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Friday, 23 September 2011

Kinmel Military Camp, Bodelwyddan





Did you know!

Kinmel Military Camp was a huge facility constructed during the First World War. It was served by the Kinmel Camp Railway from Foryd Junction on the North Wales main coast line from 1915. The Camp is infamous for the riot of homesick Canadian troops in 1919 awaiting de-mobilisation after World War I.

Coflein Links:
Discovering Our Past Online


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Thursday, 22 September 2011

Strategic Statement 2011-2012 • Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales





The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales is a Royal Warrant body established in 1908 and currently a Welsh Government Sponsored Body in the portfolio of the Minister for Heritage. It is directed under its Royal Warrant ‘to provide for the survey and recording of ancient and historical monuments and constructions from the earliest times (including the ancient and historical monuments in, on or under the sea bed within the United Kingdom territorial sea adjacent to Wales) by compiling, maintaining and curating the National Monuments Record of Wales as the basic national record of the archaeological and historical environment’.

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

The role of the Royal Commission
The Royal Commission’s original and continuing core functions are to investigate, understand, interpret and disseminate authoritative information about the historic environment, and to care for and maintain its own and others’ records. The resulting archive, the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW), holds over 1.5 million photographic images (the largest photographic archive in Wales), 70,000 drawings and over 50,000 current and historic maps, as well as over 3 million pages of text. This archive is a ‘place of deposit’ under the Public Records Act 1958 and open to the public. Coflein, its online information service, provides access to the collections, catalogues and a national index of sites. The Royal Commission is recognised in the UK and inter-nationally as the official body of investigation and record for the historic environment of Wales, and it provides a link to other related bodies in the UK and beyond.

Read in full: Strategic Statement 2011-12


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Datganiad Strategol 2011-2012 • Comisiwn Brenhinol Henebion Cymru





Corff a sefydlwyd ym 1908 yw Comisiwn Brenhinol Henebion Cymru ac mae ganddo Warant Frenhinol. Ar hyn o bryd, mae’n Gorff a Noddir gan Lywodraeth Cymru ac yn rhan o bortffolio’r Gweinidog dros Dreftadaeth. O dan ei Warant Frenhinol fe’i cyfarwyddir i ‘ddarparu ar gyfer arolygu a chofnodi henebion ac adeiladweithiau hanesyddol o’r cyfnod cynharaf (gan gynnwys yr henebion a’r adeiladweithiau yng ngwely’r môr, arno neu oddi tano o fewn moroedd tiriogaethol y Deyrnas Unedig ger Cymru) trwy gywain, cynnal a churaduro Cofnod Henebion Cenedlaethol Cymru fel y cofnod cenedlaethol sylfaenol o’r amgylchedd archeolegol a hanesyddol’.

Datganiad Cenhadaeth
Comisiwn Brenhinol Henebion Cymru yw’r corff ymchwilio a’r archif cenedlaethol ar gyfer amgylchedd hanesyddol Cymru. Ganddo ef y mae’r rôl arweiniol o ran sicrhau y caiff treftadaeth archaeolegol, adeiledig ac arforol Cymru ei chofnodi’n awdurdodol, a chais hyrwyddo gwerthfawrogi’r dreftadaeth honno yn y wlad hon ac yn rhyngwladol.

Rôl y Comisiwn Brenhinol
Craidd swyddogaethau gwreiddiol a pharhaus y Comisiwn Brenhinol yw ymchwilio i’r amgylchedd hanesyddol, ei ddeall, ei ddehongli a lledaenu gwybodaeth awdurdodol amdano, gofalu am ei gofnodion ei hun a chofnodion cyrff eraill, a’u cynnal a’u cadw. Mae’r archif sy’n deillio o hynny, Cofnod Henebion Cenedlaethol Cymru (CHCC), yn cynnwys dros 1.5 miliwn o ddelweddau ffotograffig (yr archif ffotograffig mwyaf yng Nghymru), 70,000 o luniadau a thros 50,000 o fapiau cyfredol a hanesyddol yn ogystal â thros 3 miliwn o dudalennau o destun. Mae’n ‘fan adneuo’ o dan Ddeddf Cofnodion Cyhoeddus 1958 ac yn agored i’r cyhoedd yn ddyddiol. Mae Coflein, ei wasanaeth gwybodaeth ar-lein, yn darparu mynediad i’r casgliadau, i’r catalogau ac i fynegai cenedlaethol o safleoedd. Cydnabyddir y Comisiwn Brenhinol yn y Deyrnas Unedig ac yn rhyngwladol fel y corff swyddogol sy’n arolygu ac yn cofnodi amgylchedd hanesyddol Cymru, ac mae’n ddolen gyswllt â chyrff cysylltiedig eraill yn y Deyrnas Unedig a thu hwnt.

