Heritage for Schools in Rural Carmarthenshire

A NEW project which aims to work with primary schools in Carmarthenshire to explore their cultural and built heritage has been launched recently.

The Heritage for Schools in Rural Carmarthenshire project will be led by the Tywi Centre in partnership with Sbectrwm, one of Wales' most successful language, training and research consultancies and will work with schools in eligible wards across the county. The project will run for a year from December.

Children will be encouraged to investigate local Welsh characters and important historical events and bring them to life with storytelling and by making short films. They will also learn about traditional building methods and materials and how living conditions have changed over time.

Cllr Glynog Davies executive board member for education said: “This is an interesting project which covers many different educational spheres for our primary school pupils and ticks many boxes within the National Curriculum.

“All the information and media gathered will be developed into bi-lingual, web-based learning resources that supports the Key Stage 2 curriculum.

“The project delivery partnership brings together the Tywi Centre’s experience and knowledge relating to old buildings and Sbectrwm’s commitment to celebrating and promoting Welsh Culture, language and education.”

The project has received £36,022 from the LEADER scheme - Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 (RDP), funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government, in addition to £5,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Richard Bellamy, Head of HLF in Wales, said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, HLF is able to help people learn about and take pride in their local heritage. Learning about history can be rewarding, fascinating and fun, and ‘Heritage for schools in rural Carmarthenshire’ is a good example of how it can be done.”