Borth’s Lost Legends Summer Exhibition


Members of staff from the Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts at UWTSD are preparing for the opening of an exhibition in Borth Station Museum, Ceredigion, on 22nd July 2017. 

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The exhibition will showcase some of the work produced as part of ‘Layers in the Landscape’, which is an ongoing interdisciplinary project by Erin Kavanagh. Part of this research was funded by the Independent Social Research Foundation (ISRF), including a short film documenting the ways in which participants from the arts, humanities and sciences worked together in response to the lost landscapes of Cardigan Bay.

Also on display will be the Borth antlers; which have now inspired a new story to add to the old along this legendary Ceredigion coast line.  Last year this set of magnificent red deer antlers were first spotted on the beach by visitors, Julien Culham and Sharon Davies-Culham.  Rather than attempting to remove the skull from the clays beneath the sand themselves, they reported it to the Royal Commission in Aberystwyth who in turn alerted Dr. Martin Bates who’s been doing research work on the coast for many years.  The deer in question is now known to have lived and died somewhere between 1200 and 1000 BC - the middle part of the Bronze Age. 

Based at the University’s Lampeter campus, Quaternary Scientist Dr. Martin Bates has a research focus in soils and sediments from archaeological sites, looking in particular at the relationship between humans and their environment. His work in Borth is part of a series of investigations into submerged landscapes that he has been conducting with Erin Kavanagh around the British Isles.   He said: “When I recovered the antlers from the sea, my first thought was: ‘how would we be able to use them to extend our knowledge of the ways in which the shoreline around Borth had developed?’  What I didn’t realise at the time was the extent to which they were to inspire so much more; elements of which are captured in the ‘Layers’ project."

Erin Kavanagh, who is also based at Lampeter, specialises in interdisciplinary theory and practice, from archaeology to art. She added that: “Once upon a time, so a new myth says, a King walked amongst the sea trees at Borth. Upon his head was not a crown but a set of antlers, which will be on public display for the first time, just a short distance away from where they were found.”

Borth lost legends

Note to Editor

Where: Borth Station Museum, Cambrian Terrace, Borth SY24 5HT

When: 23rd July to 30th September

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