ABC School Workshops

Inspiring the next generation of local buildings enthusiasts

We believe it's vital for the future of our heritage to be passed on to the next generation. Adfer Ban a Chwm were keen to work with local schools to encourage a greater understanding of the significance of our local histories and the stories behind buildings. This year we had the opportunity to do just that.

During April and May 2017 we ran two workshops in Llangadog Primary School and Llandovery College Preparatory School.  Working with a qualified teacher with experience delivering heritage education to primary school children, the workshops were engaging, interactive and informative.  The key purpose of the sessions was to encourage children to think about buildings, how they were built, why they were built, the materials used in the building and the importance of buildings to the history of an area, particularly the children's own local area and personal histories.

During the workshops pupils were given the chance to build their own houses, using flat-packed card-board models (specially designed for this project), and could then decorate them with a range of printed building features and materials. The children learnt about traditional building materials whilst deciding which would be the best to use for their house. It was fascinating to see the way in which pupils began to develop stories for their buildings, creating their own heritage from their personal experiences.

This teaching resource is available from ABC so if you're interested in finding out how we can work with you to bring local built heritage to life for your students or youth group, please do get in touch with Helen at ABC.

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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Felin Uchaf, Llanddeusant, Llangadog, Carms. SA19 9UH
helenw@abcwales.org.uk

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