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May 2015: Managing archaeological open-air museums, Cardiff (WLS) - Venues and Excursions

Conference venues

Day 1 (Tuesday 26 May). National Museum Cardiff.

Home to Wales's national collections of art and natural sciences. The museum was opened in 1927 and features the largest collection of impressionist art outside of Paris.

Day 2 (Wednesday 27 May). St Fagans National History Museum.

One of Europe's largest, and most frequently visited, open-air museums. Set in the grounds of a 16th-century castle, the museum contains a unique collection of historic buildings and a growing selection of archaeological constructs.

Day 3 (Thursday 28 May). Big Pit National Coal Museum.

A working coal mine from 1860 until 1980, Big Pit is one of Britain's leading mining museums, offering visitors the opportunity to go underground in the company of expert guides.


Study visits

Day 1 (Tuesday 26 May). Cardiff Castle

Originally a Roman fort and then a Norman castle, Cardiff Castle is probably most famous for its renovation by the Victorian architect William Burges. This study tour offers the opportunity to see a spectacular Victorian take on the reconstruction of a medieval building

Day 2 (Wednesday 27 May). Cosmeston Medieval Village

Cosmeston medieval village was excavated in 1978, and was subsequently recreated as a 14th-century community inhabiting reconstructed buildings.

Day 3 (Thursday 28 May). Llancaiach Fawr Manor

A 16th-century manor house refurbished as it would have been in 1645, at the time of the English Civil War. Llancaiach Fawr is famous for its use of first person interaction, offering visitors a uniquely immersive insight into life in 17th-century Wales.


Transport during the conference

Coach transport will be provided between the conference hotel and all conference venues. Should you wish to use your own car, please read the parking information here.