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Ships, Wrecks and Documentary Sources

13/06/2024 37 164

Shipwrecks are amongst the most compelling of archaeological sites. They have the power to conjure images of past endeavours, conflict, maritime enterprise and ...

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Welsh Asian Heritage Project Update – June 2024

06/06/2024 53 164

Our monthly seminars continue to attract positive engagement with many participants stating that they would like to be involved in ongoing discussions  on ...

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New Opening Hours for our Library and Search Room 

31/05/2024 51 164

From the beginning of June, we are changing the opening hours of our publicly accessible Library and Search Room. We will now be open every Tuesday, Wednesday, ...

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That’s not my name! An unfortunate error on an important map

15/05/2024 62 112

A guest blog by Huw Thomas, Curator of Maps at the National Library of Wales On May 17 our annual Carto- ...

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Llanfihangel-yng-Ngwynfa and ‘Cwm Rhondda’

25/04/2024 54 164

Did you know the shocking statistic that Wales is in danger of losing a third of its chapels and churches by 2030?  This is the forecast for the future of Wal ...

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Welsh Asian Heritage Project Update

22/03/2024 35 164

This has been a busy month for the project. We have been out and about connecting with different communities, attending community events and recording Ugandan ...

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Drone photograph of Pendinas South Fort from the north-east showing the areas cleared of bracken and gorse in March 2024. Crown Copyright: RCAHMW

Pendinas Hillfort Transformed After Gorse Clearance!

21/03/2024 52 164

Ancient hillfort emerges again for the public to enjoy. Since its launch twelve months ago in March 2023, the Pendinas Community Archaeology Project (led by ...

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Everyday Heritage: Wales’s Smith’s Potato Crisps Factory

13/03/2024 60 164

In 1947, Smith’s Potato Crisps factory went into production at Fforestfach, Swansea. The factory was officially opened in October 1948 by Swansea’s mayor, ...

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Black and white photograph showing a family group outside Penllergare House, taken by Mary Dillwyn, circa 1860. (Penllergare Cultural, Archaeological and Historic Landscape Collection).

Celebrating International Women’s Day: Amy Dillwyn (1845 – 1935)

08/03/2024 68 106

Activist, author and one of the first female industrialists in Britain - an inspirational Welsh woman ...

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Perminder Dhillon with First Minister Mark Drakeford at the Republic Day celebrations at the India Centre, Cardiff, on 26 January 2024.

Welsh Asian Heritage Project update

04/03/2024 35 164

The first two months of 2024 have been busy for us. We share some highlights: Radha Patel and Robin Chaddah-Duke joined the project at the end of January a ...

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Ground view of the ruins of St. Non's Chapel.

Happy St David’s Day – and happy St Non’s Day tomorrow!

01/03/2024 61 113

On March 1, St David’s Day is celebrated across Wales, but perhaps we should also remember St Non’s Day ...

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A plan of Cae’r Gors drawn by Kate Roberts in her correspondence with Peter Smith, 1972.

Kate Roberts and Cae’r Gors

13/02/2024 29 164

Kate Roberts is recognised as one of Wales’s most important Welsh language authors of the 20th century and she is frequently referred to as ‘Queen of our l ...

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Amrit Wilson, author of 'Finding a voice', and Bharti Dhir, author of 'Worth'.

From Migration to Resilience

02/02/2024 28 164

Welsh Asian Heritage Project’s second seminar on the theme of From Migration to Resilience will held online via Zoom on Wednesday 21 February 2024, 5.00 ...

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Image of Ynys Llanddwyn Lighthouse taken by Douglas Hague author of our eBook , Lighthouses of Wales (1994).

Happy Santes Dwynwen Day!

25/01/2024 25 164

January 25 is St Dwynwen’s Day or in Welsh Dydd Santes Dwynwen.  This is the date when people in Wales celebrate their love for each other and is freque ...

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

24/01/2024 54 164

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 s ...

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Nashima Begum, Usha Ladwa-Thomas and Ayanna Mathurin, of the Welsh Government’s Anti-racist Wales Plan Policy Team, receive the Civil Service Award for their groundbreaking work on Diversity and Inclusion, October 2023.

Welcome to the Welsh Asian Heritage Project Seminars

16/01/2024 52 164

Join us for our monthly seminars that will provide a platform for wider debate around equality, migration, resilience, identity, culture and heritage. ...

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Happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year!

19/12/2023 49 164

The Royal Commission’s Christmas Lecture, ‘Hillfort and Community 2023: The Pendinas Project’ has now been fully subtitled and is available in a high-re ...

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Welsh Asian Heritage Project Update

08/12/2023 35 164

We have been busy over the last few months with the project launch, the recruitment of additional project team members, listening to people’s stories, engagi ...

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The Power of Volunteering: A Volunteer’s Tale

20/11/2023 47 164

Volunteering can sometimes sound like something that people only do for a hobby, or maybe just something you did once. When people recommend volunteering as an ...

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Bandi Chhor Divas

13/11/2023 17 164

This year the Sikh celebration of Bandi Chhor fell on 12 November, the same day as the start of Diwali, the festival of lights and one of the major festivals c ...

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Diwali Festival

13/11/2023 15 164

Diwali is one of the grandest festivals and celebrated by many communities in Wales, including the Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Newar Buddhists. Diwali is also known ...

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War Memorials and Thankful Villages

10/11/2023 35 164

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, we remember those who gave their lives for the freedom of others. This tradition was started ...

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Come and work with us on this exciting Welsh Asian Heritage Project!

09/11/2023 68 106

Are you passionate about engaging and involving communities to tell their stories and add to the rich ...

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Bedd Dorti: A Legendary Witch’s Grave

27/10/2023 39 164

If you go walking in northern Meirionnydd, on the banks of Llyn Tecwyn Uchaf, north-west of Llandecwyn, be sure to take care and watch out for a small mound co ...

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Navratri

25/10/2023 8 164

Navratri is an annual Hindu festival observed in honour of the goddess Durga, the supreme goddess, also referred to Devi Maa who represents the divine cosmic m ...

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Pendinas Community Archaeology Festival Update!

06/10/2023 47 164

We’ve been extremely busy over the last few months organising numerous events and activities for the Pendinas Project! As you know, this community project, f ...

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Job Opportunity:  Public Engagement Officer at the Royal Commission

13/09/2023 68 106

Full time: 37 hours per week Permanent £26,900 – £30,610 (Plus benefits) Closing date: ...

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Pendinas Archaeology Festival

31/08/2023 29 164

Come and enjoy the Pendinas Archaeology Festival on Saturday 16 September between 10:00-16:00. This fun-filled festival for all ages will be celebrating the Pe ...

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Map showing the cantrefs of Wales

Recent Updates to The List of Historic Place Names of Wales

30/08/2023 59 164

We’re still working tirelessly on responding to the matters raised by the public in the questionnaire that we sent out as part of the Five Year Report on the ...

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An overhead photo of a large wooden shipwreck preserved on Cefn Sidan Sands, Carmarthenshire, and surveyed by the RCAHMW in February 2023.

Modelling Maritime Archaeology

25/07/2023 30 164

Wales has a rich and diverse set of maritime archaeological remains. From the submerged remnants of prehistoric lands to historic harbours tucked away in remot ...

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Dymock Arms, Penley, prior to refurbishment

Royal Commission Archive Bulletin of Newly Catalogued Material – May 2023

30/06/2023 75 99

Welcome to the latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archive ...

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CHERISH Team

CHERISH: A Climate Heritage Legacy

30/06/2023 34 164

Condensing this monumental project, and a six-and-a-half-year journey, into one blog was not an easy task. The Royal Commission has been the lead partner for t ...

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We’re Adding New Services to our Enquiries Service

19/06/2023 52 164

Every year we review the services we offer and the prices we charge for them to ensure they are fair, fit for purpose, and reflect those of other Welsh and Bri ...

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Sgrinlun o hen fap o Abermaw ac Aber Afon Mawddach gyda dotiau coch yn dynodi data safle. | Screenshot of an old map of Barmouth and the Mawddach Estury with red dots signifying site data.

We’re Making our Site Database Available under an Open Government Licence

08/06/2023 75 99

Wales’s cultural and built heritage belongs to everyone in Wales. That is why we at the Roya ...

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Memory Archive: Promoting health and wellbeing

18/05/2023 46 164

The Memory Archive offers free curated digital archive materials suitable for reminiscence with people living with dementia. It is a People’s Collection Wale ...

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An early Aerofilms image (1950) of the site of the Mold Cotton Mill, later Alyn Tinplate Works, and acquired in 1950 by Synthite Ltd to produce formaldehyde. The site has a remarkable industrial history and there are mores aerial photos available on Coflein

Cotton Mills and the Early Days of Safety and Health in Work

28/04/2023 60 164

The Alyn Works – known locally as just ‘Synthite’ – on the outskirts of Mold occupies the site of a cotton mill that was established in 1792 and was, s ...

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John Newman 1936 – 2023

27/04/2023 25 164

Royal Commission Friends and staff past and present will be saddened to hear of the death of John Newman last week, one of Britain’s most accomplished archit ...

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Coflein: A guide to images and copyright

23/04/2023 40 164

Coflein Coflein is the online site database and archive catalogue of the National Monuments Record of Wales, the archive of the Royal Commission.  It h ...

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John Evans’s School, where Cranogwen is thought to have taught navigation, showing the famous tower used for astronomy and with a large sundial- essential aids for navigation. Image from W J Lewis, Born on a Perilous Rock: Aberystwyth Past and Present (1980).

Cranogwen (1839–1916): Captain of her Own Ship

08/03/2023 48 164

This International Women’s Day we are celebrating Sarah Jane Rees aka Cranogwen. She dedicated her life to helping people in poverty and facing domestic abus ...

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The Quadrangle recording studio with an array of speakers, including a Neve mixing console.

