Tue31Aug2021Mon31Jan2022Wrexham County Borough Museum, County Building, Regent Street, WrexhamJust outside Holt there was a Roman Tile and Pottery works which supplied roof tiles, floor tiles and pottery for the Roman fort at Chester towards the end of the 1st century A.D.
It was rediscovered and excavated in early 20th century, and the finds sent to the National Museum at Cardiff. Most of them have been kept in the basement ever since. In 2018 Holt Local History Society commissioned a detailed geophysical survey of the site, and visited NMW Cardiff to view the artefacts.
We are pleased that we were able to persuade NMW Cardiff and Wrexham Museum to display the items in N Wales for the first time since 1925. Furthermore a small team of HLHS members have been extensively involved in researching, labelling and display of the artefacts. A slideshow and display boards tell the story of the site and its discovery and excavation.
This free exhibition at Wrexham Museum, which is on display until January 2022, where you can see the full story.
For Museum opening times and directions please visit http://old.wrexham.gov.uk/english/heritage/wrexham_museum.htm
Can you help share your stories?
Cardiff Productions, working with North East Wales Heritage Forum / Fforwm Treftadaeth Gogledd Ddwyrain Cymru on a project for S4C, are on the hunt for brilliant people or places that form a part of Wales' disability history. They would be really grateful to hear from anyone who has a tale to tell on characters or stories that could feature in a documentary about Disability History in Wales.
Contact Frankie Nolan on 07447 190 515 or …firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat04Dec2021Sat26Mar20227:00 pmVia Zoom
CPAT are pleased to announce the Winter Lecture series for 2021/22. Fortnightly on Fridays from December 2021 to March 2022, the lectures will cover topics on archaeology and heritage from Wales and across the border into the Marches, led by experts involved in projects and research on a range of sites and topics.
Fri21Jan20227:00 pmVia Zoom
Climate Change and How To Fix It
Talk in English by David Sprake via Zoom
Friday, 21st January 2022, 7:00 PM
This talk will touch on the science behind climate change and some of the solutions that could be practically used to fix it. It will explore humanity’s addiction to fossil fuel energy and how that has brought about changes in the atmosphere, and how that in turn is causing the climate to change on a global scale.
The second half of the lecture will look at alternatives to fossil fuels and if they can practically work in today’s world, together with what can be done to mitigate what has already been emitted into atmosphere. The lecture will conclude with what has been holding up progress to change. Visit http://www.cwmulus.org
REGISTER: English – Cwmulus
Explore North East Wales via the below link and discover some of the hidden treasures of North East WalesNorth East Wales Trails is a series of digital trails developed by local communities across Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham to help you to discover more about this fascinating area. Each trail highlights what is special and is packed with information, photos and stories.The trails are as diverse as the area. Take a stroll along the coast, discover hidden countryside or meander around one of the pretty villages. Discover the rich heritage of the area from hillforts to stone castles or explore the industrial heritage. See how a limekiln works or listen to what is was like to work with the ponies deep underground in the coal mines.This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.
Thu03Feb2022Tue01Mar20227:00 pmHolywell Area Community Museum, (Former Kings Head) High Street, Holywell CH87TNCommencing on Thursday February 3rd in the middle of storytelling week Holywell museum will host its first evening event - and the first of our proposed monthly 'Storytelling Cafes'. Doors will open at 7pm for a 7.30 start.
As the museum is run entirely by volunteers we will charge £3 and refreshments will be available for purchase.
If you would like to become a storyteller there will be two (free) sessions in January to explain the concept.
So if you are interested in the sessions, telling stories on the night or just coming to listen please let me know as space is limited.Andrea Yarnell DakinFor more information email email@example.com
Tue22Feb20225.30 -6.30PMOnline - booking details below
Free Online Evening Talk
February 22nd 5.30pm-6.30pm
Samuel Courtauld: from Rayon to Impressionism
Since 2017 Greenfield Valley and The Courtauld have been collaborating to understand the impact of Courtauld textile mills in North Wales, and to uncover the stories of local people.
As part of this programme, this event will explore the life and legacy of Samuel Courtauld, chairman of the textile company in the 1920s and 30s when the mills first opened. Barnaby Wright, Deputy Head of the Courtauld Gallery, will discuss the philanthropy and collecting of Samuel and his wife, Elizabeth. Highlighting the ways in which the prosperity brought about by the success of rayon production benefitted arts and culture in the UK. While, Katherine Dunleavy, National Coordinator at The Courtauld, will introduce the Courtauld family and the path that led them to ownership of one of the world’s largest companies.
This event accompanies an exhibition, Voices of Courtauld, touring sites in Flintshire during 2021 and 2022.
