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Cardiff Bay: A Constantly Changing Environment, Part II

August 10, 2018

  Earlier this week, a blogpost discussed how the constantly changing buildings of Butetown tell the story of the Bay across the nineteenth century. Thi ...

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Discover Dinas Dinlle Hillfort near Caernarfon: a guided walk led by CHERISH archaeologists and geographers

August 9, 2018

  Learn about the history, legends and landscape of this special place, and hear about the latest research undertaken to investigate the impact of clima ...

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The Commissioner for Public Appointments

Appointment of a Chair (Welsh Essential) and Commissioners (Two Posts)

August 8, 2018

[row] [column lg="6" md="6" sm="6" xs="6" ]            [/column]           Remuneration: Chair: £256 per da ...

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Cardiff Bay: A Constantly Changing Environment, Part I

August 6, 2018

Cardiff Bay’s instantly recognisable waterfront, with the deep red Pierhead Building surrounded by the curving lines and sharp angles of its more recent neigh ...

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Bulletin of Newly Catalogued Material – July 2018

July 31, 2018

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives and Library Bulletin which lists all newly catalogued material. ...

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Flying high – Royal Commission crop mark discoveries to feature on The One Show

July 23, 2018

Last Tuesday, after weeks of photographing an unprecedented number of newly-emerging crop marks of long-forgotten archaeological sites in Wales, the Royal Commi ...

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Cropmarks of Wales – Explore Online!

July 17, 2018

During the last week the Royal Commission has been inundated with media enquiries regarding recent discoveries during this unprecedented heatwave. Our aerial ph ...

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Royal Commission Archive & Library Bulletin of Newly Catalogued Material – June 2018

July 13, 2018

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives and Library Bulletin which lists all newly catalogued material. ...

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Wales-wide drought reveals further lost archaeological monuments

July 11, 2018

As the drought across Wales continues, new and long-vanished archaeological sites continue to appear in fields of ripening crops and parched grassland. Attempti ...

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Cultural Heritage Training Opportunity

July 10, 2018

OPEN AFTERNOON at The National Library of Wales, 12 July, 4:00 – 6:00pm If you are between 18 – 24 years old, not in education, employment or training ...

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Cropmarks 2018

July 6, 2018

The unprecedented spell of hot, dry weather across Wales has provided perfect conditions for archaeological aerial photography. As the drought has persisted acr ...

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Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller History Month: A Romani Memorial on Moel y Golfa

June 26, 2018

[caption id="attachment_10958" align="aligncenter" width="850"] Romany Monument to Ernest Burton looking north, with Criggion Quarry and Rodney’s Pillar visib ...

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We’re Making Improvements: Enhancing Site Descriptions, Spring 2018

June 22, 2018

[caption id="attachment_10926" align="aligncenter" width="850"] Lambton Memorial, Flimston Church, Castlemartin, Pembrokeshire.[/caption]   The Royal ...

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Commemorating the Forgotten U-boat war around the Welsh Coast 1914-18

June 13, 2018

Over the weekend of 22nd – 24th June, the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) will be running a maritime field school at the Red Wharf Bay Sailing & Water ...

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Royal Commission Archive & Library Bulletin of Newly Catalogued Material – May 2018

June 12, 2018

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives and Library Bulletin which lists all newly catalogued material. ...

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‘Deserved the Iron Cross’ – Tribute to Former captain of VANDALIA from German Submariners

June 9, 2018

The VANDALIA was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-96 on 9 June 1918 about 18 miles WNW of the Smalls. At the time, it was owned by the famous Cunard Ste ...

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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

June 4, 2018

  On 25th May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect in the UK. This replaces the Data Protection Act 1998, and improves th ...

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Memory Archive: Using our resources to stimulate reminiscence

May 25, 2018

    To mark Dementia Awareness Week, the Royal Commission has published “Memory Archive: Using our resources to stimulate reminiscence”, a ...

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Journey to the Past: new website invites European tourists to explore Welsh heritage through the eyes of their historical counterparts

May 24, 2018

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales is pleased to announce the launch today of an exciting new multimedia website promoting he ...

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Ten years at the Royal Commission: Reflections by our longest-serving volunteer

May 23, 2018

I have to admit that I was rather surprised to be reminded that I’ve now been a volunteer with the Royal Commission for ten years. The Commission’s records ...

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Ferry and Foe – Irish Sea ferries and mail steamers during the Great War

May 22, 2018

The wreck of the CORK is a poignant reminder of the essential ferry, cargo and mail-carrying services between Wales and Ireland that ran throughout the war. Nei ...

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Dambusters at the Elan Valley: the story of Nant-y-Gro Dam!

May 17, 2018

Last night, the night of the 16 - 17 of May 2018, marks the 75th anniversary of the celebrated “Dambusters Raid” by aircraft from 617 Squadron led by Guy G ...

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Commemorating The Welsh Experience Of The Great War At Sea

May 9, 2018

3-4 November 2018 Pater Hall, Lewis Street, Pembroke Dock, SA72 6DD This two-day conference explores the experience of the mariners and communities of Wales ...

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Carmen Mills, Artist in Residence at the Royal Commission

May 2, 2018

David Thomas, head of Public Services interviews Carmen Mills about her passion for art and archaeology at the Commission’s tenth Digital Past conference held ...

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Royal Commission Archive & Library Bulletin of Newly Catalogued Material – April 2018

May 1, 2018

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives and Library Bulletin which lists all newly catalogued material. ...

