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Friday, 27 July 2012

Royal Commission’s Open Day Success

Royal Commission investigator, Louise Barker demonstarting survey equipment to children from St Padarn's Primary School
The Royal Commission’s annual Open Day on 18 July brought several hundred visitors to Plas Crug for a feast of archaeology, architecture, and local history. Guests included Mark Williams MP and Dylan Lewis, Mayor of Aberystwyth.
Royal Commission chaiman, Dr Eurwyn Wiliam with Dylan Lewis ,mayor of Abersytwyth

Mark Williams perusing  the photos from the  Britain From Above project with Natasha Scullion
 Two large contingents from St Padarn’s and Comins Coch Primary Schools created a wonderful atmosphere as specially-prepared children’s activities combined learning with fun. The lectures and hi-tech demonstrations were – as always – well attended by the adults.  There were talks on Cottage Architecture by Dr Eurwyn Wiliam (RCAHMW’s Chairman) on Animating the Welsh Slate Industry by Spencer Smith which highlighted the work undertaken by the Royal Commission for the international Atlanterra partnership project.  Dr Toby Driver introduced the Royal Commission’s latest lavishly illustrated and bi-lingual publication on Cymru Hanesyddol o’r Awyr: Historic Wales From the Air.

Hardy enthusiasts enjoying the guided walk of aberystwyth Promenade and Castle
One of the highlights of the day for those architectural and archaeological enthusiasts with stamina and stout shoes was a marathon tour of Aberystwyth castle and promenade led by David Browne and Richard Suggett of RCAHMW.  Local historian, Barbara Walker of Glandyfi, said afterwards that the sea front will never seem the same again after this enjoyable tour which highlighted the remarkable ups and downs of the promenade from 1790 to the present.

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