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Save Llandaff Meadow

In April we wrote about the Llandaff Society and the wider community’s campaign to Save Llandaff Meadows. Llandaff Meadows lies between Llandaff Cathedral and the river. Cardiff Metropolitan University is seeking to drain and level it for a football pitch.

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Next Cadw CEO appointed

Last Thursday the Minister for Culture and Sport, John Griffiths, announced the next head of Cadw to be Kate Clark. She will take over from Marilyn Lewis who retires this summer. “Through Cadw, the Welsh Government has a dynamic vision

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Characterisation, community engagement and place-making

This is the revised text of a presentation given to an RTPI Urban Design and Conservation regional seminar hosted by Cardiff University’s School of Planning and Geography Innovation and Engagement unit on 25 March 2014. It followed a talk by Judith Alfrey, head of conservation and policy at Cadw, the historic environment service of the Welsh Government.

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Plas Llanelly House

The Grade I listed Llanelly House, described in The Buildings of Wales as ‘an extraordinary house’, sits in the centre of modern Llanelli town. Today Llanelly House has no gardens, but the town to the south of the House down

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Chartists strike again

The current edition of Celebrating the Chartists brings news of the appointment of a Chartist Commission by Newport Council to promote the city’s Chartist heritage, its luminaries being Dr Rowan Williams, Dame Rosemary Butler and Patrick Drewett.

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Characterisation: exploring place with community groups

Anna Lermon has published an article in Cynllunio, the magazine of RTPI Cymru, on her work with community groups.

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Ghost advertising

We photographed this advert last year in the course of a survey of Morriston in Swansea. It’s an evocative example of ‘ghost advertising’, traces of adverts for long lost products that survive on exposed wall faces. In a pure form,

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Options for heritage third sector

Available on Cadw’s web site is the final option report produced following stakeholder consultation last autumn on options for the organisation of the heritage ‘third sector’ in Wales. The report responded to grassroots ambition for a structure that would enable

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Et in arcadia ego

Originally published in About Wales, an affectionate look at arcades, mainly, but not exclusively, in South Wales.

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Victorian Society urges Coal Exchange inquiry

The Victorian Society is urging supporters to sign a petition to government to forestall Cardiff Council’s plans for the Coal Exchange and set up a public inquiry into the current situation.

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