Rockfield: The Recording Studio, Monmouth, Wales

06/02/2023 48 164

Rockfield Farm (originally Amberley Court Farm) was owned by Lord Llangattock (John Rolls), whose family home was The Hendre, Llangattock-Vibon-Avel, a ma ...

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Castell Nadolig Hillfort. © Crown copyright RCAHMW.

Castell Nadolig and the Penbryn Spoons: A new investigation

31/01/2023 59 164

Free online talk by Dr Toby Driver and Professor Andrew Fitzpatrick: ‘Castell Nadolig and the Penbryn Spoons: A new investigation’. 9 February 2023, 5pm ...

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View of the Library and Searchroom of RCAHMW at Plas Crug.

Library and Enquiry Service — We’ll See You Next Week!

17/01/2023 58 164

You may have noticed that our Search Room, Library, and Enquiry Service are closed this week. This is an annual opportunity for us to take care of the numerous ...

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Castell Nadolig from the air in low winter light, December 2019

Christmas Place Names

20/12/2022 21 164

Since Christianity came to Wales so early, and Christmas has therefore been celebrated here for almost 1700 years, it’s no surprise that the feast has had an ...

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A visitor to our search room having a closer look at one of our aerial photographs.

#YourArchive – The Collections of the National Monument Record of Wales

06/12/2022 77 97

The National Monuments Record of Wales is a huge, rich public archive built up by the Royal ...

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View towards the King’s Gate showing the banded walls of Caernarfon Castle.

Magnus Maximus, ‘Yma o Hyd’, and the World Cup!

25/11/2022 51 164

In Qatar since Monday the Wales football team and supporters have been heartily singing their recently adopted anthem, Dafydd Iwan’s ‘Yma o Hyd’.  T ...

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Royal Commission Carbon Reporting

22/11/2022 33 164

Many of us are aware of the contribution that greenhouse gasses such as carbon dioxide and methane make towards overall global warming and climate change. Sinc ...

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Children from Tywyn and the resettlement camp bonded over their love of football.

Inter Faith Week 2022: British Ugandan Asians at 50

15/11/2022 51 164

Fifty years ago, in 1972, Idi Amin, President of Uganda, decided to expel all the Asian citizens living in the country and confiscate all their property, unjus ...

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The elegantly simple Welsh National War Memorial, Cardiff, (1924–8 by Sir Ninian Comper) is a focal point for the commemoration of all the Welsh men and women who have lost their lives in the service of their country. The circular Classical colonnade evocatively opens to the sky and encloses a three-side podium with three bronze statues representing the different military services.

Remembrance: War Memorials in Wales

10/11/2022 35 164

War memorials are a constant reminder of the service and sacrifice of those who defended our freedoms in previous wars and conflicts and protected the way of l ...

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Adeilad mawr, ffrynt gwydyr a glas / Large building with a glass and blue frontage

Old School, New School

04/11/2022 22 164

Major changes are happening to the educational estate in Wales under the Welsh Government’s 21st-Century Schools Programme. Dr Meilyr Powel of the Royal Comm ...

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Come and Work with Us on an Exciting NLHF-funded Community Project!

27/10/2022 67 107

Love archaeology, history and conservation work? Are you able to handle a multi-themed community proje ...

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Shipwrecked Heritage by Dr Hayley Roberts

17/10/2022 41 164

Royal Commission Online Lecture Shipwrecked Heritage: Values, Threats and Legal Tensions by Dr Hayley RobertsDate and time: 27 Oct 2022, 18:30 BSTLocation: ...

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Dates for your Diary

13/10/2022 20 164

From the Mountains to the Sea: Exploring the Archaeology of Ceredigion from the Air by Dr Toby Driver 20/10/2022 7pm Sarnau Village Hall, Llandysu ...

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The splendid carving of the mermaid with comb and mirror is said to symbolise good luck

World Mental Health Day and St Giles

10/10/2022 36 164

St Giles was one of the most popular saints of the Middle Ages and is regarded as the patron saint of people facing health challenges, including those with men ...

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Lifelong Learning at the Royal Commission

06/10/2022 41 164

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales has a strong reputation for the knowledge and expertise of its staff and the richness of ...

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Libraries Week: Ten Types of Books we use in Answering your Enquiries

03/10/2022 69 105

Every day, our Library and Enquiries team answers a wide range of questions about the history, build ...

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World Maritime Day 2022

29/09/2022 23 164

September 29th is the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) ‘World Maritime Day’. In 2022 the IMO’s chosen theme is “New Technologies for Green ...

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Congratulations to our Deep-Mapping Experts

Congratulations to our Deep-Mapping Experts

15/09/2022 43 164

Congratulations to the Deep Mapping Estate Archives project on winning this years Ordnance Survey Award at the British Cartographic Society Conference. Their H ...

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Yr Ysgwrn, Trawsfynydd, Gwynedd

Open Doors 2022: Explore Wales’s Built Heritage

13/09/2022 49 164

This September sees the welcome return of Open Doors, Wales’s annual contribution to the European Heritage Days initiative, which invites heritage organisati ...

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Hallstatt Lecture – Dyfi Valley Place Names

17/08/2022 45 164

On Wednesday, 24 August at 1pm, Dr James January-McCann will present the 2022 Hallstatt Lecture on the place names of the Dyfi Valley. Dr January-McCann is a W ...

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The Victorian Society’s ‘Welsh Heritage Day’

17/08/2022 50 164

The Victorian Society’s ‘Welsh Heritage Day’City Hall, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3ND3 September, 10am – 3.30pm Victorian heritage is too often ...

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This aerial view shows how complex and impressive are the various entrances, ditches and banks of the Pen Dinas hillfort.

Exploring PEN DINAS: capital of Iron Age mid Wales

16/08/2022 50 164

Dyfed Archaeological Trust in partnership with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales has received a £143,243 grant from the Na ...

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Five Year Report – The List of Historic Place Names of Wales

25/07/2022 66 108

The List of Historic Place Names has existed for five years now, and a great deal has happened in that ...

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Llun du a gwyn o adeilad / Black and white photograph of a building

Narberth County Intermediate School

15/07/2022 35 164

In August 1889, a transformative piece of legislation was passed that would affect education in Wales for years to come. This was the Welsh Intermediate and Te ...

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Awyrlun o dirwedd arfordirol / Aerial photograph of coastal landscape

Come and Discover Castell Bach on the Ceredigion Coast!

13/07/2022 55 164

Castell Bach is one of Ceredigion’s few coastal Iron Age forts, which occupies a spectacular but secluded location. Questions remains about why it was built ...

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Mwnt Church closed after attacks by vandals in December 2021.

Wales Leads The Way With Drive Against Heritage Crime

21/06/2022 53 164

Wales’s four police forces have linked up with heritage bodies including the Royal Commission to drive down heritage crime. They have a stark warning – onc ...

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Gweddillion llongddrylliad y GUIDING STAR /The wreck remains of the GUIDING STAR

World Ocean Day

08/06/2022 15 164

The oceans and seas are critical for the health and wellbeing of everything on Planet Earth. They bring great biodiversity to the natural world, can provide us ...

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World Environment Day: Only One Earth

05/06/2022 37 164

Today is World Environment Day. Under the theme 'Only One Earth' we want to share with you the journey the Royal Commission is taking towards becoming a more s ...

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Interior view of the kitchen at St Fagans Elizabethan mansion.

International Museums Day: 18th May

18/05/2022 35 164

Today on International Museums Day we are celebrating the magnificent range of museums in Wales. We have over 90 accredited museums, ranging from local industr ...

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May: The Month of Mary

10/05/2022 22 164

As the siege of Mariupol reaches its tragic conclusion, it is poignant that these ghastly events are taking place in the month of May. May, of course, is regar ...

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Caerfai iron-age promontory fort, Pembrokeshire.

Exploring the Welsh Coast: Celebrating 10 Years of the Wales Coast Path!

05/05/2022 72 102

Caerfai iron-age promontory fort, Pembrokeshire. Wales’s coastline stretches for around 1,68 ...

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Cerflun o Gyfiawnder yn y portico. / Sculpture of Justice within the portico.

World Heritage Day: War and Peace 

18/04/2022 35 164

Today is UNESCO’s World Heritage Day.  It is also the eighth week of the conflict in Ukraine.  In war heritage gets damaged and sometimes erased.&n ...

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Topiary depiction of The Cruxifixion

The Crucifixion as depicted by topiary at Glyn Aur, Carmarthen

15/04/2022 62 112

Today on Good Friday the Crucifixion is remembered. The Crucifixion has been depicted in many different med ...

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Celebrating St Catharine – By Christopher Catling

05/04/2022 55 164

Reading Richard Suggett’s splendid new book about late medieval churches – Painted Temples – got me thinking about the reasons for the popularity of St C ...

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Our friendly Library and Enquiries staff are always happy to help point things out!

We’re Reopening the Library and Search Room on 4 April 2022

22/03/2022 61 113

When we closed the doors to our Library and Search Room for refurbishment on 3 February 2020 with the intent ...

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Job Vacancy – IT Officer

22/03/2022 27 164

The post sits within the Royal Commission’s Corporate Business Unit (CBU) which reports directly to the Secretary/CEO and is responsible for five broad activ ...

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Please share your views on our List of Historic Place Names

23/02/2022 59 164

Can you spare five minutes to complete our questionnaire, designed to help us respond better to the needs of our users? We are currently collecting informat ...

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Powis Castle garden terraces, looking north-east.

The Register of Historic Parks and Gardens in Wales

22/02/2022 51 164

The Statutory Register of Parks and Gardens in Wales of Special Historic Interest came into force on 1 February 2022. This followed the passing of the Historic ...

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Come and Work with Us!

18/02/2022 22 164

The Royal Commission is a respected organisation in many ways, not least in its ability to retain and nurture talent amongst its workforce. We recently celebra ...

