Monmouthshire Canal Camps 2019

Location: South Wales

Activities: Archaeology & heritage construction

Summary: The remains of the Ty Coch lock keeper’s cottage are part of an historic environment that includes not only the 250 year old engineering of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal itself, but a well preserved heritage attraction. Volunteers will help to complete archaeological investigations into the structure, and consolidate and landscape this important 19th-century site. These camps near Cwmbran, South Wales, will also give volunteers the chance to take part in a wide range of traditional heritage techniques to help restore the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. 

Dates Leadership Team Cook
31st August - 7th September  Ralph Mills & Dave Burdett  Ann-Marie Burdett
7th - 14th September Ralph Mills & Rachel Harvey Beverley Williams

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Where is it? Cwmbran, South Wales. WRG volunteers have supported the regeneration of the ‘Mon and Brec’ for many years and in recent years our focus has been to help restore the Ty Coch Lock Flight, creating a resource for the local community and visitors to Cwmbran.

What is the work for the camps? After successfully running two archaeological camps in 2017 & 2018, where volunteers uncovered a lock keepers cottage at Drapers Lock, we will spend spend another week digging trial pits to hopefully uncover more artefacts from the canals industrial past and consolidate and landscape this important 19th-century site. Over both weeks volunteers will also learn traditional heritage techniques, including repointing and rebuilding using lime mortar to restore Cabin Lock as well as clearing vegetation from the Five Locks Flight. These camps will give volunteers the chance to take part in a wide range of activities so book now and help us bring this 200 year waterway back to life.

Why is it important? It is hoped this project will make people more aware of the buried history associated with the construction and working lives of canals. This project highlights the benefits canal restoration brings to local communities, contributing positively to both the economic, social regeneration and the conservation of the communities’ local heritage.

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What skills are needed? No skills necessary - our leader and assistant will guide you through every task!  

Accomodation: Crosskeys Methodist Church, Crosskeys, Newport, NP11 7FN

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