Historic battles were often iconic events that frequently invoke strong emotions and passions today. The reputations of political and military leaders were often based on success on the battlefield. The locations where battles took place can be significant historic assets. They often retain topographical and archaeological evidence, including war graves, which can increase our understanding of these momentous events. These issues have led to calls for a Register of Historic Battlefields in Wales.
In 2011 Cadw sought views on Welsh Ministers‘ proposed policies for the identification, protection, and management of significant historic battlefields. Establishing a Register of Historic Battlefields in Wales was central to this proposed policy.
Forty-five responses were received from a range of organisations and individuals. The vast majority of respondents agreed that a policy for the protection and sustainable management of historic battlefields was necessary and supported the proposal to create a register of nationally important battlefields. The majority of respondents also agreed with the proposed selection principles, battlefield scope and definition, and criteria and guidance, together with the proposed roles and responsibilities.
Click here to see the original consultation document, together with the summary of responses report and the list of consultation respondents.
Consultation Document: Establishment of a Register of Historic Battlefields in Wales.
In his Ministerial Priorities for the Historic Environment of Wales statement of 24 January 2012, the Minister for Housing, Regeneration and Heritage approved in principle the establishment of a Register of Historic Battlefields in Wales. Cadw will now prepare amended proposals in the light of the responses provided during the public consultation.
Identifying sites for inclusion in the Register
Cadw has asked the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales to lead on pilot fieldwork to establish the location and extent of an initial five battlefields. The fieldwork, undertaken by Archaeology Wales, will also help refine the appropriate methodological approaches. The subsequent reports are expected by the end of March 2012. This work will help determine whether or not these battlefields meet the revised criteria for inclusion on the proposed battlefield register.
Further candidate battlefield sites will be investigated during the 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 financial years.
The intention is to launch the battlefields register during late 2013 or early 2014 when these initial investigations have been completed.