The 40s return to Lamphey

Thursday 11 July 2013

The 40s return to Lamphey

The 40s return to Lamphey

Tourists and local residents will be invited to step back to the 1940s on 27 and 28 July when Cadw will be hosting free, family-friendly '40s and Forces' days in the beautiful grounds of Lamphey Bishop’s Palace.

Lamphey Bishop’s Palace is one of the 129 sites in Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service’s care, and the '40s and Forces' event will give visitors a chance to see the spectacular monument brought to life.

During the weekend visitors will be able to meet and talk to top-class re-enactors and to get hands-on with kit and weaponry from the period. There will be talks and displays from local researchers and organisations and a chance to view training films from 1943. The event will also offer an opportunity to mingle with the Women's Land Army, chat to American GIs and enjoy a cup of tea, a spam sandwich and a slice of cake!

Lydia Thomas, Lead Custodian at Lamphey Bishop’s Palace, explains more: ‘We ran 40s and Forces for the first time last year which was a great success with visitors, who were asking if we could do it again. We’re therefore delighted to be able to hold the event again this year and we’re pleased to confirm that once again entry to the site during this weekend will be free'.

Lamphey Bishop's Palace is a tranquil and beautiful medieval building, that is not at first sight the obvious location for a 40s weekend. The Palace was associated with Bishop de Gower, who went on to oversee the construction of the well-known Bishop’s Palace at St Davids. However on closer examination Lamphey’s fascinating later history becomes apparent. South Pembrokeshire has strong and important military history, and this area played host to American and British troops in the run-up to the Normandy landings. There are traces of their occupation at Lamphey Bishop’s Palace, and the '40s and Forces' event is an opportunity for people to find out more about the monument’s lesser-known history.

40s and Forces is part of the Festival of Archaeology, an annual fortnight of activities co-ordinated by the Council for British Archaeology. Click here for more information on Festival of Archaeology events in Wales.