Organised by the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority with Creu-ad, the one-day free event from 10am to 4pm will feature an exciting Antiques Roadshow-style event, art displays, music and talks on the geology and heritage of the area. It really is a celebration of the things that have shaped Brynaman and the Black Mountain and that have helped Fforest Fawr Geopark become part of a worldwide family of Geoparks.
Alan Bowring, Geopark Development Officer for the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority said: “Geology has helped shape so much of our history in this part of the world. We can be proud that this part of the National Park has been given special recognition as a European and Global Geopark. But a Geopark is about much more than just rocks; it’s about the 7000 years that we and our ancestors have hacked a living from this land. The Geopark is crammed full of their stories, our stories.”
“Let’s hope Saturday turns out to be a day of surprises for all of us! We’re encouraging people to bring along a piece of memorabilia from the local area; something that reminds them of the landscape and its history to be examined by our panel of experts. It might be a piece of stone that gets attention from the geologists or a photograph of a favourite local landscape that might suggest a story to our expert archaeologists from Trysor and Dyfed Archaeological Trust. Whether you’ve found an interesting item in the Park or turned out your cupboards, experts from the Brynaman Heritage Group will be on hand to record your finds and chat about its history. We are quite excited because we just don’t know what will turn up.”
“Dig up the Black Mountain Day is the perfect opportunity for people to learn about the rocks under their feet, listen to the tales of other local people and contribute to its colourful history,” said Colin Jones of the Heritage Group.
The focus of the day will be on getting people to talk about what is important to them about the history and the landscape of Brynaman – both the pretty bits and the everyday landscape. They will be helped to do that by the skills of storyteller Michael Harvey. Artists Lynne Denman and Ffion Roberts will be there to turn those stories into a grand collage of words, images and photographs that will create a new map of the area.
‘Dig up the Black Mountain Day’ will take on the atmosphere of legend at 12.30 when Dr Tony Ramsay delves into the mythical story of Culhwch and Olwen and the fabulous Twrch Trwyth, which has left clues in the landscape around Brynaman. The afternoon will end on a similar theme, as the same legend will be told in story and music.
Don’t miss out; come along even if you can only get the flavour of the day by having a quick look around the displays by local groups.
For more information about the ‘Dig up the Black Mountain Day’ contact the Black Mountain Centre 01269 823400 or Alan Bowring 01874 620415
Picture credits: Brecon Beacons National Park Authority