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Divers recording cannon on the seabed during the excavation of the wreck. (© Mike Bowyer)

Discovering the ‘Bronze Bell’ Wreck

10/02/2022 39 164

Find out more about this mysterious wreck ahead of our next free online talk, ‘Diving Back on the Bronze Bell Wreck’ by Alison James, MSDS Marine, on behal ...

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Job Vacancy – Online Services Manager

09/02/2022 39 164

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales is looking to recruit a permanent full time Online Services Manager to manage its online ...

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Job Vacancy – Buildings Investigator

08/02/2022 39 164

Exciting new post within Survey and Investigation The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales was established in 1908 and is the i ...

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Job Vacancy – Geomatics Officer

08/02/2022 34 164

Exciting new post within Survey and Investigation The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales was established in 1908 and is the i ...

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Job Vacancy – Human Resources Manager

27/01/2022 39 164

Are you an experienced Human Resources Manager with an interest in heritage? If so, the Royal Commission is looking for a full-time HR Manager on a permanent c ...

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Planning the Seas

19/01/2022 17 164

Most people are familiar, at least in passing, with the need to gain planning permission before building things on land: a house, office building, roads, etc. ...

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A Renaissance pendant in the nave ceiling at St David’s dated by the Royal Commission to the 1530s just before the Reformation.

World Religion Day: 16th January 2022

16/01/2022 37 164

World Religion Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in January every year and is a reminder of the need for harmony and understanding between religions and fa ...

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Mapping Historical Boundaries in the Digital Age

05/01/2022 48 164

Medieval Wales was divided into kingdoms, cantrefs and commotes, as well as parishes, townships, and manors. These boundaries have changed over time and th ...

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Family and friends playing croquet c.1900, probably in northeast Wales. Just one of the over two million images held in the Royal Commission’s archive.

Celebrating 10 Years of Friendship

02/01/2022 34 164

It has been 10 years since the ‘Friends of the Commission’ was established. A lot has happened since November 2011, particularly so in the last eighteen mo ...

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A Handbook to Cwmbran published by the Cwmbran Development Corporation

Cwmbrân: ‘Where the Future is Happening Now’

08/12/2021 49 164

Cwmbrân is the only Mark I New Town in Wales and, as such, is both a fascinating and significant town representing an important phase in UK post-war town plan ...

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Welsh Rights Day 2019

Celebrating Welsh Language Rights Day

07/12/2021 37 164

Today, Tuesday 7 December, is Welsh Language Rights Day, a day for us to raise awareness of the rights you have to use the Welsh language with us and to promot ...

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Early day sin Cwmbran. (Cover image) Gwent archives.

Cwmbran: ‘Where the Future is Happening Now!’

03/12/2021 49 164

Join us online for this year’s Royal Commission Christmas Lecture, “Cwmbran: ‘Where the Future is Happening Now!’” by Susan Fielding, Senior Investig ...

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Explore your Archive – Archival Snapshots

17/11/2021 43 164

Join us for a fascinating snapshot into the libraries and archives of the great and the small. 22–26 November 2021, 13:00–14:15 This year for Explore ...

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The Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Cardiff

15/11/2021 37 164

Did you know that Wales is home to one of the UK’s most beautiful Hindu temples, located in Merches Place, Cardiff, a short distance south of the Princip ...

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Job Vacancy – Library and Enquiries Assistant

09/11/2021 47 164

Are you passionate about the history and heritage of Wales and in the work of the Royal Commission?    If so, we are looking to recruit a Library ...

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Job Vacancy – Human Resources Manager

04/11/2021 39 164

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, based in Aberystwyth, is looking to recruit a permanent full time Human Resources Manage ...

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COP26: Committing to tackle the climate crisis

04/11/2021 46 164

The Royal Commission plays a key role in ensuring that the historic environment remains rich, varied and rewarding for the people of Wales, now and in the ...

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Royal Commission – a partner in new Unpath’d Waters UK project

19/10/2021 70 104

The Royal Commission is one of twenty-two UK partners who have been successful in receiving an ...

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20th Century – Libraries Gave Us Power!

06/10/2021 41 164

As a result of Andrew Carnegie’s impressive generosity, by the start of the 20th century, many Welsh towns had striking buildings where people flocked to ...

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The Long, Winding Road to the Modern Public Library in Wales

04/10/2021 60 164

Wales has a long and fascinating literary history. However, prior to the advent of the modern public library, Wales’s manuscripts and books were held in ...

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World Maritime Day 2021

30/09/2021 23 164

Thursday 30th September is the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) ‘World Maritime Day 2021’. Their theme for this year is ‘Seafarers: At t ...

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The Sinclair C5 & Merthyr Tydfil

24/09/2021 37 164

The death was announced last week of Sir Clive Sinclair (1940–2021), the inventor. We have all heard of the Sinclair C5 an "electrically assisted pedal c ...

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World Alzheimer’s Day: Resources for Reminiscence

21/09/2021 55 164

On World Alzheimer's Day we wanted to tell you about the latest additions to the Memory Archive, which we have created with People’s Collection Wales. Th ...

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Animals in the archive: Exploring archival anomalies

14/09/2021 52 164

Archive Number: 6430556Carving on bench in St Mark's Church, Brithdir. Many people will tell you that one of the joys of archive resear ...

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Two new exciting job opportunities with the EU Funded CHERISH Project

01/09/2021 69 105

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales is looking to recruit 2 new po ...

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Welsh Wool, Slavery, and the Built Environment

23/08/2021 46 164

Slavery was an integral part of the early modern economy, deeply linked with local, national and international economic activities, including in Wales. The ...

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Join us for this year’s Eisteddfod AmGen July 31—August 7

26/07/2021 61 113

We will once again be joining our partners in the heritage sector to celebrate this year’s Eisteddfod ...

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THE VIEW FROM ABOVE: One hundred years of aerial photographs of Wales

13/07/2021 69 105

This year’s theme for the Council of British Archaeology’s Festival of Archaeology is ‘Exp ...

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Setting Sail with the Royal Commission

08/07/2021 38 164

Dr Julian Whitewright Senior Investigator (Maritime) On 14 June 2021, I joined the RCAHMW to work on the maritime aspects of Wales’s heritage. During ...

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Gwylfa Hiraethog 1953 (Image DI2009_0892)

Gwylfa Hiraethog – the Welsh Watchtower

08/06/2021 41 164

Bryn Trillyn (the hill of the three lakes) is located in the heart of the Hiraethog mountains in Denbighshire. It’s also the name of an old tavern built arou ...

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Soar Welsh Independent Chapel, Lampeter. A town chapel rebuilt in 1874; photograph showing the congregation leaving the chapel c.1910.

Welsh Nonconformist Chapels: A National Architecture

29/05/2021 52 164

Welsh chapels are arguably the most iconic buildings in Wales, but also one of the building types most at threat from closure, dereliction, and demolition. Fro ...

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PRESS RELEASE Two new Royal Commissioners appointed

28/05/2021 51 164

Welsh Government Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport, Dawn Bowden has welcomed the appointment of two Commissioners to the Royal Commission on the Ancie ...

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Welcome New Coflein! – find out how to get the best from our new website

Welcome New Coflein! – find out how to get the best from our new website

16/05/2021 74 100

You are warmly invited to the online launch of New Coflein, our online database with improved f ...

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Peel Street Mosque, Cardiff taken in 1964

Wales’s first purpose-built mosque

12/05/2021 36 164

On 12 May, Muslims everywhere will celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the feast that marks the breaking of the month-long Ramadan fast. Knowing little about the history of ...

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Job Vacancy – Senior Archivist

11/05/2021 36 164

We are recruiting an experienced Senior Archivist who will lead on managing and developing the archive collections of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and H ...

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Recording The Last Synagogue of the Welsh Valleys

07/05/2021 49 164

Laser scan data of the exterior by Wessex Archaeology. Crown Copyright RCAHMW 2021 The oldest surviving synagogue in Wales has now been recorded for ...

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Injured men made fit again? – miners at Talygarn

28/04/2021 50 164

On International Workers' Memorial Day #IWMD21 & World Day for Health and Safety at Work, find out about Talygarn – the convalescent and rehabilitati ...

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Unloved Heritage – No Longer Unloved!

23/04/2021 39 164

We are celebrating three years of exploring, learning, fun and friendships as the ‘Unloved Heritage?’ project comes to its end.  Earlier this m ...

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The decorated fragment of a 3700-year-old Early Bronze Age Vase Urn is the first Bronze Age pottery from the western Pembrokeshire islands (Richard Brown and Giselle Eagle, WTSWW).

Lucky finds from rabbit hole re-write prehistory of Welsh Island

25/03/2021 64 110

Chance finds dating back 9000 years tell new story of Skokholm Island, Pembrokeshire Chance finds of p ...

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Redefining Heritage? Recording Modern Wales

24/03/2021 43 164

What springs to mind when you think of a ‘historic building’? Castles, medieval churches, timber-framed houses? Maybe nineteenth-century industrial com ...

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Talk by Daniel Hunt – Living on the brink

19/03/2021 47 164

Join us for the second talk in our new series of Royal Commission online lectures. On Thursday, 1 April, at 5pm, CHERISH Investigator, Daniel Hunt will be ...

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St Patrick and a story of human burial and coastal erosion

17/03/2021 58 164

Capel Patrick full west of St Davids and placed as near his country, namely Ireland, as it could well be. It is now wholly decayed. (George Owen, 1603) ...

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Ruby, Ruby, Ruby!

08/03/2021 17 164

‘Picture of the Year’ 1943 One of the most famous and inspiring works of art produced during the Second World War is “Ruby Loftus Screwing a Breech-ri ...

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Some lesser-known Llanddewis

02/03/2021 28 164

Everyone in Wales knows who the David is in St. David’s (Tyddewi in Welsh), and that Llanddewi Velfrey and Llanddewi Brefi are named after him as well, b ...

