Wales’s History Showcased at Hay Festival

Friday 24 May 2013

Minister for Culture and Sports John Griffiths visited the Hanes Cymru – History Wales stand at the Hay Festival on 23 May to participate in a Cadw-led literary activity and a tour of Hay Castle.

Wales’s history showcased at Hay Festival

Wales’s history showcased at Hay Festival

Minister for Culture and Sports John Griffiths visited the Hanes Cymru – History Wales stand at the Hay Festival on 23 May, creating his own Heritage Haiku – a short poem using imagistic language, as well as taking a tour of the impressive castle and launching Glo magazine, a celebration of Big Pit’s 30th anniversary. The activities are part of a series of events at the festival to promote Wales’s rich history and culture.

Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, is leading the Hanes Cymru – History Wales partnership at the Hay Festival from 23 May – 2 June. Hanes Cymru – History Wales is a partnership between Cadw, Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales, Historic Houses Association and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales.

John Griffiths AM said: 'Wales has a rich and varied landscape, history and culture. Hay provides an excellent opportunity to showcase what Wales has to offer visitors. The Hanes Cymru – History Wales partnership is the perfect example of how different organisations within the heritage and museum sector work together to protect and conserve our history for the enjoyment of generations to come.'

Cadw activities at the Hay Festival include a Heritage Haiku session on 29 May, where people will be encouraged to write a simple poem about Wales’ historic environment, ‘Make your own clay tile’ on Monday, 27 May inspired by Wales’s historic abbeys, and ‘Make art’ inspired by Valle Crucis Abbey, which will be led by Cadw’s artist in residence Lucy Harvey on Saturday, 1 June.

Lucy Harvey has been appointed as the first artist in residency in a partnership between Cadw and the Arts Council of Wales. The residency is part of a brand new programme with the aim of developing artists’ practice and engaging audiences and communities in the creative process. The artist in residency project is a result of Cadw’s commitment to working with the arts, detailed in its Arts and Heritage Framework.

Other activities taking place on the stand include:

•  On Tuesday 28, and Thursday 30 May, visitors will be able to make their own miner’s ‘lamp check’ badge. When coal miners went underground, they left behind their ‘lamp checks’ – a token to swap for your safety lamp. These checks had numbers and names on them.
•  On Saturday, 25 and Friday, 31 May, visitors can Picture the Plane!, by discovering Wales’s rich heritage from the air with the Royal Commission’s collection of aerial photographs, a large pot of glue and a four-foot wooden airplane!
•  St Fagans, the National History Museum, will be at the stand on Friday, 24 and Sunday, 26 May giving visitors the opportunity to create literary-inspired cross-stitch, which they can take home.

For further information and to participate in the events visit the Hanes Cymru / History Wales stand at the Hay Festival from 23 May – 2 June.