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Thursday, 29 January 2015

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





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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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

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






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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Monday, 26 January 2015

Minecraft comes to Digital Past






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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Friday, 23 January 2015

Presenting the Europa Barbarorum Project at Digital Past 2015







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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Thursday, 22 January 2015

DigVentures at Digital Past 2015






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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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Llŷn Crowd Sourcing Project to be showcased at Digital Past







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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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Cartooning the First World War





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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