Royal Commission Archive & Library Bulletin of Newly Catalogued Material – February 2022

Betty Campbell statue in Central Square, Cardiff
DD2021_005 – General Digital Donations Collection – photographs of the Betty Campbell statue in Central Square, Cardiff.

Archives

Archive news: A combination of being unable to access physical archives during the successive lockdowns and the development of a new cataloguing system, meant that, although our survey staff have continued to record sites and we have accepted donations to our archive from private individuals, archaeological contractors, and other public bodies, the cataloguing of these records, both physical and digital, was on hold until late last year. Now that cataloguing has resumed, we will again be providing monthly updates on the newest additions to our collections.

Over the past 3 months, 730 new records have been added to the archive catalogue and over 4,000 records have been updated. 678 digital items, including photographs, drawings and reports, have been made directly available via Coflein. Recent uploads can be viewed here: https://rcahmw.ibase.media/en/home

Some highlights now catalogued and accessible on Coflein:

Richard Hayman Historic Buildings Recording Archive – a set of digital archives from 3 building recordings of historic sites, carried out by Richard Hayman.

The lion filial on Automobile Palace, Llandrindod Wells
The lion filial on Automobile Palace, Llandrindod Wells. Produced as part of Historic Building Recording for Automobile Palace, carried out by Richard Hayman, June 2021.
This wallpainting, showing of one of the seven good works
Painted Temples Wallpaintings and Rood-Screens Collection – Collection of images produced or scanned for RCAHMW volume, ’Painted Temples: Wallpaintings and Rood-screens in Welsh Churches, 1200–1800′. This wallpainting, showing of one of the seven good works – visiting prisoners, is awaiting conservation at Cadoc’s Church, Llancarfan. RCAHMW photograph by Martin Crampin, 30 April 2021.
Photographic survey of the gravestone of John Ystumllyn
DS2021_058 – Investigators’ Digital Photography – Photographic survey of the gravestone of John Ystumllyn. John Ystymllyn, colloquially known as Jac Black, is said to be the first slave brought into North Wales.
Photograph relating to Moel Fferna Slate Mine
DD2021_009 – General Digital Donations Collection – photographs relating to Moel Fferna Slate Mine. Donated by Meirion Roberts on 3rd November 2021.
Betty Campbell statue in Central Square, Cardiff
DD2021_005 – General Digital Donations Collection – photographs of the Betty Campbell statue in Central Square, Cardiff. The four-metre-high sculpture to commemorate Wales’ first black headteacher, Betty Campbell MBE, was unveiled on 29th September 2021.
Photograph showing front and side elevation of Capel Pentŵr, Fishguard, in the snow
DD2021_004 – General Digital Donations Collection – photograph showing front and side elevation of Capel Pentŵr, Fishguard, in the snow. Photographed by Trevor Alan Thomas on 2nd March 2018
A photographic survey of 20th century buildings in Cwmbrân
A photographic survey of 20th century buildings in Cwmbrân has now been catalogued, including of Cwmbrân shopping centre: DS2018_226_005 – Investigators’ Digital Photography. This photo showing the Centre’s canopy was taken by Sue Fielding in November 2017 and features in ‘Cwmbrân New Town: An Urban Characterisation Study’, which can be downloaded free from our shop here. If you missed it, you can also watch Sue’s recent talk: ‘Cwmbrân: ‘Where the Future is Happening Now!’ here.

Books

All our books and journals can be found on the Royal Commission’s Library Catalogue and viewed in our Library and Search Room.

  • Allen, David. et al. 2021. Cardiff Arms Park: An illustrated architectural and social history. Llandysul: Gomer.
  • Baptist Union of Wales and Monmouthshire. 1928. Cyfrol goffa a’r rhaglen swyddogol Sion, Llanelli Medi 10-13, 1928. Llanelli: Argraffwyd gan James Davies & Co.
  • Belford, Paul and Bouwmeester, Jeroen (Eds.). 2020. Managing archaeology in dynamic urban centres. Leinden: Sidestone Press.
  • Coward, Adam (Ed.). 2020. The correspondence of Thomas Stephens: Revolutionising Welsh scholarship in the mid-nineteenth century through knowledge exchange. Aberystwyth: Celtic Studies Publications.
  • Crossley, Joan. 2021. New life for Capel Bethesda, Aberllefenni: Achieving what seemed impossible. Talybont: Y Lolfa.
  • Davies, John. 2019. The changing fortunes of a British aristocratic family, 1689-1976: the Campbells of Cawdor and their Welsh estates. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press.
The hillforts of Cardigan Bay discovering the Iron Age communities of Ceredigion
  • Driver, Toby. 2021. The hillforts of Cardigan Bay: discovering the Iron Age communities of Ceredigion. Eardisley: Logaston Press.
  • Fairlamb, Neil. 2021. Wales and the Incorporated Church Building Society 1818-1982. Tilford: Neil Fairlamb.
  • Hume, Philip. 2021. The Welsh Marcher Lordships: I: Central and North. Eardisley: Logastone Press.
  • James, H and Driver, T. (Eds.). 2021. Illustrating the Past in Wales: A celebration of 175 years of Archaeologia Cambrensis 1846-2021. Carmarthen: Cambrian Archaeological Association.
  • Johnson, Paul. 1989. Castles of England, Scotland and Wales. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson.
Chancel screens since the Reformation Proceedings of the Ecclesiological Society Conference 2019
  • Kirby, Mark (Ed.). 2020. Chancel screens since the Reformation: Proceedings of the Ecclesiological Society Conference 2019. New Malden: Ecclesiological Society.
  • Mayou, Richard. 2021. The Dyfi Estuary: An illustrated history. Wales: The Machynlleth Tabernacle Trust.
  • Roberts, Alice. 2021. A prehistory of Britain in seven burials. London: Simon & Schuster.