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World Intellectual Property Day: 26 April 2018

April 26, 2018

The Multifaceted Face of Intellectual Property Rights at the Royal Commission The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales is the crea ...

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100 years ago – the steam ship Boscastle was sunk on 7 April 1918 by U-111

April 24, 2018

SS Boscastle was built in West Hartlepool for E. Jenkins and Co., Cardiff. Her description at the launch in 1912 were as follows: "Length over all, 309ft.; b ...

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PRESS RELEASE – Heritage Angel Awards Wales

April 18, 2018

The search is on for Wales’s Heritage Angels People who rescue historic buildings from neglect are to be recognised as ‘Heritage Angels’ by a new Welsh ...

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The CHERISH Project drone takes off!

April 5, 2018

[caption id="attachment_9708" align="aligncenter" width="850"] Dan at the UAV academy 2017.[/caption]   We would like to congratulate our CHERISH Inv ...

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Royal Commission Archive & Library Bulletin of Newly Catalogued Material – March 2018

April 3, 2018

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives and Library Bulletin which lists all newly catalogued material. ...

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Cherish 2018 Professional Seminar

March 28, 2018

  On Thursday 17th May 2018 CHERISH will be holding a Free Professional Seminar on Climate Change and Coastal Heritage at Venue Cymru, Llandudno, No ...

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A Hidden Landscape Revealed: New archaeological discoveries made on RSPB Ramsey Island, Pembrokeshire

March 23, 2018

[caption id="attachment_9633" align="aligncenter" width="850"] Ramsey Island (Crown Copyright RCAHMW: AP_2011_4374)[/caption]   A new airborne laser ...

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Featured Shipwrecks for the Year of the Sea: Unlucky Elfin, unlucky Resurgam

March 14, 2018

One hundred and thirty seven years ago, bad weather would end Reverend George William Garrett’s dreams of building a submarine for Royal Naval use. [captio ...

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International Women’s Day 2018 – Meet our female Commissioners

March 8, 2018

To celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day, we’d like to introduce to you our female Commissioners. Commissioners to the Royal Commission on th ...

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I regret to report that Submarine H5 having failed to return from patrol…

March 7, 2018

So began the report sent on 7 March 1918 by Captain Martin Naismith VC to Vice Admiral Sir Lewis Bayley, Admiral Commanding Western Approaches.  He continued: ...

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A new youth project at the Royal Commission, ‘Unloved Heritage: Ceredigion Off-limits?’

March 5, 2018

The Ceredigion Heritage Youth Panel, the CHYPs, has started on a new project at the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, exploring ...

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Royal Commission Archive & Library Bulletin of Newly Catalogued Material – February 2018

March 1, 2018

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives and Library Bulletin which lists all newly catalogued material. ...

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Providing Place Names

February 27, 2018

Part of our work with the List of Historic Place Names is to encourage people from all parts of Wales to send their place names in to us. These names will not o ...

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LGBT History Month: Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, 1984-85

February 26, 2018

As portrayed in the 2014 film Pride, the small Welsh mining village of Onllwyn in Neath Port Talbot was the setting for the seemingly unlikely collaboration bet ...

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Royal Commission Archive & Library Bulletin of Newly Catalogued Material – January 2018

February 2, 2018

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives and Library Bulletin which lists all newly catalogued material. ...

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Job Vacancy – Digital Records Assistant

January 22, 2018

Digital Records Assistant: 37 hours per week Fixed term for 12 months Salary: £17,200 per annum (£19,240 from 1 April 2018) Closing date: 5pm on 11 ...

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Royal Commission Archive & Library Bulletin of Newly Catalogued Material – December 2017

January 11, 2018

The Library & Enquiry Service will be closed: 8 – 12 January 2018 We apologise for any inconvenience Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the Nati ...

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Grand view of a rugby match

January 10, 2018

During a recent search through our collection of large Ordnance Survey vertical aerial photographic prints, we found a set from a flight that overflew Bridgend. ...

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The War at Sea: Christmas 1917

December 24, 2017

SS AGBERI: The silent herald The sinking of the SS AGBERI is an event that, at first glance, has not received much attention among scholars, the media, or the ...

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U-boat encounter on Christmas Eve results in sinking of Q-ship PENSHURST

December 22, 2017

One of the strategies that the British Admiralty developed to lure U-Boats to the surface and engage them head-on was to arm and disguise merchant ships which l ...

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Season’s Greetings and happy New Year

December 22, 2017

As it’s nearly Christmas, thoughts are turning towards Bethlehem, and the story of Jesus’ birth. But did you know that there is more than one Bethlehem? Thi ...

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Explore Your Archive: Memory Archive – Account of the day

December 20, 2017

On Wednesday 22 November 2017 the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, in partnership with Aberystwyth University School of Art, h ...

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CHERISH starts exciting new study of the Dinas Dinlle Coastal Fort in Gwynedd

December 11, 2017

An exciting new archaeological project has begun on the impressive coastal fort of Dinas Dinlle near Caernarfon in north Wales. Early maps and the curve of the ...

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Royal Commission Archive & Library Bulletin of Newly Catalogued Material – November 2017

December 4, 2017

The Library & Enquiry Service will be closed: 8 December, 13.00 – 16.00 25 December 2017 – 1 January 2018 8 – 12 January 2018 We apologise for an ...

