The pilgrim game

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When I was an undergraduate, way back when, we played board games like Risk, sometimes all night. We still have the odd game of Monopoly at Christmas, but I hadn’t realised that board games were a Thing until my daughter … Continued

Limericks and haiku

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An Honourable Estate

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Some more wedding photos – and another speech. Photos are all from the online album – lots more at  http://www.wedpics.com/album/GI4TGNZWGIZQ . Here we are in the porch the amazing bus that Sean’s dad arranged to get us into Cardiff Rachel … Continued

Graduation day

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Something a bit more cheerful – some lovely photos of our last graduation day. Here’s the sports hall as the graduands process in. With Kerry, Justin and Dominic in the Board Room after. Team photo with Nathan practising for next … Continued

Weep, weep, o Walsingham

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In the wracks of Walsingham Whom should I choose But the Queen of Walsingham to be my guide and muse. Then, thou Prince of Walsingham, Grant me to frame Bitter plaints to rue thy wrong, Bitter woe for thy name. … Continued

Grave London

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Mostly photos for the next few blogs – a wonderful week in London spent mostly in https://heritagetortoise.files.wordpress.comyards, with a meeting of the Church Monuments Society for light relief. Old St Pancras: the Hardy Tree this lovely little angel on a … Continued

Devauden and the Vedw

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Another treasure from the newsletter archive of the Gwent County History Association. This is a contribution from Ann Wareham about the Vedw villages where she lives: that unique Gwent borderland, neither entirely English nor entirely Welsh but entirely magical. Aspects … Continued

Llangwm School

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Continuing with extracts from the newsletter archive of the Gwent County History Association: Children of the Parish Gwent historians owe a great deal to the Rev. William Price of Llangwm, the late nineteenth-century clergyman who was responsible for restoring Llangwm … Continued

On leaving memories behind

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I now have my mother’s ashes in a neat little box on my bookshelf, between Ralph Griffiths’s Principality of Wales in the Later Middle Ages and the skull of a medieval nun from Cambridge. It’s a very small box to … Continued

Caerleon Campus History Lectures 2014

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University of South Wales (Caerleon Campus) History Public Seminar Programme Spring 2014 Wednesdays, 6pm  A chance to share in some of the recent research from the History team at Caerleon: the lectures will be followed by informal discussion  Wednesday,29 January … Continued

Inhabiting the past

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Off to the National History Museum at St Fagans, ostensibly  to talk about the Welsh background to Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall. My plan was to challenge some traditional ideas about Cromwell and the Acts of Union and to look at … Continued

Heritagising dissent

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Michael Heseltine – flak jacket wearer, Tory leadership challenger, hero of the Westland Helicopter affair – seems to be turning into a sort of Dear Old Man. My university has just given him an honorary doctorate. When I got over … Continued

The Women’s Race for Life

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Well, the tortoise and hare thing didn’t work, but we had fun anyway. About 2,000 women running, jogging and walking 5 km around the park in Cwmbran to raise money to fight cancer. We like the Cwmbran Race for Life … Continued

Early Medieval Inscribed Stones

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I have the final volume of Nancy Edwards’ Corpus of Early Medieval Inscribed Stones to review. Of course, it’s brilliant, the illustrations are magnificent – what can I say? I have to think of something a little bit critical (not … Continued

Cardiff’s Martyr’s Memorial

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The Heritage Tortoise … prowling round the heritage of Wales and the wider world, strolling through the undergrowth, peering up at stone carvings, eating the odd dandelion leaf … Mary Beard has been tweeting about Cambridge,s Martyr’s Memorial, which is … Continued