Project outputs

There are a growing number of publications and other outputs from the Project and they are listed here. It has been an important part of the Project aims to communicate with the public as well as the formal academic audience. This has included a range of media and creative forms.

Academic publications

1. 2006 Austin, D. 2006, ‘‘Strata Florida and its landscape archaeology’ Archaeologia Cambrensis, 153, 192-201

2. 2007 Austin, D. 2007, 'A New Project at Strata Florida, Ceredigion, Wales', Monastic Research Bulletin, 13, 8-12

3. 2007 Bezant, J. 2007, 'Geophysical Survey at Strata Florida Abbey, Henfynachlog Farm and Troedyrhiw Upland Settlement, Ceredigion', Archaeology in Wales 47.

4. 2008 Fleming, A. and Barker, L. 2008 ‘Monks and local communities: the late medieval landscape at Troed-y-rhiw, Caron Uwch Clawdd, Ceredigion’, Medieval Archaeology, 52, 261-288

5. 2009 Fleming, A. 2009, ‘The making of a medieval road: the Monks Trod routeway, mid-Wales’ Landscapes, 10.1, 77-100

6. 2010 Austin, D. 2010, ‘A beacon for our times’, Agenda (Journal of the Institute of Welsh Affairs), Winter 2010, 20-21

7. 2012 Austin, D. 2012, ‘Digging Sculpture: how we reveal and celebrate a material past’, 6 unnumbered pages in Howes, J. (ed.) Castle: Sculptural Responses. Catalogue of an exhibition by Artists of Sculpture Cymru at Kidwelly Castle 2012.

8. 2013 Austin, D. 2013, ‘The Archaeology of Monasteries in Wales and the Strata Florida Project’, pp. 3-20 in Burton, J & Stober, K. (eds) Monastic Wales, New Approaches, Cardiff: University of Wales Press

9. 2013 Austin, D. 2013, ‘Mountain landscapes and the tradition of industry: the Cambrian Mountains of Central Wales’ MADE, Journal of the Welsh School of Architecture, 8, 6-15

10. 2013 Austin, D. 2013, ‘An aura of hiraeth – Strata Florida’, pp. 51-58 in Bowen, H. Buildings and Places in Welsh History, Gomer Press.

11. 2013 Bezant, J. 2013, ‘Revisiting the monastic ‘grange’: problems at the edge of the Cistercian world’, Landscapes, 14.2,

12. Bezant, J. 2013 ‘The medieval grants to Strata Florida Abbey: mapping the agency of lordship’, in Burton, J & Stober, K. (eds) Monastic Wales, New Approaches, Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 73-88

13. 2014 Pritchard, O. 2014, ‘Archaeoastronomy and the sacred landscape of the Strata Florida landscape; landscape, skyscape and structure from 2000 B.C. to A.D. 1200’ (unpublished MA dissertation, University of Wales Trinity St. David, 2014)

14. 2015 Riley, J. 2015 ‘The military garrisons of Henry IV and Henry V at Strata Florida, 1407 and 1415–16’, Welsh History Review, 27.4 (2015), 645-671

15. 2016 Austin, D. 2016, ‘Reconstructing the upland landscapes of medieval Wales’, Archaeologia Cambrensis, 165, 1-20

16. 2018 Austin, D. 2018, ‘Strata Florida: a former Welsh Cistercian Abbey and its future’ in Kerr, J., Jamroziak, E. & Stober, K. ‘Studies in Monasticism’

17. 2018 Austin, D. 2018, ‘Y Milltir Sgwar: mapping the history of local land in a Welsh heartland’ in Comeau, R. & Seaman, A. Living off the Land: Agriculture in Wales c. 400 to 1500 AD, Oxford: Windgather Press

18. 2018 Austin, D. and Bezant, J. forthcoming (2018), ‘The medieval landscapes of Cardiganshire’, in The Cardiganshire County History, volume 2: the Middle Ages

Popular publications

Austin, D. 2010, ‘A beacon for our times’. Article for the Institute of Welsh Affairs’ journal, Agenda, Winter 2010, pp.20-21 together with other contributors looking at the Cambrian Mountains and its economic regeneration with Strata Florida identified as a potential hub.

Austin, D. 2012, Welsh History Month: Strata Florida abbey Western Mail, Mar 26 2012.

Austin, D. 2012, ‘An aura of hiraeth – Strata Florida’, pp. 51-58 in Bowen, H. Buildings and Places in Welsh History, Gomer Press.

Austin, D. 2013, Presentational DVD for the regional tourism industry, prepared as part of the RDP project.

