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Gorffennaf 2009

Cleaning the village

Postiwyd gan Steve Burrow ar 16 Gorffennaf 2009

Festival of British Archaeology 2009

Thousands of people visit the Celtic Village each month leaving little spare time for keeping up with the housework. Even worse, with summer in full swing everything is growing very very fast. Something had to be done!

With help from museum volunteers, extreme steps were taken. Everything was taken out of the roundhouses and cleaned. Outside the houses, vegetation was cut back, and the grounds were tidied. The result: two sparkling roundhouses.

Earlier in the year the third roundhouse became unstable and was taken down. Although sad in a way, this provided a great opportunity for a team from Reading University to excavate the ground upon which it had stood. So we learnt a lot from the controlled demolition of this house, but the work was not over. Piles of old thatch and soil still littered the Celtic Village, and these were cleared away by a team of United Nations' Association volunteers.

So the venue is ready, the events organised. Now we keep our fingers crossed for good weather.

Getting ready

Postiwyd gan Steve Burrow ar 16 Gorffennaf 2009

Festival of British Archaeology 2009

The Festival of British Archaeology kicks off in just three days and staff at St Fagans National History Museum, National Museum Cardiff, and the National Roman Legion Museum are hard at work.

From the 18th of July until the 2nd of August our museums will be hosting an amazing array of activities to celebrate archaeology, from opportunities to join Roman soldiers in the barrack room at Caerleon, to Shadow puppet workshops in Cardiff, and a recreation of a Roman funeral at St Fagans.

For a full list of all the events and activities at our museums visit our Festival of British Archaeology web page.

Over the coming weeks I'll be blogging as the festival progresses, so if you can't stay until the end of the bell casting experiments, or you have to leave before the bone flutes are finished, then read about what happened here.

Most of the time I'll be based around the Celtic Village at St Fagans National History Museum so most of my posts will concentrate on the events held here, but I'll try to include information about things going on at our other sites.

Sylwadau o'r arddangsofa Urdd.org

Postiwyd gan Sian Lile-Pastore ar 13 Gorffennaf 2009

Mae'r arddangsofa Urdd.org wedi gorffen nawr, dyma ychydig o sylwadau ac atgofion ymwelwyr:

‘Mae Llangrannog yn hwyl....wedi bod na 8 gwaith mewn 1 blwyddyn’

‘Dwi’n caru yr urdd.’

‘Dwi’n cofio mynd i Langrannog yn 1953 – cysgu dan ganfas a cheisio cropian i fynny’r allt i gabanau’r merched yn y nos ac Ifan Isaac yn fy nal.’ (hwyel gwynfryn)

‘Cofion fantastic o Llangrannog a Glan- Llyn. Cusan gyntaf , smwchio i ‘ysbryd y nos’ a ‘oh capten’!! A’r twmpath, hwre!! Hwyl a sbri joio mas draw! Gobeithio caiff fy mhlant y cyfle nawr!’

‘Rwy’n cofio aros mewn caban – a’r glaw yn dod i fewn drwy’r tô!! Dyddie da!’

‘Wedi aros yng ngwersyll Llangrannog tua tair gwaith – y tro cyntaf mewn pabell! Chwythodd y pabell i ffwrdd ar y trydydd nosweth a rhaid i mi a’m ffrindiau cysgu i mewn gyda’r swyddogion! Diolch swogs!’

‘Rwy’n cofio llawer o weithgareddau’r Urdd – canu, actio, ‘sub’s bench’ yn y dawnsio disgo... Ryw’n cofio ennill y goron, a chael mynd i dderbyn fy ngwobr yn stiwdio ‘Heno’ yn lle’r pafiliwn, oherwydd epiemic Clwy’r Traed a’r Genau ar y pryd. Fy atgof cryfaf yw o gael stwr gan Steff yn Llangrannog am sleifio i mewn i’r neuadd sglefrolio yn y nos, i wrando ar gerddoriaeth saesneg, a sglefrolio i Pearl Jam a Nirvana!’

‘Dwi’n rhy fach i fynd i glanllyn.’

Y curaduron yn brysur yn paratoi'r arddangosfa nesaf yn Oriel 1 sydd yn agor ar 1 Awst.

Are you one in a million??

Postiwyd gan Chris Owen ar 7 Gorffennaf 2009

Sorry its been so long but we haven’t really had anything to report! Both Gavin and Stacey can still be seen each day on the Clocktower. Sometimes they are there all day, dividing their time between the east and north sides of the tower, and on other days they disappear on long hunting trips. The recent hot weather has been a bit much for the birds (as well as us on the ground!) and they often perch on the shadier parts of the tower.

The PoCT team will be watching the birds until the end of August, so if you haven’t yet seen the peregrines “in person” then what are you waiting for?! If you are a fan of birds and wildlife, why not join the RSPB? You would be in good company-we have over 1 million members! We can sign you up at the Museum and every member that joins will help wildlife conservation in Wales, as well as ensuring that the Peregrines on the Clock Tower project returns each year.

Happy watching!

Mwy o luniau o'r Cert Celf

Postiwyd gan Sian Lile-Pastore ar 3 Gorffennaf 2009

Dyma mwy o luniau o'r cert celf. Ewch draw i flickr i weld mwy.

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