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Talk on Capability Brown Ruabon

Saturday March 5th  Talk at the Wynnstay Arms Hotel,
High St, Ruabon, Wrexham LL14 6BL

11.00. Coffee will be served from 10.30

The Clwyd Branch  AGM  2016 at 11.00
Followed by a talk by Steffie Shields at 11.30

Moving Heaven and Earth - Capability Brown’s Gift of Landscape

Photographer, writer, Cambridge tutor, and Vice-President of The Gardens Trust, Steffie Shields, specialises in historic landscapes. A member of the ‘Capability’ Brown Tercentenary Festival Celebrations 2016 Advisory Research Group, she has surveyed over 200 of Brown’s 250 plus attributed works. Her illustrated book ‘Moving Heaven & Earth – Capability Brown’s Gift of Landscape’ is to be published by Unicorn Press due out - hopefully - in April 2016.

£5

 

Lecture at the National Library of Wales

Ceredigion Branch WHGT AGM and annual lecture Saturday 12 March 2016

Council Chamber, National Library of Wales,
12 March 2016 at 2pm. 
 
Lecture commences 2.30pm

The most glorious and richest prospect I ever beheld

Bettina Harden MBE will give an illustrated lecture on her researches into garden visiting in Wales 1639-1900.
Her book on the subject will be published by Graffeg in June.
 
All welcome, non-members £1-00
 

A Bill to make history

A Bill to make history –

Legislation to protect Wales’ past to become law
 
The first Wales-only legislation to improve the protection and management of Wales’ unique historic environment has today been passed by the National Assembly for Wales.
 
When it becomes law, the Historic Environment (Wales) Bill will introduce new measures to protect Wales’ historic environment.
 
It will make it more difficult for individuals who damage protected monuments to escape prosecution by pleading ignorance of a monument’s status or location.
 
It will also introduce new powers to take urgent action to stop unauthorised work to historic sites and to prevent historic buildings from falling into disrepair.
 
For example, it will allow the development of a system of preservation notices and will give local authorities new ways to recover their costs when they have to take direct action.
 
Once the Bill is law, Wales will also become the first country in the UK to put historic environment records on a statutory footing – a measure that stakeholder groups having been calling for across the UK.
 
These records allow advice on decisions by planning authorities and land managers to be based on sound information. This stands in sharp contrast to the crisis that, many argue, is confronting archaeological services across England as local authorities are forced to make wide-ranging cuts.
 
The records will also provide access to the new list of historic place names in Wales – another first for Wales.
 
Welcoming the passing of the landmark Bill by the National Assembly, the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Ken Skates, said:
 
“Wales’ rich historic environment extends beyond our well-known ancient monuments and historic buildings. It also includes historic parks and gardens and our country’s great legacy of historic place names, both of which will, for the first time, be placed on statutory registers.
 
“Our heritage tells the fascinating story of our past; it brings social and cultural benefits; and it makes a significant contribution to our economy through tourism. It is something that people really care about. We often see anger and concern when people are made aware of the deliberate neglect of a listed building or the careless destruction of a scheduled monument.
“The Bill has been the result of extensive conversations with heritage professionals, voluntary organisations and the public. This gave us a clear idea of the challenges and the need for effective and flexible mechanisms for how we manage change.
 
“I am proud that in passing this Bill we are giving greater protection to our historic environment, raising awareness of its significance and supporting its sustainable management. Our outstanding historic sites and buildings need this protection so that they can continue to fascinate and inspire people for generations to come.”
 
The Bill will also simplify some of the systems in place for the management of scheduled monuments and listed buildings by allowing owners to enter into voluntary heritage partnership agreements with consenting authorities.
 
It will also:
 
·        Create an independent panel to provide the Welsh Ministers with expert advice on policy and strategy;
·        Introduce formal consultation with owners of buildings or monuments before a decision to protect them is made;
·        Extend the definition of what can be protected as an ancient monument to include some battlefield sites and prehistoric settlements.
 