In-house production

The Trust has created for internal use a number of documents which outline its intentions and some of the background to the heritage of the site. Most notable is what we have called the 'Prospectus'. This was intended to summarise the Project as we began to gather togoether the partners and funders needed to make it all happen. It was a successful and useful document, but is already beginningto become out of date as the Project movves forward. However, the Prospectus is reporduced here for those who might be interested.

Appearance in other media

The media, both local and national have at all times been interested in projecting the results of our work – these give a flavour of the attention:

Strata Florida: a Medieval Powerhouse. BBC Wales, 2007. A 15-minute programme with David Austin introducing the research programme. Available from the project as part of a presentational DVD.

Digging For Britain: The Tudors. BBC Two (Series 1), 10th Sept 2012 . Prof David Austin, Dr Jemma Bezant and Quentin Drew interviewed by Dr Alice Roberts on the site of the late medieval monastic gatehouse. Talking about Dissolution and transition of monastic to early gentry estates. Also available via BBC DVD. Look here also.

Hidden Histories, Episode Five: Strata Florida, BBC Wales Series Two, 2010. Prof (now emeritus) Andrew Fleming and Louise Barker RCAHMW reveal the results of their work on a remarkably well preserved monastic landscape in mid Wales, undertaken as part of the Strata Florida Project. They discuss the lasting legacy of the Cistercians monks in Wales and evidence for what medieval life was like outside the Abbey cloister.

The Story of Wales: Power Struggles. BBC Wales, 2012. Prof Janet Burton interviewed by Huw Edwards at Strata Florida about the history of the Cistercians in Wales and their place in European history. Available as DVD by the Open University. Look here also.

Wales Today Summer Roadshow, BBC 1 Wales simultaneously broadcast with BBC Radio Wales, 30 July 2008. Jamie Owen interviewed David Austin and Jemma Bezant live on site. News and current affairs, magazine programme with Jamie Owen and Lucy Owen, and weather from Derek Brockway joining with the Archaeology Roadshow tours of the excavations and displays of the finds as well as mock-ups and demonstrations of the survey work. At the same time, there was a public engagement event with on-site displays by Cadw, RCAHMW, Dyfed Archaeological Trust.

Radio Cymru interviews (in Welsh) in 2007 and 2008 during the excavation season in those years

Regular articles in the local press (Cambrian News and Carmarthen Journal) and slots on local radio (Radio Ceredigion)

Lost medieval church found, BBC Wales News, 8th May 2009 community survey and teaching programme led by Jemma Bezant as part of Landscape Project which identified a medieval grange centre at Swyddffynnon and located the lost site of a 12th century, Capel Y Groes. The site has subsequently been excavated with Dyfed Archaeological Trust as part of a collaborative community programme funded by Cadw. Look here also.

Events and creative output

A number of events have been held at Strata Florida over the lifetime of the project. These include Open Days which have brought the public to the excavations every season we have been on site. Some of these have been quite large two-day events involving partners and others. Other events have been organised by the project itself and by Cadw to which project members have contributed.

A number of collaborative arts projects have also happened and these we regard as a key way for disseminating the project’s research and encouraging public engagement.

This began notably with a major European Community, InterReg-funded programme funding two major exhibitions in 2005 and 2006, drawing each year 12 international artists from Ireland and Wales to exhibit at Strata Florida and Kells Abbey, the latter as part of the Kilkenny Arts Festival in Ireland.

This connection with sculpture has continued in meetings with Sculpture Cymru a group of Welsh artists, and during the second Wales National Dig in July 2012, they designed a series of on-site installations in and around the abbey site. One of these, ‘the Pilgrim’ by Glenn Morris, a figure placed high on the sky-line above the Abbey has become already a striking element of the historic landscape.

The literary and linguistic heritage of the site has also been the subject of events particularly in partnership with researchers from the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies. For example in 2012, performers and storytellers from Creu Ad held an innovative and popular ‘storywalk’ using the graveyard and woodlands as a setting for myth and song as well as presenting Culhwch ac Olwen from the Mabinogion in a performance held in the parish church.

In 2013, the Senior Development Officer of the RDP programme, Martin Locock, edited and published a collection of poetry from the 14th century to the present day, based on Strata Florida.

In 2017, the Trust held a major two-day event, called 'Celebrating Strata Florida' This happened on July 15th and 16th a few days after HRH Prince of Wales had made a formal,public visit to the site and our project. Despite persistent rainfall the event was attended by over 1500 people and clearly showed what an attraction the site is, particularly for the people of Wales. As part of the event the Nanteos Cup was on show on the site, on short loan from the Mirylees family and the National Library of Wales where it is currently housed. Full details of this event can be found elsewhere on the web-site.

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