A Typical Day for a Project Officer in North West Wales – Part One

I work for the Gwynedd Archaeological Trust, based in Bangor and I live the other side of the country from the office. So it’s an early start of 6:30am for me to drive the 60 miles to work and be there for 8:00am. After getting a cup of tea and switching on the computer, I’ll check what notes I left myself the night before.

This morning my note read “ANGLESEY SHOW BOARDS! AM PLEASE.”

As part of my current workload I am helping with the Outreach work the Trust undertakes, so I am assembling the display boards for our stand at the Anglesey Agricultural Show on the 9th and 10th of August. One thing we want to showcase is our use of 3D modelling from photographs.

This is a recent example of a project the Trust has undertaken. The late 14th Century alabaster tomb of Goronwy ap Tudur and his wife Myfanwy in St.Gredifael’s Church, Penmynydd on Anglesey was beginning to deteriorate. Goronwy is an ancestor of Henry Tudor – otherwise known as King Henry VII of England – and is a powerful example of how important the family were in North West Wales. The Trust took a series of overlapping photographs of the tomb, which are then combined using photo processing software to produce the finished model. This can then be used to aid the conservation programme planned for the tomb to preserve it in the long term.