The Bigger Picture Archive Project is uncovering and digitising footage of local community events in Shropshire, Herefordshire and Mid Wales. People are being asked to hunt in their cupboards for old home made movies and send them in to the project, where they will be digitised and uploaded to the Online Memory Map below.

With the changing face of our communities, this project explores some of the history, customs and events within living memory and is connecting them with present day communities. As well as creating the online map, films are being screened in a series of Memories on Film events at local venues.

The Bigger Picture Archive Project is also working with the Huntley Archive in Herefordshire, the Midlands Archive for Central England and the Welsh Film Archive. It has been made possible thanks to funding from Heritage Lottery Fund and BFI Audience Network Hubs.

If you or someone you know has a film you think may be suitable please

For more info CLICK HERE


Talk by Charles Aikenhead onRorke's Drift at the Regimental Museum of the Royal Welsh in Brecon on Sat Oct 8th

Tickets include drinks and buffet supper and monies raised go towards the Museum. If you would like to attend please contact Dorcas Cresswell on or fill in the form on the pdf and send with a cheque for £15 to the address included.





Cusop History Group

Major H R Armstrong

A talk by Dr Derek Wilson and David Bennett

Cusop Village Hall - Sat 21st November 2.30pm - £5 (£3 for members)

Limited places  - call Jane 01497 821395 or Sue 01497 822523

Ride back in time with Drovers Holidays Agincourt Adventure

In keeping with the Agincourt 600 anniversary this year Drovers Holidays are offering an Agincourt Cycling Tour.

An Agincourt Adventure is a two-day, self-guided tour taking in the towns and villages from which the Welsh archers hailed, and where a number of slain noblemen who lost their lives in the battle are buried.

You can time your ride to tie in with the rolling programme of anniversary events (visit the Agincourt 600 Wales website for a full rundown), or enjoy this beautiful route at any time of the year. You pick your own departure date, rather than being tied to a fixed timetable. See the Drovers website for more details:


Hanes February 2015 Added to Resources

Alan Nicholls has edited and produced the latest edition of Hanes, which can be viewed in our resources or by clicking the link below:

Hanes Feb 2015

New Armstrong book now available

Hay History Group member, Dave Bennett, has recently published his latest book on the Armstrong case - "Major Injustice". Copies are available on and Haydn Pugh is also selling them in his shop along the Backfold in Hay.

Fairfield High School WW1 day - Nov 19th 2014

Hay History Group were delighted to be involved in a series of workshops and talks at Fairfield's WW1 day yesterday. The school's history teacher, Joe Emmett, asked the History Group to run some poppy making workshops after seeing the History Weekend event that was held at The Old Electric Shop in September. The results of the Weekend workshops might have been seen by some when they were hung next to the war memorial in Hay.

A little scaling up was required as this time there were to be six workshops of around 50 pupils in each throughout the day, meaning that every pupil in years 7, 8 & 9 would be able to be involved in making a poppy as well as a variety of other workshops during the day. These included a memories wall with added barbed wire decoration, debates upon warfare and the proliferation of war themed games for xBox and PS and also a poetry talk by Owen Sheers. The pupils were really enthusiastic and great to work with, some of them making more than one poppy each and others elaborating on the simple design with embellishments and creative designs. 

Once made, the poppies were sewn on to a huge length of netting which was hung out of the English room window at the end of the day. This impressive handmade poppy memorial looked fantastic alongside the ceramic poppies previously produced by the school's Art Dept and proved a great backdrop for a quick photograph of Owen Sheers alongside a WW1 General who happened to turn up for the day!

Hay History Group are very proud to have been involved and are looking forward to working with Mr Emmett and his pupils again in the future. Huge thanks also go out to our two incredibly hard working volunteers who came up with the idea back in September and supported the workshops yesterday - without them it wouldn't have happened. Thank you Ingrid and Bex!

Hay History Weekend 2014

Thank you to everyone that came to events during the History Weekend. The weekend went really well and overall the film, walks, workshops, prize giving, pop up museum and talks saw 300-400 people through the various doors of Hay. And that's not including the Open Doors at the Castle, which was also extremely popular!

We hope you enjoyed the weekend. Here's a few photos from the various events.

Hay History Weekend is currently being planned. We have a meeting next week and we are currently taking the following leaflet round all the local schools to let them know before the summer holidays start.

Hay Guided Tours during the Hay Festival

Hay Tours are offering 4 different guided tour routes in and around Hay during the 2014 Hay Festival. Essentially they are about people, places and past events in the history of Hay. They aim to provide a colourful overview to the town and its’ cultural heritage. They are designed to be fairly short, informative and fun.


See for info

Brecon Beacons National Park Heritage day is to be held at Theatr Brycheiniog on April 6th from 10.00 to 16.30.

The event is free, but ticketed. Tickets are available from the theatre box office:-

Theatr Brycheiniog, Canal Wharf, Brecon, Powys. LD3 7EW.
Tel: 01874 611622


First prehistoric rock art discovered in the BreconBeacons

 Brecon Beacons National Park Authority and the National Trust in Wales are celebrating the discovery of the first prehistoric rock engraving ever recorded in the Brecon Beacons.

