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Rugged Romans, Muddy Monks - Levels History Day!

After last year’s successful event, we are back with our second annual History Day.

An event for all the family, bringing the history and archaeology of the unique Gwent Levels landscape to life. with a ‘trip through time’ amongst the stunning grounds of the National Trust’s Tredegar House, in Newport.

Visitors will enjoy re-enactors, fascinating displays of artefacts and demonstrations throughout the day. Local history groups will encourage visitors to discover how the Gwent Levels were created, hear the stories of the people who helped shape this unique landscape and even learn some ‘Levels Lingo’!

There will be captivating displays by local volunteers who have been hard at work uncovering the rich social history of the Gwent Levels. This has been in the form of the fascinating Oral History project and The Historic Landscape project Research And Transcription Service (RATs) volunteers who have been discovering intriguing historical detail from Chepstow through to Cardiff .

Time-travellers will also find themselves treading in the footsteps of our Stone-Age ancestors, courtesy of one of the UK’s top prehistoric reenactors James Dilley. Local folk tales and legends will be brought vividly to life amongst the Gorsedd Stone Circle and there will be the chance to meet a Roman Legionnaire.

Although the remains of the Welsh dinosaur Dracoraptor hanigani were discovered further along the coastline, youngsters are sure to be thrilled by a rather cheeky appearance by its distant cousin Tyrannosaurus Rex in the ‘Messylithic’ children’s activities zone in the parkland!

The Project Partners Dig Ventures, and esteemed research archaeologists Professor Martin Bell and Professor Stephen Rippon will be on hand to showcase their research and the results of two very successful volunteer driven archaeological investigations at Peterstone and Redwick. Alongside a display of an array of Iron Age, Bronze Age and Roman treasures liberated from the mud of the Severn Estuary. 

Event details

Saturday, September 28, 2019

11:00  to 3:00

Tredegar House Farm buildings and parkland – Free admission but normal House admission and carpark fees apply

The National Trust offers a free Local Residents pass, find out if you are eligible by going to the national trust website / here


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Earlier Event: September 25
Pillgwenlly Past and Present Walk
Later Event: October 5
Big Skies at Caldicot Castle!