Ancient Connections: A New Project for Pembrokeshire.

We have just received the following Press Release for an exciting new project . Watch this space. There is so much more to come.

Project Launch a Great Success

Ancient Connections project, launched recently in St Davids, hailed a great success by project partners and local community members alike.

Over 100 people from Wales and Ireland attended the Ancient Connections project launch at Ty’r Perein, St Davids, last month. People representing community groups, the arts, business and local government came together to hear more about this exciting new project and to start building a relationship that will last much longer than the 3 years of the project.

Ancient Connections is a heritage and arts programme led by Pembrokeshire County Council which will link communities across the Irish sea and generate new works of art, community projects, events and activities inspired by the stories that connect these two regions.

At the event, participants were informed about the project’s plans and told about the myriad of opportunities for community and business involvement and support.

Attendees were also invited to place their hopes and dreams for the project into a stunning willow boat created by local artist Michelle Cain, commissioned especially for the launch. The boat will now travel to Ireland where communities there can contribute their ideas as well.

This Autumn there will be a number of additional events for communities to find out more, get involved in the project and have their say.

If you have an interest in local history, heritage and stories please join the project’s research team on Tuesday 19th November (10am – 1.30pm at Oriel y Parc, or 6.00pm – 9.30pm at Fishguard Town Hall) for their inaugural Story Search; in which they’ll be sharing some of the histories and mysteries being revealed by their research and during which you can contribute local tales, family legends and half-remembered story-snippets as well as finding out how to volunteer as a local story detective during the next phase of the project.

Or if public art is more up your street, the project will be hosting a Community Consultation and Design Lab to discuss the proposal for a new, permanent piece of public art in the area. This will be held at Oriel Y Parc, St Davids on Saturday 30th November, 10 am – 1 pm. All welcome, booking essential via Eventbrite link: https://tinyurl.com/artpembs

Partners in the project, which include Wexford County Council, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority and Visit Wexford are very keen that the stories which are unearthed are used to create a more meaningful experience for visitors to both regions.

Ancient Connections, is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through their Ireland Wales Cooperation programme and aims to sustainably increase overseas tourism to and between both regions. The project is focusing on boosting tourism in the shoulder seasons, encouraging more people to visit in Spring and Autumn, thereby extending the season and improving the local economy.

For more information contact rowan.matthiessen@pembrokeshire.gov.uk or call 07760272723. You can follow the project and find out more on Facebook @AncientConnect or Twitter @AncientConnect1

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