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UK Historic Environment Agencies launch Declaration for the Preservation of Digital Intellectual Record

November 30, 2017

An alliance of key agencies concerned with the UK’s historic environment has launched their Declaration on Digital Preservation today at a ceremony at the His ...

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On this day one hundred ago, Holyhead’s Stanley Sailors’ Home provided the best welcome in Wales for a sunken steamship’s crew

November 28, 2017

The Stanley Sailors Home and Reading Room was built at the behest of W. O. Stanley and opened by the Bishop of Bangor in 1871 with accommodation for shipwrecked ...

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Job Vacancies (3) – Commemorating the Forgotten U-boat War around the Welsh Coast 1914-18

November 21, 2017

Project Manager Commemorating the Forgotten U-boat War around the Welsh Coast 1914-18 Part Time 18.5 hours per week Fixed term appointment to 31 December ...

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St Nicolas, Grosmont: DS2011_339_006

Recording the rich diversity of Wales’ Faith Heritage

November 16, 2017

The Royal Commission was set up in 1908 to research and record the buildings of historical, architectural and cultural importance in Wales, and perhaps no area ...

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World War One U-boat partnership project gets green light from Heritage Lottery Fund for Wales’ Year of the Sea, 2018

November 15, 2017

Today the Heritage Lottery Fund announced a grant of £409,700 for the Royal Commission’s partnership project: Commemorating the Forgotten U-boat War around ...

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Welsh Homes and Writers of the First World War

November 10, 2017

The trauma of the First World War influenced many writers in Wales, as elsewhere. This blog shows the homes associated with some of the influential war write ...

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Glamorgan: Farmhouses, Houses and Mansions

November 6, 2017

Glamorgan has claim to some of the best-quality vernacular and elite domestic architecture in Wales, and the Royal Commission has led the way in its study. The ...

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Royal Commission Archive & Library Bulletin of Newly Catalogued Material – October 2017

October 31, 2017

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives and Library Bulletin which lists all newly catalogued material. ...

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#BHM – U-boats, Wales and West African Seamen

October 30, 2017

[caption id="attachment_7918" align="aligncenter" width="850"] Photography by Iolanda Banu Viegas, Race Council Cymru.[/caption]   After seeing our b ...

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Dates For Your Diary: A Warm Welcome to All

October 20, 2017

28 October, Swansea Book Fair, 10am–4pm. The Royal Commission will once again have a stand at this popular event held in Swansea Museum. Several Royal Commis ...

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Celebrating Libraries Week!

October 12, 2017

The Royal Commission Library is celebrating UK Libraries Week as an opportunity to show how libraries can enrich people’s lives. At the Commission we prov ...

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Edward Lhuyd’s Parochialia

October 10, 2017

We’ve begun the (huge) work of transcribing and uploading the material pertaining to place names from Edward Lhuyd’s Parochialia. Whilst he was keeper of th ...

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Glamorgan: Ecclesiastical Interiors

October 9, 2017

Glamorgan is rich in the buildings of medieval and post-Reformation Christianity. There are some precious survivals of early interiors, especially wall paintin ...

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Royal Commission Archive & Library Bulletin of Newly Catalogued Material – September 2017

October 3, 2017

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives and Library Bulletin which lists all newly catalogued material. ...

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Images to mark the seven hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Treaty of Montgomery

September 29, 2017

[caption id="attachment_7531" align="aligncenter" width="850"] The ford at Rhydwhyman, where the Treaty of Montgomery was signed on 29 September 1267, is locate ...

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World Maritime Day – Reclaiming History from the Sea

September 28, 2017

In 2007, the Royal Commission began a major new programme of research to extend the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) to cover the UK’s share of the C ...

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Equality and diversity at the Royal Commission

September 25, 2017

The Royal Commission is committed to ensuring there is equality of opportunity for all in the delivery of its functions and services, fostered in an environ ...

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Annual Report 2016-17

September 22, 2017

The latest edition of the Royal Commission’s Annual Report is now available to download from our website. ...

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Open Doors at the Royal Commission, September 2017- and more!

September 13, 2017

This year the Royal Commission has a busy Autumn/Winter programme with Open Doors events, and a number of historical and architectural talks. Our first event ...

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National Dementia Carers Day ~ 10 September 2017

September 10, 2017

Do you care for or work with people living with dementia? To mark National Dementia Carers Day we would like to invite you to our Explore your Archive: Memory A ...

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Royal Commission Archive & Library Bulletin of Newly Catalogued Material – August 2017

August 31, 2017

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives and Library Bulletin which lists all newly catalogued material. ...

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New Imaging Techniques Capture Forgotten U-boat

August 14, 2017

On Christmas Day 1917, U-87 attacked a convoy in St George's Channel (in particular, the 4812-ton British steamship AGBERI). One of the convoy escorts, P56, was ...

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Sacred Wales: Vote for Your Favourite Church or Chapel

August 2, 2017

To celebrate and raise awareness of Wales’ religious heritage, the National Churches Trust (the UK’s church building support charity) has launched ‘Cymru ...

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Royal Welsh Showground, 1998 NPRN: 268049 GTJ22554 C.60362

Royal Commission Archive & Library Bulletin of Newly Catalogued Material – July 2017

July 28, 2017

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives and Library Bulletin which lists all newly catalogued material. ...

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RCAHMW Achieves National Accreditation

July 26, 2017

The National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) has been awarded Archive Service Accreditation. Accredited Archive Services ensure the long-term collection, pr ...