Journals

Journals
  • Archaeologia Cambrensis Volume 170 (2021).
  • British Archaeology Volume182 (January/February 2022).
  • Buildings & landscapes: Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum Volume 24 (Number 2, Autumn 2021).
  • Cartographic Journal Volume 58 (Number 1, February 2021).
  • Casemate Volume 123 (January 2022).
  • Chapels Society Newsletter Volume 79 (January 2022).
  • Current Archaeology Volumes 379 – 384 (October 2021 – March 2022).
  • Current World Archaeology Volumes 109-111 (October 2021 – March 2022).
  • Denbighshire Historical Society Transactions Volume 69 (2021).
  • Domestic Buildings Research Group (Surrey) News Volume 149 (October 2021).
  • Essex Historic Buildings Group Newsletter Volumes 1 and 2 (January and February).
  • Fort Volumes 46 – 48 (2018-2020).
  • Industrial Archaeology Review Volume 43 (Number 2, November 2021).
  • Melin Volume 37 (2021).
  • Mausolus: the journal of the Mausolea and Monuments Trust Volume Winter (2021).
  • Merioneth Historical and Record Society Journal Volume 18 (Part 4, 2021).
  • Pembrokeshire: the journal of the Pembrokeshire Historical Society Volume 30 (2021).
  • Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society Volume 87 (2021).
  • Railway and Canal Historical Society Bulletin Volume 494 and 495 (November 2021 and January 2022).
  • Railway and Canal Historical Society Journal Volume 40 (Part 6, Number 242, November 2021).
  • Regional Furniture Volume 35 (2021).
  • Regional Furniture Society Newsletter Volumes 72 – 76 (Spring 2020 – Spring 2022).
  • Sheetlines Volume 122 (December 2021).
  • Tijdschrift van de Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed Part 4 (2021) and Part 1 (2022).
  • Tools and Trades History Society Newsletter Volume 150 (Autumn 2021).
  • Vernacular Architecture Volume 52 (2021).
  • Welsh History Review Volume 30 (Part 4, 2021: December).
  • Welsh Railways Archive Volume 7 (Number 4, November 2021) and Supplement.
  • Welsh Railways Research Circle Volume 168 (Winter 2021).
  • Yorkshire Buildings Volume 48 (2020).

Journals: Current Awareness

Journals Current Awareness
  • British Archaeology Volume182 (January/February 2022) p.30-35, Exploring English aerial archaeology online. Launch of a new app giving free access to archaeological mapping and records derived from air photography and laser survey.
  • Current Archaeology Volume 379 (October 2021) p.10 Tree new treasure finds in Wales; p.32-41 The industrial sublime: Appreciating the slate landscape of Northwest Wales, Chris Catling.
  • Current Archaeology Volume 380 (November 2021) p.20-25 Trellyffaint: How excavating a Pembrokeshire portal dolmen illuminated Neolithic dairy farming in Wales, George Nash et al.
  • Current Archaeology Volume 381 (December 2021) p.40-49 Picturing the past in Wales: The evolution of archaeological illustration, Chris Catling.
  • Current Archaeology Volume 382 (January 2022) p.6 Earlier evidence of Neolithic dairy farming, Sian E. Rees; p.38-46, Shops ‘of the plainest kind’? The architecture of England’s co-operative movement, Chris Catling; p.66 The Abbey Cwmhir Heritage Trust.
  • Current Archaeology Volume 383 (February 2022) p.13 New discoveries at Pen Dinas Iron Age hillfort, Dyfed Archaeological Trust; p.36-45, Lost and found: Wall paintings and rood-screens in Welsh churches, Chris Catling.
  • Current Archaeology Volume 384 (March 2022) p.30-38, Quarrying clues: exploring the symbolism of Neolithic stone extraction, Chris Catling.
  • Current World Archaeology Volumes 109 (October/November 2021) p.60-61 Recognising historic landscapes, Chris Catling – Welsh slate landscapes.
  • Railway and Canal Historical Society Journal Volume 40 (Part 6, Number 242, November 2021) p.326-342, Fishguard, Abermawr, Neyland: building the broad guage in Pembrokeshire, Martin Connop Price.

The Royal Commission’s library and search room is presently open every Tuesday and Thursday by appointment. From 4th April 2022 we will reopen 4 days per week, Monday to Thursday. An appointment will no longer be necessary, unless you would like to view our aerial photograph collections. We continue to answer remote enquiries and offer a full scanning service.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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02/28/2022

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