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The Abbey School
In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries there was a small country school housed in the building now occupied by Cadw as its reception and museum. The Trust is going to continue that tradition within the modern world, through learning about the past and the relevance it still has to the present and future.
When the monastery was in its hey-day one of its most important roles was the teaching and training of young boys to be literate and to take their places among the rulers and administrators of both the secular and ecclesiastical worlds. In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries there was a small country school housed in the building now occupied by Cadw as its reception and museum. The Trust is going to continue that tradition within the modern world, through learning about the past and the relevance it still has to the present and future.
We have worked closely with the University of Wales Trinity St David to provide archaeological, history and heritage training practice and academic courses. These will continue to grow with the university assisting us to make all the courses and experiences available as fully accredited modules for transfer to be used by students in other universities and colleges. The includes our annual archaeology field school in the summer. To find out more see our Join the Dig page.
A major part of the project has been a continuous programme of research, under the direction of Professor David Austin, which is helping us to develop and tell the complex story of Strata Florida, its landscapes and four thousand years of history and prehistory. This involves, excavation, geophysics, survey, documentary research including maps in archaeology, history, heritage and a growing number of other disciplines from the creative arts to environmental science. Strata Florida is also the lead in delivering the major AHRC Research Project on ‘the sacred landscapes of medieval monasteries: an inter-disciplinary study of meaning embedded in space and production’.
The work we are doing at Strata Florida, including archaeology, conservation and development provides a host of opportunities for training in a range of schools relevant to the modern world. Fully trained people in these and related professions are highly sought after in the modern world where tourism, for example, is such an important element of the world economy. With conservation and sustainability also at the forefront of our global concerns these professions have a huge part to play in our long-term custodianship of the world. The Strata Florida Partnership is now developing its training courses and packages and these will be rolled out over the next year in partnership with universities and professional bodies.
Not all learning happens within the formal structures of education and is a lifelong process. The Strata Florida project in all its guises offers many opportunities for people who are not pursuing a formal qualification to come to learn about a large range of subjects on day or weekend visits and courses as well as by volunteering on a longer basis. There will be some tasters for this in 2019 with a full programme being rolled out in 2020. The first complete package will be during the course of our Archaeology Summer School in August and September 2019.
The creation of our new community use space is now complete and it stands in the newly converted and refurbished cowshed, called Y Beudy, which can be found opposite the old farmhouse Mynachlog Fawr. A number of community activities and events will be held here. Please visit the Community section of the website for further details. The hub can also be used for school visits to the Mynachlog site and for educational workshops by special arrangement.
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Through its educational programmes and its research the Strata Florida continues to create a vast databank of information and teaching materials from primary to tertiary levels. We are putting as much of this as possible onto this website for public use.