St Fagans’ National History Museum has unveiled it’s newest (oldest) building - Bryn Eryr, the Iron Age farmstead. The building, which is based on an archaeological site from the time of the Roman conquest, is a recreation of a small Iron Age farmstead near Llansadwrn in the eastern corner of Anglesey.
This rural settlement consists of two roundhouses built with six-foot thick clay walls and large conical thatched roofs. Such buildings, sometimes called figure-of-eight, or conjoined roundhouses, have only recently been identified, and consequently very few reconstructions have been attempted. Moreover, the Bryn Eryr roundhouses have walls of rammed clay 1.8m thick – a first for reconstructed roundhouses.
During the Bronze and Iron Ages in Britain, roundhouses were the most common form of home. Bryn Eryr is an experimental reconstruction of the earliest two houses, and due to their close proximity to each other, it is quite likely they formed one building with two rooms. Click here to plan your customers visit.
Every two years the Artes Mundi Exhibition and Prize, The internationally focused arts organisation, brings together some of the world’s best contemporary visual artists who engage with the human condition, social reality and lived experience. Artes Mundi 7 will showcase works by outstanding international contemporary artists whose practices explore current social issues and everyday life. The exhibition will be shown at National Museum Cardiff between 21 October 2016 and 26 February 2017. Artes Mundi 8 arrives at the Museum between October 2018 and February
2019. Entry to the exhibition is free.
Nature’s Song: Traditional Chinese Bird and Flower Paintings will be a stunning collection of traditional Chinese flower and bird paintings spanning 600 years – and will be on show in the UK for the first time.
This exhibition is the third in a series of exhibitions co-produced with Three Gorges Museum, Chongqing, strengthening cultural ties between Wales and the People’s Republic of China. The exhibition is free and will be open from 21 January to 23 April 2017.
Published 6 October 2016