Darllen yn llawn: Datganiad Strategol 2011-12


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Friday, 16 September 2011

Welsh Countryside and Coastal Management Fair - Royal Commission





RCAHMW colour oblique aerial photograph of Llannerchaeron House taken on 24/05/2004

The Royal Commission will be at the Welsh Countryside and Coastal Management Fair at Llanerchaeron on 29th September 2011. Come along to see our stall and chat with staff from the Royal Commission.


RCAHMW colour transparency showing detail of early wallpaper at Llannerchaeron

"NATUR and the National Trust will be holding the first fair of its kind in Wales.

Whether you are considering a career in the countryside, our living environment, or are already involved in this broad profession, our event will have something new for you. The purpose is to showcase the countryside and conservation professions, and the fair will be an opportunity for field-based staff, rangers and wardens, heritage managers and visitor/interpretation staff in countryside and conservation to see and discuss different techniques, equipment and experiences from different parts of Wales. The fair will highlight the range of good work being carried out by staff in the whole variety of organizations across Wales."


Programme for the day:
9.30 a.m to 4.30 p.m., Thursday 29th September 2011
A programme of lectures and training events include:
Presentations, field lectures and excursions and guided walks.

Details of the event can be found at:
Natur website http://natur.org.uk/welsh-wildlife-and-countryside-management-fair/

Location details:
Llanerchaeron
Ciliau Aeron, near Aberaeron, Ceredigion SA48 8DG
Telephone: 01545 570200
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-llanerchaeron.htm


Llanerchaeron, Coflein Links:
Discovering Our Past Online
 
Llanerchaeron House
 Llanerchaeron Garden
 Llanerchaeron Walled Garden

Another site of interest includes Wig-wen-fach, a precious survival of vernacular building tradition.

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Monday, 12 September 2011

Glamorgan Family History Show 2011 - Merthyr Tydfil





The Royal Commission at the Glamorgan Family History Show in Merthyr Tydfil.
On Saturday 10 September, two members of staff at the Royal Commission enjoyed a very successful day attending the Glamorgan Family History Show in Merthyr Tydfil. During the day, 175 members of the public visited the exhibition stand and many enjoyed informative discussions with both Frances and Helen, learning about the online resources of Coflein www.coflein.gov.uk and all the work achieved by the People’s Collection Wales www.peoplescollectionwales.co.uk in encouraging people to add their photos and memories to the online archive. The show was opened by Councillor Paul Brown, Mayor of Merthyr Tydfil who was accompanied by Miss Crawshay in her fine period dress.

Miss Crawshay in her fine period dress.
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Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Best-preserved Medieval Town In Wales





Richard animatedly describing the Aberconwy House, the oldest town house.
On Thursday 1 of September, Senior Investigator Richard Suggett led a tour of the Edwardian borough town of Conwy for a group of members from the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain http://www.sahgb.org.uk. In an afternoon of beautiful sunshine, Richard enthusiastically led the group around many of Conwy’s most notable sites. These included Plas Mawr (nprn:16754), often described as the “finest Elizabethan townhouse in Britain”, Aberconwy House (nprn: 25978), dated 1417-20 by the RCAHMW and the intricately ornate, fine sixteenth-century rood screen from St. Mary and All Saints’ Church, which was built upon the site of the twelfth-century Cistercian Aberconwy Abbey (nprn:43768). The tour also included a walk of the city walls which also took in the delights of the little-known derelict cock-pit in York Street and ever-popular Smallest House in Britain. An excellent afternoon was enjoyed by all, who later agreed with Richard that the historical wealth of the town surely makes it one of the best-preserved walled medieval towns in Britain today.

An encounter  at the Smallest  House in Great Britain.
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Thursday, 1 September 2011

Essential National Treasure House - Royal Commission





Non Jenkins receiving her box of chocolates from the Open Day prize-draw.

Held on Wednesday, 27th July the Royal Commission Open Day was a very-well attended event. Throughout the day, a constant stream of visitors came to the offices at Plascrug in Aberystwyth, to listen to talks, attend a variety of tours and demonstrations and view the vast range of photographs, maps and original drawings taken from the archive and on display. Satisfaction with the day was unanimous with 100% of visitors reporting that they enjoyed the day, with 85% marking their feed-back questionnaires with the maximum score for enjoyment of the day as being, “very much”. Interestingly, in addition to the many local people attending the day, we also had visitors from all over Wales including the Vale of Glamorgan, Caernarfon, Welshpool, Lampeter and Wrexham and even as far afield as Cannock in Staffordshire and Somerset. Overall, an excellent day was enjoyed by all with such positive praise as “fascinating”, “exceptional” “diddorol, addysgiadol, agoriad llygad” (interesting, educational and eye-opener) and “essential national Treasure house” being attributed to the Royal Commission. Hopefully next year’s event will prove equally successful!


Visitors to the Royal Commission's library

Toby Driver gives a talk on aerial photography

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