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Job Vacancy – Youth Project Co-ordinator

July 17, 2017

Youth Project Co-ordinator for the Heritage Lottery Fund ‘Unloved Heritage: Ceredigion Off-limits?’ project Part time 2.5 days per week (18.5 hours) F ...

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Gigapixel recording of the Pobl-y-cwm set

Recording BBC Wales

July 5, 2017

Over the last few months, the Royal Commission has been working with the BBC to record BBC Wales Broadcasting House, Llandaff, using 360° gigapixel photography ...

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Rheilffordd Eryri, Gorsaf Beddgelert: injan cyn-SAR Dosbarth NGG 16 Beyer-Peacock Garratt rhif 138 yn cymryd dŵr NPRN: 409177 Cyf. DS2014_480_001 C.596424

Royal Commission Archive & Library Bulletin of Newly Catalogued Material – June 2017

June 30, 2017

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives and Library Bulletin which lists all newly catalogued material. ...

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The List of Historic Place Names of Wales

June 28, 2017

In May this year the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales launched a new web service which aims to preserve and highlight the imp ...

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In pictures: A Collection of 28 Fascinating Drawings of Historic Monuments and Architectural Details

June 22, 2017

These beautiful drawings have been produced by the Royal Commission in the course of its recording and investigation work, or received as donations from the pub ...

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Dr Rita Singer, Professor Carol Tully, Dr Heather Williams, Scott Lloyd and Susan Fielding

European Travellers: A new view on historic tourism to Wales

June 13, 2017

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales is working alongside Bangor University and the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Wel ...

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Celts, Romans and Miners: The archaeology and history of Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn and the surrounding area

June 12, 2017

An illustrated talk through the medium of English by Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales Investigators Dr Toby Driver and  ...

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Volunteering at the Royal Commission: a personal experience by Brian Malaws

June 9, 2017

Our second volunteer contribution comes from our former colleague Brian Malaws. He’s been enhancing a very popular group of sites in Coflein: Having spen ...

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Volunteering at the Royal Commission: a personal experience by John Crompton

June 7, 2017

As part of National Volunteer’s Week we’ve asked our volunteers to give us an update on what they’ve been doing. Our first contribution is from our lo ...

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Job Vacancy – Enquiries and Library Assistant

June 6, 2017

Enquiries and Library Assistant Full Time Permanent Salary: £17,200 per annum rising to £21,500 Closing date: 3 July 2017 We are looking to recru ...

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Royal Commission Archive & Library Bulletin of Newly Catalogued Material – May 2017

June 5, 2017

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives and Library Bulletin which lists all newly catalogued material. ...

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Place Names Project 2017

May 25, 2017

The Project was undertaken as part of the work placement module, an important element of our History & Heritage Masters course at Aberystwyth Universit ...

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The Inventory of Historic Battlefields in Wales

May 23, 2017

The Inventory of Historic Battlefields in Wales is a bilingual interpretative, educational and research resource aimed at raising awareness, increasing knowledg ...

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Hay Castle: A Turbulent History

May 22, 2017

Hay Castle is one of numerous castles in the March, but it is exceptional in that it has been continuously occupied for the last 800 years. It has a residential ...

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This map gives an approximate indication of the boundaries of the larger cantrefs (cantrefi ) of Wales, as listed by Gruffudd Hiraethog (d.1564) in NLW Peniarth MS.147.

Mapping the Historic Boundaries of Wales: Commotes and Cantrefs

May 18, 2017

Understanding the historic administrative boundaries of Wales and how they have changed over time is integral to our understanding of the Welsh landscape. The R ...

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The group gathered in one of the settlements on the island, Hut 20 at the Wick.

An Archaeological Walk on Skomer

May 11, 2017

Following 6 years of archaeological work on Skomer Island by the Royal Commission, University of Sheffield and Cardiff University, it was great to showcase the ...

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List of Historic Place Names – now live

May 8, 2017

  The List of Historic Place Names of Wales, launched today, is a groundbreaking website that provides a fascinating insight into the landuse, archaeolo ...

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Royal Commission Archive & Library Bulletin of Newly Catalogued Material – April 2017

April 30, 2017

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives and Library Bulletin which lists all newly catalogued material. ...

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Hospital ship with strong links to Holyhead, now given legal protection

April 27, 2017

  The wreck of the First World War hospital ship HMHS Anglia has recently been given a designation under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986. T ...

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Royal Commission Archive & Library Bulletin of Newly Catalogued Material – March 2017

April 1, 2017

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives and Library Bulletin which lists all newly catalogued material. ...

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Joint-nation launch of new Ireland-Wales CHERISH Project to investigate climate change and coastal heritage

March 31, 2017

After two years of planning, last Thursday saw the launch of the new multi-million Euro European funded project CHERISH, led by the Royal Commission on the Anci ...

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Coastal heritage and climate change project launched

March 22, 2017

A multi-million pound European research project investigating the risks of climate change to the coastal landscapes of Wales and Ireland will be officially laun ...

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Snowdonia’s Early Fieldscapes

March 17, 2017

Reconstructing and conserving the prehistoric and Roman landscapes of north-west Wales A new study in progress by Emily La Trobe-Bateman PH.D The prehistor ...

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Carto-Cymru The Wales Map Symposium 2017

March 8, 2017

The National Library of Wales, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales and The Institute for the Study of Welsh Estates, Bangor Univ ...

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Initial thoughts of my new Job at the Royal Commission

March 2, 2017

Hi, I’m Ywain Tomos and I’ve been working in the Commission’s Library for four months – here’s some initial thoughts about my experiences settling int ...