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Celebrating St David’s Day: Llanddewi Brefi and St David

01/03/2021 58 164

Llanddewi Brefi: a pencil drawing of the church and village c.1850. There are numerous churches dedicated to St David in Wales, including, ...

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Plas Tan yr Allt – a house and its secrets

23/02/2021 44 164

Over two hundred years ago this month, there was a dramatic and traumatic event at Plas Tan yr Allt, Tremadog, Gwynedd. On a wild and stormy night on 26 Februa ...

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Abermagwr Roman cut glass vessel

Ceredigion Museum to Display Rare Roman Cut Glass

21/01/2021 49 164

A partnership between Ceredigion Museum and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales has attracted £1,000 funding from the As ...

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Free Digital Past Conference February 2021

20/01/2021 42 164

Join us as a part of a global audience for this year’s free, online International Digital Past Conference. The programme is now viewable here. As well ...

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Castell Nadolig from the air in low winter light, December 2019

Castell Nadolig: A ‘Christmas hillfort’ with hidden secrets

16/12/2020 63 111

In coastal Ceredigion overlooking Cardigan Bay is an Iron Age hillfort with a curious name; it appears to ...

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Digital Past 2021 goes online as a free event

15/12/2020 45 164

Wednesday 10 February 2021: Conference8-12 February 2021: Workshops Digital Past 2021: New Technologies in Heritage, Interpretation and Outreach  ...

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Uncovering wallpaintings: the patterned wall from modern to medieval Wales

01/12/2020 74 100

This talk offers an illustrated journey from modern wallpaper to medieval wallpaintings, includ ...

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‘The Bridge’ by Jonah Jones, formerly at Coleg Harlech. Still from an animation by See3D Ltd and the Royal Commission used in the TV series Hidden Histories

Digital Survey and Interpretation

25/11/2020 33 164

Since its inception in 1908, the Royal Commission has established a reputation for maintaining an expertise in, and developing standards for, the survey, inter ...

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Laser scan survey image of Parys Mountain Windmill: 2000

Explore Your Archives 2020 – Digital Technologies in Heritage

19/11/2020 67 107

Laser scan survey image of Parys Mountain Windmill: 2000 NPRN 306041 C.444624 Ref. PMW08 Our ...

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Two free online talks by our Commission staff coming up

05/11/2020 55 164

Pembrokeshire Coast Archaeology Day This year’s popular Pembrokeshire Coast Archaeology Day is taking place online. The event promises a full programm ...

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Harlech Castle supposedly built on or near the site where Pryderi brought back Bendigeidfran's head from Ireland

On the trail of Pryderi, King of Dyfed

27/10/2020 38 164

Pryderi, King of Dyfed, is a mythological figure whose heroic life is told in the Mabinogi, a series of early Welsh tales told by poets and storytellers to ent ...

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John Myers, West African seaman’s 105-year-old grave found

21/10/2020 60 164

Simon Hancock, the curator of Haverfordwest Town Museum (a partner on the Royal Commission led WW1 U-boat Project), has been in touch with the amazing news tha ...

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Thomas Telford, L.T.C. Rolt. London - Longmans, 1958

Thomas Telford, L.T.C. Rolt. London: Longmans, 1958

08/10/2020 51 164

I had always been aware of Thomas Telford through my Dad teaching us kids about his London to Holyhead road and the Menai Bridge on our journeys to h ...

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Pevsner Architectural Guides - Buildings of Wales

Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of Wales

06/10/2020 48 164

This may, perhaps, seem a rather staid choice for a celebration of books for Libraries Week (given the plethora of wonderful, exotic, choices for such an occas ...

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Data Cleansing the Catalogue

06/10/2020 28 164

‘Data cleansing of the catalogue’; perhaps not the most exciting combination of words, but, it has led me to the unearthing of many discoveries. On retirem ...

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Thomas Pennant A Tour in Wales, Vol. II. London Henry Hughes (1st Edition, 1783)

Libraries Week 5-10 October 2020

05/10/2020 32 164

For this year’s Libraries Week we invited our staff and volunteers to write a short piece on a book or journal from our Library that they found particularly ...

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Paviland Cave, Gower

30/09/2020 20 164

The rugged limestone sea cliffs at Paviland on the coast of south Gower, steep in places and pock-marked with fractures and cavities, are home to one of the mo ...

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15-Minute Heritage Grants

30/09/2020 25 164

The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Cadw have teamed up to launch their 15-Minute Heritage Grants scheme for projects that help to connect communities in Wa ...

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Memory Archive

World Alzheimer’s Month: Helping people live well with dementia

23/09/2020 65 109

At the Royal Commission we are passionate about heritage and how it can enrich people’s lives. One way ...

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Job - Senior Investigator (Maritime)

Job Vacancy – Senior Investigator (Maritime)

18/09/2020 46 164

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales is looking to recruit a Senior Investigator (Maritime), a key post in its Survey and Inve ...

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Ancient forest revealed at Llanrhystud following Storm Francis

Ancient Forest at Llanrhystud

17/09/2020 29 164

While out for a family walk on Saturday, 29 August, 2020, following Storm Francis, we discovered tree stumps protruding from the shingle on the upper part of L ...

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Map showing roughly where the AGILE collided; quite a way away from its Maritime Named Location site and not in Welsh waters! Source gridreferencefinder.com

Locating Welsh shipwrecks

07/09/2020 25 164

The current project, ‘Making the Link: Lloyd’s Register and the National Monuments Record of Wales’, funded by Lloyds Register Foundation aims to enhance ...

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Nannau Old Kitchen Garden, 2005

Nannau

24/08/2020 6 164

Nannau – ‘the place of many streams’ – has an interesting place in Welsh life, partly because of its long history. The house is located about three mil ...

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In the steps of Owain Glyndŵr

17/08/2020 30 164

One of Wales' best known national heroes, Owain Glyndŵr lived between c.1359- c.1415. He was descended from the royal houses of Powys and Deheubarth with land ...

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Eisteddfod AmGen 2020

31/07/2020 21 164

Having been held every year since 1861 (apart from the year war broke out in 1914), the modern Eisteddfod in Wales will be held again this year but in a new di ...

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Geophysical survey in 2009 by Dave Hopewell revealed a winged stone building.

The Roman villa that made history: Abermagwr Villa, Ceredigion

24/07/2020 62 112

Discovery! Ten years ago this month, initial excavations directed by Dr Jeffrey Davies and Dr Toby Drive ...

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Coflein Samtampa

SS Samtampa

21/07/2020 11 164

You may be aware that Coflein, the online database for the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW), has over 180,000 sites in its collection. This national c ...

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Abermagwr Roman glass image

Bronze, Glass and Gold: Prehistoric and Roman Treasures from Ceredigion

16/07/2020 71 103

This talk showcases rare and special prehistoric and Roman finds from the county of Ceredigion in ...

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Festival of Archaeology 2020 and the Royal Commission, 11–19 July

13/07/2020 67 107

Like so many other festivals this year, the Festival of Archaeology is going online. Running from Satu ...

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This photo of Hendre Uchaf was taken in 1953 by G. B. Mason, but the garden remained largely unchanged in the 70s and 80s

Hendre Uchaf, Abergele, by Nicola Roberts, Public Engagement Officer

30/06/2020 68 106

My favourite images relate to a site which holds great personal interest for me- it was the house whe ...

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The site entry for Llyn Barfog, Mynydd y Llyn (NPRN 402570) records several interesting folktales. Image AP_2011_0726.TIF, © Crown Copyright RCAHMW

Every Site a Story by Dr Adam N. Coward, Data Enhancement Assistant

19/06/2020 67 107

The site entry for Llyn Barfog, Mynydd y Llyn (NPRN 402570) records several interesting folktales. Ima ...

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Heulfan y Rhyl - Rhyl Sun Centre

Staff Picks: Favourite Images from the Archive

15/06/2020 46 164

Rhyl Sun Centre and Pont yr Aber swing bridge and the surrounding Cei Quay), Caernarfon by Dr Hayley Roberts, RCAHMW Commissioner (Maritime Heritage) and Senio ...

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Dafydd Elis-Thomas, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism

The future for places of worship

09/06/2020 32 164

For those of us who care about the future of Wales’s places of worship, the suggestion that they could soon be open again ‘for private prayer and contempla ...

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The Jubilee Tower, Moel Fammau

Staff Picks: Favourite Images from the Archive

02/06/2020 46 164

We have recently featured favourite images from the archive chosen by Commission staff, together with explanations for their choices. Here are some more: Th ...

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Llangybi primary school

Staff Picks: Favourite Images from the Archive

27/05/2020 46 164

‘Staff Picks’ During the next few weeks, we will feature a number of favourite images from the archive chosen by Commission staff, together with explanatio ...

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The National Buildings Record: a legacy from World War Two

11/05/2020 58 164

The 75th anniversary of VE Day has made many of us think once again about the Second World War.  The extent of the War’s effects on the world means that ...

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Pennar Point, Pembrokeshire

VE Day – remarkable images from the end of the Second World War

07/05/2020 65 109

On 8 May 1945, the Second World War came to an end in Europe. VE Day was a time of celebration. Since 19 ...

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Bara Brith: a recipe for ‘lock-down’

05/05/2020 40 164

A YouGov survey asking how habits have changed since the start of the coronavirus lockdown found that people are preparing more meals at home and are falling i ...

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HMS Hamadryad: transformation from ship to hospital

01/05/2020 51 164

Many Cardiffians will remember the Royal Hamadyrad Hospital, once a seamen’s hospital and later a psychiatric hospital in the docklands area of Cardiff, whic ...

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Boundaries like these, at the Radnorshire Wildlife Trust's Gilfach Nature Reserve, have been difficult to date in the past: they could be medieval or more recent. The use of data from historic maps overlaid on the Ordnance Survey master map might enable us to pin down the date of the boundary more precisely, though of course the boundary itself could be much older than the stone slabs that have been used for fencing and that now support a host of rare lichens.

