National Eisteddfod

National Eisteddfod-Day 3

Day 3, and the atmosphere at the Eisteddfod starts to pick up.  A busy day on Heritage row, with the number of people stopping by for a chat and to browse our display panels steadily growing. Visits by our past and then present Chairman all add to the mix (congratulations to Frank Olding on the launch of his new book of poetry and Ray, I’ll see you on Thursday).  

 Our stand today included a living history display by a medieval armorer and the production of chainmail went down a storm, and of cause all in Welsh.  In the afternoon there was a well attended talk at the Amgueddfa Cymru stand on the redevelopment project at St Fagans, this proved to be an excellent opportunity to hob-nob with the great and the good in Welsh heritage and to raise the profile of the Trust…also there was free coffee and cakes!

 Ken’s now legendary archaeological walk (which takes place at 4pm everyday) unfortunately had to proceed without a representative from GGAT, luckily Mark Lodwick from the National Museum was on hand to discuss all things Bronze Age.

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National Eisteddfod-Day 2

Sunday on the Maes started slowly and somewhat damp, however, the smiling faces of Sue and Charles Hill gracing the GGAT stand soon raised the spirits. 

 The Bronze Age seemed to be the theme of the day on Heritage row, with GGAT making pigmy cups, the National Museum creating ancestor figures, while in the afternoon Cadw demonstrated how to build coil pots  – children visiting the Maes never had it so good! 

Ken from the National Museum accompanied by Paul from GGAT led a walk in the afternoon out to Maes Gwyrdd to visit the location of one of the Bronze Age barrows and to discuss the early history of the Maes site and Cyril Fox’s excavations during the late 1930’s.

 With the sun finally gracing the runways of Llandow day 2 came to a splendid end…and I didn’t get wet on the cycle home!

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.