|The Living Levels Partnership was formed in 2014 to promote and protect the Gwent Levels. We are a cross-organisational partnership, spanning administrative boundaries, working closely with communities and other stakeholders towards the sustainable management of this landscape.
So, what does it entail? Well we are looking for volunteers to explore the story of the Gwent Levels through the records of the Monmouthshire Court of Sewers as part of the ‘Recapturing the Historic Landscape’ project. The records you will be investigating will help reveal the impact of tidal and fluvial flooding, the continuity of land tenure, settlement patterns, local government in action, and much, much more. Sewers in this instance are watercourses (in our landscape the reen and ditch network), either natural or manmade, and Commissioners of Sewers throughout England and Wales held jurisdiction over drainage and sea defence in low-lying coastal lands including the Gwent Levels beside the Severn Estuary. The records are therefore brimming with personal names and place names.
Potential research topics for interested volunteers have been carefully chosen and include such topics as the Gwent Levels 100 and 200 years ago, the impact of the railways, the 1883 and 1947 floods, place names and who lived where and many more!
There will also be opportunities for volunteers to extend their own existing research projects. It is hoped that the RATS will share their work with a wider audience – be that through story boards at Living Levels events such as History Days, within a Living Levels publication, on the website or a short talk. Don’t be daunted – you will be fully supervised and supported throughout the research and writing up processes!
You can commit as much or as little time as you’d like to dedicate to your research project – this project will cater for those with no experience of
|this type of research and those with existing research interests which they want to deepen.
If documentary research is not so much your thing, there will be a second strand of the project which will focus more on studying changes in the landscape by compiling historic map layers, LIDAR data, aerial photographs and transcribed records from the documentary research strand. Tasks will include field surveys, archaeological test-pit investigations, map transcribing/geo-referencing, and GIS analysis.
Tags: Community, Education and Literacy, Environment
c/o Living Levels Partnership C/O Natural Resources Wales, Pye Corner, Broadstreet Common, Nash, Newport, NP18 2BE
Tel: 01633 292984