Sign up for our Llywn Celyn Community History Project
As part of the HLF-funded development phase, we’d now like your help to find out more of the history of Llwyn Celyn and the Llanthony Valley and its landscape. We’re delighted that David Austin, Professor of Archaeology from the University of Wales Trinity St David at Lampeter will lead this project, which is also a chance for interested local historians to learn and improve research techniques by working alongside a leading expert in the field. You may have seen David on BBC2’s House Detective series, and joining the project will help you find out how to research your own house, as well as to understand the history revealed in the landscape of the Llanthony Valley.
We are setting up workshops to explain more about the project, seek your input and get things underway. We had a stimulating and well attended meeting at the first on 22nd July 2014 at Cwmyoy, with a fascinating talk from Prof. David Austin and lots of good contributions from the floor. Our next meeting will be a ‘talk & walk’ in the landscape, on 17th September 2014 starting at 10am at Cwmyoy Memorial Hall, but then spending much of the day walking the landscape surrounding Llwyn Celyn with David, who will explain how to read it using old maps and features in the landscape, and also hear what you can tell us about the valley’s memories and traditions.
We’d also like to invite you to one of two ‘drop-in’ days, also at Cwmyoy Hall. David and his wife Gaenor will be there, and would like to encourage you to bring and share your personal knowledge, old photos, historic documents and any thoughts about the Valley and area – or just to come and find out more about the project. Do drop in for a cup of tea and a chat. The drop-ins will be held 2-6pm on Sunday 7th Sept and 11am-6pm on Monday 8th Sept.
It doesn’t matter whether you are an experienced researcher or a complete novice – all you need is an interest in history and in finding our more about your lovely valley. We’d love existing members of the local history societies to come along as we know there has been much great work done already. This is a chance to stitch it all together. What we all discover will help us decide how best to restore and present the Llwyn Celyn site.
If you’d like to be part of the Llwyn Celyn History Project, please email to let us know via LCelyn@landmarktrust.org.uk telling us which session you’d like attend and please spread the word.
Current volunteering opportunities
We are currently seeking help with the following tasks:
Volunteers for monthly Open Days at Crownhill Fort
Crownhill Fort opens to the public on the last Friday of each month, usually between midday and 6pm. Volunteers are required to help with duties at the on the gate and directing visitors, spend time in the museums to help our guests understand and interact with the displays and assist with the tunnel tours that are always so popular.If you live locally and think you might be able to help please do get in touch via email.
Photo Library Volunteer
A great opportunity has arisen for a volunteer to assist with organising Landmark’s digital photo library. Over the next couple of months, we need help to download, resize and file new photography taken for the next edition of Landmark’s Handbook, and to keep the images on our website fresh and up to date.
This would suit someone studying or interested in photography, with experience of resizing and organising an image library and used to working with Photoshop. Previous experience of using a website content management system would be a bonus. Failing that, a willingness to learn, and a love of good photography would be fine.
Helping 2-3 days a week at Shottesbrooke, the role offers good experience of working with wonderful images. You’ll be part of a busy and friendly team, and also be happy to work under your own steam. Let us know if you’d like to help by contacting us via email.
PLEASE NOTE: Even if you have already registered with us to volunteer, you still need to apply for volunteer vacancies as they appear if you are interested. (We are a small team and cannot follow up with indivduals about specific openings). If you have signed up for the monthly Volunteer Email this will alert you to any new volunteer postitions posted on the website. Thank you.
Share your talents with us!
While our buildings speak for themselves, we love enriching our Open Days with additional activities – storytelling, music, dance, Living History, artworks, craft demonstrations….. If you have a talent you’d be willing to volunteer for an Open Day or belong to a group who would join in, please let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org.