Family

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!

Hands on Heritage at Neath Abbey

Neath Abbey poster

The impressive remains at Neath Abbey will once again resonate to the sounds of medieval life this coming Saturday 19th July, as Cadw’s  annual Hands on Heritage event makes it’s welcome return to the site.

Showcasing a range of heritage skills, the event will bring the medieval period alive with sounds and smells and offers the chance for people to experience and explore a range of heritage crafts from stone masonry to wool-spinning and basket weaving, all set within this spectacular location.

Experts will be  on hand to demonstrate skills stretching back to the Cisterian period in Wales, while visitors will be able to have a go at some themselves, thanks to hands-on activities.

There will also be  activities for youngsters  to get involved with too – from building a wattle-and-daub hurdle, making a medieval tile or stained glass panel to having a go at our mystery excavation activity!

Archaeology for All!

The fantastic Festival of Archaeology is once more upon us, and GGAT kick off their activities for the festival with our flagship ‘Archaeology for All!‘ event on Saturday 12th July. 
This year the event is being held within the beautiful surroundings of Cyfarthfa Castle, in association with the Merthry Tydfil Heritage ForumThere will be Roman Cooking, Medieval Archery, Rural skills demonstrations, Archwilio, and that firm family favorite the Body in the Box!.  
The fun starts at 9:30am. Hope to see you there!  

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

Damp but not disheartened!

A laptop with the Archwilio website was free for people to use and view the archaeology of their area

Our ‘Archaeology for All’ event at Swansea Museum suffered, as other events did, from the wet summer weather. Though those brave enough to venture out in Saturdays soggy conditions were treated to a cornucopia of historical and archaeological activities and stalls.

The museums teaching room was a wash (excuse the pun) with historical societies and interest groups informing the public about local history with their usual breadth of knowledge and gusto.  While outside various groups of medieval re-enactors showed the public how we lived during past  times.

Highlights of the day included the woad face painting, which went down a storm, but how long the paint remained on your face after stepping

outside of the tent and into the waiting deluge was up for discussion!  The Roman cookery demonstration, by our own Dr Edith Evans (Happy Birthday Edith), is always a  crowd puller.  However, Edith was finding it difficult to keep the home fires burning as a small pool of water gradually built up within the hearth and threatened to drown the proceedings.

All in all a good day was had despite the weather and a big congratulations goes out to our Community Archaeology Training Placement Sam Pamment who did such a great job organising the event.

GGAT's Heritage and Outreach Manager demonstrating Roman cookery

A GGAT archaeologist using traditional techniques to build a willow fishtrap

Introduction to Graveyard Investigation- St Telio’s Course

On Saturday 3rd March people assembled in the Dyfed Archaeological Trust offices in Llandelio in order to learn more about graveyard investigation and survey in a free training session made possible by the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) with funding from Cadw.

The first half of the day comprised of presentations detailing the history and evolution of graveyards and their changing style of memorials, followed by examples of the types of survey recording work that have already been carried out.

Menna showing her group how to use the plane table despite the rain!

After a break for lunch the course attendees led by the CBA Community Archaeology Training Placement (CATP) holders from Dyfed Archaeological Trust and GGAT headed to St Telio’s Church to start the practical session of the course

The group were split into two halves, one being taken by Menna Bell (Dyfed’s CATP) to be trained in plane table survey whilst the others were taken by Natasha Scullion (GGAT’s CATP)  to look at general graveyard recording methods and how to focus on features of individual gravestones.

The day proved very popular with the group who bravely withstood the elements in order to get the most from the course, learning new skills ready to be used in their own planned graveyard surveys.
Everyone agreed it had been an informative day and we’re now looking forward to the new surveys that will be produced using what was learnt in St Telio’s.

Course attendees recording the details of individual gravestones

If this sounds interesting then there is a repeat of this course taking place this Saturday 10th March at St Donats Church, St Donats, Vale of Glamorgan.

The course is free to attend though places are limited and will have to be booked through either:

Menna Bell, CATP Dyfed Archaeological Trust

Tel: 01558 825997
Email: m.bell@dyfedarchaeology.org.uk

Natasha Scullion, CATP Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust

Tel:01792634236

Email: natasha@ggat.org.uk

The day runs from 9:30 am meeting at St Donats Church Car Park and will finish at 4pm.

Explaining different memorial types to course attendees

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

Archaeology for All!

Children and an Adult participating in mock excavation set up as part of open day activities

Children's Excavation

Come along to the FREE event on 16th July 2011 being held at Swansea (old) museum from 10:30am to 4pm

Archaeological Talks at 11am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm
Historical Society Displays
Stained glass making, Coin Striking and Roman Cookery Demonstrations
Children’s activities

Something for Everyone!

Come along and discover something new!