Tonight on Hidden Histories: handball, ancient roofs and Bardsey Island

Thursday 27 January 2011, 16:56

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Eddie Butler and Heledd Fychan continue to explore Welsh history in the company of reseachers from the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales.

Eddie Butler at a handball court in Wales

Eddie Butler at a handball court in Wales

In tonight's Hidden Histories, Eddie learns to play handball at Nelson's unique handball court - the only one in the UK.

St Nicholas Church

Interior View of St Nicholas Church, Grosmont © Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales

Professor Ralph Griffiths, Richard Suggett, and Rev. Jean Prosser talk with Eddie about the significance of Grosmont and the Norman conquest of upper Gwent.

The team take a look around a farmhouse in Ceredigion where the owner's contemporary lifestyle happily coexists with the craftsmanship and planning of the old house.

They teams also meet 3D artist Iwan Peverett who developed a series of computer-generated reconstruction animations about Bardsey Island, which allows people to see how the "island of 20,000 saints" has changed over time.

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales have created excellent, in-depth guides to each subject featured in tonight's programme. Read the guides on their website and view images relating to Hidden Histories on their Flickr photostream.

Hidden Histories, Thursday 27 January, at 7.30pm on BBC Two Wales.

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