Time Travel Blog

28/04/2020 16 164

If you have been listening to Radios 3 or 4 in recent days you are no doubt aware that 7 April marked the 250th anniversary of William Wordsworth’s birth. In ...

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A 1980s Rhyd-y-car terrace house, with Ryan and Ronnie on the television (360-degree video)

‘Memory Archive’: 360-degree videos for immersion and reminiscence

13/04/2020 70 104

‘Memory Archive’ is a People’s Collection Wales initiative, led by the Royal Commission. It i ...

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Aberystwyth Old College stairway graffiti

Young People and Heritage

03/04/2020 25 164

I often hear it said that it is difficult to get young people involved in heritage and that they are not interested in helping to preserve aspects of the herit ...

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Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan (NPRN 307771)

Parks & Gardens

24/03/2020 20 164

Like most regions of the British Isles, Wales has a rich inheritance of historic parks and gardens. They are part of Wales’s national identity, enriching the ...

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Angharad Williams, our Public Engagement Manager, who represented the WHSI at the 2020 EUSTORY network meeting, sharing good practice and discussing ideas on how to widen participation and engage with students from different backgrounds with other members

Transitions in Europe

12/03/2020 21 164

How do we ensure that we present history in an impartial way? What if our country’s recent history is too painful for some to discuss? Are there continuing p ...

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Castell Nadolig hillfort, Ceredigion

Castell Nadolig hillfort, Ceredigion

11/03/2020 36 164

On the 5 March a break in the weather allowed the Royal Commission to carry out the first drone survey and ground recording of Castell Nadolig hillfort in sout ...

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Nurse Jane Henrietta Adeane

Adeane, the O.B.E, and the hospital by the sea

06/03/2020 46 164

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we bring you the story of Nurse Jane Henrietta Adeane. Jane Henrietta Adeane On the morning of 28 November 1917 ...

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Glantowy Fawr farmhouse and farm on the floodplain of the River Tywi showing the effects of increased rainfall on historic assets

Adapting to Climate Change

04/03/2020 26 164

In April 2019, the Welsh Government declared a national climate emergency to accelerate action to tackle climate change. This requires both mitigation ...

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My introduction to working at the Royal Commission

21/02/2020 50 164

Hi, I’m Marisa and I recently joined the Commission as Public Engagement Assistant in September last year.  Having grown up in Aberystwyth I had heard a ...

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Llanthony Priory, Monmouthshire

Spiritual Tourism Symposium

11/02/2020 27 164

Llanthony Priory, Monmouthshire Christopher Catling, Secretary of the Royal Commission, will give the opening address at a symposium on Spiritual Tourism to ...

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NMRW Library and Searchroom

RCAHMW Library and Searchroom Temporary Closure Notice

21/01/2020 54 164

Please note that, due to building works, the Royal Commission’s Library and Searchroom, and the Enquiry Service, will be closed at the following times The ...

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

23/12/2019 36 164

St Teilo’s Church re-erected at St Fagans National Museum of History, Cardiff, photographed on 24 January 2013. St Teilo’s Church re-erected at St Fagan ...

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U87

Wreck of submarine sunk on Christmas Day 1917 – now protected

20/12/2019 63 111

An image from a multibeam sonar survey of an area approximately ten miles north-west of Bardsey Island rev ...

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NMRW Enquiry Service

Library and Searchroom Closure Notice

17/12/2019 37 164

Please note that the Royal Commission’s Library and Searchroom, and the Enquiry Service, will be subject to periods of closure during the next few months. Th ...

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The Commissioner for Public Appointments

Appointment of Commissioners (Two Posts)

05/12/2019 40 164

Remuneration: £198 per day (plus T&S) for a time commitment of around 10 days a year. Can you help us to deliver the best possible hi ...

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Welcome to our new shop

The New Royal Commission Shop

04/12/2019 29 164

Buying a Royal Commission book has now become even easier with the creation of our new online store. Listed alphabetically, our entire catalogue is now availab ...

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Discovering Twentieth-century Heritage in Wales

14/11/2019 47 164

Free ‘Explore your Archives’ event Discovering Twentieth-century Heritage in Wales A talk by Royal Commission Senior Investigator, Susan Fielding, at ...

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Top Three Tales from the Archive for Halloween

31/10/2019 46 164

We’ve been having a look through our archives this week to bring you some of our spookiest records for Halloween. It was certainly spine-chilling i ...

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New CHERISH LiDAR Views Of The Welsh Islands

29/10/2019 44 164

Recording coastal sites with the CHERISH team. My name is Amber Andrews and I recently graduated from Swansea University and I am going on to study for a Ma ...

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A still from the VR experience

Recreating the Past in Virtual Reality

11/10/2019 38 164

The level of accuracy captured by digital surveying techniques, such as laser scanning, enables the creation of accurate 3D digital models, but sometimes we wa ...

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Left to right: Richard Suggett, Natalie Williams (University of Wales Press), Peter Davies (Chair of Ceredigion County Council), Geraint H. Jenkins and Eryn M. White

Cardiganshire County History Launched!

11/10/2019 38 164

The long-awaited history of medieval Cardiganshire was launched to a full house at the National Library’s Drwm on Saturday 5 October.  This substantial ...

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Library and Search Room

Accessibility: How to Find Us

10/10/2019 29 164

As part of the Royal Commission’s ongoing commitment to Accessibility, and Equality & Diversity, we have produced a visual and textual, online digital gu ...

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Come and Volunteer in the Royal Commission’s Specialist Library

09/10/2019 65 109

Are you interested in archaeology, architecture, maritime archaeology, Welsh history or industrial a ...

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Investigators Digital Photograph Ruined Quarrymans Cottages Betws-y-coed

Discovering the Welsh Past Online

07/10/2019 33 164

Whether debating the merits of the new curriculum or highlighting the stories of underrepresented groups, there has been increased discussion of the importance ...

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Wales and the Sea: 10,000 years of Welsh Maritime History

Over 10,000 Years of Wales’ Maritime History Celebrated in New Book

25/09/2019 69 105

Press Release The most comprehensive study of Wales’ maritime history ever commissioned, taking ...

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From 1847, 16 Pier Street was the original site of the Cambrian Institution for the Deaf and Dumb, the first deaf school in Wales. The school moved to Swansea in 1850. NPRN 35105.

Royal Commission Staff Learning British Sign Language

23/09/2019 53 164

As part of our ongoing work, the Royal Commission is committed to increasing the ease of access to our archival collections and sharing our work with a broad a ...

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A Dog, a Diary and a 70-year Mystery

06/09/2019 36 164

NEWS RELEASE Last December, the U-boat Project shared the amazing story how a small terrier named Lotte came to live among the crew of the German submarine ...

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Dinas Dinlle Hillfort and Second World War seagull trench

Dinas Dinlle Hillfort, Gwynedd

22/08/2019 30 164

Dinas Dinlle coastal hillfort is owned by the National Trust. It is set on a hill of glacial drift sediments (specifically a thrust-block moraine) overlooking ...

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NMRW - Library closure week 12 - 16 August 2019

Library closure week: 12 – 16 August 2019

08/08/2019 43 164

New NMRW serachroom The library and search room will be closed and the enquiry service suspended from Monday 12 August until Friday 16 August 2019. Enquirie ...

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Welcome to Issue 4 of CHERISH news, led by the Royal Commission

05/08/2019 63 111

Welcome to Issue 4 of CHERISH news, a European-funded project led by the Royal Commission, in partnership ...

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Brand-New Map of Historic Places in Llanrwst

Brand-New Map of Historic Places in Llanrwst

31/07/2019 44 164

With a fifteenth-century rood screen, early modern alms houses, a famous bridge and (allegedly) Llywelyn Fawr’s coffin, there’s a lot of history, and Welsh ...

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List of Historic Placenames Map

List of Historic Welsh Place Names now over 660,000 Records

12/07/2019 59 164

The List of Historic Welsh Place Names received the Cynefin Project data from the National Library of Wales just before Christmas, and since then, we have been ...

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Archaeology at the edge!

21/06/2019 24 164

CHERISH Project continues to unearth the secrets of Dinas Dinlle coastal fort The beginning of June saw CHERISH archaeologists and geographers from the Roya ...

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Multibeam image of the SS DRINA wreck.

Student Rebecca Carlton writes about her work with the U-Boat Project

20/06/2019 69 105

My name is Rebecca, I am a second-year heritage student at the University of Wales Trinity Saint Dav ...

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Remembering the Veterans of D-Day, 6 June 1944

06/06/2019 46 164

The 6 June 2019 marks the beginning of the 75th anniversary period for Operation Overlord, the largest combined land, air and naval operation in history. Opera ...

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Llun o Gaer Hubbertson, Aberdaugleddau. Cafodd ei hadeiladu ym 1860 a’i defnyddio i amddiffyn yr ierdydd llongau yn ystod y Rhyfel Byd Cyntaf a’r Ail Ryfel Byd

Discover the Heroes of the Haven: Part 2

29/05/2019 40 164

What was life like for the men of the base?  A common part of life was naval discipline and regulations. From washing uniforms to leave, ther ...

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The historic core of surviving Naval buildings within Pembroke Dockyard.

Discover the Heroes of the Haven: Part 1

29/05/2019 40 164

Milford Haven, a port on the south-western tip of Wales, was one of the most important bases on the Welsh Coast during the First World War. With its view of th ...

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Annual Report 2017-18

22/05/2019 21 164

Annual Report 2017-18 by The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales The latest edition of the Royal Commission’s Annual Re ...

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U-boat Project 1914-18: Commemorating the War at Sea

U-Boat Project Exhibition visits Milford during Discover the Haven Week

21/05/2019 71 103

During a week of celebrations of the Naval and maritime history of Milford Haven, the U-Boat Proje ...

