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Monday 18 April 2011, 11:47
No feature on the entire Welsh coastline is more remarkable or more fascinating than the sunken valley of Milford Haven.
Shakespeare, while he may not have visited the area, certainly knew of it. In Cymbeline he wrote about the ria (to give the waterway its correct geological name):
"Tell me how Wales...
Thursday 14 April 2011, 11:30
BBC Wales History blogger Phil Carradice joined The One Show's roving reporter Angelica Bellto talk about last invasion of Britain in 1797. It took place in west Wales when 1,400 members of the French Légion Noire landed on the Pencaer Peninsula just outside Fishguard.
You can watch Phil's debut on...
Wednesday 13 April 2011, 15:30
.Most of us could probably be excused for failing to note 14 April 1188 as an important date. It's hardly one that springs to mind when you consider great moments in the calendar of Welsh history. But this was the day when Giraldus Cambrensis finally finished his mammoth 600 mile trek around Wales, a...
Tuesday 12 April 2011, 10:46
The National Trust and the Menai Explorer Scouts are working together to map the remains of World War Two aircraft which crashed into the mountains of Snowdonia.
The scouts have already found an Avro Anson aircraft which came down on the Carneddau range in 1943.
Thursday 7 April 2011, 15:41
The pair also chatted about the art of blogging. Phil talks about how he approaches writing his blogs and some of the favourite history blogs he has published...
Wednesday 6 April 2011, 11:47
A trip up Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales and England, is an experience not to be missed. For those who are fit enough, and have the energy, there are several possible routes and the sense of achievement when the summit is finally reached should never be underestimated.
Friday 1 April 2011, 12:28
The future of two extremely rare William Burges-designed stained glass panels has been secured following their purchase for £125,000 by Cadw, the Welsh Assembly Government's historic environment service.
The panels, which were...
Friday 1 April 2011, 01:00
A new museum dedicated to the history of Cardiff officially opens today, Friday 1 April.
Told through a number of themes, The Cardiff Story will show how much the city has changed over the last 200 years.
The new museum is located on the site of the iconic Victorian...
Wednesday 30 March 2011, 11:33
Every year thousands of Welsh sports fans stand with tears in their eyes as the band plays and the national team prepares to take on the might of England, Ireland, the All Blacks or whoever.
They will bawl out the words - most of them only half remembered - and happily sing...
Tuesday 29 March 2011, 10:06
The reign of Henry VIII was significant for many reasons, not least the break from Rome. This abandoning of Catholicism and the creation of the Anglican Church - fuelled by nothing more than Henry's need to sire a son - ushered in a period of religious and social discord that, ultimately, lasted for...
Thursday 24 March 2011, 14:34
There are many significant dates in Welsh history, moments that we should remember and celebrate, but one that seems to have slipped under the radar - at least for lots of people - is 25 March. For on that momentous day in 1807 the Mumbles Railway opened, the first fee paying passenger railway service...
Thursday 17 March 2011, 09:44
Modern visitors, people from places like the USA and the Far East, men and women who know little or nothing about Welsh history, heritage and culture, might be excused for thinking that many, if not most, of our valleys were never industrialised at all.
Wednesday 16 March 2011, 15:48
Ten north Wales relics that are currently in storage or on display in museums from Chester to Cardiff have been brought back to life with the help of digital lasers.
The relics have been created as holograms and are now a touring exhibition. The holograms were produced...
Monday 14 March 2011, 09:12
At the end of the 19th century she was known as the Welsh Fasting Girl and regarded as a miracle: the little 12-year-old who had not eaten for over two years.
In an age where spirituality clashed with the new teachings of science, she was an undoubted phenomenon, but whether or not her "miracle" was...
Thursday 10 March 2011, 14:37
There's an intriguing story in today's Western Mail about the search for the remains of a circus elephant said to be buried in the grounds of a Welsh pub.
In 1848, a travelling circus called Batty's Travelling Menageries passed through the Tregaron in Ceredigion when its star of the the show fell...
Wednesday 9 March 2011, 12:33
Iolo Morganwg remains one of the most intriguing characters of Welsh history. Many people remember him as the eccentric moving force behind the modern day Eisteddfod and, certainly, during the 79 years he was alive he was regarded as the leading expert on ancient and medieval Welsh life.
Monday 7 March 2011, 14:59
Tuesday 8 March 2011 is a highly significant date. This is a global centenary, marking the 100th anniversary of the establishment of International Women's Day (IWD).
This world-wide celebration of women's rights and, significantly, of the part that women play in society has been held since March 1911...
Friday 4 March 2011, 10:22
Take a trip to the Town Hall in Maesteg. Quite apart from the wonders of the building and the intricate clock mechanism high above the Hall, here you will find six startling paintings by one of Wales' greatest artists, the Maesteg-born Christopher Williams.
Monday 28 February 2011, 08:32
The first of March is arguably the most famous and important day in Welsh history and culture.
It is, of course, St David's Day and all over the country celebrations - usually in the shape of eisteddfodau or arts festivals - take place. They are held in schools, in colleges, in chapels...
Friday 25 February 2011, 10:57
The rock hard sands at Pendine stretch for over seven miles along the shore of Carmarthen Bay, running between Laugharne Sands in the east and the village of Pendine itself in the west.
These days they are an ideal tourist location where sand castles and walks...
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