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Wednesday, 6 November 2013

News from our Community Archaeologists: Archive research, Surveying and ‘The Big Draw’





Kimberly and I have been really busy recently so I thought it was time to update you all on our activities.

Last Thursday we helped on the ‘The Big Draw’ event here at the Royal Commission organised by The People’s Collection Wales and Britain From Above projects. Primary school pupils were asked to draw what they thought Aberystwyth would look like in the future and used aerial photos taken in the 1930s, and more recently, to see changes to date. They drew using different materials, in the style of two artists whose collections are held in the National Monuments Record: Falcon Hildred and R.E. Kaye. Local Welsh Baccalaureate students helped to prepare the material and the finished work will soon be uploaded onto the Peoples Collection Wales. The children came up with some really fantastic ideas including a big waterslide into the sea, chocolate factories, a gigantic football pitch, theme parks, haunted houses and outdoor swimming pools. Many opted to keep the castle and graveyard!







We have visited the National Library of Wales to learn about archive and family history research, as well as the Ceredigion Record Office to see and obtain information on the variety of records they hold. These visits were essential to us as we start to plan our forthcoming projects in Borth and Ynyslas. In Borth, I am planning to carry out census research on gravestone information and undertake a community audit, town trail and selected site surveys.

Our training with Royal Commission staff continues and we have been learning how to carry out building surveys using the Reflectorless Total Station and TheoLT. We have also started learning Welsh which I am really enjoying. It has already been useful for basic conversations and will be crucial for outreach with communities as well as introductions at events.

Sarahjayne and Kimberly learning how to use a Total Station.



I have also had the valuable opportunity to work shadow a colleague at the Ceredigion Museum who is working with Welsh Baccalaureate students setting up an exhibition on entertainment, what they do now and what people have done in the past. This will be fantastic to see when it is finished and something that Kimberly and I will be continuing to help with.

By Sarahjayne Clements.

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