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We have good links with a number of establishments. The development of this website would not have been possible without advice and help from many of them.
The HLF Manager for Wales, Jennifer Stewart said: ‘This fantastic project really does demonstrate that heritage is right on our doorstep! It will create an opportunity for local people to find out more about their local history in a creative way. Many people still think that heritage is largely about large stately homes and castles, but projects just like this show us that heritage is much more than that’.
'The Royal Commission is pleased to support the Adnabod Ardudwy initiative, and has already contributed aerial photography and other learning resources to schools in the area. --It has also participated in archaeological and aerial photography workshops for the community. Research on the ground with our historic buildings experts has included tree-ring dating, or dendrochronology, of very early houses in Ardudwy. Other properties are scheduled for future work. -- In such a rich archaeological and historic landscape as Ardudwy,--we feel it is important to support this excellent community initiative.'
'Gwynedd Archaeological Trust has been a partner in the Adnabod Ardudwy project since the early stages, and has been on hand to provide the project co-ordinators with some information and advice regarding the development of the website. Trust staff have also assisted the project by attending meetings relating to the progress of the project; providing interpretative material for the accompanying walks; and presenting talks, including a contribution to the MHRS/Adnabod Ardudwy Conference at Plas Tan y Bwlch in September 2007. A key aim of the project was to bring together the Tithe map data from Rhian Parry with other existing datasets in the local area. The Regional Historic Environment Record (HER) held by the Trust is one such dataset. Information from the HER is included in the website to facilitate interpretation of the landscape by identifying the locations of known features of archaeological and historical interest. The HER covers all aspects of human activity in the landscape from early prehistory to the twentieth century, and it is hoped that these records will compliment the Tithe map information in order to create a fuller picture of past environments. In addition, it will be possible for people who find out new information to pass this back to the Trust, which will allow us to enhance our records too. We hope that the Adnabod Ardudwy website will emphasise the success of an holistic approach to studies of the past, and demonstrate that by bringing together different information from different places we can learn far more.
The restoration of the old medieval hall-house at Egryn shows how the National Trust is working with the Adnabod Ardudwy project. Since the restoration work began in 2006 we have held open days over five weekends. Local people have been given an chance to share their knowledge and personal experiences of this fascinating farm with Trust staff. The knowledge, images and documents that have been shared at these open days will form part of an information package that will enable future visitors and the local community to understand the context of this wonderful area. The Adnabod Ardudwy project has been represented by the project leader at each of these open days and this involvement has enabled a wider range of people to be involved with the both projects. Without doubt, one of the highlights of these open days for me was hearing the poetry that was written in praise of the Egryn family in the 1600s being recited for the first time in 400 years. It was a special event that gave us a glimpse of the world of the lesser noblemen of this area in the seventeenth century. We are already discussing ideas with Rhian how we can extend our link with the Adnabod Ardudwy project and make more use of the huge resource of interesting information that her research has created. It's a perfect example of working in partnership, with both projects being enriched by working together.
Gwynedd Council has supported the Adnabod Ardudwy Project in several ways. Pupils in four local primary schools are enjoying guided visits in their parishes. They are learning through observation and investigation, and visits are followed with classroom support and a visit to the Meirionnydd Archives at Dolgellau. Gwynedd Archive staff help them how to research and record their findings. The project management committee also has close links with the Merionnydd Archives. The Council, with the agreement of the Ordance Survey has a contractural agreement with the Adnabod Ardudwy project to deliver elements of the life-long learning agenda in Ardudwy and thus allows it to share its licence to show OS maps on the world wide web. The project and local libraries hope to continue to develop mutually useful links.
The links between the Council and the Adnabod Ardudwy Project are mainly through individual officers who are familiar with Ardudwy. Local assistance has been given at the planning stages of the Heritage Lottery bid. More recently, assistance has been provided with archaeological sketches of medieval long houses.
This is a more recent link, developed through mutual interests in Name Studies. The attendance of the project leader at two annual conferences, in Dublin and Edinburgh have proved useful points of contact. An illustrated presentation in Dublin enabled members to find out more about the research done in Ardudwy and developments within the project.
The research which underlies the Adnabod Ardudwy HLF project was undertaken in 'Adran y Gymraeg' (The Department of Welsh) in Bangor University. The research was supervised by Professor Gwyn Thomas. It was a cultural and sociological study in Ardudwy. It used an analysis of ancient farm and field names to reconstruct medieval landscapes. These ancient names contain our history and show us what took place many centuries ago. Links with the university still exist and may lead to further work.