welsh Countryside, figs. 53, 56b, 64a.

    Series link to last week's episode:
    Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru - Y Ty Hir - subtitles available.
    (Houses of the Welsh Countryside - The Long House)

    First Episode:
    Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru - Y Ty Neuadd - subtitles available.
    (Houses of the Welsh Countryside - The Hall House)

    Second Episode: 
    Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru - Tai Eryri - subtitles available.
    (Houses of the Welsh Countryside - The Snowdonia house)

    Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru - Bilingual Publication
    This stunningly illustrated book provides a wonderful opportunity for a better understanding of our precious architectural history – from the early Medieval House and the Longhouse to Houses of the Welsh Border, through to the Modern House and the Cottage. For the first time it features spectacular CGI images which provide unique perspective views of the Welsh house.

    Related Digital Past Links:
    Read more: Egryn Abbey www.coflein.gov.uk
    Further: Egryn Abbey Images Coflein - Discovering Our Past Online 

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    Thursday, 4 November 2010

    ABBEY: A Religious House Governed By An Abbot Or Abbess





    Royal Commission digital photographic survey of Valle Crucis Abbey, Denbighshire, 2008.
    DS2008_070_007     NPRN: 95205
    Definition of Monument Types
    ABBEY: A religious house governed by an abbot or abbess.

    Search Coflein to discover Abbey's in Wales or in your community.

    Related Religious Architecture Links:
    Read more: Valle Crucis Abbey www.coflein.gov.uk
    Further: Valle Crucis Abbey images Coflein - Discovering Our Past Online 

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    Wednesday, 3 November 2010

    Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru - Y Tŷ Hir





    General exterior view of Tyddyn Llwydion
    DI2005_0824    NPRN: 3020
    On tonights episode of Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru, Aled Samuel looks at a familiar sight in the Welsh landscape, the Long House (farmhouse and cowshed under one roof) a building of architectural and cultural significance.

    Channel: S4C
    Time: 21:00
    Date: 3 November, 2010
    Series title: Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru

    Tyddyn Llwydion a late medieval farmhouse, dated using dendochronology to 1533. Recorded by the Royal Commission before it was demolished in 2001.


    Tyddyn Llwydion, Pennnant Melangell; cutaway reconstruction drawing, as published in the RCAHMW volume, Houses and History in the Marches of Wales. Radnorshire 1400-1800, page 87, figure 85.
    DI2005_0042     NPRN: 3020
    Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru - Bilingual Publication
    This stunningly illustrated book provides a wonderful opportunity for a better understanding of our precious architectural history – from the early Medieval House and the Longhouse to Houses of the Welsh Border, through to the Modern House and the Cottage. For the first time it features spectacular CGI images which provide unique perspective views of the Welsh house.

    Series link to last weeks episode:
    Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru - Tai Eryri - subtitles available.
    (Houses of the Welsh Countryside - The Snowdonia house)

    First Episode:
    Cartrefi Cefn Gwlad Cymru - Y Ty Neuadd - subtitles available.
    (Houses of the Welsh Countryside - The Hall House)


    Related Domestic Architecture Links:
    Read more: Tyddyn Llwydion www.coflein.gov.uk
    Further: Tyddyn Llwydion images Coflein - Discovering Our Past Online 
    Review of Contents: Houses of the Welsh Countryside

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