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Thursday, 27 May 2010

Tŷ Mawr's 550th Birthday

The largest restored medieval aisled hall in Wales celebrates its 550th anniversary this year with a series of special weekend events.

Tŷ Mawr near Castle Caereinon is also featured in an upcoming television documentary to mark the event.

Find out more:
Marking medieval Tŷ Mawr's 550th birthday
Tŷ Mawr Coflein Site Details
Tŷ Mawr is a rare surviving example of a Medieval Aisled Hall House.
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Fishguard Capel Day

The latest Capel meeting was held at Fishguard on Saturday, May 8th  and attended by members of RCAHMW working on the Chapel project. As appropriate in this strongly Baptist, the day commenced with a talk on ‘The Welsh Baptist Heritage in West Pembrokeshire’ by the Reverend D Carl Williams, minister at Hermon Welsh Baptist Chapel. This was followed by a short introduction to history of chapel organs and well received organ recital, both held in Hermon, before an opportunity to tour the chapel (NPRN 10937   

After lunch, there was a tour of some of the most notable chapels in the town including Tabernacle Independent Chapel (NPRN 10935,,  Pentowr Calvinist Methodist chapel (NPRN 30047, and Bethel English Baptist Chapel (NPRN 10936, . More unusually, there was a visit to St Mary The Virgin Anglican Church (NPRN 193,, marked out for its non-conformist architect, whose religious views to an extent are reflected in the layout of the church. Within the churchyard can also be seen the memorial stone to  Jemima Nicholas ‘The Welsh Heroine’ , who marched to defeat the French invading Fishguard in 1797. The day, as usual, ended with a spectacular tea prepared by the ladies of Hermon Chapel.

The next Capel Meeting will be held in Wrexham on Saturday, 9th October. For more details of membership and dates of further meetings, as well as downloadable newsletters and publication  visit the Capel website at For more details of the RCAHMW Chapels Project contact the Royal Commission at

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Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Medieval Remains Buried at Eisteddfod Maes

"As workers were digging a hole to lay a pipe, they came across two ditches believed by experts to be either a ditch surrounding the remains of a small hamlet or medieval drove way,” said Aled Siôn, Director of the Urdd National Eisteddfod. “Naturally, work came to a halt and we had to change our plans pretty quickly and no pipes will be laid in that part of the Maes so as not to disturb the remains.

Dig With a Difference at Urdd Eisteddfod Site
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Wednesday, 12 May 2010

The Welsh Cottage - Seminar and Book Launch

mewn cysylltiad ag Amgueddfa Cymru

Y Bwthyn Cymreig
Seminar a lansiad llyfr
Sefydliad Gweithwyr Oakdale, Amgueddfa Werin Sain Ffagan, Sain Ffagan, Caerdydd Dydd Llun 24 Mai 2010

Bydd y seminar yn ymchwilio i hanes a chadwraeth y bwthyn traddodiadol, un o nodweddion mwyaf arbennig tirwedd Cymru. Er bod miloedd o fythynnod wedi mynd i ebargofiant dros y ganrif ddiwethaf, dysgwyd llawer iawn wrth astudio’r adeiladau sydd wedi goroesi ac wrth gofnodi rhai eraill cyn iddynt ddarfod o’r tir. Er bod cryn her yn wynebu’r rhai sy’n ceisio sicrhau cadwraeth bythynnod traddodiadol a chadw gwybodaeth am fywydau’r sawl a’u cododd ac a fu’n byw ynddynt, mae’r adeiladau diymhongar hyn yn dal i wneud cyfraniad pwysig i arbenigrwydd lleol ac i ddiwylliant Cymru. Y seminar hwn fydd achlysur lansio arolwg mawr newydd o’r pwnc gan y Gweinidog dros Dreftadaeth, Alun Ffred Jones AC –

Y Bwthyn Cymreig. Arferion adeiladu tlodion y Gymru wledig, 1750-1900
gan Eurwyn Wiliam

10:30 Cofrestru a choffi
11:00 Gair o groeso gan Dr Peter Wakelin (y Comisiwn Brenhinol) a Dr John Williams-Davies (Amgueddfa Cymru)
11:15 Dr Eurwyn Wiliam (Cadeirydd y Comisiwn Brenhinol): Y Bwthyn Cymreig: rhai myfyrdodau
12:00 Taith dywys o waith a bythynnod clom a thoeon gwellt yn Sain Ffagan dan arweiniad Dr Gerallt Nash (Amgueddfa Werin Sain Ffagan)
12:40 Anerchiad gan y Gweinidog dros Dreftadaeth, Alun Ffred Jones AC
13:00 Egwyl cinio: mae mannau arlwyo ar gael yn yr Amgueddfa Werin
14:00 Paul Sambrook (Trysor): Atseiniau o’r Gorffennol
14:30 Judith Alfrey (Cadw): Gofalu am y Bwthyn Cymreig
15:00 Panel o siaradwyr: cadwraeth a defnyddio bythynnod a diogelu technegau traddodiadol – ffyrdd ymlaen
16:00 Te a chloi

Bydd arddangosfa o waith y Comisiwn Brenhinol yno. Bydd copïau o Y Bwthyn Cymreig a chopïau o gyhoeddiadau eraill y Comisiwn Brenhinol ar gael a bydd disgownt o 10% ar eu pris.

I archebu lle’n rhad ac am ddim yn y seminar, cysylltwch â Lilwen Jones yn y cyfeiriad isod neu ar 01970 621200 neu lilwen.jones[AT]

Gan fod nifer y lleoedd yn gyfyngedig, fe’ch cynghorir i archebu lle’n gynnar.