Justin Albert, National Trust Director for Wales said:
 
“We are an exceptionally proud custodian of some of Wales’s most iconic historic environments. Protecting our national treasures on a statutory basis is to be welcomed and secures them as places of wonder and enjoyment for everyone for generations to come.
 
 “The whole heritage sector has participated in  developing this legislation which we feel can bring great benefits in delivering a growing and vibrant tourist industry and jobs, skills and resources for all of us in Wales.
 
“Sustaining and enhancing our historic environment will undoubtedly show the world what a proud, caring and forward-thinking country we are - a country that people will be eager to visit and share with us.”
 
Alongside the Bill, new policy, advice and guidance will be published following consultation.
 
It complements goals set out in the recently passed Environment (Wales) Bill, the Planning (Wales) Act and the Well-being of Future Generations Act.
 
The Bill will become an Act when it receives Royal Assent in March 2016.
 
Additional information
 
Over 30,000 jobs are supported by our historic environment and it adds around £840 million to the nation’s economy, accounting for one-fifth of total tourism expenditure in Wales.
 
No case underlines more clearly how precious and vulnerable the historic environment is than the serious damage done to a well-preserved section of the 1,200 year old Offa’s Dyke in 2013. Cases such as this demonstrate how well-known monuments that have survived centuries can be lost almost overnight.
 
There were 119 cases of damage to scheduled monuments recorded between 2006–2012, with only on successful prosecution.
 
More information on the Bill can be found at:
http://gov.wales/topics/cultureandsport/historic-environment/the-historic-env-wales-bill/?skip=1&lang=en
 
Newyddion Llywodraeth Cymru
Dydd Mawrth 9 Chwefror
 
Bil Hanesyddol – Deddfwriaeth newydd i ddiogelu hanes Cymru
 
Heddiw, mae’r ddeddfwriaeth Cymru-yn-unig gyntaf ar gyfer gwella sut y caiff amgylchedd hanesyddol unigryw’r genedl ei ddiogelu wedi cael ei basio gan y Cynulliad Cenedlaethol.
 
Pan ddaw’n gyfraith, bydd Bil yr Amgylchedd Hanesyddol (Cymru) yn cyflwyno mesurau newydd i warchod amgylchedd hanesyddol Cymru.
 
Bydd yn ei gwneud yn anoddach i unigolion sy’n difrodi heneb warchodedig osgoi erlyniad drwy honni nad oedden nhw’n ymwybodol o statws neu leoliad yr heneb – hynny yw, amddiffyniad o anwybodaeth.
 
Hefyd, bydd y Bil yn cyflwyno pwerau newydd i weithredu ar frys i stopio gwaith heb awdurdod ar safleoedd hanesyddol ac i atal adeiladau hanesyddol rhag mynd i gyflwr gwael.
 
Er enghraifft, bydd yn esgor ar ddatblygu system o hysbysiadau diogelu a bydd yn rhoi ffyrdd newydd i awdurdodau lleol allu adennill pan fyddant wedi gorfod gweithredu’n uniongyrchol.
 
Unwaith y bydd y Bil yn gyfraith, Cymru fydd y wlad gyntaf yn y Deyrnas Unedig i roi cofnodion amgylchedd hanesyddol ar sail statudol – rhywbeth y mae grwpiau rhanddeiliaid wedi bod yn galw amdano ar draws y Deyrnas Unedig.
 
Mae’r cofnodion hyn yn galluogi i gyngor ar gyfer penderfyniadau gan awdurdodau cynllunio a rheolwyr tir gael ei seilio ar wybodaeth gywir a chynhwysfawr. Mae hyn yn wahanol iawn i’r argyfwng sydd, ym marn llawer, yn wynebu gwasanaethau archaeolegol ledled Lloegr wrth i awdurdodau lleol orfod gwneud toriadau llym.
 
