Other Organisations' Events - April

Big Pit & Blaenavon Ironworks
Man Engine

8 April 11am – 4pm, £3, tickets available from www.ticketsource.co.uk
The huge mechanical puppet, which resembles a giant miner, is set to visit Blaenavon for a day. The Man Engine will start its journey at Big Pit before travelling via the Gilchrist Thomas Industrial Estate to the main event at Blaenavon Ironworks, which will feature choirs, brass bands and theatrics. Timings are as follows: Big Pit Museum: 11am – 1pm, Parade through Gilchrist Thomas Industrial Estate: 1pm – 2pm, Blaenavon Ironworks: 2:30pm – 4pm http://www.visitblaenavon.co.uk/en/VisitBlaenavon/Events/Events.aspx?SharedEventsCalendarWHSRecord_Event=74999 (If you cannot get to this event then the Man Engine will be at Cyfartha Park on 10 April and the National Waterfront Museum on 12 April)

Tretower Court and Castle
A Medieval Garden Tour

8 April, 10.30am-4.30pm, Adult £6.90, Seniors £5.50, Tours at 11am, 1pm and 3pm
Take a “Tour and Talk” – a guided seasonal trip around the fascinating flora flourishing in Tretower’s recreated medieval garden. Have you ever wondered what day-to-day life was like in the medieval period, with questions such as “What sort of food did they eat?” and “How did they deal with aches and pains?” Well, now you can discover the answers! Come and join one of our “tour and talk” sessions, where your guide – in period costume, naturally – will be in residence to give appropriate seasonal advice on the herbaceous contents of Tretower’s idyllic grounds. http://cadw.gov.wales/events/allevents/medieval-garden-tour-tretower-april-2018/?lang=en

National Waterfront Museum
Curator’s Cabinet of Curiosities – Letterpress Printing

8 April, 12.30pm – 2.30pm, free
Pop in to meet the curator and find out about their fascinating collection of themed artefacts.
This month featuring the magnificent 19th Century Stanhope Printing Press. https://museum.wales/swansea/whatson/9956/Curators-Cabinet-of-Curiosities--Letterpress-Printing/

Big Pit
Big Pit’s 35th Anniversary Annual Lecture

14 April 1.30-2.30, free, in the Pit Head Baths Building
To celebrate Big Pit’s 35th Anniversary, and to deliver this year’s Annual Lecture on Saturday 14th April at 1.30pm, Big Pit is pleased to welcome back Brian Davies, the first Research Assistant and Education Officer at the Museum. The lecture entitled John Nixon and the Welsh Coal Trade to France will look at what welsh coal was used for and where it was exported and is supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. South Wales exported a larger proportion of its coal than any other British coalfield, and for three quarters of a century its main market was France. Miners’ wages went up or down depending on the selling price of coal at Cardiff docks, so when the French exports were doing well miners were well paid. https://museum.wales/bigpit/whatson/10011/Annual--Lecture---John-Nixon-and-the-Welsh-Coal-Trade-to-France-by-Brian-Davies-/Celebrating

Council for British Archaeology – Living Legacies 1914-18
First World War Workshop

15 April 11am- 2.30pm, University of Wales Trinity Saint David College Lampeter
Join the Council for British Archaeology’s Home Front Legacy team working with Living Legacies for a community workshop and learn how to research, record and get funding for your own First World War project. This workshop will be part of the CBA Wales conference 'Archaeology in Wales 2018’. http://www.livinglegacies1914-18.ac.uk/CommunityResources/Events/

Crickhowell & District History Society
Big Pit – the making of a Mining Museum

18 April, 7.30pm at the Parish Hall, Church Lane, non-members £4
A talk by Brian Davies. http://www.crickhowellhistorysociety.btck.co.uk/TalksforThisYear

Monmouthshire Women in Agriculture 1900-2018

28 April, 9.45am- 4.30pm, Abergavenny Community Centre, £8 pay on the day (includes lunch & tea)
Listen to real life experiences from the past and present and visions for the future – with a ‘Grown in Monmouthshire’ lunch and WI tea. Hear about women’s pivotal role as farmers and food producers over a century in Monmouthshire – also in the Land Army, agricultural organisations and community networks. To register your place contact katrinagass@yahoo.co.uk, 01873 855760.

Abergavenny Local History Society 
          Charity Number 1098582              

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