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Monday, February 17, 2014

Linking memories – a bridge through time


A new project on the famous Chain Bridge at Llantysilio has begun. 

The bridge has gone through three reincarnations in its lifetime, the first dating back to 1817.

It is believed, through work carried out by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW), that it is possibly the oldest cast iron chain link bridge in the Western world.

Now, after its closure in the 1980s, a new project is underway which focuses on the historic bridge.

The £350,000 Heritage Lottery funded project will involve a series of events with local communities and schools. 

Samantha Jones, Heritage Officer for the project, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for the local area. I am keen for as many people as possible to be involved in the project. One way people can get involved is through helping us gather memories of the bridge and we are looking for volunteers to help us with this.”

On Friday, February 21, there will be a free training event which is open to everyone.

The event is being held at the Llangollen Town Hall running from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

The day will provide an opportunity to learn more about the project along with presentations by heritage experts who will speak about digital archiving, guide volunteers in the use of various recording kit and equipment along with helpful tips on interviewing techniques.

Volunteers will also have the chance to practice their interviewing skills with assistance from the experienced professionals. Speakers will include Helen Rowe and Nikki Vousden from RCAHMW; David Crane from the Llangollen Museum; and local heritage professional Lorna Jenner. 

If you are unable to attend this date but still want to get involved or have a story you want to share please contact the Chain Bridge team.

* For more information or to book your place please contact Samantha Jones at chainbridgeheritage@gmail.com or call 07936590867.

You can keep up to date on the project via Facebook, Twitter and our Wordpress site, www.chainbridgeproject.wordpress.com

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