Wales’s wonderful built heritage turns TV storyteller. Find your own story with free entry on 1 March

Wednesday 29 February 2012

People at Caerphilly Castle

People at Caerphilly Castle

From the early makings of the nation to medieval political power struggles and the birth of the Industrial Revolution, the groundbreaking BBC Cymru Wales series The Story of Wales, presented by Huw Edwards, features a number of historic sites in the care of Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service. In the first episode,  broadcast on Monday 27 February at 9pm, these included Pentre Ifan Burial Chamber (Pembrokeshire), Bryn Celli Ddu Burial Chamber (Anglesey), Caerleon Roman Baths, Caerwent Roman Town and Segontium Roman Fort (Caernarfon). The second episode will be broadcast on Thursday 1 March at 9pm.

As part of the celebrations to mark the transmission of the series, all Cadw directly managed sites will be included in the free entry programme on St David’s Day, 1 March. Sites include Harlech Castle, Caernarfon Castle, Caerphilly Castle, Castell Coch and St Davids Bishop’s Palace. Housing, Regeneration and Heritage Minister Huw Lewis will be visiting Rhuddlan Castle on 1 March and will be joined by a children’s choir from Ysgol Y Castell Rhuddlan between 2pm and 2.30pm.

Special Story of Wales events also take place at Caernarfon Castle on Saturday 3 March and at Caerphilly Castle on Sunday 4 March.

The Marquess and the Monument at Caerphilly Castle sees the Marquess of Bute inspecting his ruined castle. Join him for tours throughout the day where he will detail his plans for rebuilding in a symphony of stone around 1890.

At Caernarfon Castle, Building a Castle, allows visitors to learn about the crafts and industries that went into building Edward I’s mighty castle of Caernarfon. The Open University in Wales will also be present and invite visitors to a short session entitled 'What's special about your icons and how do they feed into ideas about Wales and Welshness?' There will be an opportunity to look at some images and chat with a tutor and other participants. There’s also an opportunity to write a short piece about your own Welsh icon.

The Story of Wales will trace the history of the Welsh nation from 30,000 years ago to the present day. Other partners in the series include The Open University in Wales, Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales, National Library of Wales and the People’s Collection Wales.

The Story of Wales starts with a reconstruction of the earliest known human burial in Western Europe - that of the ‘Red Lady’ of Paviland - 30,000 years ago. Its epic story runs through Hywel Dda’s uniting Wales under one law, the Welsh at the heart of the Tudor court, through the immense pace of change in the country as coal mines and iron works flourished - with technological and educational innovations putting Wales ahead of the world in the Industrial Revolution - and right up to present day devolution.

Huw Lewis said, “This series from BBC Cymru Wales will bring the fascinating and unique history of our nation to new audiences, young and old.

“In these difficult times it is often easy to forget the struggles of the past, but thanks to the endeavours of countless individuals and the buildings they lived in we have a rich historic legacy to rival any country in the world.”