GeoFest 2015 Festival Family Fun-day

Stuck for things to do with the kids today? GGAT are at the GeoFest 2015 Festival Family Fun-day at Craig-y-nos Country Park in the upper Swansea Valley.
Plenty of activities for young and old including zip wire, woodworking, crafts, geology and wildlife displays. Refreshments available on site.
Wednesday 27th May 10am – 4.30pm
Venue: Craig-y-nos Country Park, Upper Swansea Valley SA9 1GL
Cost: Free – but there is a charge for car parking (pay-and-display)
Further info: phone the NPVC on 01874 623366
Dogs: well-behaved dogs welcome!

Gower Landscape Partnership-Archaeological Training Workshop

Come along to the first ‘Finding Our History’ training session – Landscape Detective

Understand how maps are used in archaeology and historic landscape studies. Have a go at interpretation of cartographic information and Map Regression. Learn all about the Historic Environment Record, discover the new ARCHWILIO App and much more!

Festival of Archaeology 2014 Lookbook

Alas, the Festival of Archaeology Roadshow rumbles into the distance for another year!

But, nevermind, you can re-live all GGAT’s crazy archaeology fueled Outreach events by visiting our FoA Lookbook .  Here you can look back at a selection of photos from our many and varied events, helping you to keep warm until next years FoA rolls into town.

Festival of Archaeology 2014 Lookbook 2014-08-07 15-17-33


Hands-On-Heritage Day at Neath Abbey

This coming Saturday is the ‘Hands-On-Heritage’ day at Neath Abbey.
There will be lots of activities going on for all the family, so why come along! 
Why you’re there pop over to the GGAT tent and say ‘hello’ and learn all about our current community survey project and see some of the results. For more information on the survey project visit the Neath Abbey Project blog.

Hands on Heritage Poster

Hands on Heritage program of events

National Eisteddfod-Day 1

The first Saturday of the National Eisteddfod is always a quiet one, and today was no exception. This year all the main heritage bodies can be found next to each other in the same row.  This works really well, as hopefully we can all work together to promote not only each others work, but more importantly Welsh heritage.  GGAT (under the banner of the four Welsh Archaeological Trusts) is sandwiched between the Peoples Collection and the National Museum, having Ken Brassil next door is great , his enthusiasm and passion for archaeology is unbounded and contagious!
I arrived at the Maes this morning in glorious sunshine, this however did not last and the rain soon made its presence known, which was good as it tested how waterproof our section of the tent was.
View of the rain from GGAT's stand at the National eisteddfod
The afternoon saw a constant stream of visitors to our stand, the Trusts new Airfield display panels and 2012 Discovery & Learning booklet went down a storm, and lots of interesting discussions about the archaeology of the area took place. Tomorrow day 2.

Introduction to Graveyard Investigation

View of St Peter's church in Llanwenarth, Abergavenny with some gravestones in front of the church's tower Over the last few days GGAT has been involved with running a introduction to graveyard recording course focusing on the different eras of design and architecture of monuments and headstones and the individual significance of various iconographies that are used.

Approached by Adventa GGAT put together and delivered 5 days of 1-day introduction training courses, originally only 3 had been booked however, due to popular demand it was extended to a 5 day run!

The first half of the day comprising of a presentation and discussion followed by explanation of the recording forms and processes. After lunch we then headed out for some ‘hands on’ practice heading to the local churchyards and cemeteries to see the evidence of what had been discussed and the aspects of recording and research that can be done.

Graveyards are real snapshots of community life and if viewed closely enough can reveal details and stories that might never otherwise come to life however they are a finite resource, without active attempts to record the information details of family history will be lost that may not be recorded anywhere else.

The days were hugely successful with most people coming away with new knowledge, keen to put in to practice what they had learned about, the general consensus being ‘I’ll never look at a graveyard the same way again!’

Two volunteers looking at an old carved stone momunment in St Mary's churchyard, Monmouth

LEARNING LANDSCAPES OPEN DAY – New courses available in the World Heritage Site

FLP LogoEver wanted to learn more about the history, archaeology or wildlife of the Blaenavon area then this is your chance!

Come along to Blaenavon World Heritage Centre on Saturday 10th September to find out more about the brand new courses on offer in the World Heritage Site.

Tutors will be available from 1pm to 5pm to discuss the exciting new learning opportunities available. There will also be a series of guided walks, talks and workshops throughout the afternoon.

This open day marks the launch of the new courses, which will start later this month. The courses have been developed by the Centre for Community and Lifelong Learning at University of Wales Newport and the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust.

The courses form part of the Forgotten Landscapes Project and are possible thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. Forgotten Landscapes Education Officer, Ceri Cadwallader said ‘Blaenavon Industrial Landscape has been recognised for its outstanding universal value through designation as a World Heritage Site. We are delighted to be able to offer these courses, and hope they will allow more people to see just how rich this landscape is, both in history and wildlife.’

All Open Day activities free with no booking necessary. For more information please go to www.visitblaenavon.co.uk or contact University of Wales Newport on 01633 432432 or uicenquiries@newport.ac.uk

Blaenavon workers housing with the ironworks in the backgroundHill's Pit stone-built engine house chimney with the remains of the workers enclosures in the foreground


Changing Landscape

The story of the landscape and wildlife of the World Heritage Site, from degradation to conservation. Discover how the relationship between man and the environment has changed with time and find out how this landscape is being managed today. Course starts Tuesday 27th Sept 7–9 pm

People’s History

Are you interested in the people’s history of Blaenavon? Do you want to know how to make sense of the ‘stuff’ that has been left behind? Join this hands-on course and learn how to investigate local history through the objects that were once used in the everyday life of past residents.  Course starts Wednesday 28th Sept 7–9 pm.

Exploring your Heritage – A Community Archaeological Toolkit

This course is set out to encourage and promote the appreciation of the rich and diverse heritage of Blaenavon World Heritage Landscape and to provide a toolkit of skills so that members can take ownership of their local heritage and historic environment and have a hand in maintaining historic sites for present and future generations.  Learn how to investigate the archaeology of sites, create new historical records, look after and take responsibility for your local heritage, present your findings to your community.  Course Starts Thursday 29th Sept 7 – 9pm.

GGAT help to promote events for ‘Open Church Day 2011’

Open Church Day this year is Saturday 17th September, and you can find details of participating churches in the downloadable leaflets on our website. However, please look carefully at details of opening times for each church, as some churches have found it more convenient to open on a different day of the month. The leaflets include those churches that advertised their participation by the end of August, but you may find some late entries at the Churches Tourism Network Wales website and the Civic Trust for Wales site.

St Andrew's, PenriceThe interior of St Illtyd's, Ilston.

St Andrew's, Penrice St David's, Llanddewi