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Wales through the eyes of Paul R Davis

March 1, 2017

[caption id="attachment_5731" align="aligncenter" width="901"] St Mary's church, Abergavenny Church with daffodils, taken by Paul R. Davis, c.2011. PRD_02_0157[ ...

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Royal Commission Archive & Library Bulletin of Newly Catalogued Material – February 2017

February 28, 2017

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives and Library Bulletin which lists all newly catalogued material. ...

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The Commissioner for Public Appointments

Appointment of Commissioners (Three Posts)

February 27, 2017

  Can you help us to deliver the best possible historic environment services for the people of Wales?   The Royal Commission on the Ancient and ...

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100 years ago this month – submarine attacks in Welsh waters

February 10, 2017

On 1 February 1917 Germany declared a renewal of 'unrestricted submarine warfare' in a last ferocious attempt to force an end to the First World War. Almost imm ...

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Carregwastad Point memorial

The Inventory of Historic Battlefields in Wales

February 3, 2017

The National Library of Wales lunchtime talk by Scott Lloyd, Introducing ‘The Inventory of Historic Battlefields in Wales’. The Royal Commission on the ...

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Job Vacancy: Place Names Officer

February 1, 2017

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales is looking to recruit a new permanent full time member of staff to work on a new Welsh Pla ...

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Royal Commission Archive & Library Bulletin of Newly Catalogued Material – January 2017

February 1, 2017

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives and Library Bulletin which lists all newly catalogued material. ...

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Rocket Discovery at the Cliff Hotel, Gwbert

January 26, 2017

Recently, as I was waiting to start a presentation on historical aerial photography at a hotel near Cardigan, I spotted an object placed on a hall-stand, and re ...

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One Month To Go: Register Your Place At Digital Past 2017 Now…

January 19, 2017

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales invites you to attend: Digital Past 2017: New technologies in heritage, interpretati ...

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Job Vacancies – Two Full-time Posts

January 18, 2017

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales is looking to recruit 2 posts for an exciting new European Funded Project CHERISH – ...

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The Royal Commission leads on new €4m EU funded project

January 12, 2017

The Royal Commission leads on new €4m EU funded project supporting collaboration on coastal and heritage sites in Wales and Ireland The Royal Commission, i ...

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Royal Commission Archive & Library Bulletin of Newly Catalogued Material – December 2016

January 3, 2017

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives and Library Bulletin which lists all newly catalogued material. ...

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Brecon Beacons and Pen y Fan. Taken by Toby Driver on 06/02/2009.

Let it snow – Winter Archaeology and Landscape

December 19, 2016

Snow offers a rare opportunity for seeing and recording sites in the Welsh landscape which, when covered by a blanket of snow, provide immaculate conditions for ...

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Islands of Wales: Discovering the Archaeology of Skomer and Grassholm Now available on Periscope

December 9, 2016

LIVE on #Periscope: Islands of Wales: Discovering the Archaeology of Skomer and Grassholm @NLWales https://t.co/dOrc2YFI2v — CBHC / RCAHMW (@RCAHMWales) De ...

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Royal Commission Christmas Lecture ─ Islands of Wales: Discovering the archaeology of Skomer and Grassholm by Louise Barker

December 2, 2016

Both Skomer and Grassholm are highly protected landscapes, managed largely for the benefits of their internationally renowned populations of breeding seabirds, ...

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Royal Commission Archive & Library Bulletin of Newly Catalogued Material – November 2016

December 1, 2016

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives and Library Bulletin which lists all newly catalogued material. ...

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How a trip to ‘Explore your Archive’ led to being a volunteer at the RCAHMW

November 25, 2016

Trying to find out the history of the house we moved to in Corris Uchaf via a course on house history, led me to an ‘Explore your Archive’ event held by ...

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Black and white image dating from c.1910 showing a busy beach scene at Aberystwyth with the Pier in the background.

Being a volunteer at the RCAHMW

November 24, 2016

Anything to do with archaeology is full of surprises, and being a volunteer at the Royal Commission is no exception.  Humble tasks, such as identifying duplica ...

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Plas Gwynfryns Section and Plans P1000894

Historic plans donated to Royal Commission

November 23, 2016

The Royal Commission’s successful move to the National Library of Wales has been marked by a generous gift of historic plans from supporters of the enterprisi ...

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Ordnance Survey Scribblings

Ordnance Survey Scribblings – Explore Your Archives

November 22, 2016

Since the early days of cartography, those working on the maps have often hidden signatures or symbols within the complex lines and lettering. The Royal Comm ...

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Nantclwyd House Ruthin

Explore Your Archives – The History of Your House

November 8, 2016

23 November, Explore Your Archives: A full day of events and an opportunity to learn more about the History of your House with the Royal Commission and the Nati ...

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Registration for Digital Past 2017 is now open!

November 7, 2016

Registration is open! Registration for Digital Past 2017 is now open and, as spaces are limited, early booking is advised. Buy Tickets Delegate tic ...

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Melingriffith Water Pump, Whitchurch, Glamorgan.

3D Model of Melingriffith Water Pump: produced by Roger John

November 3, 2016

This beautiful model of Melingriffith Water Pump was designed, and produced, on a 3D printer by Roger John. Exhibited at the annual Conference of Industrial Arc ...

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RCAHMW Colour transparency of Carreghofa Locks on Montgomeryshire Canal.

