The National Park Authority administers Sustainable Development Fund grants in Pembrokeshire. To read summary details of the projects supported by the fund, choose a project title from the list below.
Newport Memorial Hall Medieval Kiln Project
The aim of this community based project is to create a new cultural heritage attraction by conserving a medieval pottery kiln (15th Century), registered as a Scheduled Ancient Monument and Nationally Important Designated Site. It is also to provide a complimentary and diverse programme of community engagement activities and educational workshops. These will promote the wider understanding and awareness of sustainability through related themes and help boost the local economy through heritage tourism in order to build capacity in the community.
The kiln was discovered when excavating the foundations for Newport Memorial Hall in 1921 and there it has remained ever since, hidden from view in the basement. Led by volunteers, with the support of the project manager, essential structural changes will be undertaken to improve environmental conditions and therefore inhibit mould growth that is currently threatening the fabric of the kiln. This work will also allow access to the kiln by the public and provide a multi-purpose education resource area with interpretation of the medieval kiln, medieval Newport, the kiln’s pottery and its regional story. Creative interpretation of the kiln will also reflect the wider issues linking the medieval kiln and its pottery to geology, the environment and sustainability. In a report commissioned by CADW the kiln has been described as ‘the best preserved medieval pottery kiln in Wales, possibly the UK’.
Project Total Cost: £131,150.00
Grant Awarded: £15,000.00