There are a range of activities that are progressing.
- Collecting memories of Abbeycwmhir from people in our community and planning how these memories can become a resource that is shared through audio, video and written media.
- Receiving heritage research training from the Sacred Landscapes Project, Strata Florida and starting to investigate aspects of the Abbey and its environs.
- Preparing learning packs for school children and youth groups and engaging with these young people.
- Preparing a series of Community Heritage walks.
You can see details of a number of activities by using the links below or by hovering over the Activities button in the menu at the top of each page.
Geographical Information System. As part of our heritage research we are building a GIS for the abbey area. This will enable us to put any information that can be geographically located into a mapping system. We are at the early stage of the work, but we are already fascinated by the power of the GIS mapping tool to overlay features of interest so that they can be studied together. Click to go to Page: Abbey Cwmhir GIS
Heritage walks. We have received grants from National Lottery Heritage Fund/Cadw and the Postcode Community Trust, supported by the People’s Postcode Lottery, to encourage the development of trails of varying lengths and difficulties and the relaunch of the Millennium community Trail. Click to go to page: Heritage Walks.
Heritage research. We are using a number of approaches to investigate the development of Abbey Cwmhir and its place in the landscape. This involves archive research, examination of early maps and charters as well as physically exploring the area around the Abbey and its once extensive land holdings. Click to go to page: Heritage Reseach.
Drone photography. Integrated with our project is the use of drone photography and photogrammetry to explore the Abbey site and the surrounding landscape. This has already revealed new information which will continue to inform activities over the coming years. Click to go to page: Drone Photography.
Oral History. The more recent history of Abbeycwmhir and its surrounding landscape is not only contained within photographs and documents, it also sits in the memories of the community. We are starting a series of recorded interviews to ensure those memories are not lost. Click to go to page: Oral History.
Welsh Place-Names. In order to understand ancient documents that relate to our area, we have been translating Welsh place-names into English. This activity is ongoing but some of the early work is shown here, where place-names have been taken off a surveyor’s map at 1817. Click to go to page: Welsh Place-Names