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SEARCHING FOR TREASURE AT THE URDD EISTEDDFOD

Treasure will be one of the main themes at the National Museums & Galleries of Wales (NMGW) stand at this week's Urdd Eisteddfod on Anglesey.

The theme provides a direct link with the Buried Treasure: finding our past exhibition, currently showing at the National Museum & Gallery in Cardiff.

Activities on the NMGW stand will be the culmination of joint projects between some of the local schools and NMGW itself, and will concentrate on the pupils' perception of treasure. Visitors to the stand will also have a chance to look for treasure themselves with a special dig area outside the stand.

Primary pupils from Llanbedrgoch, Valley and Llanddona, together with older pupils from Ysgol Syr Thomas Jones, Amlwch, will have a chance to showcase their work on the stand during the week. They will also play a leading role in the development and evolvement of the stand itself during the week.

Slate ? the natural treasure of the National Slate Museum, Llanberis ? is the medium for the evolving work, and young people will have a chance to experiment with slates and other materials.

Ysgol Llanbedrgoch's project links in with the NMGW archaeological dig currently taking place on Anglesey, and the children will visit the site twice during the week, before returning to the stand to show a video of the work taking place in their locality.

The legend of Branwen ferch Llŷr, which forms part of the Mabinogi series is Ysgol Gymuned y Fali's treasure, and pupil will perform a dance, which was developed as part of the project.

Ysgol Llanddona chose a local hillfort, Bwrdd Arthur, as their treasure, and they will start the work of building a defence of earth and bangor around the NMGW stand early in the week. Other visitors will then be invited to continue this work, which will hopefully be completed before the end of the week.

It is no surprise that the pupils of Ysgol Syr Thomas Jones ? based in Amlwch, close to Parys Mountain ? chose copper as their treasure. Pupils have spent the past few weeks creating decorations, based on Anglesey in the Iron Age. These will be on display at the NMGW later in the week.

NMGW's programme and activities throughout the week reflects the strong partnership developed with Anglesey County Council. Some activities are jointly organised with Cynnal and Oriel Ynys Môn, and this joint working has enabled NMGW to create a full and exciting programme for the whole week.

Want to know more about the week's events? Why not pop into the NMGW stand close to the main entrance during the week?

For further information, contact:
Gwenllïan Carr
Head of Press and Public Relations, NMGW
07974 205 849