To book a ticket please use the Eventbrite link below:
Curadur Cynorthwyol | Assistant Curator
Amgueddfa Dyffryn Maesglas | Greenfield Valley Museum
Hamdden a llyfrgelloedd
Leisure & libraries
Fri18Mar20227:00 pmOnline via Zoom
A Cwmulus event firstname.lastname@example.org
Giraldus Cambrensis: gossiping and crusading around Wales, 1188
Talk in English by Mike Farnworth (plus special guest)
Friday, 18th March 2022, 7:00 PM
Giraldus was a priest, author, grandson of a famous Welsh princess, but most importantly he was a dreadful gossip. In the spring of 1188 he escorted the Archbishop of Canterbury on a six-week trip around Wales, recruiting for the crusades. Four years later he wrote a book about their journey.
This talk gives a glimpse of life in an independent Wales during the age of the princes, illustrated by maps, pictures, stories, and the words of Giraldus Cambrensis himself. Although most of his book is true, Giraldus couldn’t resist also including improbable tales which he heard during his travels.
Wed30Mar20227:00 pmMold Library, Daniel Owen Precinct, Mold, FlintshireRichard King, author of Brittle With Relics: A History of Wales 1962 to 1997 will be talking about his new book at Mold Library at 7pm on March 30th. It is described as a landmark history about the people of Wales during a period of great change.Refreshments will be provided, Tickets cost £5 and are redeemable against the cost of a book.Tickets can be bought at The Book Shop, Mold and Mold Library
Sat30Apr20226:00 pmInstitute and Museum in Glyn CeiriogFree Entry, All welcome (bring your own work along!) For further information email email@example.comIn Association with the 'Wrexham 2025 Year of Culture' programme
Opened in May 1911, the Ceiriog Memorial Institute in Glyn Ceiriog was founded by Sir Alfred T Davies and erected by public subscriptions as a lasting memorial to the famous Welsh poet John ‘Ceiriog’ Hughes, and other notable Welsh dignitaries.
Situated on the village High Street, the Institute forms the heart of the community, holding meetings, concerts, choir rehearsals, debates and social functions, as well as containing a fascinating museum – recently refurbished – displaying many unique exhibits relating to the Ceiriog Valley and beyond.
These include a treasured collection of stained glass windows commemorating characters from Welsh history; portraits and sculptures; many objects relating to the industrial heritage of the Valley (including the Glyn Valley Tramway); a collection of Eisteddfod Chairs; samples of the poet Ceiriog’s work; and much more.
As a testament to traditional Welsh values and heritage there is no better example throughout the land – and this is according to the words of both Lloyd George and Jan Morris!
The building also contains a Main Hall seating 200, modern kitchen, and a Snooker Room. The Hall, kitchen, and smaller committee rooms are available for hire throughout the year, and visitors are welcome by prior arrangement (or when the museum is opened on Saturdays throughout the summer months).
Thu05May2022Glyndwr University, Mold Road, Wrexham LL11 2AW
There will be a free special day school on THURSDAY 5th MAY entitled ‘Setting the Record Straight: Discovering the History and Heritage of Women in north-east Wales’ which will look at women’s History and Heritage this area, in conjunction with the History Department at Glyndwr University. We hope to attract interest in the event from among University students, WAW members in the area and from the general community in north-east Wales. County Archive Offices, museums and libraries are being contacted to raise awareness of this pioneering event and local colleges and schools will also be invited to participate.
There will be a fascinating and varied line-up of talks: on the Denbigh Asylum, the lives of women working in factories such as Courtaulds, Johnson’s Fabrics and Graessers Salicylates, the history of women’s football teams in the area and the more recent history of the women who have represented north-east Wales in the Welsh Assembly/Senedd and others. There will also be discussion panels and films to illustrate aspects of women’s history and heritage. It will be a lively and engaging programme - with something for everyone. There will be ample time to chat and network too.
Exhibitions are being planned and a Roadshow will be held to encourage local people to bring along any material they may have which is relevant to women’s history, in particular to sport and to the WI movement, to show our experts. It promises to be a very eventful day and we are grateful to Kathryn Ellis and Peter Bolton for facilitating it at Glyndŵr University.
This a free event.
Register through: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat21May20227:00 pmThe Canolfan, New Road, Glyn Ceiriog Llangollen LL20 7HEJohn ac Alun in Concert (at the Canolfan, Glyn Ceiriog), doors open 7-00pm, bar & refreshments available. Tickets £10, proceeds towards the Ceiriog Memorial Institute. For further information email email@example.comIn Association with the 'Wrexham 2025 Year of Culture' programme
Wed01Jun2022Thu09Jun202210am-3.15 pmMostyn Hall, Mostyn Nr Holywell Flintshire, CH8 9HN
Details of open days during early June, plus late August can be found within the below web pages
All proceeds raised will be donated to the Wales Air Ambulance.