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The Merchant Seaman's Memorial, Cardiff Bay

The face of a Merchant Seafarer Lost to the Sea

20/05/2019 47 164

The Merchant Seaman's Memorial in Cardiff Bay is in the form of a sleeping face fused with a ship's hull, made by riveting plates of metal together. The techni ...

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The multibeam echosounder survey of the ORONSA reveals that that stern of the ship has broken away and now lies on sits port side. Source: Bangor University

Commemorating the loss of the ORONSA

15/05/2019 36 164

On 28 April 1918, the British cargo steamer ORONSA was passing through the Irish Sea as part of convoy HN62. On board were 110 passengers, 155 crew members, an ...

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1. Aerofilms Ltd was established by First World War veteran Francis Lewis Wills and daredevil aviator Claude Grahame-White. Francis Lewis Wills is shown here (left) in a DH9B biplane, July 1919, the year Aerofilms was founded. © English Heritage. Aerofilms Collection.

One hundred Years On! Aerofilms: A History of Britain from Above

09/05/2019 64 110

One hundred years ago today, 9 May 1919, Aerofilms Ltd was born. The unprecedented business venture hoped ...

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Professor Emeritus A D Carr

Professor Emeritus A D Carr

02/05/2019 27 164

We are very sorry to hear of the passing of Professor Emeritus A D Carr, former Commissioner of the Royal Commission (2001— 2011), and greatly respected hist ...

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Showcasing Welsh heritage in the Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative exhibition at the annual network meeting.

Representing Wales in Europe

30/04/2019 28 164

Recently our Public Engagement Manager travelled to Tallinn, Estonia, to represent the Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative at the annual EUSTORY Network meeting, ...

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Delyth Jewell AM and Elin Jones AM discuss our work and collections

Visit by Elin Jones AM and Delyth Jewell AM

12/04/2019 43 164

This week we were visited by Assembly Members Elin Jones (Presiding Officer) and Delyth Jewell. After a quick introduction to the organisation, we showcased th ...

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10. Toby and Robert at the National Flight Centre, ready for take-off.

High above the coastal heritage of Ireland

09/04/2019 42 164

Aerial reconnaissance in a light aircraft is still one of the best ways to rapidly monitor the condition of coastal heritage sites along hundreds of miles of r ...

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Project Support Placement – School Materials Development

03/04/2019 58 164

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, which is based in Aberystwyth, is looking to recruit an education focussed work placemen ...

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Prof Nancy Edwards

Appointment of Chair and Commissioners

02/04/2019 38 164

Prof Nancy Edwards The Royal Commission is proud to announce the appointment of Professor Nancy Edwards as Chair of the Commission following the retirement ...

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Misericords at St David’s

01/03/2019 27 164

St David’s Cathedral, Pembrokeshire.NPRN: 306 DI2008_1029 St David’s Cathedral in Pembrokeshire is considered the holiest site in Wales. It stands ...

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The last military invasion of the British mainland

22/02/2019 50 164

The last military invasion of the British mainland, took place on 22 February 1797, when French Republican troops tried to land at Pembrokeshire, four yea ...

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Dyfed Archaeological Trust: Archaeology Day

21/02/2019 43 164

On Saturday, 2 March, both Dr Toby Driver and Dr James January-McCann of the Royal Commission will be giving talks at the Dyfed Archaeology Day at Graig Cam ...

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All Quiet on the Western Front

12/02/2019 30 164

Post-Armistice operations off the Welsh coast. [caption id="attachment_14394" align="aligncenter" width="850"] HMS Audacious sinking on 27 October 1914. A ma ...

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Newtown Bypass: recording a major infrastructure project from the air

11/02/2019 69 105

With the opening of the new £80 million Newtown Bypass in Powys on the 14 February 2019, here is a c ...

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Signing the TUC’s Dying to Work Charter

07/02/2019 41 164

[caption id="attachment_14360" align="aligncenter" width="850"] From Left to Right: Christopher Catling, Charles Green, Sue Billingsley, Stephen Bailey-John and ...

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The King’s Rent Hole: a Radnorshire Folk-Tradition

14/01/2019 52 164

The Royal Commission’s early inventories offer fascinating insights into the historic built environment in early-twentieth-century Wales and how it was percei ...

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2018: Year in Review – our improvements to Coflein!

08/01/2019 53 164

At the Royal Commission we are constantly improving our records and resources in order to provide the best access possible to knowledge about the rich historica ...

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Season’s Greetings and a Happy New Year

21/12/2018 42 164

A snowy scene on Hill’s Tramroad, Blaenavon, looking north towards Skerrid Fawr, also known as ‘Holy Mountain’. NPRN: 85860   [button style ...

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Selection of 11 Historical Sites in Aberystwyth

17/12/2018 47 164

Boasting of a Iron Age hillfort, ruined medieval castle, Gothic and Neo Gothic architecture, Victorian and Edwardian buildings, Funicular Railway, Museum, the T ...

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The End of an Era: the Closure of the M4 Toll-booths

14/12/2018 52 164

The well-known M4 tolls plaza will cease to exist from Monday 17 December 2018. Fees have applied to motor vehicles using the bridges for some 52 years and Mon ...

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Pup rescue – All at sea, Lotte and the U 91

12/12/2018 45 164

In spring of 1918, a German U-boat, U 91, commanded by Alfred von Glasenapp, was patrolling the Irish Sea. The U-boat had left port at Heligoland on 10 April 19 ...

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Paviland Cave and the Ice Age Hunters

30/11/2018 37 164

[caption id="attachment_13554" align="aligncenter" width="2160"] Paviland Cave or Goat's Hole at low tide. The elongated fissure of the cave is at centre-right. ...

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Opening Hours: Christmas 2018 and New Year

23/11/2018 42 164

Library and Search Room Opening Hours: Christmas 2018 and New Year The library and search room will be closed and the enquiry service suspended from Mon ...

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Wales and the memorial legacy of the First World War

16/11/2018 52 164

It is now over one hundred years since the end of the First World War.  Despite the intervening century, the profound technological, politi ...

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Explore Your Archives 2018: World Heritage Wales

15/11/2018 48 164

Display of Archive Material at the Royal Commission, 20 & 21 November, 11am–4pm In celebration of Explore Your Archives 2018, on Tuesday 20 and Wednesd ...

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The Welsh National War Memorial, erected in Cathays Park in 1928

Remembrance Day – Welsh National War Memorial

11/11/2018 51 164

Today is Remembrance Day, 11 November. It is a special day set aside to remember all those men and women who were killed during the two World Wars and other co ...

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Wales’s Heritage Angels Announced – PRESS RELEASE

09/11/2018 53 164

Heritage Angels – people who have played a special part in caring for Wales’s heritage – have been honoured at a special awards ceremony, sponsored by the ...

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Braving the Dragons – PRESS RELEASE

08/11/2018 41 164

‘Braving the Dragons’ is the name of a conference that will explore the uncharted territory at the meeting point between art and archaeology. Leading practi ...

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Free travelling-exhibition: Cymru a’r Môr / Wales and the Sea

07/11/2018 64 110

A free travelling-exhibition exploring the historical and contemporary relationship between Wales and the ...

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Calm After the Storm

25/10/2018 20 164

On 18 October the Royal Commission aerial archaeologist, Dr toby Driver, undertook a three-hour survey flight from Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire up to north An ...

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Welsh Witches

24/10/2018 13 164

The remarkable Court-house at Beaumaris. Halloween/Nos Calan Gaeaf approaches and thoughts will turn, perhaps a little apprehensively, to witches, ghosts an ...

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Remembering the RMS LEINSTER (and the MEXICO CITY) – 10 October 1918

10/10/2018 70 104

The torpedoing of the LEINSTER is well known as the worst loss of life in the Irish Sea during the G ...

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Press Release – Vote for an Angel

05/10/2018 39 164

Members of the public are being invited to vote for their favourite Heritage Angel under an awards scheme sponsored by the Andrew Lloyd-Webber Foundation. Fi ...

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Japan & Pembrokeshire – the HIRANO MARU

04/10/2018 46 164

[caption id="attachment_12684" align="aligncenter" width="850"] HIRANO MARU - Source: David James, West Wales Maritime Heritage Society.[/caption]   ...

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Skomer Island Project, 2018

02/10/2018 27 164

Royal Commission investigators were back on Skomer Island last week, excavating a small trench in Well Meadow next to Island Farm in the centre of the Island. T ...

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Remembering the USS TAMPA sunk on 26 September 1918

26/09/2018 51 164

[caption id="attachment_12391" align="aligncenter" width="850"] US Coastguard personnel with church representatives, David James from the West Wales Maritime He ...

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Houses of the Welsh Countryside

21/09/2018 31 164

The cover of the first edition, showing the Old Vicarage, Berriew, 1975. For much of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries the study of farmhouses an ...

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The Oldest House In Wales

19/09/2018 25 164

Hafodygarreg, Powys, the oldest house in Wales. Hafodygarreg is the earliest precisely-dated house in Wales. Core samples taken from the surviving cruck-tru ...

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Facing the Storms

13/09/2018 17 164

Come and learn about the impact storms have had on the coastal and maritime archaeology of Wales and Ireland. Medrus Suite, Aberystwyth University, 6 October ...

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Fifteen heritage projects reach final of Heritage Angel Awards Wales

09/09/2018 69 105

Fifteen outstanding examples of heritage achievement have been selected for a Heritage Angel Award by ...

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Volunteering in the Royal Commission’s Specialist Library

31/08/2018 59 164

Do you like books? Are you interested in archaeology, architecture, maritime archaeology, Welsh history or industrial archaeology? Would you like to gain new ...

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Sixty Second Interview

24/08/2018 22 164

We interviewed our Commissioner Catherine Hardman about her role.     A Royal Commissioner is an odd title. What do you actually do? Bei ...

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Cardiff Bay: A Constantly Changing Environment, Part II

10/08/2018 55 164

  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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Hidden Histories: Discovering the Heritage of Wales

08/08/2018 51 164

  Hidden Histories: Discovering the Heritage of Wales By A.P. Wakelin, Editor and R.A. Griffiths, 2008. Hidden Histories shows how the heritag ...

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Cardiff Bay: A Constantly Changing Environment, Part I

06/08/2018 54 164

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

31/07/2018 51 164

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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Cropmarks of Wales – Explore Online!

17/07/2018 38 164

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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Wales-wide drought reveals further lost archaeological monuments

11/07/2018 64 110

As the drought across Wales continues, new and long-vanished archaeological sites continue to appear in fi ...

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Cultural Heritage Training Opportunity

10/07/2018 38 164

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

06/07/2018 14 164

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

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

26/06/2018 75 99

[caption id="attachment_10958" align="aligncenter" width="850"] Romany Monument to Ernest Burto ...

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

22/06/2018 69 105

[caption id="attachment_10926" align="aligncenter" width="850"] Lambton Memorial, Flimston Church, Ca ...

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

13/06/2018 69 105

Over the weekend of 22nd – 24th June, the Nautical Archaeology Society (NAS) will be running a mari ...

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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

04/06/2018 41 164

  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

25/05/2018 61 113

    To mark Dementia Awareness Week, the Royal Commission has published “Memory Archive: ...

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

22/05/2018 74 100

The wreck of the CORK is a poignant reminder of the essential ferry, cargo and mail-carrying ser ...

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

17/05/2018 59 164

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 ...

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Commemorating The Welsh Experience Of The Great War At Sea

09/05/2018 58 164

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

02/05/2018 57 164

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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World Intellectual Property Day: 26 April 2018

26/04/2018 46 164

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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Angel painting detail

PRESS RELEASE – Heritage Angel Awards Wales

18/04/2018 49 164

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!

05/04/2018 36 164

[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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Cherish 2018 Professional Seminar

28/03/2018 33 164

  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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International Women’s Day 2018 – Meet our female Commissioners

08/03/2018 66 108

To celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day, we’d like to introduce to you our female Commi ...

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

07/03/2018 75 99

So began the report sent on 7 March 1918 by Captain Martin Naismith VC to Vice Admiral Sir Lewi ...

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Providing Place Names

27/02/2018 21 164

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

26/02/2018 65 109

As portrayed in the 2014 film Pride, the small Welsh mining village of Onllwyn in Neath Port Talbot was t ...

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Grand view of a rugby match

10/01/2018 27 164

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

24/12/2017 30 164

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

22/12/2017 72 102

One of the strategies that the British Admiralty developed to lure U-Boats to the surface and eng ...

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Season’s Greetings and happy New Year

22/12/2017 43 164

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

20/12/2017 59 164

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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St Nicolas, Grosmont: DS2011_339_006

Recording the rich diversity of Wales’ Faith Heritage

16/11/2017 55 164

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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Welsh Homes and Writers of the First World War

10/11/2017 46 164

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

06/11/2017 42 164

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 ...

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Dates For Your Diary: A Warm Welcome to All

20/10/2017 43 164

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 Commiss ...

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Celebrating Libraries Week!

12/10/2017 27 164

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

10/10/2017 28 164

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

09/10/2017 35 164

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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World Maritime Day – Reclaiming History from the Sea

28/09/2017 58 164

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

25/09/2017 46 164

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

22/09/2017 21 115

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!

13/09/2017 61 113

This year the Royal Commission has a busy Autumn/Winter programme with Open Doors events, and a number of his ...

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National Dementia Carers Day ~ 10 September 2017

10/09/2017 48 164

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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New Imaging Techniques Capture Forgotten U-boat

14/08/2017 47 164

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

02/08/2017 54 164

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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RCAHMW Achieves National Accreditation

26/07/2017 38 164

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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Gigapixel recording of the Pobl-y-cwm set

Recording BBC Wales

05/07/2017 19 164

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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The List of Historic Place Names of Wales

28/06/2017 41 164

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

European Travellers: A new view on historic tourism to Wales

13/06/2017 60 164

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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Place Names Project 2017

25/05/2017 24 164

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

23/05/2017 47 164

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

22/05/2017 31 164

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

18/05/2017 63 111

Understanding the historic administrative boundaries of Wales and how they have changed over time is integ ...

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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

11/05/2017 32 164

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

08/05/2017 45 164

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

27/04/2017 71 103

  The wreck of the First World War hospital ship HMHS Anglia has recently been given a des ...

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Coastal heritage and climate change project launched

22/03/2017 52 164

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

17/03/2017 31 164

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

08/03/2017 40 164

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

02/03/2017 54 164

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

01/03/2017 38 164

[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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The Commissioner for Public Appointments

Appointment of Commissioners (Three Posts)

27/02/2017 42 164

  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

10/02/2017 62 112

On 1 February 1917 Germany declared a renewal of 'unrestricted submarine warfare' in a last ferocious attemp ...

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Carregwastad Point memorial

The Inventory of Historic Battlefields in Wales

03/02/2017 47 164

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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Rocket Discovery at the Cliff Hotel, Gwbert

26/01/2017 43 164

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…

19/01/2017 64 110

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales invites you to attend: Digital ...

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

12/01/2017 57 164

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

Let it snow – Winter Archaeology and Landscape

19/12/2016 48 164

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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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

24/11/2016 31 164

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

23/11/2016 42 164

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

22/11/2016 57 164

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

08/11/2016 51 164

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!

07/11/2016 47 164

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

03/11/2016 60 164

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

25/10/2016 62 112

The uninhabited rocky island of Grassholm lies 15 kilometres west of the Marloes peninsula in south Pembroke ...

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Aberfan Remembered: a Terrible Twist of Fate

17/10/2016 44 164

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

11/10/2016 67 107

West African crew members were among the dead when the Falaba and Apapa ships were torpedoed off the We ...

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Digital Past 2017: Call for Contributions

07/10/2016 41 164

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

05/10/2016 64 110

The Commissioners appointed by the Crown to oversee the work of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Hi ...

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7 & 8. Snowdon range in winter

Thousands of new aerial views of Welsh heritage launched online

04/10/2016 63 111

Wales has an extraordinary and diverse heritage, dating from prehistoric times to the present day. Each yea ...

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International Maritime Day

Shipping – indispensable to the world!

29/09/2016 44 164

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

26/09/2016 21 116

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

19/09/2016 21 164

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)

15/09/2016 42 164

          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

05/09/2016 31 164

  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

02/09/2016 33 164

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

01/09/2016 64 110

Recently, the Royal Commission’s Maritime Officer, Deanna Groom,  had the privilege of reviewing a samp ...

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Aerial Photographs with Medwyn

30/08/2016 30 164

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!

16/08/2016 31 164

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

12/08/2016 14 164

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

26/07/2016 55 164

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

19/07/2016 68 106

Archaeologists have announced the winners of this year’s British Archaeological Awards showcasin ...

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The launch of our New Website

07/07/2016 29 164

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

05/07/2016 41 164

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

05/07/2016 27 164

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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Interpreting and visiting the archaeology of Skomer Island

14/06/2016 58 164

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

08/06/2016 27 164

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

06/06/2016 31 164

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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An aeroplane on the beach! Ynyslas, June 1940

01/06/2016 45 164

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

10/05/2016 61 113

We are pleased to announce that Dr David Gwyn, as author ofRoyal Commission publication Welsh Slate: Archaeol ...

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Powys War Memorials Project: Free Photography Competition 2016

28/04/2016 62 112

There are 2590 recorded war memorials in Wales ranging from free-standing monuments and sculptural masterpie ...

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Ordnance Survey Large Print Collection

22/03/2016 38 164

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

17/03/2016 23 164

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

16/03/2016 68 106

Low winter sunlight, combined with low vegetation and bare woodland, is a rare time for the aerial arc ...

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What The RAF Flight Codes Can Reveal

11/03/2016 36 164

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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Pre WWII Aerial Views of St David’s Area

01/03/2016 46 164

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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Excavations on Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire

25/02/2016 43 164

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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Digital Past 2016: Gigapixel Photography

08/02/2016 40 164

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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Castell Coch Celebrates 125 Years In Pictures

03/02/2016 45 164

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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One Hundred Years Ago This Christmas Day…

23/12/2015 43 164

… 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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Models Inspired by Local North Wales Scenes

04/11/2015 43 164

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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Exploring the Wreck of the ROYAL CHARTER with Cotswold Archaeology

26/10/2015 66 108

Recent accessions to the Royal Commission’s Digital Collections include a series of short video clips ...

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Researching your House History

26/08/2015 30 164

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

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Maps at the National Monuments Record of Wales

19/08/2015 46 164

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…

17/08/2015 30 164

… 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

12/08/2015 34 164

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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One Hundred Years Ago This Week …

22/07/2015 35 164

… 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

09/07/2015 46 164

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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Tŷ-mawr, Wybrnant, home of the translator of the Bible into Welsh, Bishop William Morgan. © Crown copyright: RCAHMW

Discovering the Historic Houses of Snowdonia

20/11/2014 44 164

One of the most frequently asked questions about historic houses is: ‘When exactly was it built?’ We can now answer that question in Snowdonia. Discover ...

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Looking into the past with 3D glasses.

Careers in Heritage Day at the Royal Commission

17/03/2014 47 164

On Thursday, 12 March, students of archaeology, history, geography and heritage in general came from all over Wales to the Royal Commission’s Careers in ...

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Sarahjayne talking with community members about pictures in our archive.

Borth Community Heritage Day – A Great Success

28/02/2014 52 164

Last week’s community heritage day in Borth, organised by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales gave some real i ...

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Bathrock Shelter was designed to give protection to promenaders. The four open sides allowed shelter from any direction of wind and rain while, together with the glazed partition walls, preserved uninterrupted views along the sweep of Cardigan Bay.

