Local students create stories for Caerphilly Castle

Wednesday 13 November 2013

Students from primary schools in Caerphilly have been busy throughout the autumn term creating stories in a traditional Welsh style, which will be displayed at the castle for visitors to enjoy.

Caerphilly Castle

Caerphilly Castle

Internationally acclaimed storyteller Michael Harvey has been working with pupils to create the stories in a project led by Cadw. The pupils visited the castle and listened to traditional Welsh stories being recited in the great hall, and explored the castle looking for evidence showing how it was used in the past.

The Storytelling and Literacy Project is in its fifth year and has proved a successful and popular way of engaging young people with their local historical monument, in an aim to help people understand and care about their place and history.

John Griffiths, Minister for Culture and Sport added: 'This is an excellent example of how the historic environment can be used to develop skills and provide opportunities for young people across Wales. Our heritage monuments are assets that should not only be protected, but should also be enjoyed and used to benefit future generations.'

Adrienne Wood, Lifelong Learning Manager for south Wales added: 'The aim of the project is to engage with young people in the vicinity of historic monuments for them to develop an understanding of their local heritage and foster an appreciation of its value. Additionally the project aims to develop and improve skills including communication, creative, presentation and performance, and develop the confidence of the young people involved.'