Hay History Weekend 2017
Saturday 23 September
The Welsh Country House an Illustrated talk by Dr. Mark Baker
Dr. Mark Baker is an architectural historian based in Wales. He read History and Archaeology at Bangor University, and Medieval British Studies at Cardiff University, where he also completed his doctoral thesis on The Development of the Welsh Country House in 2015. As a freelance architectural historian, researcher and writer, Mark has worked with organisations such as the National Trust, Cadw and the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales.
Dr. Baker will talk on Welsh Country Houses and the work he is undertaking at Gwrych Castle (illustrated above) in north Wales.
7pm - 8.30pm. Cusop Village Hall, Lower Mead, Cusop. HR3 5RW.
£4 including tea or coffee
Sunday September 24th
Pop-up Museum - Hay Castle Archaeology, Documents, artefacts and pictures of Hay's wonderful history.
Parish Rooms - Lion St. Hay. 12 - 3.30pm. Free entry
"Old Gwernyfed Estate since 1600" an illustrated talk by Colin Lewis, author of "Under the Black Mountains, the History of Gwernyfed since 1600"
3.30pm at the Parish Hall after the Pop-up Museum. Free entry
Festival Guided Tours Around Hay-on-Wye
Saturday 23 September
Hay Tours - Hay Railway Tour 10.30am - 12.30am
Hay Tours - Hay Bookshop Tour 2pm - 3.00pm
both walks are free (normally £5) - donations welcome - limited numbers.
Sunday 24 September
Hay Tours - Hay Heritage Tour 11am - 12am
Hay Tours - Armstrong Murder Tour 2pm - 4.00pm
both walks are free (normally £5) - donations welcome - see more details and book online at www.haytours.org - limited numbers
Hay History Weekend 2016
History Weekend is now over for this year and we would like to say a big thanks to everyone who helped out and joined in, especially those who allowed us to dig test pits in their gardens and the Hay Castle volunteers who ran the tea shop on Sunday. Special thanks also to Peter Dorling for being our friendly archaeologist. The weather was very kind over the weekend and we had warm sunny days for our digs and the four free walks which we ran around town.
The Big Dig Days were very successful and we enjoyed meeting all the volunteers and chatting about archaeology. Our Hay Tours leaders took people on walks around town, themed around Hay's heritage, the Railway and the Armstrong case. On Saturday evening Bill Britnell gave a very informative and interesting talk about the landscape history of Hay and the surrounding area. This focused on Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic structures and human habitation of the area up until Medieval times. On Sunday we continued with the test pit digs and also held a pop up museum inside the Castle. Eric and Tim Pugh displayed some fascinating photographs and items on the history of Hay as well as an amazing collection of postcards of Hay. The Hay Castle volunteers also provided delicious cakes and tea, which was very much appreciated.
We have learnt much from the initial test pits and will now move towards having a bigger archaeology event next year. Watch this space...
This year we concentrated on the archaeology of Hay and held a series of events over the weekend of September 17th & 18th. These included a talk on the archaeology of landscape around Hay by CPAT archaeologist Bill Britnell, our annual Pop up Museum, walks with Hay Tours and two days of our Hay Big Dig where we encouraged and supervised a series of community archaeology digs around Hay gardens and also one in Hay Castle grounds.
History Weekend 2015
THE SUN SHONE FOR HAY HISTORY WEEKEND AND ALL THE EVENTS WERE A WONDERFUL SUCCESS. WE WENT BACK IN TIME WITH CARRIAGE RIDES AROUND HAY AND THEN WE HAD CROWDS OF OVER 400 ON THE LAWNS FOR THE KNIGHTS AND THE ENERGETIC AND INSPIRED PRODUCTION OF HENRY V.
SHINING KNIGHTS ON HORSEBACK THEN LED PROCESSIONS OF ENGLISH AND FRENCH THROUGH THE STREETS OF HAY CULMINATING IN A HAY VERSION OF AGINCOURT RE-ENACTED WITH THE BLACK MOUNTAINS AS A BACKDROP.
ON SUNDAY PEOPLE BROUGHT THEIR OBJECTS AND MEMORIES TO THE CASTLE FOR OUR ANNUAL POP UP MUSEUM. WE HAD TALKS ON WELSH COSTUME, SKETCHBOOKS FROM OUR ARTIST IN RESIDENCE, EUGENE FISK AND A BRILLIANT DISPLAY FROM ERIC AND TIM PUGH.
On Friday we held Agincourt themed poetry workshops at Fairfield School and the poems can be seen displayed in the Castle over the weekend. Here are a few examples:
You can also read about our "Sea of Arrows" workshop at Lady Hawkins School on our Blog page: BLOG
Thank you to all the lovely people who came and joined in over History Weekend and to all the hard working volunteers who dedicated their time and energy to making the weekend a spectacular success.
History Weekend 2015 starts tomorrow with a screening of Henry V (Olivier version) at Booth's Cinema. On Saturday activities will be based at the Castle and are centring around the anniversary of Agincourt (1415)
Tickets can be booked through the event detail pages below or simply turn up on the day. Buying a ticket through the website means that your name will be added to a list on the door. You will not receive a printed ticket as we are trying to keep costs down. You can print the Paypal page out and bring it with you if you would like to.
If you don't like buying online but still want to guarantee a seat in one of the talks then please buy a ticket from Jayne at the Sandwich Cellar in the Backfold in Hay.
We have just confirmed the extra bonus of the Freemen of Gwent who will be camped out on the rear lawns at the Castle. They demonstrate historical skills and crafts and dress in historically accurate costumes. All their demonstrations will be free!
Hay History Weekend is made possible with kind support from Hay Cheesemarket CIC, The Ronald Duncan Literary Foundation and Agincourt600
There are a host of activities being planned in Wales to commemorate Agincourt - please see www.agincourt600wales.com for more details.
Thank you to everyone who attended, helped organise and supported the History Weekend this year.
It was a huge success with lots of positive feedback.
People enjoyed a sell-out screening in Booths Cinema of “Resistance” and a packed audience heard Owen Sheers speak at Booths Bookshop, where he gave a moving journey through war poetry across the ages.
Two workshops took place with kids making poppies in The Old Electric Shop and adults creating boxes in the Castle.
The Pop Up Museum in the Parish Hall on Sunday was fantastic. Over 100 people came along to learn about Hay’s past and to bring items for us all to view.
The War Memorial Walk with guest speaker Major Chris Hunter was also well attended, with donations collected for the charity Combat Stress.
Those who followed the Historic Pub Crawl on Sunday evening were greeted in the Three Tuns by ex-Landlady Lucy Powell.
Join us next year when the themes will be the 800-year anniversary of Magna Carta, 600 years since the battle of Agincourt and 200 years since Waterloo. That’s plenty to be thinking about as the nights draw in…