Related Links:
Y Bwthyn Cymreig


in association with Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales

The Welsh Cottage
Seminar and Book Launch
Oakdale Workmen’s Institute, St Fagans National History Museum, St Fagans, Cardiff Monday 24 May 2010

This seminar will explore the history and conservation of the traditional cottage, one of the most distinctive features of the Welsh landscape. Thousands of examples have been lost over the past century, but a great deal has been learned from studying cherished surviving buildings or recording others before they were lost forever. Challenges exist for those seeking to conserve traditional cottages and maintain knowledge about the lives of the people who built them and lived in them. However, these humble buildings continue to make an important contribution to local distinctiveness and to the culture of Wales. The seminar will be the occasion of the official launch, by the Minister for Heritage, Alun Ffred Jones AM, of a major new survey of the subject –

The Welsh Cottage. Building traditions of the rural poor, 1750-1900
by Eurwyn Wiliam

10:30 Registration and coffee
11:00 Welcome address by Dr Peter Wakelin (Royal Commission) and Dr John Williams-Davies (Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales)
11:15 Dr Eurwyn Wiliam (Chairman, Royal Commission): The Welsh Cottage: some reflections
12:00 Guided tour of clom and thatch work and cottages at St Fagans led by Dr Gerallt Nash (St Fagans National History Museum)
12:40 Address by the Minister for Heritage, Alun Ffred Jones AM
13:00 Lunch break: catering outlets are available at the National History Museum
14:00 Paul Sambrook (Trysor): Atseiniau o’r Gorffennol / Echoes of the Past
14:30 Judith Alfrey (Cadw): Caring for the Welsh Cottage
15:00 Panel of speakers: conservation and use of cottages and preservation of traditional techniques – ways forward
16:00 Tea and close

There will be an exhibition of the work of the Royal Commission. The Welsh Cottage and other Royal Commission publications will be available at a 10% discount.

For a place at the seminar, which is free of charge, please contact Lilwen Jones at the address below or on 01970 621200 or at: lilwen.jones[AT]

As places are limited, you are advised to book early.

Related Links:
The wonders of the Welsh Cottage
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Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Llafur Day School on 19 June 2010

The next Llafur event will be held on Saturday 19 June 2010 at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwth between 10am and 4pm.  The day school on Victorian Wales will celebrate the 90th birthday of Llafur's President, Ieuan Gwynedd Jones. The event is being organised in conjunction with Ceredigion Historical Society and speakers include Ryland Wallace, Russell Davies, Geraint Jenkins, Paul O'Leary and Richard Ireland.  To reserve your free place, please contact me.  Email: s.f.williams[AT]

The following events might be of interest: 

'Biography and identity in the making of British radicals' on Saturday, 22 May 2010, Swansea Museum.  This is a one-day conference in commemoration of the life and work of Nina Fishman, late Honorary Research Professor at Swansea University, also marking the Swansea launch of Nina's Arthur Horner:
A Political Biography (Lawrence and Wishart, 2010).  Further details are attached or are available from Professor Chris Williams, Swansea University.

On Saturday 12 June 2010, a one-day conference 'Swansea and the Second World War' will be held at Swansea Museum to mark the publication of The Swansea Wartime Diary of Laurie Latchford, 1940-41, edited by Kate Elliott Jones and Wendy Cope and published by the South Wales Record Society.  Further details are attached or are available from Professor Chris Williams, Swansea University.  Email: christopher.m.williams[AT]

Also, the Chartist Annual Conference will be held at the Sorbonne in July.
For further details, please see:

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Thursday, 6 May 2010

Translate Page Text From English Into Welsh

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You can now read the Heritage in Wales News blog in Welsh, thanks to the Google translate. No matter what page you are viewing, clicking the Cymraeg link above, will translate the page from English into Welsh.

The following code was used:
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+ window.location.href;" >Cymraeg</a>
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Wednesday, 5 May 2010

New Heritage Trail In North Montgomeryshire

From May 2010 a new heritage trail will guide visitors through north Montgomeryshire and reveal some of Wales's best kept secrets.

The buildings on the Heritage Trail are: Pendref Chapel and St Myllin's Church, Llanfyllin; Christ Church, Bwlch-y-cibau; the Ann Griffiths Memorial Chapel, Dolanog; Hen Capel John Hughes, Pontrobert; St Tysilio & St Mary's, Meifod; St Michael's, Llanfihangel-yng-ngwynfa; St Wddyn's and Sardis Chapel, Llanwddyn; St Dogfan's and Capel Seion, Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant; St Silin's, Llansilin; St Ffraid's, Llansanffraid; St Garmon's, Llanfechain; St Cedwyn's, Llangedwyn and St Melangell's, Pennant Melangell.

Launch event date, the Living Stones Heritage Day, held in Llanfyllin on Saturday, 22 May.

Further Links of Interest:
New trail reveals Montgomeryshire's hidden heritage from BBC
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Wedi 7 Talkes To Eurwyn Wiliam Writer Of The Welsh Cottage

A thatched tyddyn, Swtan, Church Bay, Anglesey. In this pre- 1940 photograph the roofs of both the cottage and the nearest outbuilding are tied down to the gables. 
By permission of Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, NMW DF106409.
Wedi 7 talkes to Eurwyn Wiliam, Chairman of the Royal Commission and writer of its new book 'The Welsh Cottage', interview takes place from a thatched cottage, Swtan, Church Bay, Anglesey, now the only thatched building remaining on the island. Also a chat with a builder/restorer from Llyn.

On S4C 7pm Thursday 2010/05/06

Also see:
Y Bwthyn Cymreig: Arferion adeiladu tlodion y Gymru wledig 1750-1900
The Welsh Cottage: Building traditions of the rural poor 1750-1900

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