Bydd y cofnodion hefyd yn darparu mynediad at restr newydd o enwau lleoedd hanesyddol yng Nghymru – sy’n ddatblygiad arloesol arall.
 
Wrth groesawu’r ffaith fod y Bil wedi’i basio gan y Cynulliad, dywedodd Ken Skates, y Dirprwy Weinidog Diwylliant, Chwaraeon a Thwristiaeth:
 
“Mae amgylchedd hanesyddol Cymru yn golygu mwy na’n henebion enwog a’n adeiladau hanesyddol amlwg; mae hefyd yn cynnwys parciau a gerddi hanesyddol ac, wrth gwrs, enwau ein lleoedd hanesyddol. Caiff cofrestrau statudol eu creu yn awr ar gyfer y ddwy elfen bwysig hyn.
 
“Ein treftadaeth yw stori ein gorffennol – ac mae’n stori wych; daw yn ei sgil fuddion cymdeithasol a diwylliannol. Hefyd, mae’n gwneud cyfraniad sylweddol at ein heconomi, ar ffurf twristiaeth. Mae’n rhywbeth sy’n bwysig iawn i lawer o bobl – mae difrodi heneb neu adael i adeilad rhestredig fynd a’i ben iddo yn gwneud pobl yn ddig ac yn ofidus.
 
“Mae’r Bil yn ganlyniad trafodaethau helaeth gyda phobl broffesiynol ym maes treftadaeth, sefydliadau gwirfoddol a’r cyhoedd yn gyffredinol. Rhoddodd hyn syniad eglur inni o’r heriau a’r angen am fecanweithiau effeithiola hyblyg ar gyfer rheoli newid.
 
“Rwy’n falch iawn ein bod, drwy basio’r Bil, yn mynd i allu diogelu ein hamgylchedd hanesyddol yn well. Hefyd, byddwn yn codi ymwybyddiaeth o’i bwysigrwydd ac yn cefnogi’r gwaith o’i reoli mewn ffordd gynaliadwy. Mae angen diogelu ein safleoedd a’n hadeiladau hanesyddol yn y fath fodd - er mwyn iddynt barhau i ddiddori ac ysbrydoli pobl am ganrifoedd i ddod.”
 
Hefyd, bydd y Bil yn symleiddio rhai o’r systemau sydd ar waith i reoli henebion cofrestredig ac adeiladau rhestredig drwy alluogi perchnogion i ddod i gytundebau partneriaeth treftadaeth gwirfoddol gydag awdurdodau.
 
Bydd y Bil yn gwneud y canlynol hefyd:
 
·        Creu panel annibynnol i roi cyngor arbenigol i Weinidogion Cymru ar bolisi a strategaeth;
·        Cyflwyno proses ymgynghori ffurfiol gyda pherchnogion  adeiladau neu henebion cyn i benderfyniad i’w diogelu gael ei wneud;
·        Ehangu’r diffiniad o beth y gellir ei ddiogelu fel heneb i gynnwys rhai meysydd brwydrau ac aneddiadau cynhanesiol.
 
Dywedodd Justin Albert, Cyfarwyddwr yr Ymddiriedolaeth Genedlaethol yng Nghymru:
 
“rydyn ni’n falch iawn o edrych ar ôl rhai o safleoedd hanesyddol enwocaf Cymru. Mae rhoi sail statudol i’r gwaith o ddiogelu ein hamgylchedd hanesyddol yn beth gwych, a bydd yn help mawr i’w sicrhau ar gyfer cenedlaethau’r dyfodol.
 
 “Mae’r sector treftadaeth cyfan wedi cyfrannu at ddatblygiad y ddeddfwriaeth hon – credwn y daw yn ei sgil fuddion mawr o ran ein gallu i greu a chynnal diwydiant twristiaeth llewyrchus a swyddi, sgiliau ac adnoddau y gall bawb yng Nghymru fanteisio arnynt.
 
