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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Dates for Your Diary: A Warm Welcome to All

18 February, National Library of Wales lunchtime talk by Royal Commission architectural historian, Richard Suggett, on Snowdonian Houses in context. To be held at 1.15pm in the Drwm of the National Library of Wales. Free admission by ticket. For tickets and further information, please contact

19 February, Stapledon Society, 7.45pm. A talk by Royal Commission aerial archaeologist, Dr Toby Driver, on Light, lasers and cropmarks: Aerial archaeology and discovery in Wales, to the Stapledon Society, A14 Hugh Owen Building, Aberystwyth University Penglais Campus.

21 February, CPRW Llanidloes, 2pm. An illustrated talk by Royal Commission photographer Iain Wright, on Location Photography: a privileged life, at Plas Dolerw, Newtown.

21 February, Sir John Rhŷs Joint Conference held in partnership with Aberystwyth University, National Library of Wales and the Royal Commission, 10am–4.30pm. At 3.30pm, Richard Suggett will be speaking on Sir John Rhŷs and the foundation of the Royal Commission. This is the first of two conferences celebrating the achievements of Sir John Rhŷs first chairman of the Royal Commission, and famous Welsh philologist and folk-loreist. The conference will be held in the Seddon Room, Old College, Aberystwyth.

7 March, Carmarthenshire Archaeology Day organised by Dyfed Archaeological Trust, 10am–4.30pm. The Royal Commission will be supporting this event with an exhibition stand and a member of staff. The event will be held in the Lliedi Suite, Selwyn Samuel Centre, Llanelli. For further details please contact:

11 March, Borth Branch of the Royal British Legion, 7pm. A talk by Royal Commission military expert, Medwyn Parry, on World War I remains in Wales, at Borth Community Hall, Borth.

11 March, Aberystwyth and District Civic Society, 7.30pm. A talk by Royal Commission archaeologist, Louise Barker, on Welsh Slate and World Heritage, looking forward to the Royal Commission’s forthcoming publication: Welsh Slate: Archaeology and History of an Industry. This will be held in St. David’s Presbyterian Church Hall, Bath Street, Aberystwyth.

29 April, Spring Seminar of the Brecon & Radnor branch of The Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales (CPRW), 2.30pm. A talk by Royal Commission senior archaeologist, David Leighton, on Archaeology and the Welsh Landscape, at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre, Rhayader, Powys, LD6 5HP.

9 May, The Big Welsh Walk: The Source of the Usk. Guided walk in partnership with Ramblers Cymru and Cadw. This walk will take in the upper reaches of the River Usk as far as its source (below the cliffs of Fan Brycheiniog and Bannau Sir Gaer) and the far eastern side of Mynydd Du. Sites of the prehistoric, Roman, medieval & later periods can be seen along this route. Meet at 10.30 am at the parking and picnic area at Pont ar Wysg at SN82002715. This is an energetic walk that will require determined application and a good level of fitness. Places are limited. For further details and booking, please contact:, Tel: 01970 621248.

16 May, Family and Local History Fair at National Library of Wales 10am–4pm. Organised by the Association of Family History Societies of Wales and Cardiganshire Family History Society, this event will host a wide variety of stalls – family and local history societies, military, maps, books, old postcards, as well as a stand from the Royal Commission. Come and discover more about where our ancestors lived, worked and worshipped in Wales.

Festival of British Archaeology, 11─26 July
Events to be confirmed.

Royal Commission travelling exhibitions

Inside Welsh Homes is a successful travelling exhibition of images drawn from the Royal Commission’s unique visual archive of the architecture and archaeology of Wales. It offers a privileged glimpse inside Welsh homes over time, from cottages to country houses, and from medieval hall-houses to post-war pre-fabs. The exhibition is a tour of the most distinctive rooms of Welsh houses past and present ranging from living rooms, kitchens, dining rooms, bathrooms, bedrooms and lofts, to libraries.
  • Aberystwyth Arts Centre, 11 April – 6 June 2015

Britain from Above: Wales is the Royal Commission’s travelling exhibition of the oldest and most intriguing of the Aerofilms historic aerial photographs. The Aerofilms Collection is a unique archive of one million aerial photographs dating from 1919 to 2006. With photographs drawn from across Wales, this exhibition of unfamiliar images of familiar places will encourage audiences to explore the meaning and impact of change, place and memory.
  • Aberystwyth Arts Centre, 21 March – 16 May 2015
  • Plas Llanerchaeron, Aberaeron, 20 July – 25 September 2015
  • Swansea City Library, 20 July – 14 September 2015
  • Rhyl Library, 18 September – 30 October 2015

Worktown: The Drawings of Falcon Hildred is a panel-based exhibition of the work of Falcon Hildred, the highly accomplished landscape artist from Blaenau Ffestiniog. Since the late 1950s, Falcon Hildred’s mission has been to make a visual record of the buildings of a disappearing industrial culture, which he calls collectively “worktown”. His meticulous and highly evocative drawings of mills, factories, quarries, workers’ houses, libraries, chapels and many other sites and buildings capture the industrial age in all its grimy vitality.
  • Maenofferen Centre, Blaenau Ffestiniog, 6 February – 22 April 2015

For further information on any of these events, please visit the Home page of our website

or contact Nicola Roberts, Public Engagement Officer:, Tel: 01970 621248.

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