Storytelling and Literacy Project

Dolbadarn Castle

Dolbadarn Castle

Cadw’s Storytelling and Literacy Project ran from 2009 – 2013 at a number of historic sites across Wales, ranging from castles to abbeys to historic houses.

The storytelling and literacy project had two main objectives:

  • The first was to give teachers the tools and techniques to enable the creation and development of collaborative stories by class groups of pupils.
  • The second was to use Wales’ rich heritage and historic sites as the setting for telling traditional local stories, and to encourage their appreciation of the castles and the cultural history of Wales by asking them to explore, observe and listen closely.

After working with hundreds of school children across Wales, a superb collection of stories have been delivered through the project, featuring dragons and knights, fantastical creatures and historical characters, feasts, treasures and, most importantly, fun!

Each year, following a training day for the teachers involved in the project, pupils from local primary schools visited their local historic site with a storyteller. The children listened to enchanting traditional Welsh tales within the atmospheric historic settings, and explored all of the nooks and crannies.
On return to school, the children were encouraged to think about what makes a good story and how stories are constructed. The children worked as a whole class, in groups and in pairs to create, edit and refine their own original class story.

Dolbadarn Castle and Dinefwr Castle inspired Cadw's first storytelling and literacy project in 2009. In 2010, the project moved to the castles at Caernarfon and Chepstow. The momentum continued with the children producing wonderful stories about ogres, dragons and evil wizards. In 2011, the project focused on Criccieth Castle and Tretower Court and Castle. In 2012 the project was delivered in both north Wales and south Wales, working with schools in Denbigh and Kidwelly castles, followed by Conwy and Caerphilly in 2013.

You can read some of the stories and find out more about the project by visiting these blog sites: