Denbigh focus for Cadw with new guidebook and heritage arts project

Tuesday 06 August 2013

As part of Cadw, the Welsh government's historic environment service's National Eisteddfod celebrations, Minister for Culture and Sport John Griffiths has launched a Welsh-language version of Cadw's Denbigh Castle guidebook.

Denbigh focus for Cadw with new guidebook and heritage arts project

Denbigh focus for Cadw with new guidebook and heritage arts project

To coincide with the National Eisteddfod in Denbigh, taking place from 2-10 August, the Minister visited Denbigh Castle to launch the guidebook, and was taken on a tour of the historical monument to see new interpretation on site and a new visitor centre. 
Cadw's widely acclaimed guidebook for Denbigh Castle, written by castle expert Lawrence Butler, has been carefully adapted into Welsh in time for the National Eisteddfod, to capture the essence of the original text in a natural, easy-to-read style.

The guidebook explores the history of the rocky outcrop through from its origins as a seat of the Welsh princes, and traces the context for building the impressive medieval monument in a part of Wales that was subject to frequent changes between Welsh and Norman rule. It also includes the colourful stories behind the key players who built - and ruined - this magnificent castle.

Castell Dinbych, however, is more than a history book and contains a helpful guide for visitors to make the most of their time here with a summary of key dates and attractive bird's-eye view which highlights the key points to see.

Castell Dinbych is part of Cadw's ongoing commitment to publish Welsh language guidebooks to complement the bilingual interpretation already available at Denbigh and at many other Cadw sites throughout Wales. The Castle Quest and Denbigh app, which can be downloaded from the Apple iStore, are both available free of charge.

Additionally the Minister also visited Cadw's stand on the Maes to talk to young people working on an arts project as part of a partnership between Cadw and Urdd Gobaith Cymru.

As outlined in its Arts and Heritage Framework, Cadw is committed to working with the arts to increase the appreciation, understanding and animation of the sites in its care, and to connect with growing and different audiences, including young people.

To coincide with this Cadw is working with young people from Urdd groups across north Wales on a project with local artist Mari Gwent. In the weeks leading up to the Eisteddfod Mari has been visiting the groups to discuss what heritage means to them, and is working with representatives from each group throughout the week to create a piece of art inspired by their feedback. The final artwork will be unveiled at an event on the Cadw stand on Friday, 9 August at 12.00pm, and following the Eisteddfod will be on display at Denbigh Castle.

John Griffiths, Minister for Culture and Sport, said: 'The new guidebook, Castell Dinbych, along with the various other channels such as the app and on site interpretation, enables us to share the magnificent story of this historical monument with a range of audience through a variety of platforms, in the language of their choice - making our unique heritage accessible to everyone.

When the artwork created by the Urdd groups will be in situ at Denbigh Castle this will tell yet another story using a different channel again - this time looking at what heritage means to young people in the area. Both projects demonstrate the wide reach and scope of the historic environment, and the different and exciting ways in which it can be interpreted.'

Lleucu Sion, Urdd Gobaith Cymru's National Youth Co-ordinator added: 'We're pleased to be working in partnership with Cadw on this project, and hope that this is the first of many joint initiatives. Looking at heritage and history through the medium of art has made the work much more interesting and engaging to the young people involved, who have thoroughly enjoyed participating in this project.'

Emma Perry from Wrexham, one of the participants of the project added: 'We've had a lot of fun discussing and planning the mural with Mari. I can't wait to start working on it at the Eisteddfod.'

Castell Dinbych can be purchased at Denbigh Castle or on the Maes at the National Eisteddfod for a discounted price of £4.00 during the Eisteddfod week, and for £4.50 online via the Cadw Shop. P&P is extra. Denbigh Castle is open everyday. For more information about opening hours, admission prices and events taking place click here.

For further information about events and activities on the Cadw stand throughout the National Eisteddfod week in Denbigh click here or like Cadw on Facebook and follow @CadwWales on Twitter.