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The castle

If you were in the Herefordshire area Sunday, there was a great opportunity to step into a piece of the past with the one-day-only opening of the Brampton Bryan castle. The castle was mentioned in the Domesday survey of William I. The castle’s other claim to fame is the holding off of two sieges by the – <gasp!> – Parliamentarian Lady Brilliana Harley during the Civil War. This was yet another inspiration of envy in me, as any sort of historical record from the comparable time period in my part of the States has long since disappeared, thanks to the rather – ahem – vigorous enthusiasm of our European ancestors upon arrival in the area…


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From the BBC. This is  particularly interesting for me, given this semester’s course on history museums in the 21st century offered at the University of Louisville by Dr. Carol Ely, Executive Director of Historic Locust Grove in Louisville, KY:

“The millionaire head of insurance company Admiral is donating a ‘substantial sum’ of his money to a museum celebrating Cardiff.”

Henry Engelhardt, head of Admiral. Source: BBC

“The Cardiff Story will open in the old library building in The Hayes this autumn with the first galleries looking at how the city was shaped by industry.

The last dedicated city museum closed 85 years ago.

Since then, exhibits have been stored across the city centre at the National Museum Cardiff in Cathays Park.

The museum, which has also received funding from Cardiff council and the Heritage Lottery Fund, will be based around a core collection of around 8,000 artefacts, along with temporary exhibitions.

It aims to tell the story of Cardiff through the eyes of its people.”


Interesting to see where this goes. A city like Cardiff needs a solid local museum; one wonders how involved Mr. Engelhardt will be with the museum with his own hands, or if Welsh historians will take over for him. Certainly to a story to be followed with great interest. You can also check out the website of “The Cardiff Story” by following this link.

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