Royal Commission Archive & Library Bulletin of Newly Catalogued Material – October 2016

November 1, 2016

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives and Library Bulletin which lists all newly catalogued material. ...

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Life at the Edge of Wales: The Archaeology of Grassholm Island

October 25, 2016

The uninhabited rocky island of Grassholm lies 15 kilometres west of the Marloes peninsula in south Pembrokeshire. It is remote and exposed, surrounded by diffi ...

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Aberfan Remembered: a Terrible Twist of Fate

October 17, 2016

A village war memorial in a South Wales valley has almost 150 names of those who died in the First World War. This is an extremely high figure for a small minin ...

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Black History Month: Commemorating WWI West African Merchant Seamen

October 11, 2016

West African crew members were among the dead when the Falaba and Apapa ships were torpedoed off the Welsh coast during the First World War. The Falaba was s ...

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Digital Past 2017: Call for Contributions

October 7, 2016

New technologies in heritage, interpretation and outreach. 15 and 16 February 2017, The Riverfront, Newport Call for contributions We are seeking ...

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Commissioners’ Open Business Meeting, Thursday 20 October 2016

October 5, 2016

The Commissioners appointed by the Crown to oversee the work of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales will hold a meeting in pub ...

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7 & 8. Snowdon range in winter

Thousands of new aerial views of Welsh heritage launched online

October 4, 2016

Wales has an extraordinary and diverse heritage, dating from prehistoric times to the present day. Each year the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical ...

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Royal Commission Archive & Library Bulletin of Newly Catalogued Material – September 2016

September 30, 2016

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives and Library Bulletin which lists all newly catalogued material. ...

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International Maritime Day

Shipping – indispensable to the world!

September 29, 2016

Today is World Maritime Day – a day set aside to celebrate the industry which quietly and efficiently, day and night, keeps the people of the world fed, clot ...

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Annual Report 2015-16

September 26, 2016

The latest edition of the Royal Commission’s Annual Report is now available to download from our website. ...

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The letters CRVE can be clearly seen among the trees of the Brechfa Forest, Wales

Letters in the forest

September 19, 2016

Our Ordnance Survey vertical aerial photography collections comprises 9 inch x 9 inch prints, and 20 inch x 20 inch enlargements. They reveal an amazing level o ...

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Appointment of Commissioners (Three Posts)

September 15, 2016

          Can you help us to deliver the best possible historic environment services for the people of Wales? The Royal Commission on ...

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The Archaeology of Upland Gwent

September 5, 2016

  14 September, 2016 Location: National Library of Wales at 13:15 p.m. Frank Olding Heritage Officer for Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council ...

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Royal Commission – Open Day

September 2, 2016

Open Day Thursday 8 September, 2016 10:00 - 17:00 at Royal Commission, Penglais Road, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 3BU. The Royal Commission is opening ...

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Face to face with Welsh mariners who served during the Great War

September 1, 2016

Recently, the Royal Commission’s Maritime Officer, Deanna Groom,  had the privilege of reviewing a sample of the early record cards of the Central Index Regi ...

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Royal Commission Archive & Library Bulletin of Newly Catalogued Material – August 2016

August 31, 2016

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives and Library Bulletin which lists all newly catalogued material. ...

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Aerial Photographs with Medwyn

August 30, 2016

As part of our ongoing commitment to the enhancement of our customer service provision we are delighted to announce that Medwyn Parry, our aerial photographic s ...

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Great-great Grandparents in 3D!

August 16, 2016

Very few people can say that they’ve seen a three-dimensional image of their great-great grandparents, but this is the case for Rod Primrose of Melbourne, Aus ...

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Field and Farm

August 12, 2016

Rural Wales is governed by the cycles of the farming year: from winter sowing and spring lambing to the cutting of silage and the summer harvest. In places hous ...

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PRESS RELEASE – Announcing the publication of an attractive new book about the archaeology and history of Gwent

August 3, 2016

Thursday 4 August will see the launch of The Archaeology of Upland Gwent expertly written by the Chair of this year’s Eisteddfod, Frank Olding in Y Lle Hanes ...

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Royal Commission Archive & Library Bulletin of Newly Catalogued Material – July 2016

August 1, 2016

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives and Library Bulletin which lists all newly catalogued material. ...

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Cymru o’r awyr: Casgliad awyrluniau o 1918 hyd heddiw

July 26, 2016

On Tuesday, 2 August, Medwyn Parry from the Royal Commission will be giving a talk Cymru o’r awyr: Casgliad awyrluniau o 1918 hyd heddiw in Pabell y Cymdeith ...

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Welsh Slate wins Best Book at the British Archaeological Awards 2016

July 19, 2016

Archaeologists have announced the winners of this year’s British Archaeological Awards showcasing archaeology discoveries up and down the country that rev ...

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Welsh Slate wins Best Archaeological Book at the British Archaeological Awards 2016

July 15, 2016

Further celebrations for Wales this week as Royal Commission publication Welsh Slate – Archaeology and History of an Industry wins the British Archaeological ...

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The launch of our New Website

July 7, 2016

Following the move to our new premises in the National Library of Wales, the Royal Commission is improving its online services. Coflein has already been rel ...

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Ystafell Ymchwil / Search Room

Re-opening of our Library and Search Room

July 5, 2016

Following the Royal Commission’s successful relocation to new premises at the National Library of Wales we are pleased to announce that the new Library and Se ...

