Buildings & Projects - Conservation and Preservation in Wales

In May 2016, ABC was awarded grant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, as well as the Brecon Beacons Trust, the Quaker Housing Trust and the Community Foundation in Wales, to progress with our Grass Roots Heritage programme. This is a one-year project (the first year of a three-year programme) which we hope will identify buildings that we can turn into affordable homes. For more details and on-going reports on progress, see Grass Roots Heritage.

In 2009, the Dyfed Archaeological Trust supported ABC in running a recording day on Beilicelyn, a derelict building in Llanddeusant, Carmarthenshire. The Report on the day includes descriptions of the historical landscape, the site history, the building, community involvement and recommendations for further work. To download the Report, see ‘Beilicelyn’.

In June 2013, the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded ABC a catalyst grant for capacity building. This meant that the executive director and the trustees of ABC spent from September 2013 to June 2014 working on their ability and skills to access funding from the private sector to move ABC into a position to work on their first building. For a full description of the project, see ‘Capacity building’.

In April 2014, the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority awarded ABC a grant for a programme development officer (PDO) to research into views and opinions on affordable housing and using derelict buildings to address this need. The results, published in a Report launched at the Senedd in March 2015, are informing how ABC is going forward. For a full description of this process, and to download the Report, see ‘Programme development’.

During 2017 ABC ran a series of community events and workshops as part of our Grass Roots Heritage Project.  These events were focused around Myddfai and Llanddeusant in the north-western corner of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The many abandoned traditional buildings which came to light during our Historic Landscape Mapping Programme, helped to inform the focus of the workshops and events throughout the year.

The last year has been an amazing opportunity to celebrate and share this very local heritage. It’s been really good to take time to appreciate some of the fascinating hidden histories which are right on our doorsteps, but which are often overshadowed by ‘big heritage’ like castles and stately homes. Our community events meant we met lots of new people and were able to provide support and advice about looking after older buildings that survive in this part of rural Wales, and also hopefully inspire those involved in the project about the rich cultural heritage that these small abandoned buildings represent. Adfer Ban a Chwm worked with over twenty volunteers who helped to record some of the buildings identified through our mapping programme, and talked to many local people throughout the project and at our five key events.

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