Subsiding Storm-hit Shelter reveals lost Marine Baths!

10/01/2014 54 164

The recent high tides battering the promenade in Aberystwyth have revealed the remains of the town’s earliest custom built bath-house, as well ...

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Heritage Partners Sort Out Dating Mystery!

11/10/2013 42 164

One of Wales’s great unsolved architectural mysteries has now been conclusively solved thanks to a partnership between the National Trust, the Royal Commiss ...

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Consolidation Work at one of Ceredigion’s Oldest Houses

23/05/2013 61 113

    [caption id="attachment_12309" align="aligncenter" width="850"] Y Neuadd, late Tudor Hous ...

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Dating Old Welsh Houses

02/05/2013 23 164

[caption id="attachment_12288" align="aligncenter" width="850"] Uwchlaw’r–coed, NPRN:28881, the earliest Snowdonian house dated by inscription.[/caption] ...

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The Ladies of Llangollen

01/02/2013 24 164

Throughout February events will be taking place across the UK to recognise the contribution of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people to British h ...

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Raglan Sense of Roots – Digital Past 2013

21/01/2013 47 164

Dr Cheryl Morgan of Raglan Local Archives will be at Digital Past 2013 talking about the latest digital projects that have been taking place within the Ragl ...

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Inside Welsh Homes Exhibition at Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery, Bangor

16/01/2013 71 103

Our popular ‘Inside Welsh Homes’ exhibition is moving on once again, this time to Gwynedd Museu ...

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digiDo Project at Digital Past 2013

03/01/2013 35 164

Dr Ted Jones of the National Library of Wales will be presenting on the digiDo Project at Digital Past 2013. The Theatre of Memory programme has aimed to d ...

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The Adoration of the Magi

18/12/2012 25 164

[caption id="attachment_13862" align="aligncenter" width="850"] The west window at St. Deiniol’s Church in Hawarden, Flintshire, showing the Adoration of the ...

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Maritime Visualisation: The Scapa Flow Project

14/12/2012 46 164

  Mike Postons, director at 3Deep Media is confirmed as a keynote speaker at Digital Past 2013. Mike will be talking about developments in digita ...

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Smartphones – The Future Of Heritage Interpretation?

11/12/2012 58 164

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 mo ...

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

Inside Welsh Homes Book Launch Success

06/12/2012 38 164

Inside Welsh Homes 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 ...

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Getting the Best of Britain from Above

29/11/2012 38 164

PILOTING THE INTERNET ‘Getting the best of Britain from Above’   Friday 7, December, 2012 Penparcau Community Education Centre, Aberystwyth ...

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Inside Welsh Homes: Y Tu Mewn i Gartrefi Cymru

27/11/2012 46 164

[caption id="attachment_13848" align="aligncenter" width="850"] Book cover of Y Tu Mewn i Gartrefi Cymru: Inside Welsh Homes.[/caption]   On Wednesda ...

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Inside Welsh Homes Exhibition at Bedwellty House and Park

22/11/2012 57 164

[caption id="attachment_13842" align="aligncenter" width="850"] In Wales, the ‘best’ crockery is most often on display, arrayed in splendour on a dresser. T ...

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Twentieth-century Military Remains in Wales

19/11/2012 43 164

[caption id="attachment_13834" align="aligncenter" width="850"] Redundant tank used for target practice at Castlemartin, Pembrokeshire.[/caption]   W ...

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Piloting the Internet ‘Getting the best of Britain from Above’

13/11/2012 66 108

  1-3pm Tuesday, 20 November, 2012 A free session to boost confidence and skills when usi ...

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Memories Day – Tell Us Your Stories!

24/10/2012 42 164

[caption id="attachment_13822" align="aligncenter" width="850"] Amlwch Port, Anglesey.[/caption]   Tell us your stories! Bring your old photos of Am ...

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The Story of Wales: Wales and Britain

11/10/2012 37 164

[caption id="attachment_13816" align="aligncenter" width="850"] Aerial photograph showing wartime damage in central Swansea. AFR10857 NPRN 33145[/caption] &n ...

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The Story of Wales: A New Beginning

10/10/2012 35 164

  The fifth episode in the BBC Wales series ‘The Story of Wales: A New Beginning’ will explore how the discovery of steam coal in the Rhondda ...

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The Story of Wales: The Furnace of Change

10/10/2012 41 164

[caption id="attachment_13803" align="aligncenter" width="850"] RCAHMW 3D model of the engine house at Hafod Copperworks, HMC805, nprn:- 33710[/caption] &nbs ...

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The Story of Wales: England and Wales

04/10/2012 37 164

[caption id="attachment_13791" align="aligncenter" width="850"] Gwydir Castle, Caernarfonshire DS2007_340_012 NPRN 26555[/caption]   Episode 3 of “ ...

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The Story of Wales: Power Struggles

03/10/2012 35 164

Following last night’s showing of the first episode of “The Story of Wales”, the second episode will be shown tonight on BBC2 at 7 pm. Episode 2, “P ...

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The Story of Wales: The Making of Wales

03/10/2012 39 164

[caption id="attachment_13779" align="aligncenter" width="850"] Tre'r Ceiri hillfort, Caernarfonshire, AP_2007_0226 NPRN 95292[/caption]   Tonight se ...

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Inside Your Welsh Home

25/09/2012 22 164

  Despite being full of fascinating information about changes in living conditions, fashions, individual expression and people’s lives generally, ...

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Behind the Scenes at the ‘Worktown’ Exhibition

20/09/2012 50 164

In the last week, our team has been preparing some of Falcon Hildred’s original drawings for exhibition at Ironbridge Gorge Museum in October. Over 40 of ...

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Itea and Biscuits – Getting the Best of Britain from Above

13/09/2012 64 110

Event Date: 2-4pm, Friday 21, September 2012 Location: Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical ...

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Worktown: The Drawings of Falcon Hildred

12/09/2012 40 164

[caption id="attachment_13736" align="aligncenter" width="850"] The Oakeley Gash, 1974 A panorama of the terraced working of the Oakeley slate quarries, seen as ...

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Ceredigion People Tell Their Stories

02/09/2012 36 164

Our successful scanning events this summer saw people kindly bring in photographs and other archive material to be scanned for upload to the People's Collectio ...

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Royal Commission’s Open Day Prize Winner

30/08/2012 42 164

[caption id="attachment_13719" align="aligncenter" width="850"] A delighted Mr Mike Buzzard receives his prize in the Royal Commission’s library.[/caption] ...

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Cottages: Home-made Homes

29/08/2012 25 164

[caption id="attachment_13713" align="aligncenter" width="850"] Miners’ settlement at Hen Barc, Cwmystwyth, Cardiganshire. DS2009_104_006 NPRN 409281[/caption ...

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Carn Goch from the Air

28/08/2012 22 164

[caption id="attachment_13704" align="aligncenter" width="850"] Y Gaer Fawr, Carmarthenshire. AP_2007_0753 NPRN 100866[/caption]   Royal Commission  ...

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National Botanic Garden of Wales

24/08/2012 32 164

[caption id="attachment_13695" align="aligncenter" width="850"] RAF aerial photograph showing remains of Middleton Hall in August 1948; destroyed by fire in 193 ...

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Inside Welsh Homes at Scolton Manor

24/08/2012 35 164

[caption id="attachment_13688" align="aligncenter" width="850"] Our homes are often considered a reflection of our values, beliefs and attitudes. Isaac Haley li ...

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Ceredigion: Iron Age Forts

23/08/2012 26 164

[caption id="attachment_13678" align="aligncenter" width="850"] Aerial view of Pen Dinas, Aberystwyth.[/caption]   In the 500 years before the Romans ...

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2012 Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative

23/08/2012 38 164

[caption id="attachment_13671" align="aligncenter" width="850"] Prof. Chris Williams, Commissioner and Chairman of the Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative, will b ...

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Castle House: An Ambitious Great House

22/08/2012 38 164

[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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Come and meet the Royal Commission at the National Eisteddfod Next Week

01/08/2012 71 103

[caption id="attachment_13661" align="aligncenter" width="850"] National Eisteddfod, 2012[/caption] ...

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Architectural Award for Royal Commission

28/06/2012 40 164

[caption id="attachment_13647" align="aligncenter" width="850"] Dr Peter Wakelin, Secretary of the Royal Commission accepting his award at the RSAW ceremony hel ...

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Survival of Vernacular Building Traditions

02/02/2011 42 164

[caption id="attachment_13070" align="aligncenter" width="850"] Wig-wen-fach: interior view with scarfed cruck. Image: DS2010_116_003 / NPRN: 35396[/caption] ...

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UK’s Only Purpose-built Handball Court

27/01/2011 44 164

[caption id="attachment_14316" align="aligncenter" width="850"] View of Nelson Handball Court taken 1965. Image/Llun: DI2009_0719[/caption]   Nelson Ha ...

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Craftsmanship & Planning Of The Old House

26/01/2011 46 164

[caption id="attachment_13058" align="aligncenter" width="850"] Pantyrhwch after restoration. Image: DS2011_056_001[/caption]   Pantyrhwch, Llanwnnen ...

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The Chirk Aqueduct

23/08/2010 18 164

[caption id="attachment_13176" align="aligncenter" width="850"] The Chirk Aqueduct[/caption]   Thomas Telford and William Jessop originally planned f ...

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Pembrokeshire: Historic Landscapes from the Air

06/08/2010 47 164

Pembrokeshire: Historic Landscapes from the Air By T.G. Driver, 2007. The historic landscapes of Pembrokeshire are among the most diverse and fascinat ...

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The Welsh Cottage: Building traditions of the rural poor 1750-1900

20/04/2010 66 108

The Welsh Cottage By Eurwyn Wiliam, 2010 The Traditional cottage is one of the most distinctive fe ...

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