“Bydd cynnal a gwella ein hamgylchedd hanesyddol yn dangos i’r byd ein bod yn wlad falch ac ystyriol a’n bod hefyd yn wlad arloesol. Hyn ei dro, bydd hynny’n gwneud Cymru’n wlad y bydd pobol am ymweld â hi..”
 
I gyd-fynd â’r Bil, caiff polisi, cyngor a chanllawiau newydd eu cyhoeddi ar ôl cyfnod o ymgynghori.
 
Bydd y rhain yn helpu i gyflawni nodau’r Bil yr Amgylchedd Hanesyddol (Cymru) newydd, y Bil Cynllunio (Cymru) newydd a’r Bil Llesiant Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol (Cymru) newydd.
 
Daw Bil yr Amgylchedd Hanesyddol (Cymru) yn Ddeddf pan gaiff y Cydsyniad Brenhinol ym mis Mawrth 2016.
 
Gwybodaeth Ychwanegol
 
Caiff dros 30,000 o swyddi eu cefnogi gan ein hamgylchedd hanesyddol ac mae’n ychwanegu tua £840 miliwn i economi’r wlad – sy’n cyfrif am un-rhan-o-bump o gyfanswm gwariant twristiaeth yng Nghymru.
 
Nid oes unrhyw achos yn dangos yn amlwg pa mor fregus a gwerthfawr yw ein hamgylchedd hanesyddol na’r difrod difrifol a wnaed i ran o Glawdd Offa yn 2013. Mae Clawdd Offa wedi bodoli ers mwy na 1200 o flynyddoedd, felly mae achos o’r fath yn dangos sut y gellir colli pethau hynafol gwerthfawr dros nos, bron.
 
Cofnodwyd 119 achos o ddifrod i henebion cofrestredig rhwng 2006 a 2012 – a dim ond un erlyniad llwyddiannus a gafwyd yn y cyfnod hwnnw.
 
Gallwch gael rhagor o wybodaeth am y Bil drwy glicio ar y ddolen isod: http://gov.wales/topics/cultureandsport/historic-environment/the-historic-env-wales-bill/?skip=1&lang=cy
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Review of Heritage Services in Wales

Review of Heritage Services in Wales

Ken Skates, the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism has announced that Baroness Randerson has been asked to lead a review of heritage services in Wales she is scheduled to report by 31 March. 

More information at:     
 
http://gov.wales/newsroom/cultureandsport/2016/160123-review-heritage-services/?lang=en

 

Ice Houses of Wales

Ice Houses of Wales

 The Ice House at Mostyn

Can you help?
Can you contribute to The Welsh Ice-house Gazetteer

Please

a) check the accuracy of ice-house observations and the locations – are the descriptions and the map grid references correct?
b) Add any other examples, existing or to be found only on old maps, whether Ordnance Survey maps or estate maps and documents?
c) Can anyone remember an ice-house in use?

For New entries please complete the online form or send  the following details:

1.Name, civil community/parish, and National Grid Reference
2.Relation to and distance from house and possible source of ice (eg. 300m. NE of house by pond)
3.External appearance (eg. built into bank, earth-covered mound)
4.Internal appearance (eg. passage, doors, building materials, form and dimensions of ice-chamber, any drainage arrangements)
5.Condition
6.Any published references (eg. article, old OS map)
7.Name and address/contact details of recorder


Updated entries again use the online form or send the details
1.Name and location as above
2.Any information to be updated (eg. more detail, better description, change in condition, etc)
3.Name and address/contact details of recorder
Please, remember that most ice-houses are on private land, and many are extremely dangerous to examine. If the ice-house is not in your ownership, please ensure that you have permission to visit, that somebody knows you are going to do so, and preferably be accompanied.
Information can be sent to


Dr Eurwyn Wiliam
42 St Fagans Drive
St Fagans
Cardiff CF5 6EF.