Alan Bowring (Fforest Fawr Geopark Officer at Brecon Beacons National Park Authority) unexpectedly noticed a series of prehistoric engravings late last year - thought to be made by prehistoric farming communities thousands of years ago.

Alan, a geologist, was out investigating geological features on land looked after by the National Trust and spotted a rock with some unusual markings on it. Sensing this was unusual – he sought further advice from colleagueNatalie Ward, who had experience of working to conserve suchsites in the North of England. The National Trust’s ownarchaeological survey had already highlighted Bronze Age features inthe area and gave some context to the stone’s past. In collaboration the rock art has been announced today after checks have been completed on its authenticity. 

Dr George Nash, archaeologist and specialist in prehistoric and contemporary art, from Bristol University, confirmed what Alan Bowring had discovered was the first prehistoric rock engraved panel recorded in the Brecon Beacons. Dr Nash added that based on the shape of the stone and its engravings, it probably comes from the Early to Middle Bronze Age period (c. 2500 to 1500 BC) and it probably served as a way marker in the form of a standing stone for prehistoric communities navigating around the ritualised landscape more than 2,000 years ago.

“We might have been able to predict a discovery of this kind considering the large amount of prehistoric ritual sites in the Brecon Beacons but this is the first evidence of prehistoric rock art to be ever recorded. There are no other later prehistoric standing stones within this part of Wales that are cup marked(small hollows), making this one rather unique”, says Dr Nash.

The stone is approximately 1.45m long and 0.5m wide and the face contains 12 cupmarks of various shapes and sizes. It is currently lying flat on the ground but it is possible that it once was standing (further archaeological investigation may be able to confirm this).  Dr Nash explains that cupmarks are the most common later prehistoric rock art form in the British Isles and Europe, but their occurrence in mid-Wales is rare.

Alan Bowring, who discovered the stone, said: “I often find myself working and walking in remote locations, and encountering hidden features in the landscape of south and mid Wales that few others will have seen.  But this chance discovery, made whilst looking for clues to the site's exciting geological history, appears to be significant in our understanding of human cultural history in the region.”

JoeDaggett, Countryside Manager for the National Trust in Brecon,said: “This is a very exciting and special find. Although I was initially sceptical about this stone’s markings, the confidence in its origins is now clear, and it fits with the Bronze Age archaeology we have previously recorded in this area. We are really keen to get the right protection for this artefact and with National Park Authority support have been liaising with Cadw to start the process. As the largest conservation charity in Europe, we are all about looking after special places and things for people to experience, and this is a very unique find in a very special part of Wales.”

The National Trust’s Council for British Archaeology Community Archaeologist, Charlie Enright will be arranging a number of archaeological and survey days in the area in the coming weeks. He added: “This is a fantastic opportunity to get local people involved in an exciting archaeological project. They’ll be working alongside and learning from professional archaeologists and other likeminded people, acquiring new skills and contributing to our understanding of this fantastic site. If people are interested then they should contact me straight away to book – places are limited!”

More on BBC website:

Alan Bowring discovered the stone when he was working in the Brecon Beacons (BBC photograph)

Alan Bowring discovered the stone when he was working in the Brecon Beacons (BBC photograph)


The National Trust Community Archaeologist, Charlie Enright, is organising a community archaeology event to survey and record the condition of the  Storey Arms WWII anti invasion defences near Brecon.     The event will take place from the 13th to the 16th February, and the National Trust are seeking interested volunteers to get involved. No previous experience necessary.     To book a place or if you have any questions please contact Charlie directly.      Charlie has also put some information about the event on his blog at  .

The National Trust Community Archaeologist, Charlie Enright, is organising a community archaeology event to survey and record the condition of the  Storey Arms WWII anti invasion defences near Brecon.


The event will take place from the 13th to the 16th February, and the National Trust are seeking interested volunteers to get involved. No previous experience necessary.


To book a place or if you have any questions please contact Charlie directly.


Charlie has also put some information about the event on his blog at


Next History Group meeting is Wednesday March 19th - 8pm

Upstairs at the Three Tuns in Hay

Cwm Gwdi Training Camp survey

Cwm Gwdi Training Camp survey

Charlie Enright, CBA Community Archaeology Bursary Holder with the National Trust South Wales is holding a free training opportunity in archaeological recording techniques at Cwm Gwdi military training camp on 9, 10, 11 and 12 October, 2013.  I thought that members of the History Forum, or members of your societies and organisations may be interested in attending.   

Cwm Gwdi was a military training camp in use from the late Victorian era until the 1980s.  Over a prolonged period military training exercises have left behind an exciting landscape, containing a series of earthworks and concrete structures, much of which are now hidden among the trees.

Join in this autumn for a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills, socialise and help us rediscover more than 100 years of history.  By volunteering you will receive professional training in archaeological recording techniques and gain experience in mapping earthworks.

For more information and to book a place on any of the above dates please

contact Charlie at the National Trust.