Building skills and making connections


Heritage Skills Training Programme- Ancient Connections Project

The Tywi Centre is thrilled to be delivering traditional skills training and education through the Ancient Connections project. Ancient Connections is a cross-border collaboration and sharing of knowledge and expertise between Wales and Ireland. Preserving and maintaining our heritage for future generations to enjoy is crucial. This project aims to train local people in the skills and knowledge needed to care for our old buildings appropriately.

As part of the project, six people have been selected to follow an exciting programme of training and work experience. Denny, Rob and Jorge have travelled from Wexford to join Brandon, Louis and Brandon in Pembrokeshire where the first 4 weeks of training is being held.

During the training, the group will learn about working with lime, building with stone, traditional heavy timber framing, plastering with lime and stone carving. They will visit some key buildings in the area including Castell Henllys, St Davids Cathedral and Bishops Palace and the historic Centres of St Davids, Fishguard and Haverfordwest.

They will have to opportunity to meet people currently working in the heritage construction industry including the team from Cadw and Master Mason Oliver Coe. Oliver is a tutor on the course alongside Tom Duxbury and Joe Moriarty from the Tywi Centre.

To end the course, the group will complete the Level 3 Award in the Repair and Maintenance of Traditional Buildings. They will all then complete a 4-week work experience programme where they can put their newfound skills to good use.

It's fantastic to see the Tywi Centre and the Ancient Connections project supporting the revival of traditional skills and the preservation of our built heritage. Wishing Denny, Rob, Jorge, Brandon, Louis and Brandon the best of luck as they continue their heritage construction journeys.