Building Recording Day

At the end of April we were joined by a group of local volunteers keen to learn new skills on a day of archaeological building recording. With thanks to the buildings’ owners, the group were able to spend the day at two different abandoned buildings near to Llanddeusant in Carmarthenshire.  

Under the guidance of ABC landscape archaeologist, and a further two archaeologists from Dyfed Archaeological Trust, the group were taught how to survey, record and understand old buildings archaeologically. This included producing measured sketch plans, looking at the structural development of a building within its landscape context and writing site descriptions, as well as learning how to create comprehensive photographic records of a site.

Alongside this work the training promoted health and safety best practice when working in and around derelict and abandoned buildings.

Hand in hand with the practical surveying and health and safety guidance the day focused on the historical significance and cultural importance of abandoned and derelict buildings, as well as their value as repositories of social information about the local community.

"Those of us who were less experienced had the opportunity of exploring different methods and systems of recording and surveying". ABC Volunteer Building Recorder

"I thought it was a splendid day to see a couple of buildings in such detail that you started to ask more questions and began to place yourself in the building and the environment around the building, connecting it to the rest of the world." ABC Volunteer Building Recorder














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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