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New Coflein Goes Live Today

July 5, 2016

Alongside the move to our new premises, the Royal Commissionis also going through a process of improving our online services, and the first of these improve ...

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National Monuments Record of Wales Archives and Library Bulletin – June 2016

July 5, 2016

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives and Library Bulletin which lists all newly catalogued material. ...

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Job Vacancy – Enquiries & Library Assistant

June 28, 2016

The Royal Commission has a job vacancy for a full time Enquiries and Library Assistant. The ability to communicate through the medium of Welsh and English is ...

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Interpreting and visiting the archaeology of Skomer Island

June 14, 2016

The archaeology of Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire, is exceptionally well preserved. Across the island remains of boulder-built boundaries, neat stone walls and th ...

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Centenary of the Nissen Hut

June 8, 2016

One of the world’s most recognisable military structures is the humble half-cylindrical Nissen Hut. The simple design was developed by Canadian-American Capta ...

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Welsh Slate at the Hay Festival

June 6, 2016

The Royal Commission’s latest publication Welsh Slate: Archaeology and History of an Industry was featured at this year’s Hay Festival with author David Gwy ...

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Royal Commission’s Book on Welsh Slate Industry Shortlisted for 2016 British Archaeological Awards

June 3, 2016

Judges have today released the shortlist for this year’s British Archaeological Awards showcasing the very latest discoveries and innovations in archaeolo ...

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An aeroplane on the beach! Ynyslas, June 1940

June 1, 2016

During summer 2012, RCAHMW staff recorded a series of interviews with people who had a direct connection to the former rocket development site at Ynyslas, Cered ...

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Award for Welsh Slate: Archaeology and History of an Industry

May 10, 2016

We are pleased to announce that Dr David Gwyn, as author ofRoyal Commission publication Welsh Slate: Archaeology and History of an Industry, has been given the ...

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Royal Commission gains Heritage Lottery Fund approval for the development of ‘The Forgotten U-boat War around the Welsh Coast’ Project

May 9, 2016

The Royal Commission, in partnership with Bangor University and the Nautical Archaeology Society, have been given a grant to pursue the development of a new Gre ...

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National Monuments Record of Wales Archives and Library Bulletin – April 2016

May 1, 2016

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives and Library Bulletin which lists all newly catalogued material. ...

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Powys War Memorials Project: Free Photography Competition 2016

April 28, 2016

There are 2590 recorded war memorials in Wales ranging from free-standing monuments and sculptural masterpieces to simple plaques in chapels, churches, schools, ...

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Big Welsh Walk— Gelligaer Common: An Archaeological Treasure House 14 May, 11am—3pm

April 13, 2016

Gelligaer Common is one of the most remarkable archaeological landscapes in Wales and features in the Royal Commission’s forthcoming bi-lingual publication,  ...

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National Monuments Record of Wales Archives and Library Bulletin – March 2016

March 31, 2016

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives and Library Bulletin which lists all newly catalogued material. ...

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Ordnance Survey Large Print Collection

March 22, 2016

This is the first blog requesting assistance to identify the location of one of our Ordnance Survey large prints for 2016. The photograph is of a rural area, ...

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The Crawford Collection

March 17, 2016

One of our small, but important collections of aerial photographs are annotated “CRAWFORD A.P.” on the reverse side of the prints. Osbert Guy Stanhope Cr ...

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Aerial Archaeology in winter – sunshine and rainbows over Anglesey

March 16, 2016

Low winter sunlight, combined with low vegetation and bare woodland, is a rare time for the aerial archaeologist hunting for earthwork archaeology and unrecorde ...

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Foundation Apprentice: Office Administration

March 14, 2016

Opening Date: 14 March 2016 Closing Date: 28 March 2016 Location: Aberystwyth Job Description: Apprentice Scheme 2016 The Royal Commission is a Welsh Go ...

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What The RAF Flight Codes Can Reveal

March 11, 2016

The extensive collection of RAF aerial photographs held by the Royal Commission include vertical and low-level oblique views of Wales. The identification flight ...

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Shaping the Nation – The National Library of Wales, 27.05.16, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

March 9, 2016

A day symposium to explore the role of maps in creating nations and national identity. Speakers representing Queen’s University Belfast, The Royal Collection, ...

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Confirmation of identity of lost Admiralty Trawler

March 8, 2016

First published in 1913, the long running news weekly of the fishing industry has helped to untangle the identify of a steam drifter, which was lost whilst task ...

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Pre WWII Aerial Views of St David’s Area

March 1, 2016

As part of its historical aerial photographic archive, the Royal Commission holds a small collection of 63 of low-level oblique aerial photographs of the St Dav ...

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National Monuments Record of Wales Archives and Library Bulletin – February 2016

February 29, 2016

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives and Library Bulletin which lists all newly catalogued material. ...

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Excavations on Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire

February 25, 2016

On Friday, 4 March 2016, Dr Toby Driver FSA of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales will give a talk to the Pembrokeshire Histo ...

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British Aerofilms Photo Used By Luftwaffe In February 1941 Bombing Raid Of Swansea

February 19, 2016

Between 19 and 21 of February 1941 Swansea docks were the target of a sustained bombing by the Luftwaffe. A large portion of the centre of Swansea was very badl ...

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Visitor to Ynyslas provides New Information about the former “Top Secret” Rocket Establishment

February 17, 2016

Seventy years ago today, on 17 February 1946, the wartime adventures of an 8 year-old girl whose father served at the Ministry of Supply Experimental Establishm ...

