Monthly Archives: February 2015

Changes to the gallery – Wednesday 4th February

Llangollen Museum Blog

The ‘Quiltfest‘ exhibition has now arrived at the museum.  The exhibition of hangings are by the Quilters’ Guild members of Region 13 and the Contemporary Quilt Group.

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The theme for the challenge this year is ‘Dislocation’.  Members were asked to make a quilt 50cm by 120cm, either portrait or landscape.  To enter, members had to submit a photo of the whole quilt and a 20cm square sample to represent the designs and techniques of the quilt.

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There were 79 entries, all of a high standard and showing a variety of interpretations of the theme.  Tracey Pereira and Jan Hale had the difficult task of selecting the quilts which are on display.  So high was the standard, all the quilts not selected are also displayed on the walls here, and in Llangollen Pavilion, for you to see.

Why not come along and judge for yourself?  The exhibition runs until…

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Why did the Anglo-Saxons not become more British?


Why did the Anglo-Saxons not become more British?

Bryan Ward-Perkins

English Historical Review, Vol.115:462 (2000)

Ethnic and national identities have historical roots, both in the complex concatenation of events that brought them into being, and in the simplified historical myths by which they are sustained. The origins of peoples and nations have, therefore, always been a fertile subject for historical research. Within this broader framework, recent uncertainties over the future of the United Kingdom (as it faces both internal devolution and European integration) have encouraged a particularly active debate on die origins, development and persistence of the various national and ethnic identities of the British Isles. For early England, interesting work has been done on the emergence of a single kingdom in the tenth century, and on the slow growth of a unified sense of ‘Englishness’ among the various peoples and kingdoms whom modern scholarship, for convenience, lumps together under…

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Maen Achwyfan Again


IMG_5247In a previous post I presented the tenth-century free-standing cross-slab situated in its original base of Maen Achwyfan, near Whitford, Flintshire. This is an addendum, giving you some more photographs of this monument in low winter afternoon light. A principal bias of my previous post was that I have always visited in morning light, meaning that Face C, with its armed figure, has always been striking, but Face A with its abstract ornamentation has been in shadow. These photographs, and the contrast with the previous photos posted, reveal not only how the same monument changes with the seasons, but also through the day; a shifting identity governed by the interaction of light and sculpture.

Another reason I was there was because Boydell and Brewer want a photograph of this monument for the front-cover of the book I am co-editing: Early Medieval Stone Monuments: Materiality, Biography, LandscapeAny thoughts…

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Changes in the museum – 2015

Llangollen Museum Blog

It has been a busy couple of weeks for the volunteers at the museum during our annual closure.  Thanks to all those who gave of their time  to help with the work on the archives and displays.

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The items we had on display from the ‘Sharing the Treasures’ exhibition, on loan from the National Museum of Wales, have  been returned. The display continues with 3D printed copies of the National Museum artefacts along with items from our own Llangollen Museum collection.

We now have a Chain Bridge display with a hands on activity box for children. So, why not bring your children along to have fun while learning more about the local area.

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Don’t forget, you can follow Rhodri’s Investigation Agency on our museum Blog and in the Llangollen News.

March will see the official launch of a display showcasing the history of the Fron Choir.

Quiltfest at the Museum runs from…

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Oswestry: Hug a Hillfort!

The Heritage Journal

A press release from the Hands Off Old Oswestry Hillfort campaign.

‘Hillfort Hug’ planned for threatened Iron Age monument

‘Show heritage some love’ say campaigners who will be joining arms in a protective hug at Old Oswestry hillfort (North Shropshire) as planners target its ancient landscape for housing.

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The ‘Hillfort Hug’ takes place on Valentine’s Day, February 14, with organisers HOOOH (Hands Off Old Oswestry Hillfort) calling it a peaceful family event. They are urging as many people as possible to take part and demonstrate their support for an iconic and nationally important hillfort.

It comes as a government Inspector decides whether fiercely opposed housing allocations bordering the 3,000 year old earthwork should remain in Shropshire’s SAMDev local plan.

Dr George Nash, an archaeologist and adviser to HOOOH said: “What happens at Old Oswestry is being seen as a test case that could open the floodgates to indiscriminate development exploiting heritage…

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