“Saving Treasures;Telling Stories” is an all-Wales Project about bringing archaeology to life and enabling community engagement. It is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and administered by Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales in partnership with the Federation of Museums and Galleries in Wales and the Portable Antiquities Scheme in Wales.
At Powysland Museum the project takes as it starting point the existing collections of archaeological jewellery in the three local authority museums in Powys: Powysland Museum in Welshpool, Radnorshire Museum in Llandrindod Wells and Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery in Brecon. Some of the objects have been acquired by the museums as recent treasure finds, whilst others have been in the collections for several years.
The project encompasses:
a temporary exhibition on archaeological jewellery from the museums in Powys.
engagement with a number of community groups in story-writing sessions, art and jewellery workshops and research inspired by the artefacts and their stories, to be displayed in the exhibition.
art and craft activities, “finds open days” and other events for a wider audience during the exhibition period.
The museum is working with a number of partners to deliver the promised outcomes including Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust, the poet and writer Pat Edwards and the artist Andrew Logan. The community partners are Welshpool High School’s Art department, Buttington-Trewern Primary School, Welshpool Camera Club, Llanfair-Caereinion Historical Society, Welshpool Young Carers and Welshpool Kaleidoscope group.
Weekdays, except Wednesday: 11am-1pm & 2-5pm; Saturday 11am-2pm
Mick Ward was born in Essex in the 1930s. An artist, textile designer and art lecturer Mick spent much of his working life in Leicestershire.
In his younger days Mick was both a top sportsman as well as an accomplished artist. For thirteen years he worked as a textile designer for Courtaulds and taught at the Bath Academy of Art and then Leicester Polytechnic where he taught textile design and drawing. In 1973 Mick became a published author with Art and Design in Textiles published by Van Nostrand Reinhold.
In the 1950s, Mick was also considered to be one of the best cyclists in the country; unusually, he had the rare ability to be able to compete over any distance – and at the highest level. Mick won sprint events on the track at Herne Hill and a number of road races, but it was his achievements in Time Trials which brought him to the attention of the public.
Sixty years ago, in June 1958, Mick won both the 25 mile & 50 mile National Road Time Trial Championships, becoming the first cyclist to win both events in the same year. In cycling terms, these are considered to be ‘short-distance’ events, but in the September of that year, he cycled almost 260 miles to come second in the National 12-hour championships. The following year, Mick won his fourth national title and retired from competitive cycling.
During a period that many consider to be a golden era of British Cycling Mick knew and competed against most of the top names including the charismatic Tommy Simpson.
In December 1958, Mick was featured in a five page article, in Sporting Cyclist magazine; he is quoted as saying that “he would much rather be a really good artist, than a really good cyclist”.
Mick also excelled at running and for over 25 years, the Offa’s Dyke Path was used for many of his training runs. The training along Offa’s Dyke Path certainly paid off; at the age of 70, Mick was able to run under three and a half hours at the London marathon – winning his age group. In the same year, he went on to win a medal at the World Masters Athletic championships.
Sixty years on, Mick’s artwork is featured in an exhibition here at the Offa’s Dyke Centre in Knighton. Now in his 80s, Mick has all but retired from competitive running and cycling, but his love for painting continues undiminished. When he has a spare moment, he can often be found in the vicinity of Offa’s Dyke, taking photos and planning his next piece of work. If Mick is present, he’ll be delighted to chat to you and to tell you what he believes is so special about the unique and wonderful Offa’s Dyke.
Beacon Ring excavations will commence for the month of August, and a dig diary will be set up to track the progress online. The official open days are the 26th – 27th all welcome! Transport for visitors will be provided by minibus from Welshpool town, details to be confirmed. Please note that there is no parking on site, so do not drive to the site unless by prior arrangement. Casual visitors on foot will be welcome.
Beacon Ring is on the Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail.
Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust is pleased to announce the Offa’s Dyke Forum at the Marches School in Oswestry and invite submissions in all areas of research covering Offa’s and Wat’s Dyke. Please email papers to firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact the CPAT office.
Precise timing of event, ticketing arrangements and programme for the day to be announced.