Archaeolegwyr Anturus Eryri


Gwynedd Archaeological Trust wins Heritage Lottery support to enable young people to explore their local archaeology

Gwynedd Archaeological Trust has received £29,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for Archaeologwyr Anturus Eryri, an exciting partnership project to enable young people to independently explore and find out about their historical sites and landscapes. Together with match funding already secured from Natural Resources Wales, this funding will enable Gwynedd Archaeological Trust and Gwersyll Yr Urdd Glan-Llyn to support young people to undertake a range of activities including visiting sites on foot, by bicycle and boat, recording archaeological sites, developing skills and creating interpretive trails for others.

The programme will include a residential weekend at Gwersyll Yr Urdd Glan Llyn during which young people will explore local heritage sites, get to know other young people with similar interests and plan future adventures to historical places.

Gwynedd Archaeological Trust HER holds records for 24,013 archaeological sites which can be accessed by the public at . Many young people face barriers to visiting these archaeological sites especially those that are in inaccessible locations, not widely known or not easily visible to the untrained eye. The partnership with Gwersyll Yr Urdd Glan-Llyn will help to ensure that the young people can access both the more remote upland archaeological sites and landscapes of Snowdonia as well as coastal and urban sites.

Anyone interested in getting involved in this project including those who would like to get involved in the project as volunteers should contact 01248 366970.

Gwynedd Archaeological Trust's main purpose is to engage with and promote the archaeology of north-west Wales to the widest possible audience. This is done by surveying and excavating sites, documentary research, maintaining historic environment records (HER) and through activities such as walks, talks, exhibitions and community projects. The Trust is one of four similar organisations that cover Wales.

Anita Daimond, Education and Outreach Archaeologist for Gwynedd Archaeological Trust said ‘We are so happy to have the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund for Archaeologwyr Anturus Eryri as it will help us to meet the demand from young people to find out more about the archaeology of our historic landscapes.'

Jennifer Stewart, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund Wales, added: “It is so important for young people to learn about their past and understand where they come from. We are delighted to support this project which will enable young people to explore these historical sites and by doing so will learn a host of new skills, boost their confidence and create a sense of place in their community.”

The residential weekend will be held 1-3 rd November, to book a place contact 01248 366791. Taster Visits are being held in Harlech, Llan Ffestiniog, Dolgellau, Bethesda and Llanwnda (nr Caernarfon) from October 19th -24th.


Archaeolegwyr Anturus Eryri Taster Sessions 2013 (in PDF format - opens in a new window)

Archaeolegwyr Anturus Eryri Parental Permission Form (in Word format - opens in a new window)


Below is Lois Roberts' video about young people taking part in Archaeolegwyr Anturus Eryri activities during 2014. The project funders were Natural Resources Wales and The Heritage Lottery Fund. Gwynedd Archaeological Trust worked in partnership with Gwersyll Yr Urdd Glan-llyn.


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