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A Bill To Make History – Legislation To Protect Wales’ Past To Become Law

February 10, 2016

The first Wales-only legislation to improve the protection and management of Wales’ unique historic environment has today been passed by the National Assembly ...

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Digital Past 2016: Gigapixel Photography

February 8, 2016

A Gigapixel image is one comprising of billions of pixels, enabling you to view detail without the degradation you would see in a normal photograph. Current tec ...

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Gigapixel Photography – An Introductory Guide To The Photography, The Creation Of Panoramas And Interactive Virtual Tours

February 8, 2016

The Royal Commission has been trialing the use of Gigapixel photography to present and virtually interact with sites and landscapes across Wales. Our biggest pr ...

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Digital Past 2016: Cynefin Is An Innovative Project To Digitise All The Tithe Maps Of Wales

February 5, 2016

Cynefin is an innovative project to digitise all the tithe maps of Wales. It is funded mainly by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and is run by Archives Wales. Most o ...

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Castell Coch Celebrates 125 Years In Pictures

February 3, 2016

2016 marks Castell Coch’s 125th anniversary year and to celebrate, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service (Cadw) has released an archived suite ...

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RCAHMW Guidelines for Digital Archaeological Archives – A Sustainable Approach to Digital Preservation

February 2, 2016

The RCAHMW’s National Monuments Record (NMR) is Wales’ public archive of records relating to the historic environment, and is the national home for digital ...

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National Monuments Record of Wales Archives and Library Bulletin – January 2016

February 1, 2016

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives and Library Bulletin which lists all newly catalogued material. ...

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National Monuments Record of Wales Archives and Library Bulletin – December 2015

January 4, 2016

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives and Library Bulletin which lists all newly catalogued material. ...

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One Hundred Years Ago This Christmas Day…

December 23, 2015

… four crewmen belonging to a Royal Naval Auxiliary Fleet trawler were fighting their way through heavy seas in a small boat to reach the stricken VAN STIRUM ...

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Sir John Rhŷs and the Royal Commission (1840—1915): the “greatest Welsh scholar of our time”

December 17, 2015

Today, 17 December, 2015, marks the centenary of the death of Syr John Rhŷs, the great Celtic scholar and philologist. He was born on 21 June 1840 at Aberceiro ...

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National Monuments Record of Wales Archives and Library Bulletin – November 2015

December 2, 2015

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives and Library Bulletin which lists all newly catalogued material. ...

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Models Inspired by Local North Wales Scenes

November 4, 2015

Whilst we were researching material for our Explore Your Archives Open Day on the 18 November, we were sent these lovely images, very kindly donated to us by Da ...

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National Monuments Record of Wales Archives and Library Bulletin – October 2015

October 30, 2015

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives and Library Bulletin which lists all newly catalogued material. ...

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Exploring the Wreck of the ROYAL CHARTER with Cotswold Archaeology

October 26, 2015

Recent accessions to the Royal Commission’s Digital Collections include a series of short video clips of the 2014 exploration of the famous Anglesey wreck by ...

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Inspirational Archives: Come and be inspired by the Royal Commission’s archives 18 November, 12pm–7pm

October 22, 2015

As part of this year’s Explore your Archives campaign, the Royal Commission will be hosting Inspirational Archives: a programme of events designed to stimulat ...

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National Monuments Record of Wales Archives and Library Bulletin – September 2015

October 1, 2015

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives and Library Bulletin which lists all newly catalogued material. ...

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National Monuments Record of Wales Archives and Library Bulletin – August 2015

September 1, 2015

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives and Library Bulletin which lists all newly catalogued material. ...

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Researching your House History

August 26, 2015

House History The National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) holds a wealth of information relating to domestic properties, which can help provide historical an ...

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Maps at the National Monuments Record of Wales

August 19, 2015

Uses Maps held in the National Monuments Record of Wales are available for consultation by researchers. In addition, Ordnance Survey 25’’-inch and 6’’- ...

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One Hundred Years Ago Today…

August 17, 2015

… Max Valentiner, one of the ablest and most ruthless commanders in the German submarine service, brought U38 to the narrowing of the shipping lanes in St Geo ...

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National Monuments Record of Wales

August 12, 2015

The archive of the built heritage of Wales More than a century of surveying, recording and collecting has created a unique archive that documents the changing ...

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Wonders of Borth Submerged Forest Explained by Dr Martin Bates of University of Wales Trinity Saint David

August 6, 2015

On Sunday 2 August, Natural Resources Wales and University of Wales Trinity Saint David organised a guided walk of the trees stumps and peat exposed by low ...

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National Monuments Record of Wales Archives and Library Bulletin – July 2015

August 3, 2015

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives and Library Bulletin which lists all newly catalogued material. ...

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One Hundred Years Ago This Week …

July 22, 2015

… the most successful German U-boat of the Great War had stealthily left Welsh waters and returned to base, leaving behind it a trail of sunken and damaged ve ...

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Huw Edwards Reopens Historic Ceredigion Chapel

July 9, 2015

This Friday, 10 July, Hen Gapel, Rhydowen, will re-open its doors to the public after undergoing a £153,000 restoration programme under the care of Addoldai Cy ...

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Castle House: An Ambitious Great House

August 22, 2012

[caption id="attachment_7241" align="aligncenter" width="850"] Castle House still standing after two twentieth-century fires. DS2012_280_009 NPRN 25592[/caption ...

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