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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

The Adoration of the Magi





The west window at St. Deiniol’s Church in Hawarden, Flintshire, showing the Adoration of the Magi.
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This window is at St Deiniol’s Chuch in Hawarden, Flintshire. It depicts the Adoration of the Magi, and was designed by Sir Edward Burne-Jones (1833 – 98).

Detail of the window,
showing the Virgin Mary,
the infant Jesus and angels.

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Burne-Jones was a British artist and designer who was heavily involved with the renaissance of stained glass art in Britain in the late nineteenth century. He was also a founding partner of the hugely influential decorative arts company Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co. in 1861, alongside William Morris, Charles Faulkner, Peter Paul Marshall, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Ford Madox Brown and Phillip Webb. The company reformed as Morris & Co. in 1875, and many of its designs are still in use in decorative furnishings of homes today.

This window is characteristic of the stained glass designs produced by Burne-Jones: his mastery of drapery, his flowing tracery and the host of angels in attendance here are typical of his style.

Detail of the window, showing the Magi bringing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
DI2005_0594, NPRN 310514

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Friday, 14 December 2012

Maritime Visualisation: The Scapa Flow Project





Maritime Visualisation: The Scapa Flow Project.

Mike Postons, director at 3Deep Media is confirmed as a keynote speaker at Digital Past 2013. Mike will be talking about developments in digital recording and modelling of underwater heritage sites, and the public outputs that can be considered in terms of visualisation. One of the projects that will be showcased is the exemplar Scapa Flow Historic Wreck Site, showing how mapping and modelling of historic wrecks can be used in exciting public interest in maritime heritage.

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Thursday, 13 December 2012

Piloting the Internet - Penparcau Community Education Centre





Learning about Britain from Above at the Penparcau Community Education Centre.

On Friday 7th December the Britain from Above event; Piloting the Internet came to Penparcau Community Education Centre. There were two sessions showing people how to use the website to interact with the online collection of aerial photographs taken by Aerofilms Ltd between 1919-1953, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. We had a small but enthusiastic number who joined in on each session.

The structure of the sessions began with a short introductory talk about the project, the origins of the collection and what we’re hoping to achieve with the website. This was followed by an interactive presentation on how to use all the website’s features, with the attendees following the presentation online, exploring and making the most of the site. Several attendees in the afternoon were initially very hesitant using the computer and trying out the website as they had very limited IT experienced. By the end of the session they were enthusiastically browsing the site and searching for locations they had lived in over the years. They were especially impressed with some of the images of the Edgbaston campus in Birmingham as it had looked in the 1920s, long before land was developed around it.

Picture of Edgbaston campus, Brimingham,
from the Aerofilms Collection.
There were also selections of prints from the website alongside more modern images taken of the same places. Everyone enjoyed discussing the changes over time, while enjoying tea, biscuits and mince pies!

We had a few technical difficulties along the way with the PowerPoint presentation freezing for a while but this allowed me to discuss in more detail the vast opportunities of the project. All in all, though a quiet day in terms of numbers, the people who came were very interested and came from a range of backgrounds such as the U3A and the mayor’s office and were keen to take back what they had learnt and pass it on to their friends, families and colleagues. The help packs produced to hand out proved very popular, with people keen to show off the website, and use it as their own reference guide, when they are at home and while helping as a virtual volunteer for us!

Get involved with the Britain from Above project here: www.britainfromabove.org.uk
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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Smartphones - The Future Of Heritage Interpretation?





Andrew Kerry-Bedell of KB consultants and IT's in Conservation will be at Digital Past 2013 to talk about the use of smartphone technology in providing mobile interpretation to audiences at heritage sites. The key points of Andrew's paper will be:
  • The smartphone revolution and user trends
  • QR Codes, NFC Tags, Augmented Reality and other mobile interpretation
  • Mobile interpretation research – the South Downs National Trail experience
  • Making mobile based interpretation work for everyone – practical guidelines
  • Discussion– lessons learnt from recent projects and questions

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Monday, 10 December 2012

Upland Survey Reports On The Web





Corn Du Burial Site and Pen y Fan. A winter landscape looking east.

Survey reports arising from the Royal Commission’s uplands archaeology project can now be viewed on our website. Reports for the first ten years of the project have been drawn together in a single report, while the last ten years have been arranged by year.

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Thursday, 6 December 2012

Inside Welsh Homes Book Launch Success





Visitors to the Royal Commission enjoying talks by authors Richard Suggett and Rachael Barnwell.

Last night, 5th December, despite the cold, many people turned out for the launch of the Royal Commission’s latest book, Y Tu Mewn i Gartrefi Cymru / Inside Welsh Homes. Visitors enjoyed two lively talks by the authors, Richard Suggett and Rachael Barnwell on the history of the home in Wales. After book signings and refreshed by festive mince-pies and mulled fruit juice they were able to view in our library and search room, displays of original archive material from our extensive collections held by the National Monuments Record of Wales. A slideshow of images from the book are currently available on the BBC Wales website: Capturing life inside Welsh homes.


Original documents and photographs on display,
held by the Royal Commission's archive the National Monuments Record of Wales.

View extra images of the event on the Royal Commission's Facebook page.

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