Wednesday, 8 August at the Eisteddfod

The National Trust presents… a vibrant programme of talks, music, objects and stories to reflect on our work across Wales.

Claudine Gerrard - We know where you dig | 11.30am

Venue: BayArt, 54 Bute Street, Cardiff, CF10 5AF. Claudine Gerrard is the National Trust Archaeologist for south Wales and is passionate about the role that local communities can play in heritage conservation, particularly in those dynamic coastal environments effected by climate change. Recent work on The Gower demonstrates the power of community engagement to develop a wider interest in archaeology while growing community ownership of our special places.

Ceridwen Davies – A story from the Walled Gardener at Dyffryn | 2pm

Venue: BayArt, 54 Bute Street, Cardiff, CF10 5AF. Ceridwen Davies is a specialist in productive horticulture and runs the two walled gardens at Dyffryn. As well as working the upper walled garden for vegetables and cut flowers and the lower walled garden primarily for growing fruit, she also cares for the dessert grape vines in the glasshouse and the specimen citrus collection. Ceridwen is supported by a host of walled garden volunteers as well as working closely with local school groups. Since joining the Trust 8 years ago, Ceridwen has expanded production across the two walled gardens and led on bringing Arthur Cobb’s 1918 allotment idea to life as part of this year’s WWI anniversary events.

Jacqui Mulville - Making the Past Present: From Future Animals to Guerilla Archaeology | 5.30pm

Venue: BayArt, 54 Bute Street, Cardiff, CF10 5AF. Jacqui Mulville is Professor of Archaeology at Cardiff University and created Guerilla Archaeology in order to share her passion for the past with the public. She combines her specialist knowledge of archaeological science with her love of arts in her festival outreach. From Shamans to Bog Bodies to antler working, her innovative workshops have been voted as one of the ‘top 20 things to do at Glastonbury 2017’ and attract thousands of people each year to reassess their view of the past.

Music from Elfen | 6pm

Named after the Welsh word for element, Elfen is a seamless blending of musical talent. They formed in 2011 when Stacey Blythe and Helina Rees decided to work together to create a personal and joyous expression of Welsh Folk that both respects and re-imagines tradition. Their blend of bold and innovate arrangements help secure a place in the final of the prestigious Trophée Loic Raison at Lorient’s Inter-Celtic Festival in 2017. They have performed at venues across Wales, including St David’s Hall, Wales Millenium Centre and at multiple folk festivals nationwide.

Peter Finnemore - Soundscapes I, II & III | 7pm - 9pm

Soundscapes I, II & III is a series of episodic audio chapters to convey different atmospheres and themes that have strong associations with Wales. These audio journeys revolve around landscape, weather, farming and industry, cultural and sporting icons, politics and language, art and folk memory. The soundscapes are an audio collage relevant to the spirit of the Eisteddfod, while playfully finding new ways to connect different generations and histories. Peter Finnemore is one of Wales’ leading figures in contemporary art. He is best known for his photographic and film work that explores generational memory through his family home in the Gwendraeth Valley; memories that remain topical as much as they are historical. In 2005, he represented Wales at the Venice Biennale.