Unloved Heritage? is the name given to a programme of community archaeology activities designed to engage, enthuse and inspire young people throughout Wales to get involved with their local heritage.
Using activities ranging from traditional archaeological excavation to virtual reality, from recording music to recording buildings and from cycling to canoeing, we have worked with young people to create a activities which reflect the young people’s interests and desires.
All activities are designed to enable young people to explore the heritage world around them and to tell the stories of their explorations. These stories will provide a powerful legacy; a body of increased archaeological and heritage knowledge to interpret local heritage sites.
Rural Wales after the Combustion Engine
The Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust project looks at how the internal combustion engine – the motor car, the bus, the tractor – changed the physical and social landscape of mid and north Wales in the 20th century. From the flourishing of tourism on the buses, to massive changes in the farming calendar and traditions, to the evolving soundscape from rural idyll to roaring rally cars, to the emergence of petrol stations and the vanishing of blacksmiths, there is a broad range of unloved heritage to explore and discover.
An all-Wales project
Unloved Heritage? comprises seven regional projects, delivered by partner heritage organisations across Wales. To find out more about the other projects, click on the link.
Opportunities and access
The young people involved in Unloved Heritage have behind the scenes access to archaeological sites, museums, galleries and archives – and have the opportunity to attend big events like the Royal Welsh Show to share their acheivements and showcase their creativity and archaeological adventures.