Entrance fee £5
Wed22Jun20227:30 pmBooka 26-28 Church Street Oswestry SY11 2SP
Renowned historian Marc Morris talks about his latest book The Anglo-Saxons, shining a light on Britain's Dark Ages.
Sixteen hundred years ago Britain left the Roman Empire and swiftly fell into ruin. Grand cities and luxurious villas were deserted and left to crumble, and civil society collapsed into chaos. Into this violent and unstable world came foreign invaders from across the sea, and established themselves as its new masters.
The Anglo-Saxons traces the turbulent history of these people across the next six centuries. It explains how their earliest rulers fought relentlessly against each other for glory and supremacy, and then were almost destroyed by the onslaught of the Vikings. It explores how they abandoned their old gods for Christianity, established hundreds of churches and created dazzlingly intricate works of art. It charts the revival of towns and trade, and the origins of a familiar landscape of shires, boroughs and bishoprics.
It is a tale of famous figures like King Offa, Alfred the Great and Edward the Confessor, but also features a host of lesser known characters - ambitious queens, revolutionary saints, intolerant monks and grasping nobles. Through their remarkable careers we see how a new society, a new culture and a single unified nation came into being.
Drawing on a vast range of original evidence - chronicles, letters, archaeology and artefacts - renowned historian Marc Morris illuminates a period of history that is only dimly understood, separates the truth from the legend, and tells the extraordinary story of how the foundations of England were laid.
We are delighted to welcome Marc Morris back to Booka during Independent Bookshop Week as we celebrate the paperback publication of The Anglo-Saxons.
Author talk followed by audience Q&A and book signing.
£7 without book (Admits One, ticket redeemable against a signed copy of The Anglo Saxons) or £11 with book (Admits One, includes a signed copy of The Anglo Saxons).
Marc Morris' profile
Fri24Jun20227:00 pmKings Christian Centre, Bailey Hill Mold
Please note that the Annual General Meeting of the North East Wales Heritage Forum will take place at 7pm on Friday the 24th June 2022.
The event will be held at the Kings Christian centre alongside the entrance to the Bailey Hill in Mold, Flintshire where a £1.8m restoration project has just been completed.
The location has been chosen to enable members to benefit from a presentation about the restoration project and the opportunity to visit the Bailey Hill.
There are some steps to contend with to access the building but ramps will be available.Further details and the agenda will be sent out to members and groups closer to the time. If you have any proposals or items you would like to bring up at the meeting please send notification via the contact page of this web site.
Sat25Jun20222:30 pmSt Peter's Church, Rosehill, Holywell, CH8 7TL.
FHS Council cordially invites you to join us for a lecture at our other new venue!
Following our very successful meeting at Mold last month (our first since the start
of the pandemic) our second live meeting will be held at 2.30pm on Saturday 25th
June at St Peter's Church, Rosehill, Holywell, CH8 7TL.
The speaker will be Ken Brassil, who will talk about "Charles Darwin in North Wales".
Before setting off on his 5 year round the world voyage on HMS Beagle, Darwin
made geological tours of North Wales in the summer of 1831.
Kenneth, a native of north Wales, was a Field Officer for the Clwyd Powys
Archaeological Trust in the 1980s. From the 1990’s he was a Learning Officer for
Archaeology and History at the Museum of Wales in Cardiff for 25 years. Now
retired, he lives in Penrhyndeudraeth.
This church has excellent facilities, including parking and easy disabled access. If
you don’t already know the church, go into the centre of Holywell, round the one-way system in front of the Victoria Hotel and the bus station. Keep in the right hand lane, then turn into Pen-Y-Maes Road. Turn into Rosehill by keeping Lidl on your right.
The meeting is open to members and non-members, and you will be able to pay your 2022 membership subscription if you have not already done so
Sat02Jul2022Holt and Farndon
We are hosting an introductory open day to present a cross border archaeologyproject for the communities of Holt & Farndon, giving people the chance to
discover and get hands on with their local history.
HLHS has discovered a potentially exciting find near the fish farm in Townfield Lane, Farndon that may be a Roman fort associated
with Holt Roman Tile Works and Pottery.
It is planned to excavate part of this site in September 2022.
To learn more about this cross border project, come along to either of the two presentations on Saturday July 2nd:
Farndon Memorial Hall 10.00-12.00, with a key talk at 11.00 a.m
Holt Kenyon Hall 2.00-4.00 p.m., with a key talk at 3 p.m.
The key talks are by Chris Matthews, archaeologist.
Lets aim for good turnouts at these presentations - please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org if you intend to come.
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