Over the next week, Living Levels will be releasing two tenders which are seeking the services of experienced heritage professionals to help deliver a major community heritage project, ‘Recapturing the Historic Landscapes of the Gwent Levels’.
The first tender seeks the services of an historian to deliver specialist historical research, as well as supporting a group of volunteers, to explore the story of the Gwent Levels through the records of the Monmouthshire Court of Sewers. The records reveal the impact of tidal and fluvial flooding, the continuity of land tenure, settlement patterns, local government in action, and much, much more. Archive-based activities will introduce volunteers to documentary research, teaching them the skills of data analysis and transcription. Research outputs will be showcased at open days and talks organised as part of the wider Living Levels events programme, online and in printed publications, and will inform other strands of the Living Levels programme. Full details of this tender can be found here and the opportunity is also advertised on the Sell2Wales portal.
The second tender is seeking the services of heritage professionals experienced with running community archaeology projects to help deliver a related volunteer project, investigating the development of the landscapes of the Gwent Levels through an examination of the 1830s Commissioners of Sewers maps. These maps have been digitised, geo-referenced and uploaded to a Geographical Information System (GIS) which now needs to be adapted for volunteer use, to enable different types of historical analysis and the creation of multiple layers of information. This will be complemented by field surveys and small-scale archaeological test-pit excavations organised in historic villages. A range of different investigative techniques shall be employed to research, examine, record and interpret the surviving features of the historic landscapes and lives of the people who lived there.
Both of these exciting projects will re-engage local people and others interested in the area in re-discovering a nationally-important historic landscape, created and maintained by local people’s actions for at least 1,000 years. In so doing they will each provide rich content which will inform and underpin the development of new interpretation at a series of visitor destinations to improve the visitor experience across the Levels and help reconnect people to this historic landscape.
The projects were originally designed by our late friend and expert on Gwent Levels history and archaeology, Rick Turner OBE, who sadly passed away earlier this year. We hope to deliver them in his honour and spirit.
Interested parties may contact Living Levels Programme Manager, Alison Boyes email@example.com for further information about either opportunity.
Recapturing the Historic Landscapes of the Gwent Levels:
Tender 1 - Research Supervisor
Tender 2 - GIS and Archaeology Services