Thursday 27 June 2013
Tourists and local residents are invited to join Cadw at Neath Abbey on Saturday, 6 July to celebrate its new Hands-on-Heritage event.
More than two million people visit Cadw’s 129 historic sites every year to discover the dramatic stories behind Wales’s breathtaking castles, abbeys, industrial and prehistoric monuments. There are fascinating stories of battles over the centuries to uncover.
On 6 July families are invited to take a step back in time to join in this traditional crafts event in a spectacular location.
The impressive remains at Neath Abbey will resonate to the sounds of medieval life – from stone masonry to wool-spinning and basket weaving as the site welcomes its ‘Hands-on- Heritage’ traditional craft event. Showcasing a range of heritage skills, the events will bring the medieval period alive with sounds and smells and offers the chance for people to experience and explore heritage crafts in the grounds of the abbey.
Experts will demonstrate skills stretching back to the Cistercian period in Wales while visitors will be able to have a go at some themselves, thanks to hands-on activities including medieval ceramic workshops and carving soap stone sculptures. Visitors will also be invited to join a guided tour with an expert and find out about their local archaeology with Glamorgan and Gwent Archaeological Trust.
John Griffiths, Minister for Culture and Sports commented: 'Neath Abbey is a truly spectacular monument with a long and interesting history. As part of this new ‘Hands-On-Heritage’ event Cadw will be bringing this history alive by providing opportunities for a wide range of people to engage with their heritage and learn something new in fun and exciting ways.
Participating in a heritage craft event like this one gives Cadw an opportunity to bring history and archaeology to a wider audience and to the heart of the community.'
The event will take place on Saturday, 6 July between 10.30am and 4.30pm. Entry is free. Refreshments will be available.
For more information on events, visit www.cadw.wales.gov.uk, find Cadw on Facebook or follow @CadwWales on Twitter.