Are you interested in your local heritage?
The borderlands of North East Wales have a rich and fascinating history, from the Iron Age hillforts of the Clwydian Range and our Medieval castles to the varied industrial heritage, including the North Wales collieries, the lead mines at Halkyn and Minera, Buckley potteries and steelworks on Deeside, along with the railways and River Dee ports that supported them.
Over the years numerous local groups have formed to gather and collate their local history. The oldest is Flintshire Historical Society, formed in 1911 and still flourishing, and the newest is Deeside and District Local History Society, formed in 2014. The North East Wales Heritage Forum is an exciting new initiative to bring together everyone who has an interest in local history to celebrate, conserve and promote our rich heritage.
Representatives from over 40 local groups and heritage organisations are meeting on the morning of 19th June at Connah’s Quay Civic Hall to get the forum established. David Hanson MP will open the proceedings along with Councillor Hughes, the Chairman of Flintshire County Council, followed by speakers from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments in Wales, Glyndwr University, Ysgol Maes Garmon and Flintshire Museum Service.
In the afternoon, from 2pm to 5pm, we are holding a Local History Fair ‘Discover the History on your Doorstep’ which is open to all. There will be over 20 displays, ranging from exhibitions on individual towns and villages to artefacts from the Flintshire Museum Store and hands on activities organised by Clwyd and Powys Archaeological Trust. You do not need to be a member of a local history society to come along in the afternoon. Everyone is welocme, including local schools. Please call in to find out more about your local area.