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Happy New Year from all of us on the Pendinas Project!

The New Year is in full swing, and we’ve got a lot of exciting and interesting events lined up for you. We’ve organised a Winter Lecture Series that will start in February and end in mid-March that will be focusing on the history and archaeology of Penparcau and Ceredigion. All lectures will be held at the Hwb in Penparcau from 6.30pm until 8pm and we will be providing refreshments – it’s the perfect opportunity to take shelter from the cold while enjoying a cuppa and listening to our local history!

Poster showing order of the Pendinas Project’s Winter Lecture Series. Crown Copyright: RCAHMW
Poster showing order of the Pendinas Project’s Winter Lecture Series.
Crown Copyright: RCAHMW

Here’s the order of each lecture along with the names of the speakers and their subjects:

  • 01/02/24 – Helen Palmer, Ceredigion Archives, will discuss the history of Penparcau in her talk ‘Penparcau in the Archives’.
  • 15/02/24 – Martin Bates, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, will talk about prehistoric changes in the landscape of Cardigan Bay using the Portalis Project as an example in his talk ‘Prehistoric Landscape Changes in Cardigan Bay’.
  • 29/02/24 – Jon Dollery, RCAHMW, will show historic maps of Penparcau, Pendinas and Aberystwyth, and will discuss the Deep Mapping Estate Archives and the Historical Atlas of Anglesey projects in his talk ‘Mapping the Maps!’.
  • 14/03/24 – Toby Driver, RCAHMW, discusses the invisible archaeology of Ceredigion and how we can discover lost monuments from the sky in his talk ‘The Hidden Archaeology of Ceredigion’.

Come and enjoy these lectures to learn more about our local history and archaeology in Ceredigion with free refreshments!

Nanteos Estate Map 1819. Crown Copyright RCAHMW
Nanteos Estate Map 1819. Crown Copyright RCAHMW

In addition to these four talks we have also organised a few creative sessions. On Saturday, 10th  February, local ecologist Chloe Griffiths will be leading two sessions to create your own map of Pendinas while looking at old maps of the area that showcase what is significant to us. We will also study the painting of Pendinas by artist Maria Hayes and consider how she uses oral history, wildlife records and artefacts in her art. We will share our own memories and connections with Pendinas and create a map that represents our personal history with this monument. The first session will last from 10am – 12.30pm, and the second session will last from 1.30pm – 4pm. It will be a day to remember where we can create custom maps showcasing our favourite memories of this special hillfort. If you would like to book your place in one of these workshops, please book your place now:


Example of lino print by attendee at our last linocut printing session in October 2023. Crown Copyright RCAHMW
Example of lino print by attendee at our last linocut printing session in October 2023.
Crown Copyright RCAHMW

Following the great success of the first, we have also organised another lino cut printing workshop! This workshop will take place at the Hwb in Penparcau from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 2nd March 2024 and will be led by local artist Charlotte Baxter. Lino printing is a printing technique where a drawing is carved in a block of lino and ink is placed on the surface. The lino is then pressed on to paper revealing your design! Charlotte’s work is inspired by nature, and she is drawn to places where water meets the land – Pendinas Hillfort, with its dramatic landscape and thriving wildlife, is therefore an ideal place to experiment with this technique! You can create your Pendinas print with us! Please bring your own packed lunch and drinks as refreshments cannot be provided. There are only 12 spaces available in this free workshop, so if you would like to get involved, please follow this link to reserve your place NOW as places really are limited!

One attendee from the last lino printing session holding a tote bag with her design printed on to it. Crown Copyright RCAHMW
One attendee from the last lino printing session holding a tote bag with her design printed on to it. Crown Copyright RCAHMW

If you have any questions or would like any further details, please get in touch with me: beca.davies@rcahmw.gov.uk

We look forward to seeing you there!

Beca Davies, Community Outreach Officer Pendinas Project

24/01/2024

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